After-Hours Contact

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Companion animals

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0428 346 756

  1. Partners

  2. Dr Brian H. AndersonDr Brian H. Anderson B.V.Sc., M.S., MVSc, Diplomate A.C.V.S. (Specialist in Equine Surgery)

    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.

  3. Dr Andrew R.E. CustDr Andrew R.E. Cust BSc, BVSc (Hons), MVSc, GAICD.

    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. They returned to Australia in 2008 and started with BVP. Andrew completed his Masters of Veterinary Studies, focussing on the relationship between equine hoof conformation and racing performance. Andrew joined the partnership in July 2010. Andrew has attended a conference on "The Functional Hoof 2014", a 5 day dental workshop to become a member of Equine Dental Vets Australia (2015) and completed the examinations to become an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian (PTV). Andrew recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary at the BVP Equine Clinic. In June 2018 Andrew graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

  4. Paul DempseyPaul Dempsey B App Sc. Ag., MBA.

    Managing Director, BVP

    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 Mountain biker and self confessed DIYer. He enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit with riding and long distance running.

  5. Consultant

  6. Dr Ian C. FultonDr Ian C. Fulton B.V.Sc., M.S., F.A.C.V.Sc. (Specialist in Equine Surgery)

    Ian was born in Ballarat and developed his desire to become a veterinary surgeon from his late father Dr Len Fulton. Len joined Charles Pope in 1954 to form a strong business that has become the Ballarat Veterinary Practice (BVP). Ian graduated from Melbourne University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with 1st class honours. Following graduation, Ian worked as a private practitioner for one year in Kyabram and two years in Adelaide before undertaking a 3 year Residency in Equine Surgery at Michigan State University (MSU) in 1987. While a surgical resident at MSU Ian completed a Master of Science degree with his thesis titled "Laryngeal reinnervation for the treatment of laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring) in horses".

    In 1990, Ian returned as an associate at the BVP and began working as a surgeon at the small equine facility at the Dowling Forest Racetrack. A partnership in the practice followed in 1993. Following examinations in 1992, Ian became a Member of the Equine Surgery chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). Ian then registered as a Specialist in Equine Surgery in 2009 after completing his Fellowship examinations of the ANZCVS.

    With support and input from the original partnership group (Kim McKellar, Bruce Sidebottom, Peter Everist, Richard Lawrence) and current partners Brian Anderson and Andrew Cust, Ian has helped build and develop the equine clinic into the facility that exists today. The practice became the first facility in Victoria to build a nuclear medicine facility to allow scintigraphy (bone scanning) of horses in 1999 when Ian installed a second hand Phillips single head unit. This has now been replaced with a purpose-built MIE equine machine from Germany, which again was a first in Australia in 2010.

    Ian has a special interest in upper airway surgery of horses. In particular the technique of laryngeal reinnervation which was developed following the research during his Masters Degree at MSU. The original technique involves transplanting a nerve into the muscle that opens the larynx during racing. The surgical technique has been refined over the years with input from ongoing research with Ian's assistance at MSU and in collaboration with the French National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort and Dr Fabrice Rossignol at Grosbois Equine facility in Paris. Ian has been a frequent contributor as a speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas on respiratory surgery as well as other surgical topics.

    In 2011, Ian and Brian Anderson, co-authored the chapter on the equine larynx in the prestigious surgical textbook Equine Surgery edited by Jorg Auer and John Stick.
    From 1999 to 2012 Ian travelled to Singapore, Macau and Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis to perform surgery and consult for the champion Asian trainer Malcolm Thwaites.
    Ian became a member of the Ballarat Turf Club Committee in 2004. While President from 2011 to 2015, the running Ballarat Cup moved to a weekend, initially on a Sunday but eventually a stand-alone meeting on a Saturday. The establishment of the reverse direction 2 year-old race for the Magic Millions group was established by Ian and the Committee at that time.

    The BVP has had a long involvement with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) with Len Fulton being President of the national body in 1979. Ian became an executive member of Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA), a special interest group of the AVA in 2010. In 2015 Ian was president of the EVA and in 2020 was awarded a Fellowship of the AVA for his services to the group.
    In July 2020 Ian retired from the partnership of the BVP and is now providing specialist surgical and clinical services 2-3 days per week through his new business, Fulton Equine Consulting.

  7. Associates

  8. Dr Kirsty TylerDr Kirsty Tyler BVSc

    Kirsty grew up around Bacchus Marsh, and attended pony club from age 5, where her love of horses began. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997 with a keen interest in equine practice, which has not wavered after 19 years in the field.

