Alan Julian

Alan graduated from Massey University in 1973, worked for a short period at the Wanganui Veterinary Club then took the position of Veterinary Investigation Officer at the Wallaceville Animal Health Reference Laboratory. This period included one year on exchange to the Regional Animal Health Laboratory, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and four months at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. In 1985 Alan became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. In 1986 Alan transferred to the Ruakura Animal Health Laboratory. He remained there during the transition from a MAF owned laboratory to AgriQuality then ownership by Gribbles. Gribbles then amalgamated the Ruakura laboratory with Alpha scientific at the Sunshine Avenue premises where Alan worked till October 2013. Alan joined New Zealand Veterinary Pathology in February 2014. NZVP was purchased by IDEXX where Alan works to date. His interests are large animal pathology, especially diseases of horses, neuropathology and diseases of the foetus and placenta.

Alec Jorgensen

With a background of residency training in equine sports medicine and lameness in the USA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Equine Specialty; Alec joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre (A division of Hamilton Veterinary Services) in 2005. Since then he has had principle responsibility for Sales horses within the practice. With an emphasis on quality, consistency and integrity; few veterinarians in Australasia would annually take, review and report on, as many weanling and yearling radiographs as Alec.

Andrew McFadden

Andrew worked in private veterinary practice for 14 years and has spent the last 16 years employed in the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), with a major focus on investigation, response, and surveillance. Over the last 10 years provided technical expertise for several projects in East and SE Asia involving control of foot-and-mouth disease and other transboundary animal disease. Recently has led initiation of the MPI/MFAT Pacific Partnership Programme for Animal Biosecurity, with a focus on African Swine Fever.

Angela Hawker

Angela graduated from Massey University in 2001. After two years at Canterbury Equine Clinic, she completed an Internship in Neonatology and Critical Care at Ohio State University and Scone Equine Hospital’s Clovelly Intensive Care Unit. Angela stayed on in Scone and gained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine. After this, she returned to New Zealand and has been in Cambridge for the last sixteen years. During the breeding season most of her work involves reproductive and stud medicine work on thoroughbred farms, but she also enjoys all aspects of managing athletic horses and is fascinated by internal medicine challenges, particularly the intensive care of neonates.

Babiche Heil

Babiche graduated from Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 2010. After several years in mixed and equine practice Babiche did an internship in equine reproduction at the VDL Stud in The Netherlands, followed by a second internship in medicine, surgery and anaesthesia at large referral hospital. She developed a special interest in equine reproduction and went on to do several back-to-back stud seasons between The Netherlands, Western Australia and New Zealand In 2014 she permanently moved to New Zealand to work as a stud vet in the Waikato and she started her residency in Theriogenology at Louisiana State University in the USA in 2017. During her residency she presented her research on the Metagenetic characterization of the equine uterine microbiome at the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction in Cambridge, UK and won the Michelle LeBlanc award for young presenters. She became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a member for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientist, reproduction chapter in 2019. After a year as resident vet on a large thoroughbred stud farm in Australia, and 9 months in mixed practice in Central Otago, Babiche came back to the Waikato to join the team at Matamata Veterinary Services where she currently works as an American registered specialist in Equine Reproduction. She has a special interest in mare (in)fertility and endometritis.

Ben Sykes

Ben is a veterinarian with over 23 years clinical experience and boarded with both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in large animal internal medicine and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in equine internal medicine. Throughout his career he has worked with a wide range of horses, focusing on high performance horses in racetrack, breeding and sport horse settings. In addition to his interest, and experience, in the management of high-performance equine athletes, he has a strong interest in clinical research. His research has focused on gastrointestinal diseases of the horse with a specific focus on equine gastric ulcer syndrome. He maintains a strong interest in post-graduate education and have trained several residents and numerous interns in the clinical setting. Ben is also experienced in undergraduate curriculum development and delivery, both at didactic and clinical levels, and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world on subjects relating to equine health.

Brendon Bell

Brendon graduated in 1985. He initially worked in mixed practice in NZ before travelling to the UK and practicing for 3 years in equine practice. This was followed by a 3 year equine surgical residency in the USA. On returning to NZ he worked in Auckland before returning to Invercargill where he has been in equine practice for the last 25 years.

Chris Riley

After degrees in physics and veterinary medicine at the University Melbourne, Chris completed an equine internship at Murdoch University and then a surgical residency at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) concurrent with MSc and PhD degrees in equine tendon healing. He was certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons while working as an emergency clinician at Iowa State University (USA) in 1998. He then spent 11 years at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Canada (Professor & Service Chief of Large Animal Surgery). After 3 years as the first Professor of Equine Health at the University of Adelaide, he joined Massey University in 2013 as Chair and Professor of Equine Clinical Studies. He is currently Director of Research Commercialisation in the School of Veterinary Science in addition to working as a registered specialist in equine surgery. He has parallel research interests in animal and human health and welfare and their interdependence. His scientific research is multispecies and multidisciplinary, collaborating on projects in early detection of osteoarthritis in horses and dogs, regenerative medicine, improving the transport welfare of horses, and animal emergency rescue and disaster management. Chris is the team manager for the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team.

Emmanuelle van Erck

Emmanuelle graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She trained in sports medicine at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing in horses. She developped the equine sports medicine unit and consulted as senior clinician in the CIRALE in Normandy (France). In January 2010, she started her own ambulatory referral practice, the ‘Equine Sports Medicine Practice’, based in Belgium. Her practice offers specialized service in equine internal and sports medicine throughout Europe, following national teams and international riders. Emmanuelle authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences. She is a member of the FEI expert committee on prohibited substances and doping.

