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.
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.
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, returning to Australia in 2008. Andrew completed his Masters of Veterinary Studies, focussing on the relationship between horse hoof conformation and racing performance. Andrew joined the partnership in July 2010.
Sarah completed her veterinary studies at Massey University in New Zealand during which time she spent summers managing her family's dairy farm, calving and milking cows. After receiving her degree in November 2007 she worked as a general practitioner in Auckland, NZ prior to moving to the USA in 2008 where she completed a hospital internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. During her time at Rood and Riddle she traveled to Italy to assist in a basket surgery (surgical treatment for equine cervical vertebral malformation). She was a frequent attendee of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes races and assisted as part of the World Equestrian Games veterinary team in Lexington, Kentucky. She then worked at the Ruffian Equine Medical Centre at Belmont Racetrack in New York before moving to California for her surgical residency at the University of California (UC Davis). Last year Sarah was a member of the veterinary team at the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Racetrack in Los Angeles, California.
Sarah enjoys all aspects of the equine industry, however she has a particular passion for sports medicine, lameness and diagnostic imaging. In her free time Sarah enjoys yoga, running and spending time with her Kentucky-bred dog Bella.
Ruth grew up in Devon, in South West England, which is a big horse and dairy farming area. Her family have always had horses and she grew up with pony club and hunting. She has competed at Advanced Intermediate level eventing. She studied at the University of Edinburgh, gaining a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Science, including a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on Equine Reproduction. Ruth has recently become a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Internal medicine. Her main interests are Equine Medicine and Anaesthesia. Outside of work, she has two very naughty dogs, she loves travelling, and Ruth also plays hockey and SCUBA dives.
Michael completed his Veterinary studies in Queensland before working for 5 years at the Morphettville Equine Clinic in Adelaide. During this time he developed a keen interest in race horses particularly in the areas of lameness, surgery and upper respiratory tract conditions. An active member of the equine veterinary community Michael was the SA representative for Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) from 2010 to 2012. Michael recently passed the Membership Exam with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Surgery. He joined the Ballarat Veterinary Practice team in July 2012 and spends the majority of his time working up cases in the clinic and servicing the local racing stables.
Damian grew up in County Meath, Ireland and was inspired by his grandfather to become a veterinarian. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin and joined the BVP team in September 2013 from Ocala, Florida where he worked for 18 months at a busy referral hospital. While working in Florida Damian gained experience in lameness, surgery, internal medicine, anaesthesia and all aspects of ambulatory medicine. Damian's primary clinical interests are lameness, sports medicine, surgery, neonatology and emergency medicine. Outside of work he enjoys travelling, hiking, cycling and watching sports of any kind.
Nicola grew up in Co. Kilkenny in Ireland and from a young age was an enthusiastic show jumper. She graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 and worked for 8 months in an equine clinic before joining Ballarat in 2013. Her areas of interest are diagnostic imaging, lameness and reproduction.
Meredith grew up in Warwickshire, England, and spent her childhood attending Pony Club rallies and competing in all equestrian disciplines. She continued riding throughout University, being an active member and captain of the University Equestrian Team. Meredith initially graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Equine Science, achieving first class honors. She then went on to complete her Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2014. Following her graduation, she moved to Ballarat to commence an equine internship. In her spare time Meredith enjoys cycling, travelling and reading.
Edwina grew up in Scone in country NSW and was inspired by her father to become a veterinarian. She attended Massey University in New Zealand after finishing school, completing an Equine Science degree in 2004. During this time she worked as a polo groom and doing Thoroughbred yearling sales preps. After returning to Australia, Edwina worked for prominent trainers in Sydney, in client and bloodstock management roles before returning to Sydney University to study Veterinary Science, graduating in December 2014. After graduation, Edwina moved to Ballarat for the equine internship at BVP. Her special areas of interest are sports medicine and imaging. In her free time, Edwina enjoys outdoor activities, eating out and spending time with friends, family and her pets.
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 local cricketer and self confessed DIYer and enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit with long distance running.
Assistant to Chief Operating Officer.
After completing a Bachelor of Management (HR), and spending time living and working abroad, Claire spent eight years in Melbourne working as an Executive Assistant to the CFO of Bunnings Group Limited. She returned with her husband to her home-town of Ballarat in 2009 to start her family, and spent five years as a full-time mum to her two little girls. In 2014, Claire joined BVP in a part-time capacity as Assistant to our Chief Operating Officer, Paul Dempsey.
Personal Assistant to Dr Ian Fulton.
Kim joined the Ballarat Veterinary Practice Equine Clinic in December 2010 after a varied career in healthcare most recently at the Ballarat Base Hospital.
Kim is originally from North Wales in the UK but has spent a number of years living in Australia with her husband Wayne.
Kim enjoys bushwalking & gardening as a break from ongoing house renovations. She also follows the round ball game being a Liverpool F.C. supporter.
Administration Manager - Equine
Anna grew up in Buninyong and graduated from Damascus College. She has been with BVP since 2009 and has a special interest in the accounting side of her role.
In her spare time, Anna shows her three Appaloosa mares (Skye, Audrey and Zoe) in Western Discipline, complete with 10 gallon hat and sparkles!
Anna enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband and her beautiful little daughter. She also adopted two former clinic cats - Kath & Kim - who are now enjoying their retirement at her home in the country.
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.
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.
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.
Sam has been a member of our stable team for some time now. She has recently commenced her studies in Veterinary Nursing and has now joined our nursing team.
Warren is a member of our stable team.
Doug is a member of our stable team.
Chris is a member of our stable team.