    Kirsty has recently returned to the area she grew up in to join the BVP Equine Clinic team after selling her practice in South Gippsland. While enjoying all aspects of equine work her main interests are reproduction, performance horse medicine, imaging and racetrack practice.

    Kirsty is an FEI official veterinarian attending eventing, dressage and showjumping competitions at an international level.

    When not in vet mode, Kirsty is kept active with two busy, sporty sons and enjoys hiking, reading, catching up with friends and a glass of something bubbly!

  9. Dr Travis SmythDr Travis Smyth BSc (Animal Biology), MSc, DVM.

    Travis joined BVP in August 2017 after completing a large animal surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon (Canada). Travis has a Masters of Science (WCVM), a Veterinary Degree (WCVM), a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology (Thompson Rivers University) and completed his Equine Surgical Internship at Idaho Equine Hospital.
    Travis grew up on an acreage outside Merritt, British Columbia where his family owned and bred western performance horses. Travis enjoys hiking and camping and will be joined in Ballarat by his partner Shelby.

  10. Dr Wei Yeh LeeDr Wei Yeh Lee BSc, DVM (Hons)

    Wei Yeh grew up in Malaysia and moved to Melbourne in 2009. He completed a Bachelor of Science in 2013 and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (with Distinction) in 2016 at the University of Melbourne. Wei completed an 18month Internship at BVP in March 2018. He has now stayed on as an associate veterinarian. Wei Yeh enjoys working on diagnostic imaging, lameness, surgery and anaesthesia.

  11. Dr Rachel BartelsDr Rachel Bartels BVSc (Hons), BAppSci (Hons).

    Rachel was born and raised in Brisbane and developed her love of horses from a very young age, spending many years competing in show jumping and pony club. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Equine Science before going on to complete her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland. It has always been Rachel's goal to be an equine vet and while she enjoys all aspects of equine practice, her interests lie particularly in surgery and sports medicine. Outside of the clinic she enjoy's hiking, art and travelling to new places. Rachel successfully completed the internship at BVP in July 2019 and joined our associate/ambulatory team in August 2019.

  12. Dr Tom DolanDr Tom Dolan BAgSc, BVM&S.

    Tom grew up in Blessington, Ireland. He has ridden all his life. Starting with show jumping and hunting then riding racehorses and point to point steeple chasing. He worked for Niall 'Boots' Madden racing for several years developing a lot of core horsemanship skills and was lucky enough to sit on some nice horses and ride a few winners. He spent a season with Coolmore America in Kentucky where he established a solid understanding of thoroughbred breeding and yearling preparation.
    Tom graduated as a vet from the University of Edinburgh before joining the team at Equine Veterinary Services (Toowoomba) in 2017-2019. His main interests include lameness, reproduction and racetrack medicine all of which he is keen to further advance. His interests away from vet include the outdoors and keeping active, playing Aussie rules, Gaelic football and soccer.

  13. Finbar ManningFinbar Manning MBV, Cert Eq Sports Med.

    Finbar joins us from the prominent Racetrack Veterinary Services in Melbourne. He has spent 3 years in Australia working with racing and performance horses. Previously he has spent time at Paca Paca stud in Hokkaido, Japan. Finbar is a keen sportsman, having competed at the national level in rowing as a junior, U23 and senior.

  14. Interns

  15. Dr Evie SticklandDr Evie Stickland BVM&S MRCVS

    Evie has been working in equine ambulatory practice in Norfolk (UK) since her graduation from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2018. Evie has undertaken externships at Colorado University (Equine) and in South Africa at Vets Go Wild (large exotics).
    Evie is particularly interested in surgery and emergency and critical care.
    In her spare time, Evie likes to go to the gym, and play rugby and netball.

  16. Dr Yi Lok (Jamie) LuiDr Yi Lok (Jamie) Lui BBMed, DVM

    Jamie has joined our team of veterinary interns in 2020. She enjoys all disciplines of the horse industry. She enjoys swimming, ballet and is practiced in numerous instruments including the piano and flute. Jamie is interested in doing an equine surgical residency after completing of her internship.

  17. Administrative staff

  18. Gayle DridanGayle Dridan

    Gayle commenced with BVP in 2015 as Administration manager and personal assistant to Dr Travis Smyth. She comes to BVP with administration experience in the local government, medical, accounting and manufacturing sectors.

  19. Alicia FraserAlicia Fraser

    Alicia joined the BVP team in Reception in April 2018. Alicia has had horses most of her life and is now enjoying teaching her daughter how to ride

  20. Cheryl SoutheeCheryl Southee

    Cheryl joined BVP in 2016 as part of the administration team. Raised on a Harness Racing stud just outside of Hamilton, country Victoria, Cheryl got her first pony at the age of 10 and has had horses ever since. She worked in the Finance Sector for 20 years before joining BVP. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and spending time with her animals.

