After-Hours Contact

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  1. Partners

  2. Dr Ian C. FultonDr Ian C. Fulton B.V.Sc., M.S., F.A.C.V.Sc. (Specialist in Equine Surgery)

    Ian was born in Ballarat developed his desire to become a veterinarian from his father Len who was one of the founding members of practice. Ian graduated from Melbourne University in 1983 and began private practice for 1 year in Kyabram and then 2 years in an equine practice in Adelaide. A residency in Equine Surgery at Michigan State University between 1987 and 1990 then followed. During this period Ian also completed a Master of Science Degree, his Thesis being on laryngeal reinnervation in the horse. In 1992 Ian passed the examination to become a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the Equine Surgery Chapter. In 2009 Ian also took the examination for Fellowship of the College which has resulted in his registration as a Specialist in Equine Surgery, one of only 12 registered in the state of Victoria Ian started work at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice in 1990 and joined the Partnership in 1993. Along with past partners Kim McKellar, Peter Everist and Bruce Sidebottom and current partners Brian Anderson and Andrew Cust, Ian has helped build and develop the Equine Clinic at Miners Rest into the facility that exists today. Ian's special interest is laryngeal reinnervation in horses. Following his Masters Degree from Michigan State University, Ian has operated on over 300 horses suffering from laryngeal hemiplegia or "roaring" as it is commonly known. The nerve muscle pedicle graft that Ian helped develop while at Michigan State University is only performed at a few Veterinary centres around the world. Further research to enhance the technique has been undertaken at Michigan State University, Melbourne University and most recently (2011) at the National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort in Paris all of which Ian has had input into. Ian is frequent presenter at conferences in Australia and overseas. In 2003, Ian and Brian Anderson where the only two invited speakers to attend a workshop on laryngeal hemiplegia for the Havemeyer Foundation in England. Recently while attending a respiratory surgery workshop in Paris, Ian was called to give an impromptu talk on laryngeal reinnervation to the delegates. In 2011 Ian with the assistance of Brian Anderson has re-written the book chapter of laryngeal surgery for Auer and Stick's "Equine surgery", one of the premier, world renowned texts on equine surgery. Ian since 1999 has travelled to Singapore, Macau and Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis to perform surgery and consult for trainers at the racetracks there. Ian regularly attends yearling sales for radiograph and horse assessments. Ian has been a committee member of the Ballarat Turf Club since 2004 and is currently President of the Club. In 2010/11 Ian has been the Chairman of the Stakeholder Committee as part of the Executive of Equine Veterinarians Australia. While thoroughbred and standardbred race horses make up a large part of his work, Ian is always happy to provide service to all breeds of horses.

  3. Dr Brian H. AndersonDr Brian H. Anderson B.V.Sc., M.S., MVSc, Diplomate A.C.V.S. (Specialist in Equine Surgery)

    BVSc with distinction 1986 (Massey University New Zealand), MVSc in Equine Pharmacology and internship in equine medicine and surgery 1989-1991 (Massey University New Zealand), Resident in Large Animal Surgery and MS degree 1991-1994 (University of Minnesota USA), Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons 1996 in Large Animal Surgery and Specialist in Equine Surgery Victoria Australia 2009, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Surgery 1996-2000 Massey University.

    Brian joined the Ballarat Veterinary Practice in September 2000 via the Sydney Olympics where he was one of two vets looking after the dressage and show jumping teams. He became a partner in the practice in 2003 and has established with Ian Fulton, Andrew Cust and former partners the equine hospital and referral service that is today one of Australia's leaders in the field of equine veterinary services.

    Brian has many years of experience in upper respiratory tract, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. He was the endoscopic consultant for New Zealand Bloodstock from 1996-2002 where he examined and adjudicated on the sales examination of the upper respiratory tract of thousands of Thoroughbred Yearlings. He has published the results of normal and abnormal function of the larynx in young thoroughbreds and described the cause and outcome of disease affecting the arytenoid cartilages (arytenoids chondritis). He has over 20 years of experience and expertise in the field of Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scanning) and referral lameness evaluation.

