The Team

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Dr Peter Harding

BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS MVS DACVS

DIRECTOR

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery & Adjunct Clinical Teacher Murdoch University

Hailing from a beef and sheep farm in the southern tablelands of NSW, Pete completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, Pete has worked in Australia and UK before completing a residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Murdoch University. Pete completed a research Master’s degree in 2011 on ‘Local anti-microbial delivery systems for therapy of orthopaedic infections in the horse’. In 2013, he successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Diplomat examinations and is recognized as a Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery. Pete spent 2 years in the role of resident surgeon for one of Melbourne’s largest equine practices before returning to the west. He has a keen interest in lameness diagnosis, airway dysfunction and enthusiasm for all things surgical!

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Dr Annemarie Cullimore

MVB MANZCVS MVSc DACVIM

DIRECTOR

Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine & Diplomate, American College Veterinary Internal Medicine (LAIM)

Annemarie is an Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine. She graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2003, and spent time working in mixed animal practice in Ireland before immigrating to Australia. Annemarie then worked in a well reputed racetrack practice in Adelaide for four years, during which time she passed the Australian membership examination in equine surgery. In 2010, she made the move to Western Australia, and spent 6 years working at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. During this time she completed a three year specialist training programme in equine medicine and surgery, passed the ACVIM board specialist exam in large animal internal medicine and completed a research Master’s degree focussing on Inflammatory Airway Disease. She is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and one of the only specialists in Equine Medicine working in private practice in WA. Annemarie has a special interest in all things medicine ranging from sick foals, to poorly performing racehorses, to the geriatric paddock pet.

Dr Barny Fraser

BVSc MSc CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

EBVS® Recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery

Barny qualified from Bristol University in 1998 and spent the next 3 years in mixed and cattle practice in the UK and NZ. After an internship and residency training in the UK, he passed the European College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma Board examination to become an EBVS® Recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery in 2006. Since then, he has worked in equine first opinion and referral practice in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, developing experience in all aspects of surgery, with a particular interest in arthroscopy and fracture repair.

Dr Laura Cox

MVB MANZCVS (Equine Surgery & Medicine)

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN
Dr Laura Cox has well grounded experience in all facets of equine veterinary practice however maintains a special interest in equine reproduction and broodmare management.  Laura graduated from the University College Dublin in 2009, and commenced her career as an equine stud vet in her homeland, Ireland. However after a few years Laura made the move down under with her  first stop in the beautiful surrounds of south west WA, where she continued to concentrate her veterinary focus on equine practice. Laura successfully undertook membership examinations to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. After a few years down south Laura made the move to Baldivis Veterinary Hospital, in Perth’s south, where Laura continued her passion for equine veterinary practice, and successfully passed membership examinations to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Surgery. Laura provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team at Ascot Equine Vets.

Dr Anika Kalka

BSc BVMS(Dist)

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN
Originally from Tasmania, Anika sought out the sun and moved West to complete her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in 2016. After spending time gaining valuable experience in mixed practice in Geraldton, she decided to follow her passion for horses and joined the team at Ascot in August 2018. Anika loves all aspects of equine practice and has a special interest in equine dentistry. In her spare time, Anika enjoys bushwalking, rock climbing and sitting down with a good book.

Dr Annabelle Campbell

BSc DVM

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN
Annabelle graduated from Murdoch University at the end of 2019, and has commenced her equine veterinary career in the position of Equine Intern with us at Ascot Equine. Annabelle grew up with horses on a small farm  in Geraldton, and competed across many different disciplines including dressage, show horse and polocrosse. She is very excited about her new role and has a keen interest in developing her equine skills across all aspects of surgery and medicine.

Dr Zoe Jones

BSc DVM

EQUINE INTERN VETERINARIAN
Upon completing her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in December 2020, Zoe joined our team in early January as our new intern veterinarian.

Zoe grew up in Kalgoorlie where she developed a love of horses, trailing her Grandad to the races to watch his horses racing. She now has horses of her own at home with which she competes in eventing and show jumping.

Zoe is very excited to take this first step in her career as an equine veterinarian. She is already quickly learning the ropes and looks forward to further developing and consolidating her skills across all aspects of equine medicine and surgery.

