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)

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 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 Lilian Kurys-Romer

BSc DVM BSc

EQUINE INTERN 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.

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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.

Claudia Slade-Hopkins

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE

Claudia completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, through AVT, at the end of 2021. She joined our team in a part-time role as an Equine Nurse in January 2022.

As a new nursing graduate, Claudia has chosen to continue to expand her knowledge and skills in all aspects of veterinary nursing, and also works as a small animal nurse with Vetwest.

Claudia has always had a love for horses and has been riding since a young age. When at Ascot, she relishes in continuing to learn about caring for horses and loves nursing our patients back to good health.

Kiara Hutchinson

Cert IV Veterinary Nursing

VETERINARY NURSE & RECEPTIONIST

Having previously nursed in small animal practice, Kiara decided to spread her wings to pursue her interest in equine care and joined our team in August 2021. Kiara is usually the first port of call when coming to the hospital, and works diligently at the front reception, answering phone calls and ensuring smooth communication between nurses and vets. She also enjoys assisting in afterhours surgeries and is always keen to come in and nurse when called in the middle of the night.

Kiara has a small menagerie of 3 cats, 3 dogs and 2 horses. She has a huge heart for anything associated with Border Collies and loves Quarter Horses. Her Quarter Horses, Cooper and Cruiser, are the apple of her eye.

Kiara enjoys furthering her knowledge in equine nursing and loves to say hello, so don’t be shy to stop by! She is currently studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at Murdoch and is highly motivated follow her childhood passion and transfer to study Veterinary Medicine once completed.

Ashley Cullen

TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSE & STABLE ATTENDANT

Ashley is currently studying Veterinary Nursing and joined our team in the role of Stable Attendant in February 2021.

Ashley hails from the United States and began horse-riding at a young age, during which time she had her own horse for many years. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, she worked in various administrative roles and relocated to Australia in 2020. Since then, she has continued to work in admin, mainly around veterinary reception.

Ashley however much prefers the outdoor life and getting her hands dirty. She is excited to continue to develop her skills in animal care and handling with us at Ascot Equine, in pursuit of her new career as a Veterinary Nurse.

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.

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.

Belinda Bracegirdle

STABLE ATTENDANT

Tasha Warren

STABLE ATTENDANT

Tasha joined the team at Ascot in December 2021. She looks after the horses and yards and helps with horse handling when needed. She particularly enjoys getting to know the individual personalities of our patients.

Tasha grew up in rural Queensland and moved to the Gold Coast to study Marine Science. After a period of working and travelling, Tasha then completed a Certificate III in Animal Studies and worked as a veterinary nurse in a small animal and exotic clinic on the Gold Coast.

Along the way, Tasha developed a passion to become a vet. In 2021, she relocated to Perth to study Agricultural Science at Murdoch University. In 2022, her hard work paid off and she successfully transferred across to study Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University.

Sam Henttonen

STABLE ATTENDANT

Sam joined the team at Ascot in October 2021. Sam is deeply passionate about animal well-being. Together with studying and working, she is also involved in various volunteer programs, including volunteering at the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) centre in Brigadoon.

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) in 2017, Sam decided to take a break from studying and spent the following two years travelling Europe. She spent most of this time assisting at animal sanctuaries and volunteering for community-based programs.

On return to Australia, Sam enrolled to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, with a double major in Animal Science and Animal Health, at Murdoch University. With this degree, she plans to expand her knowledge in the care and welfare of animals, with the aim to transfer to study Veterinary Medicine and become a veterinarian.