About us

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A world-class centre for equine practice and one of Australia’s leading equine hospitals, located in the heart of the Goulburn Valley region at Shepparton, Victoria.

We offer complete equine veterinary care to the public, ambulatory services and a class of specialist equine referral services in the fields of lameness, medicine, surgery and reproduction.

Read about Our History

Meet our team

We have a skilled team, from board-certified specialists in surgery, medicine, and reproduction, to experienced senior veterinarians and our newly graduated and very keen intern veterinarians.

Garry Campbell
Stable Manager
Garry Campbell
Stable Manager.
Hannah Holmes
Intern
Hannah Holmes
Intern.
Miranda Lefcourt
Intern
Miranda Lefcourt
Intern.
Denis Verwilghen
DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECVS, Dipl EVDC (Equine)
Denis Verwilghen
DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECVS, Dipl EVDC (Equine).

Denis joins GVEH as a specialist equine surgeon, with a passion for arthroscopy, advanced maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.

In addition to a wealth of professional experience, Denis has a PhD in equine orthopedics and is n accomplished internationally published author and teacher.

Robert Ralston
Practice Manager
Robert Ralston
Practice Manager.
Joanne Neve
Accounts Receivable
Joanne Neve
Accounts Receivable.
Emma Klug
Purchasing Manager
Emma Klug
Purchasing Manager.
Rebecca O’Callaghan
Administration Assistant
Rebecca O’Callaghan
Administration Assistant .
Angus O. McKinnon
BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP
Angus O. McKinnon
BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP . BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP.

Angus graduated from Melbourne University in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year, before heading to Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada in  1980 to work and study for a Diploma in Large Animal Medicine. He continued at Ontario Veterinary College as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction for the period 1982-84.

Angus then travelled to Colorado State University, USA, where he was employed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service 1984-1988, and as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988.

Michael Archer
Diplomate ACVS (equine surgery)
Michael Archer
Diplomate ACVS (equine surgery).

BVSc MVS Diplomate ACVS – Specialist Equine Surgeon

Michael graduated from Liverpool University in the UK in 1983, completing an internship at Louisiana State and large animal surgery residency at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1988.

Over his extensive career, Dr Archer has worked in both private equine practice and academia, notably including stints at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom, Massey University in New Zealand and Ontario University College, Canada.

Michael has been with GVEH a specialist equine surgeon for the last 2 years. He consults on first opinion, referral surgical and orthopaedics cases at GVEH. Michael is a keen surfer, and weather depending, usually heads to the surf coast to catch some waves when he’s not rostered on (or when we aren’t in lockdown!)

Melissa Shanker
Head - Vet Nurse
Melissa Shanker
Head - Vet Nurse.
Shari Grigg
Vet Nurse
Shari Grigg
Vet Nurse .
Wayne Marklew
Stable Attendant
Wayne Marklew
Stable Attendant .
Gaby Van Galen
DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECEIM, Diplomate ECVECC 
Gaby Van Galen
DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECEIM, Diplomate ECVECC .

As a duel diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Dr van Galen has special interest in treating critically ill patients such as horses with colic or diarrhea, neuromuscular disorders and sick neonatal foals.

Gaby also completed a PhD investigating the epidemiology and pathophysiology of atypical myopathy in grazing horses and most recently returned to private practice after Associate Professor positions at Sydney University and Copenhagen University.

Ashlee Medlyn
Vet Nurse
Ashlee Medlyn
Vet Nurse .
Rhiannon Nicholas
Accounts Payable
Rhiannon Nicholas
Accounts Payable .
Stacey Sullivan
Fellow ANZCVS (equine medicine)
Stacey Sullivan
Fellow ANZCVS (equine medicine).

Dr Stacey Sullivan grew up on a mixed farming property in Central Queensland and wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember.

Graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 2004, Stacey spent her first 7 years in practice as a hospital based equine veterinarian at Oakey Veterinary Hospital, a private equine referral hospital in South-East Queensland. As the University of Queensland equine teaching facility, Dr Sullivan spent much of this time teaching final year veterinary students as they rotated through the hospital. Following time as an internal medicine and neonatology clinician at Rossdale and Partners in the UK, Stacey began an advanced clinical training program in equine medicine at the University of Melbourne, completing her residency in early 2014. Dr Sullivan is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine and a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

Dr Sullivan has a clinical masters degree and is currently finishing a post graduate research degree on Exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage or ‘bleeding’ in Thoroughbred racehorses. Stacey is a keen publisher of scientific articles, regularly presenting at international conferences and reviewing literature for international equine journals. As a former board member of the Veterinary Practitioners Board of Victoria, Dr Sullivan actively continues to contribute her expertise as an Approved Person for hearing panels. Stacey has also examined at Fellowship level for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeon in Equine Medicine.