    To help his clients achieve the best results Brian strives to keep abreast of many new techniques and in the last 12 years has updated his skills in the area of stem cell and regenerative medical technology for tendon/ligament repair, specialist stifle arthroscopic techniques and received further specialist training in equine laparoscopy in Australia and the United States in 2009 and 2010. This led to the introduction of this innovative procedure to the practice. Both Brian and Ian Fulton have been interested in developing methods and techniques for performing standing surgery (which avoids the risks and cost of general anaesthesia) and now perform a number of techniques in the standing sedated horse including spine surgery, laser surgery of the upper respiratory tract, sinus surgery of the head, articular facet injections of the neck and back, skin grafts, eye enucleation, sarcoid therapy and wound repair.

    Together with Ian Fulton, Brian is one of the leading sales veterinarians in Australia when it comes to presale evaluation of radiographs and services some of Australia's top buyers.

    Brian is an invited speaker and he presents frequently to other veterinarians in Australia and internationally on topics relating to equine surgery and on results of research and clinical conditions evaluated at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice.

    When not working Brian spends many hours playing with his three daughters, wining and dining with his wife, gyming, cycling and working on his 15 acre agistment farm where there are also 5 of the families horses, Ulrich the dachshund, Max the Jack Russell cross and Rufus the Abyssinian.

  4. Dr Andrew R.E. CustDr Andrew R.E. Cust BSc, BVSc (Hons), MVSc, GAICD.

    Andrew studied for a Bachelor of Science at Latrobe University before travelling overseas to England, America and Argentina. On returning to Australia, he studied Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 2001, his studies having included a stint of practical experience here at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice. Andrew started his career at the Kilmore Veterinary Practice, initially working with both large and small animals. Andrew grew up on a horse stud, has played polo in Australia and overseas and has also worked casually for Racing Victoria and Harness Racing Victoria, officiating at race meetings. Andrew and his wife Louisa then moved to Macau, China, to live and work for the Macau Jockey Club, working with 1000 horses stabled at the Macau racetrack. They returned to Australia in 2008 and started with BVP. Andrew completed his Masters of Veterinary Studies, focussing on the relationship between equine hoof conformation and racing performance. Andrew joined the partnership in July 2010. Andrew has attended a conference on "The Functional Hoof 2014" and a 5 day workshop to become a member of Equine Dental Vets Australia (2015). Andrew recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary at the BVP Equine Clinic. In June 2018 Andrew graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

  5. Paul DempseyPaul Dempsey B App Sc. Ag., MBA.

    BVP Chief Operating Officer

    Paul comes to BVP with over 15 years experience in senior management and leadership roles in the Agribusiness and retail sectors. With skills in general and operations management, Paul is a commercial business leader who adopts a pragmatic, hands-on approach. Originally from the Canberra region, much of Paul's experience has been gained throughout many areas of NSW including the New England, Hunter Valley and Southern NSW regions before moving to Ballarat nearly 10 years ago with his wife and family.

    Paul has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Western Sydney, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New England and more recently has completed the Advanced Management Program through the University of Melbourne's Mt Eliza Business School. Paul is a keen Mountain biker and self confessed DIYer. He enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit with riding and long distance running.

  6. Associates

  7. Dr Kirsty TylerDr Kirsty Tyler BVSc

    Kirsty grew up around Bacchus Marsh, and attended pony club from age 5, where her love of horses began. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997 with a keen interest in equine practice, which has not wavered after 19 years in the field.

    Kirsty has recently returned to the area she grew up in to join the BVP Equine Clinic team after selling her practice in South Gippsland. While enjoying all aspects of equine work her main interests are reproduction, performance horse medicine, imaging and racetrack practice.

    Kirsty is an FEI official veterinarian attending eventing, dressage and showjumping competitions at an international level.

