The Team

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Dr Peter Harding


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


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

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

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

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.

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Jessica Battista


Jess originates from country Victoria, and gained valuable experience working in the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding industries, before she decided to study vet nursing. Jess started at Ascot Equine Vets as a work experience veterinary nursing student! Since completing her CertIV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017, she has continued on with us and now works in a full-time nursing role. Jess also has a passion for equine photography and is often seen out competing on her Pilbara Brumby.

Imogen Calverley

Imii did her veterinary nurse training with us at Ascot Equine and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2019. She grew up with horses on a farm in south west WA, and still actively competes in eventing and show-jumping on her Off The Track TB and Irish Sport Horse. Imii enjoys the fast paced environment as an equine veterinary nurse and has a keen interest in foal intensive care and surgical nursing.

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca originates from NSW, where she worked with performance horses prior to her move to the West. After a stint working as a dental nurse and practice manager, she made the move back to working with horses in the role of an Animal Welfare Worker at Murdoch University.

Rebecca joined the Ascot Equine team in May 2020 and officially started a Traineeship in Animal Studies in July 2020. Once she has completed her Certificate in Animal Studies, she aims to then transfer into Veterinary Nursing.

In her downtime, Rebecca enjoys dressage and show jumping her own horses.

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Nadia Hadwen

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.

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Ginny Philips

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 Darbyshite

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.