Dan graduated from University of Cambridge in 1999 and has since been in dedicated equine practice. He completed a surgical internship in Newmarket (UK) followed by periods of equine practice in Sussex and Dorset. He returned to Newmarket for further experience in thoroughbred racing and breeding before leaving for Hong Kong. At the Hong Kong Jockey Club Dan was the Senior Equestrian Vet where he was closely involved with the racehorse retraining program both in HK and mainland China. He was also responsible for quarantine and international runners during the carnival periods and he was the vet for successful Hong Kong teams at the Asian and China National Games. Dan arrived in the Adelaide Hills in 2012 and following a short period of practice, he established an independent ambulatory equine clinic which he operated for over 4 years prior to merging with HorsemedSA. Dan has an interest in all aspects of equine practice, particularly evaluation and treatment of lameness in performance horses and pre-purchase examinations.
Michael graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 2007, as the Dux of his year. He then returned home to South Australia, to the Morphettville Equine Clinic where he developed a strong interest in racehorse and performance horse work. Michael completed his examinations to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Equine Surgery. He then moved to the Ballarat Equine Clinic, to provide hospital and ambulatory services to both racetrack and performance/pleasure clients. During this time, Michael worked for multiple leading Thoroughbred and Standardbred trainers, and continued to develop his interests in lameness, poor performance and airway conditions. Michael has now returned to South Australia as one of our directors based at Horsemed Hills in Echunga. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time his family and fishing when he gets the chance.
Ruth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Veterinary degree (with distinction) and an honours degree in Veterinary Science. She then undertook an equine internship before working as an associate for nearly ten years at one of the largest equine primary opinion and referral hospitals in Australia. During this time, Ruth published research into equine tendon injuries, and received the Reginald Pascoe Prize for clinical research. Ruth passed her examinations to be awarded Membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the subject of Equine Medicine, and this remains one of her main interests in equine practice. She also has extensive experience as a stud veterinarian, and enjoys advanced equine reproduction and performance horse work, as well as teaching students. Outside of work, Ruth is a keen eventer with her off the track horse, having previously competed up to 2* level.
Fenella graduated from the University of Adelaide as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Since then she has worked in solely equine practice, starting with an internship working with specialist equine veterinarians at the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in NSW. She then worked in Victoria as an ambulatory veterinarian for a busy equine practice, before returning to South Australia and joining HorsemedSA. Fenella’s clinical interests include reproduction, dentistry and medicine. Outside of work, Fenella enjoys spending time looking after her property, breeding performance horses and ponies and competing in dressage and eventing.
Kym Austin is one of our hardworking equine vet nurses. Kym has a degree in Animal Science from the University of Adelaide, as well as a wealth of practical equine experience having worked in overseas in professional yards, and on studs and stables here in Australia.
In her spare time, Kym enjoys looking after her own horses and even dabbles in some breeding. She also does thoroughbred yearling preparations for the sales every year, where she enjoys using her knowledge of handling, training and nutrition to make sure her charges shine in the ring.
Lauren Stojakovic is our other equine vet nurse in the Hills clinic, and also assists in the office when she’s not nursing. Lauren is an experienced and competent horsewoman having been around horses in a professional capacity for most of her entire career, as well as having experience as a small animal vet nurse. Lauren is best known for being one of the only female jockeys to ever have won a Group One race – an achievement born from years of hard work and dedication.
In her spare time Lauren is still actively involved with racing and training horses and ponies, and looking after her property with her partner.
Brooke Walsh is our practice manager at the Hills clinic. Many of our clients will know Brooke as the friendly face in the office – not only does she keep our vets organized, she also runs everything behind the scenes. Brooke’s background as a human nurse means her communication and clinical knowledge is excellent, and she also has business management experience, having run her own real estate business and working in horse racing management previously.
Brooke is also a passionate horsewoman, being a successful dressage rider as well as breeding thoroughbreds and warmbloods and owning racehorses.
Sandie has many years of experience as a vet nurse, having completed her TAFE veterinary nursing course and then working initially in mixed practice in Gawler prior to joining the Morphettville Equine Clinic in 2003. Currently she works as a vet nurse at both Morphettville and our Hills clinic, bringing her experience assisting veterinarians and running a hospital to the new facility. In addition to her vet nurse training, she has also completed a large animal rescue course, which is beneficial when dealing with collapsed and injured horses in the clinic or in the field. Sandie enjoys working with horses on a daily basis and the variety that comes with working in a busy vet clinic – her favourite part of the job is nursing difficult or complex cases through to a successful outcome. She also runs a busy agistment and rehabilitation facility at her own property in Strathalbyn.
Ceri is originally from South Africa, and is a keen horsewoman with a range of equine experience having worked with hunters, eventers, racehorses and riding schools both here in Australia and the UK. With a BSc(hons) in Zoo Biology she has an in-depth knowledge of mammalian biology and behaviour, but has a particular interest in welfare, health and disease. Ceri wanted a career where she could combine her two passions as she is a strong believer in by doing something you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Ceri also does a bit of work for the South Australian Museum mammal department, where she is learning so much about the weird and wonderful Australian wildlife. In her spare time she loves exploring South Australia and the natural wonders it has to offer. Ceri loves anything outdoorsy, camping, bush walks – anything that involves being outside and with animals, you’ll find her there.