    When not in vet mode, Kirsty is kept active with two busy, sporty sons and enjoys hiking, reading, catching up with friends and a glass of something bubbly!

  8. Dr. Alexandra TappDr. Alexandra Tapp BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

    Alex completed her Veterinary Studies at the University of Queensland in 2010. Following university Alex completed an Equine Internship at both the Matamata Veterinary Equine Clinic and the Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic. She then began worked as an ambulatory associate for 2 years at Western Equine Veterinary Services in Werribee before returning to the BVP team. Alex recently became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. In her spare time Alex enjoys horse riding, hiking, travelling and camping.

  9. Dr Andrew HamiltonDr Andrew Hamilton BEng (hons) MVB CertAVP(ESO) MRCVS

    Andy joined BVP on 1st August 2017 as our newest Ambulatory Associate. Andy comes to us from Galedin Veterinary in the Scottish Borders which is a 30 vet mixed practice. Andy has been an entirely equine based ambulatory vet for the past four years. Andy completed his MVB Vet Med at University College in Dublin in 2011, followed by a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Surgery - Orthopaedics) and an externship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky in 2016. Andy enjoys playing rugby, cycling and skiing and will be joined in Ballarat by his partner Mel.

  10. Dr Travis SmythDr Travis Smyth BSc (Animal Biology), MSc, DVM.

    Travis joined BVP in August 2017 after completing a large animal surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon (Canada). Travis has a Masters of Science (WCVM), a Veterinary Degree (WCVM), a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology (Thompson Rivers University) and completed his Equine Surgical Internship at Idaho Equine Hospital.
    Travis grew up on an acreage outside Merritt, British Columbia where his family owned and bred western performance horses. Travis enjoys hiking and camping and will be joined in Ballarat by his partner Shelby.

  11. Dr Wei Yeh LeeDr Wei Yeh Lee BSc, DVM(Hons)

    Wei Yeh grew up in Malaysia and moved to Melbourne in 2009. He completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (with Distinction) in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. Wei completed an 18month Internship at BVP in March 2018. He has now stayed on as an associate veterinarian. Wei Yeh enjoys working on diagnostic imaging, lameness, surgery and anaesthesia.

  12. Dr Gregor HepburnDr Gregor Hepburn BVM&S, MRCVS

    Gregor was brought up on a stock farm in Southern Scotland and studied for his veterinary degree at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. He began work within the equine team of a large practice in the Northwest of England and enjoys all aspects of the job from miniature shetlands to top class athletes. Gregor especially enjoys dental work and lameness investigations.

  13. Interns

  14. Dr Rachel BartelsDr Rachel Bartels BVSc(Hons), BAppSci(Hons).

    Rachel was born and raised in Brisbane and developed her love of horses from a very young age, spending many years competing in show jumping and pony club. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Equine Science before going on to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland. It has always been Rachel's goal to be an equine vet and while she enjoys all aspects of equine practice, her interests lie particularly in surgery and sports medicine. Outside of the clinic she enjoy's hiking, art and travelling to new places.

  15. Dr Alona KalamanovaDr Alona Kalamanova BVM BVS (MRCVS)

    Alona was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. She has always been passionate about horses and started working at the stables at the age of thirteen. She has completed her degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nottingham, UK. During the course of her degree, she worked in Morocco and Egypt and developed a special interest in donkeys and working equids. Her current focus lies in the area of surgery and orthopaedics. In her free time, she goes to the gym, and her other interests include Latin dance and travelling.

  16. Administrative staff

  17. Gayle DridanGayle Dridan

    Gayle commenced with BVP in 2015 as Administration manager and personal assistant to Dr Travis Smyth. She comes to BVP with administration experience in the local government, medical, accounting and manufacturing sectors.

  18. Kim HillKim Hill

    Kim is a member of our administration team. Kim's main role at BVP is Personal assistant to Drs Fulton and Anderson.