Dr Bryden Bell

BSc BVMS

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN

After graduating from Murdoch University in 2009, Bryden began her veterinary career at Ascot Equine. During her time at Ascot over the following 7 years, she developed a special interest in lameness diagnosis and diagnostic ultrasound of the equine musculoskeletal system. Her passion was so strong that she even travelled to Europe on weekends to complete many ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) modules to further her knowledge and understanding in the management of lameness conditions of the equine athlete! In 2016, Bryden left Ascot Equine to manage her family’s cattle station in Broome. Since then, she has continued to practice Cattle and Equine Medicine in Broome, and has also been kept busy chasing her toddler Arie around the station. Bryden returned to work part-time at Ascot Equine, during the Broome ‘off-season’, in late Spring 2020. In her ‘spare time’, she enjoys competing in Campdrafting on weekends.

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Nadia Hadwen

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE COORDINATOR
Nadia began her nursing career in 2008, and worked predominantly in small animal practice for 4 years, before making the move to Equine. She then worked in a busy horse hospital in WA for a further 7 years, before joining the team at Ascot Equine in 2020.

Nadia counts herself lucky working in this industry where she enjoys the fast-paced environment, the continued learning, being a part of a fun professional team, and having the ability to help her true passion, horses, every day.

Nadia’s special interests include lameness, performance and nutrition management. Outside of Ascot, Nadia is a keen showjumper. She enjoys spending her time away at equestrian events and bumping into clients with their horses and seeing them do what they do best.

Danika Gallagher

BSc (Veterinary Nursing) BSc (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

VETERINARY NURSE

Danika grew up on a farm in the West of Ireland and was surrounded by animals from a young age. She has a Bachelor of Science in both Veterinary Nursing AND Animal Welfare and Behaviour. Since graduating, Danika has worked in a number of small animal veterinary practices across Ireland and Perth.

Danika joined the team at Ascot Equine in March 2021. She thrives in the busy hospital environment and loves expanding her equine nursing skills from day to day.

Taylah Ridley

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Taylah graduated as a veterinary nurse, from Applied Vocational Training, in 2016. After graduating, Taylah spent 4 years in a thriving small animal practice before joining our team in March 2021.

As Taylah has been involved with horses for a large part of her life, she always aspired to become an equine nurse, and loves to be able to combine her passion for vet nursing and horses at work. During her career so far as a veterinary nurse, Taylah has found surgical nursing, patient care and nutrition, the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of the job.

Outside of the hospital, Taylah is an avid showjumper, and will always be found out in the ring competing with her horse – Bisdale Timeless.

Chloe Dawe

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Chloe completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at the end of 2019, and joined our team in October 2020. Chloe has grown up with horses and has competed in rodeo competitions since she pretty much sat on a horse.

Working with horses has always been her passion and she is also a qualified equine massage therapist! Chloe has a keen interest in the surgical aspect of vet nursing.

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Ginny Philips

YARD MANAGER
Ginny came out of semi-retirement to join our team in May 2020 as Stable and Yard Manager. Ginny is an enthusiastic animal lover and has a keen eye for detail. She originates from the UK and has always had a passion for horses.

Prior to retiring, Ginny was employed as Barn Manager at Murdoch University for over 10 years. In her younger days, she was an eager eventer and rode regularly in the local hunt.

Ginny has quite a menagerie at home which includes her four-legged equine love Towie, an alpaca, cats, a dog, sheep, chooks and several fish!

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Darcy Darbyshire

STABLE ATTENDANT
Darcie joined the team at Ascot Equine in October 2019 as a Stable Attendant. She helps to look after our stable and yard area and also assists with horse handling.

Darcie grew up with horses and has a wealth of experience under her belt having been a past member of a number of equestrian clubs and co-founded Geraldton Horse Agility Club.

She is currently studying a Bachelor in Animal Science and Animal Health at Murdoch University and a Diploma in Equine Tactile Therapies at the Australian College of Animal Tactile Therapy.

Karryn Buller

STABLE ATTENDANT

Karryn joined our team at Ascot Equine in February 2021. She assists with horse handling and looks after the stables and yards, and loves the challenge of working with difficult horses in particular.

Karryn grew up on a farm near the small town of Bruce Rock located in the Wheatbelt. This has given her a great deal of experience in working with animals from a young age, including dogs, cats, sheep and horses. She is also a member of her local pony club, and is now working on attaining her coaching qualifications.

She is currently at Murdoch University studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in Animal Science & Crop and Pasture Science.