  21. Kate BibbyKate Bibby

    Kate re-joined the BVP team in Reception in April 2018. Previously Kate had been employed at the clinic as the Equine Anaesthetic Technician from 2001-2009. Kate has had horses all her life and is excited to be back at BVP.

  22. Dayna VavlitisDayna Vavlitis

    Dayna joined the BVP team in 2019. She grew up playing Polocrosse and has had horses her entire life. Dayna comes from a medical reception background and is really enjoying combining her experience with her love of horses. Dayna's spends most of her spare time with family and friends.

  23. Amy TubbsAmy Tubbs

    Amy has joined BVPEC with a wealth of equine and administration knowledge. She has been a champion harness racing trainer/driver and worked in customer service and administration. She has a keen interest in all equestrian adventures including travelling the world to watch international equestrian competitions.

  24. Support staff

  25. Jools GlinkowskiJools Glinkowski VN & EVN - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

    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.

  26. Jess KoeneJess Koene Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

    Jess commenced as an ambulatory nurse in early 2013. Her role involved traveling to farms and stables assisting our primary veterinarians with everything from simple procedures up to field anaesthesia and surgeries. In 2016 she split her time between ambulatory and surgical nursing. These days she is usually found in the surgical suite with our specialist surgeons.

  27. Lisa TatnellLisa Tatnell Cert IV Veterinary Nursing (Box Hill)

    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.

  28. Hayley CroftHayley Croft Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

    Hayley Joined the BVP team in 2014 where she worked in the stables and out in the field on a casual basis. She has now progressed to full time ambulatory nursing which involves going out into the field with the vets to assist with everyday duties from stitch-ups, lameness examinations to general health assessments. Hayley has been around horses since she was young. After finishing school she began her career in the equine industry at Beckworth Riding Ponies (Clunes, Vic), educating young horses and successfully riding in country and royal shows around Victoria.
    Hayley's profile picture is with the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance who she helped look after weekly on our trips to Warrnambool. In 2018 Hayley completed a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She is currently on maternity leave.

  29. Yvette CashmoreYvette Cashmore Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

    Yvette started working at BVP equine clinic in October 2016 as a casual stablehand. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges in 2018. When not at work Yvette enjoys working her own horses as well as attending to her cows, dog, cat and family (in that order).

  30. Charlotte PlewsCharlotte Plews Cert II Eq. Studies, Cert IV Vet Nursing

    Charlotte has a Certificate II in Equine Studies and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has previous experience in a Queensland clinic and with track work riding. Charlotte is a qualified endurance rider and loves looking after the family's pets. Charlotte was employed originally to work in the stables team, however is now a full time member of the nursing team.

  31. Kasey LoftusKasey Loftus

    Kasey joins the team with a wealth of knowledge in the the equestrian and racing world. She has come from the renowned Blackiston Racing stables where she was assistant trainer to Nigel Blackiston for 5 years. Kasey enjoys keeping fit and going to the gym, spending time with her partner and going for long walks with the dogs. She is currently studying to attain a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

  32. Warren ClarkeWarren Clarke

  33. Doug LeishmanDoug Leishman Certificate II in Agriculture - Longerenong College

  34. Lesley BrownLesley Brown

    Lesley worked for BVP in 2015 as a casual stable attendant. In 2017 she returned to BVPEC because she believes that horses are her life, and she enjoys working in a field she loves and where she feels appreciated is a dream come true. She loves retraining off the track race horses, working with unhandled horses and breaking-in any type of horse. She also has a love for dogs.

  35. Stacey KellyStacey Kelly

    Stacey comes to BVPEC with a lifetime of experience in the equine industry. Stacey's passion for horses started at the age of four, working her way through the pony club and on to adult riding, and competing in dressage and eventing. Stacey has also had the opportunity to ride track work, along with working with her husband (Doc Kelly) breaking, pre-training and training thoroughbreds. Stacey loves spending time with her family, gardening and walking the dog.

  36. Simone BreenSimone Breen Certificate III Advanced Stablehand

    Simone is a member of our stables team. Simone has a Certificate III Advanced Stablehand, and is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges. Simone has previously worked as a track-work rider and stablehand with a number of local racing stables.

  37. Charlotte Parker Cert III (Advanced Stablehand), Cert VI (Racehorse Training)

    Charlotte joins our casual stable assistant team. She has been working with horses for ever. She has enormous practical experience and has attained multiple certificates from Federation University, Ballarat. Charlotte has worked for the renowned racing trainer Barb Marshman.