  19. Krystal JessKrystal Jess

    Krystal is a member of our administration team.

  20. Shannon McKimmieShannon McKimmie

    Shannon is a member of our administration team

  21. Velvet Gratton-WatsonVelvet Gratton-Watson

    Velvet joined the admin reception team in 2016. Her passion for horses began at a young age, competing in many equestrian sports such as eventing and polocrosse and everything in between, including riding track work for Ballarat's renowned trainer Darren Weir for a number of years .

  22. Cheryl SoutheeCheryl Southee

    Cheryl joined BVP in 2016 as part of the administration team. Raised on a Harness Racing stud just outside of Hamilton, country Victoria. Cheryl got her first pony at the age of 10 and has had horses ever since. She worked in the Finance Sector for 20 years before joining BVP. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and her animals.

  23. Support staff

  24. Jools GlinkowskiJools Glinkowski

    Jools joined the BVP team after 15 years of experience leading and managing nursing and surgical operations in world class equine hospitals, clinics and breeding facilities in the UK and UAE. Jools is originally from York, UK and completed her RCVS Veterinary Nurse Certificate and RCVS Equine Nurse Certificate at Bristol University in the UK. She was the head surgery nurse at Rossdale & Partners in Newmarket, UK, the biggest private equine clinic in Europe. More recently Jools was the head surgery nurse and anaesthetist at the Dubai Equine Hospital before moving to Ballarat. Outside of work Jools enjoys travelling, yoga and anything sporty outdoors.

  25. Jess KoeneJess Koene Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing

    Jess commenced the new role as an ambulatory nurse in early 2013. Her role involves traveling to farms and stables assisting our primary veterinarians with everything from simple procedures up to field anaesthesia and surgeries.

  26. Lisa TatnellLisa Tatnell Cert IV Veterinary Nursing (Box Hill)

    Lisa is a qualified Veterinary nurse and is passionate about the equine industry. She has worked across a number of practices, most recently for Cathels Equine Practice in Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

    She has a wealth of Veterinary Nursing experience and approaches her work with a keen sense of diligence and professionalism.

  27. Samantha ConveySamantha Convey Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

    Sam was a member of our stable team for some time before embarking on a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She completed that in 2016 and is now a valuable member of our nursing team.

  28. Zoie DalyZoie Daly Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing

    Zoie is a member of our equine nursing team.

  29. Hayley CroftHayley Croft

    Hayley Joined the BVP team in 2014 where she worked in the stables and out in the field on a casual basis. She has now progressed to full time ambulatory nursing which involves going out into the field with the vets to assist with everyday duties from stitch-ups, lameness examinations to general health assessments. Hayley has been around horses since she was young. After finishing school she began her career in the equine industry at Beckworth Riding Ponies (Clunes, Vic), educating young horses and successfully riding in country and royal shows around Victoria.
    Hayley's profile picture is with the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance who she helped look after weekly on our trips to Warrnambool. In 2016 Hayley commenced studying for a Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

  30. Yvette CashmoreYvette Cashmore

    Yvette started working at BVP equine clinic in October 2016 as a casual stablehand. She is currently studying her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges, an online TAFE. When not at work Yvette enjoys working her own horses as well as attending to her cows, dog, cat & family (in that order).

  31. Ashlee DenningAshlee Denning

    Ashley is part of our support team while studying veterinary nursing.

  32. Warren ClarkeWarren Clarke

    Warren is a member of our stable team.

  33. Doug LeishmanDoug Leishman

    Doug is a member of our stable team.

  34. Chris GarlandChris Garland

    Chris is a member of our stable team.

  35. Leslie BrownLeslie Brown

    Leslie worked for BVP in 2015 as a casual stable attendant. In 2017 she returned as "horses are my life". She says "to work in a field I love and to be appreciated is a dream come true." She loves retraining off the track race horses, working with unhandled horses and breaking in / starting any type of horse is her passion. She also has a love for dogs.