Morphettville Equine Clinic

Dr. W. J. Marmion

Bill is a founding director of the Morphettville Equine Clinic and has been providing surgical and diagnostic services to our clients since 1984. He has a wide knowledge of Equine surgery and sports medicine with many years of treating performance horses. His main areas of interest are in joint surgery and reconstructive surgery where he applies knowledge from his regular visits and training overseas. He is currently the chairman of HorsemedSA.

Dr. Todd Booth

Todd graduated from the University of Queensland in 1989 and after 7 years in practice, embarked on a 10 year academic career working in Veterinary schools in Australia and the UK. At Liverpool University he became a specialist in Equine Surgery under the guidance of the great Professor Barrie Edwards. Todd then moved to Edinburgh University where he became Director of the Equine Hospital, before joining the practice in 2006. Todd brings a wide range of specialist services to our clients such as orthopaedics, airway surgery, laparoscopy and advanced abdominal surgery. Todd examines for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and is an internationally recognised RCVS, European and Australian recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery.

Dr. Andrew Hunt, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Dr. Andrew Hunt
BVMS, BSc., B.Rur.Sc. (Hons)

Andrew graduated with an Honours degree in Rural Science from the University of New England in 1990 and from Murdoch University with a Veterinary degree in 1996. He joined Morphettville Equine Clinic in 1997 as an associate and became a director in 2007. Andrew was a member of the Australian Equestrian Team Veterinary Panel between 2000-2012 and was a member of the resident team of veterinarians at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Australian Equestrian team for the Beijing Olympics and World Equestrian Games in 2002 and 2006. Andrew and his wife operate and run ‘Argyl Stud’ and breed mainly show horses along with the occasional performance horse.

Dr. Holly Lewis, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Dr. Holly Lewis
BVSc MANZCVSc (Equine Med & Surgery) CMAVA

Holly graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998. Following several years working in mixed practice interstate and in the United Kingdom she returned to her hometown of Adelaide. Holly joined the Morphettville Equine Clinic in June 2008. Holly was awarded her memberships to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in July 2010 and Equine Surgery in July 2012. Her equine medicine interests include respiratory, gastrointestinal disease and intensive care. She also has extensive experience in racetrack and performance work with a special interest in lameness and respiratory issues. She is an Official FEI veterinarian regularly attending Adelaide Horse Trials and major interstate FEI horse events. She is currently an executive committee member of Equine Veterinarians Australia. She has been a director of Horsemed SA since 2012. Her interests outside of work include showjumping, snow skiing and travel.

Dr. Ashley Vermeulen, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Dr. Ashley Vermeulen
BVSc (Hons) BAppSc (E&SSc) (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Surgery)

Ashley graduated from the University of Sydney with an honors degree in Exercise and Sports Science and published on Equine Excercise Physiology and exercise testing in Thoroughbred racehorses. After several years working with racehorses throughout Australia and overseas, Ashley returned to study and completed a Veterinary degree at the University of Queensland. Ashley has worked as an Equine Veterinarian in Sydney, predominantly at Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm racecourses.

Dr. David Cox

David graduated with honours from the University of Glasgow in 2017. After graduation, David moved to House and Jackson Veterinary Hospital in the UK, to complete a rotating internship, working predominantly with sports and pleasure horses. The role also involved some small animal work where he dealt with both surgical and medical emergency cases.

Following this, David moved to Scone Equine Hospital in NSW, and worked as part of ambulatory team for the latter half of 2018. Including the 2018 stud season and much of the 2019 yearling sales prep work.

During and subsequent to university, David completed research in bovine immunogenetics and bioinformatics with the University of Glasgow, hopefully with publication towards the end of this year.

Outside work David is very active and enjoys a number of sports including tennis, rugby, and skiing.

