The Team

Dr Peter Harding, Ascot Equine Veterinarians, Ascot Equine vet, Performance horse, Racehorse

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!

Dr Annemarie Cullimore, Ascot Equine Veterinarians, Ascot Equine vet, Performance horse, Racehorse

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 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) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

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 Lilian Kurys-Romer

BSc DVM

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN

After emigrating from Germany, Lili grew up in her family’s rural mixed animal veterinary hospital in Margaret River. When she wasn’t sitting on a horse, she was sitting on a cattle rail with her dad at work. In her 20’s, she undertook an apprenticeship starting and training Thoroughbreds and performance horses. Lili then went back to vet school and graduated from Murdoch University in 2021. Lili is absolutely thrilled to undertake her internship with us at Ascot Equine. She loves all facets of equine medicine and surgery and is especially passionate about clinical research and optimising equine health and athletic performance. When not at the clinic, Lili will be on one of her Australian Stock Horses with her dogs in the arena, bush, or beach.

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.

Dr Kym Houlston

BVSc MRCVS

ASSOCIATE EQUINE VETERINARIAN

Dr Amanda Drought

BSc DVM

INTERN VETERINARIAN – JANUARY 2023 – JANUARY 2024

Amanda grew up in the Southwest of WA, where she spent as much time as she could on horseback. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2020 and spent her first 2 years as a general practice vet in a busy small animal practice in Bunbury.

Amanda has a special interest in improving animal welfare in developing countries. She regularly visits the Gili Islands and Lombok in Indonesia as a veterinary volunteer for working horses. She is very excited to join the team at Ascot Equine Veterinarians and pursue her passion for all things equine.

Dr Eimear McNamee

MVB

INTERN VETERINARIAN (AUGUST 2023 – AUGUST 2024)

Danika Gallagher

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

HEAD 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.

Eeva Peltonen

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Eeva grew up in a small town in Finland and has always been around animals. She started working with horses on school holidays, completed a Certificate IV in Agriculture and Horse Management in 2008, after which she worked in a horse racing stable for a few years in Finland. In 2012, Eeva seized the opportunity to move to Western Australia to work for Trevor Andrews Racing.

Eeva completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through AVT in 2021, and thereafter worked in small animal practice and as a nurse assistant at the emergency department at Murdoch University. Horses however have always been her passion, and she started working with us at Ascot Equine in July 2022.

Rhylea McSweeney

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Rhylea comes from a large family of farmers, horse breeders and trainers. Growing up, she was lucky to experience many aspects of Australian life through living in many parts of WA and the NT. When living on her family’s cattle station outside Kalgoorlie, Rhylea found a love for cattle and horses. She couldn’t ignore this passion to care for animals and moved to Perth to pursue a career as a veterinary nurse.

During her vet nursing studies, Rhylea did work placement with us at Ascot Equine. She successfully graduated from AVT with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in December 2022 and joined the team as a fully-fledged nurse thereafter.

When not at work, Rhylea enjoys spending her time on the back of a horse, exploring the bush lands walking with her 2 kelpies and catching up with family and friends.

Olivia Kealey

BSc Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Olivia originally hails from Ireland and graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing in 2017. After graduation, she worked as a qualified veterinary nurse in mixed practice in Ireland before making the move to Australia in 2022.

Olivia joined the team at Ascot in May 2023. She is a passionate animal and equine lover and is excited to develop her equine nursing skills at Ascot Equine. Olivia has a keen interest in showing horses and was actively involved in showing Connemara ponies in working hunter classes back in Ireland.

Skye McMullen

Currently enrolled in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSE 

Skye commenced a Veterinary Nursing Traineeship in April 2023. She has been passionate about horses since before she can remember and is excited to embark on this pathway to equine nursing.

Skye is an active mounted games competitor and was a member of the Pony Club Australia International Mounted Games team in 2019.

 

Alisha Harrison

STABLE ATTENDANT

Alisha joined our team as a Stable Attendant in February 2021. Alisha brings with her a vast amount of experience in caring for and handling horses.

Alisha not only has experience as a horse handler in equine practice, but also worked as a veterinary nurse in small animal practice for 6 years. In her previous role in equine practice, she wrestled foals, prepared mares for scans and assisted with stallion covers.

Alisha has an innate horse sense and is particularly comfortable in handling difficult horses. Most recently, Alisha has worked alongside her husband, Dain, in their family business breaking-in horses.

Hope Pulley

STABLE ATTENDANT

Growing up, Hope always had a keen interest in animal, particularly dogs and horses. At 15, she started riding and working as a stable hand at a local agistment centre. In 2020, Hope started a Certificate III in Animal Studies (through AVT) while also working at different riding schools as a stable hand and riding instructor/assistant. She joined the team at Ascot Equine in November 2022 as a Stable Attendant and loves learning hands on about horse care, health, and reproduction.

When not at work, Hope enjoys spending time with her family, walking with her 5 Golden Retrievers, and riding the cheeky little Highland pony she has been leasing for the past year.

Hannah Harris

STABLE ATTENDANT

Hannah is currently studying Veterinary Nursing at AVT. She has always had a love for horses and takes any chance to be around them. Hannah joined the team at Ascot Equine in the role of Stable Attendant in November 2022. Through this role, Hannah hopes to learn as much as she can about horse health and wellbeing, to help patients in the future.

Lucinda Boulter

STABLE ATTENDANT

Lucinda joined the team in March 2023. She is currently studying a Certificate II in Animal Care with the aim to do a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing next year.

Belinda Bracegirdle

VETERINARY STUDENT – STABLE ATTENDANT

Murdoch University Class of 2027

Belinda joined the team in August 2021, bringing with her an extensive background in breeding and a keen interest in all things neonatal.

Her years of involvement in horse breeding and mare and foal husbandry has prompted a career change and Belinda is currently studying Veterinary Science at Murdoch University with her goal set to become an Equine Vet.

In her free time, Belinda can be found with her OTT Nugget or her very demanding dog Gus Gus.

Caitlin Lochore

VETERINARY STUDENT – STABLE ATTENDANT

Murdoch University Class of 2027

Caitlyn grew up in Auckland, New Zealand where she spent most of her time on a horse. In 2018, she travelled to Germany to pursue a professional riding career and learned valuable skills while working in a professional show jumping stable. Caitlyn has worked in many roles in the equine industry, including yearling prep, schooling, and sales on behalf of Ruby Racing and Breeding.

Upon moving to Perth in 2020, Caitlyn decided to pursue a career in the veterinary industry, which was always her true passion. She successfully transferred from studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Animal Science and Animal Health, to Veterinary Science at Murdoch University, in 2023.

Caitlyn adores the working environment at Ascot Equine Vets and enjoys working among professionals from whom she learns something new every day.