Dr Sullivan has been with Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital since 2014, providing first opinion and referral internal medicine service and coordinating the long running rotating equine internship program. Her interests lie in neonatology, intensive care, cardiology and respiratory medicine.

Reanna Letts
Vet Nurse
Reanna Letts
Vet Nurse .
Lynette Cornish
Receptionist
Lynette Cornish
Receptionist.
Chelsie Burden
Diplomate ACT (reproduction)
Chelsie Burden
Diplomate ACT (reproduction). Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists

Chelsie A. Burden, DVM, MS, DACT works as a reproduction specialist at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital.

While American born and raised, Chelsie took the opportunity to join the GVEH team in 2014 after completing her masters degree and residency at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory. With a focus on the problem of broodmare and embryo transfer, Chelsie quickly became an asset to the veterinary team at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital.

At the end of the first breeding season in Australia, Chelsie transitioned back to the northern hemisphere as a seasonal veterinarian at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.

“While it was an absolute dream working for such a prestigious farm and group of people at Claiborne Farm, my passion for equine reproduction dives deeper into the assisted reproduction technologies available in other horse breeds and industries,” she says.

Upon her return to GVEH in 2015, Chelsie expanded her role as a reproduction veterinarian taking on both ambulatory and in-house clientele for a seasonal appointment.

“I wasn’t fully convinced my time in Australia would be long term, but something brought me back,” she says.

“While the horse is my passion, the clients made it truly worthwhile – many becoming wonderful long-term friends, some are considered family!”

Locum positions throughout 2016-2017 found her bouncing between GVEH, Morocco and the University of Florida.

“Morocco was such a unique experience,” Chelsie says.

“The culture, especially food, was fabulous. The team worked very hard despite language barriers and we were able to expand the dwindling Barb horse breed in the region through multiple embryo transfer pregnancies.”

The research Chelsie completed with the team at the University of Florida is part of a long-standing equine placentitis project. The information gained has allowed exponential professional growth with multiple international lecture opportunities.

“My decision to return to the Goulburn Valley and GVEH full time in 2017 was an easy one to make. I have been rewarded many times over by my career and look forward to all future prospects.”

Beth Daignault
Vet Nurse
Beth Daignault
Vet Nurse .
Robert Kent
Member ANZCVS (equine surgery), resident in equine surgery
Robert Kent
Member ANZCVS (equine surgery), resident in equine surgery.

BVSc MANZCVS (Equine Surgery) – Surgical Resident

Following 2 years in mixed practice, Rob undertook an equine surgery internship at Scone Equine Hospital, then worked for 5 years as a racetrack veterinarian on the Mornington Peninsula at Flemington Equine and Crown Equine. In 2018, Rob began an advanced clinical training program in equine surgery, supervised by GVEH surgical legend Dr Jim Vasey.

Rob is a dedicated Thoroughbred racing and breeding enthusiast, with a farm and two very cute daughters to keep him on his toes!

Tahnee Griffith
Reproduction Manager
Tahnee Griffith
Reproduction Manager.
Jacqueline Kelly
Vet Nurse
Jacqueline Kelly
Vet Nurse .
Zoe Cooper
Reproduction
Zoe Cooper
Reproduction.
Julie McNiece
Health and Safety Officer
Julie McNiece
Health and Safety Officer .
Joel Goulding
Horse Handler
Joel Goulding
Horse Handler .
Bill Koutsourakis
Associate Veterinarian
Bill Koutsourakis
Associate Veterinarian.
Max Hannan
Associate Veterinarian
Max Hannan
Associate Veterinarian.

Max graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017, she then spent 2 years in mixed practice on the small island of Jersey before completing and equine internship in England. She started working at GVEH two years ago as an intern and now is part of the ambulatory team enjoying all aspects of first opinion practice.

Max also is the rotation coordinator for Melbourne University DVM Program, so you will probably see her accompanied by students wherever she goes! In her spare time she enjoys traveling and hopes to see more of Australia while she is here.

Carol Ahern
Horse Handler
Carol Ahern
Horse Handler .

Careers

Please find here a list of current positions available at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital: We are now taking applications for the following positions.

2 x Postgraduate Internships (13 months)

Jan/Feb 2023 start.  Applications are currently being accepted.

2 x Postgraduate Internships (7 months)

Jan/Feb 2023 start.  Applications are currently being accepted. 

Seasonal Nursing Position

Jan/Feb 2023 start.  Applications are currently being accepted. 

Seasonal Veterinarian

August 2023 start.  Applications are currently being accepted. 

Equine Veterinary Nurse

Applications are currently being accepted.

 

Seasonal Reproduction Veterinarian

August 2023 start.  Applications are currently being accepted.