Support Staff

Cas Heuritsch, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Cas Heuritsch

Growing up around horses, it was only a matter of time before Cas ended up working in the equine industry. After completing a week’s work experience at Morphettville Equine Clinic in year 12, Cas was offered a nursing position the following year. Cas enjoys the challenges that nursing offers and that there is something different every day. She also owns both Quarter Horses, which she competes in roping events, and Thoroughbreds which she races with her partner.

Rebecca Rouge-Surret, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Rebecca Rouge-Serret

Bec has worked with horses for her whole career, starting out as an apprentice jockey at Morphettville before going on to be a foreman for several leading trainers.  Bec was lucky enough to travel all around Australia riding and working with top horses, her favourite being multiple Group 1 winner Durbridge.  Bec joined the Morphettville Equine Clinic team 13 years ago as an equine vet nurse, and enjoys all aspects of the job, particularly providing nursing care for our critically ill patients.  She is also in charge of running our pharmacy department, and is trained in advanced pathology techniques for our in house laboratory.

Chloe Marshall, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Chloe Marshall

Chloe has worked in the Thoroughbred industry since 2006, having completed her “Diploma of Equine Stud Management” at The National Centre of Equine Education. She worked at several high profile Thoroughbred studs in both Victoria and South Australia, before realizing her passion lay in yearling preparation. Chloe went on to work with yearlings for 8 years in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, culminating in joining the world famous Highclere Stud in the UK. In 2012, Chloe returned to Adelaide to start a family and joined the team here at Morphettville Equine Clinic. Chloe has trained extensively for her current role as the primary surgery nurse, and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of assisting the surgeons on a day to day basis.

Lauren Cleversley, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Lauren Cleversley

Lauren has been around horses since she was very young, working within many different equine industries including dressage, eventing and showjumping stables.  While working within the racing industry, she gained an interest in veterinary nursing and was thrilled to be offered a job at Morphettville Equine Clinic after her talents were noticed by our vets.  Lauren is hoping to undertake her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing in the near future.

Tracey Russel

Tracey has worked at the Morphettville Equine Clinic in her role as stable attendant since 2004, having been invited to join the team after a period of work experience. She has a lifetime of experience with horses, and previously worked in Standardbred racing stables at Globe Derby which is where she developed her appreciation of this breed, owning four retired standies. She has completed her Stable Hand qualification through TAFE, and enjoys taking day to day care of our patients in hospital. Tracey’s attention to detail, extensive horse knowledge, and careful checks of each patient are invaluable to the success of our hospital cases.

Jackie Peacock

Jackie’s experience in the veterinary industry is extensive, having started working as a small animal nurse aged 18. She then moved to the UK for 2 years to follow her passion for horses, working at high level equestrian facilities whilst improving her own riding, training and equine knowledge. On her return to Australia, she purchased a future dressage champion who turned out to be very accident prone, which lead Jackie to realise a job in an equine clinic would be the ideal use of her skills and knowledge! She has been a valuable member of the Morphettville Equine Clinic team since 1996, and is a familiar face to many clients manning the phones and the front desk.

Andrea Jolly

Andrea has been around horses since she was young, and with her love for all animals it was only natural she ended up working in the veterinary industry. She is one of our longest standing employees, having worked at the Morphettville Equine Clinic since 1996. Andrea runs the day to day business at the clinic, including communications, scheduling, account keeping and managing horse syndication. She enjoys working as part of a close knit team, and negotiating the new challenges that each day working in a busy veterinary clinic can bring.

Christine Clarken, Morphettville Equine Clinic, South Australia
Christine Clarken

Christine has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for many years, before moving into the veterinary field. She worked at the Ballarat Equine Clinic for 24 years, being part of this clinic’s transformation from a small ambulatory facility to a large referral hospital. In her role there she supervised and trainer office staff, managed accounts, scheduled appointments and provided clerical assistance to the specialist surgeons. Christine moved back to her home state and joined us at the Morphettville Equine Clinic in early 2018. She is already an integral part of the team, and is looking forward to getting to know our clients and working on account management and client communication.