Hannah Burrows

Hannah is a recent graduate of Massey University and currently partaking in a yearlong rotating equine internship at Veterinary Associates Equine. Hannah was born and raised in Auckland and is enjoying living close to family while getting the opportunity to experience interesting cases, gain practical experience and learn from the experienced veterinarians on the team.

Ian Scott

Ian completed his vet degree and PhD at Glasgow in the UK and spent some time in small animal and mixed veterinary practice in the UK, before coming to New Zealand 24 years ago. Ian teaches parasitology to veterinary students at Massey University and has been doing research relevant to horses for some time.

Jasmine Tanner

Jasmine is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Lincoln University and also a lecturer in biometrics. Jasmine was a harness racing trainer for a number of years and these days is actively involved in the industry through the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Association.

Joe Mayhew

Joe is a clinical equine veterinarian with interests in large animal neurology and comparative neuropathology. Currently he is Professor Emeritus in the School of Veterinary Sciences, Massey University, and has clinical, research and teaching experience on staff at the University of Florida, Cambridge University and Edinburgh University. He has published widely in veterinary neurology, equine medicine and comparative pathology. His textbook on large animal neurology has been published as the second edition: Mayhew IG. Large Animal Neurology. 2nd Ed. Wiley - Blackwell. Oxford. 2008 ( and the 3rd edition is in press for 2021.

Kate Averay

Kate graduated from the University of Adelaide and started her career in in equine practice in Queensland, Australia. She then completed an internship with the Victorian Equine Group and stayed on in an ambulatory role. In 2018, she started her ECVS equine surgery residency at the University of Sydney’s Camden Equine Centre. At the end of 2020, Kate transferred her residency to the dual site ECVS program between Massey University and Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre (WEVC) and is now enjoying life in New Zealand.

Katharyn Mitchell

Katharyn is kiwi born and bred and was keen on being a vet before she started school. She graduated from Massey in 2003 and then I started an unintentional circumnavigation of the globe. Katharyn did three years of internships – one at the University of Sydney and two at the University of Melbourne followed by 18 months in mixed private practice in Victoria. She took a residency in Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University, in the USA (2007-2010) and became a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) in 2010. After this, Katharyn returned to the same mixed private practice in Victoria, where she stayed for three years working in general equine/LA practice (ambulatory and hospital based). In 2013, needing to stimulate her brain a bit more, Katharyn moved to Switzerland to undertake advanced training in cardiology. She completed her PhD in equine cardiovascular medicine, particularly studying equine arrhythmias, in 2018. In addition, she worked as a senior internal medicine clinician at the university clinic in Zurich and for the last two years, also at the vet school in Bern. Katharyn should now be heading to Cornell University in the USA for tenure track assistant professor position, however, the previous administration did not allow her a work visa, so she headed home for the first time in 18 years and is spending some time with her family and enjoying beautiful covid free New Zealand her visa is granted. Katharyn has also been working occasionally at Massey University as a locum. She is passionate about internal medicine, especially emergency and critical care, neonatology and of course, cardiology. Katharyn started an equine cardiology consulting service (Swiss Equine Cardio Consulting) and is available to analyse ECGs, interpret echo images and give advice on therapy as needed.

Katie Kindleysides

Katie qualified in 2008 from University of Liverpool (UK) and took up an internship in a busy UK referral clinic before moving to general equine practice where she grew her interest in equine dentistry on the road and through BEVA education. Katie moved to NZ in 2012 as part of a recently established equine unit in South Auckland to provide general equine services and grow the caseload. During the 8 years in this role she saw much success and resultant team growth as Katie built a loyal dental practice whilst developing her knowledge and skill-set through local and EVDS training. She advanced to complete her RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Dentistry) in April 2019 as part of a post-graduate diploma that included Veterinary Business Management papers (graduation July 2019). Katie moved away from general practice whilst on parental leave in 2020 but has continued to remain involved in clinical equine dental practice. She has recently relocated to Christchurch with her family and is looking forward to her first true winter since leaving her birth home of Cumbria, UK.

Kylie Huxford

After graduating from Massey University in 2008, Kylie completed a one year internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in Sydney, followed by four years working as a stud veterinarian for Scone Equine Hospital in the Hunter Valley. During this time, she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine, and spent a reproductive season in the United States. In 2014 Kylie’s career changed direction to further her interests in diagnostic imaging and lameness and she moved to The University of Sydney, where she completed a three year residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and double master’s degree. On completion Kylie returned to New Zealand and worked for Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre in Cambridge for two years. In 2019 she passed her American Board Exams and became a New Zealand Registered Specialist in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Kylie still lives in Cambridge with her partner Mike and two young children (Millie and Alfie) and works for Cambridge Equine Hospital. She enjoys a variety of equine work and her special interests include diagnostic imaging, lameness and rehabilitation of horses following injury.

Lucy Russell

Lucy graduated from Massey University in 2008 and went into practice in Palmerston North in first opinion equine practice. In 2012 she completed an internship at Scone Equine Hospital with a special interest in foal medicine. Upon returning to New Zealand Lucy spent another four years at Totally Vets Palmerston North, further developing an interest in stud medicine and equine reproduction. This was followed by a move in 2017 to Equivets NZ where she has been since. Lucy completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice through the Royal College and a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Professional studies with distinction in 2020. Outside of work, she is involved in sheep, beef and cropping farming operations through my husband's family farms and our own farm. Lucy also breeds, produces and competes dressage horses.

Michelle Badke

Michelle graduated from James Cook University in 2019 as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, moving from Australia to take part in the MVS internship programme. Michelle is especially interested in ambulatory equine work, and internal medicine.

Michelle Logan

Michelle graduated from the University of Cambridge and worked mainly in Wales in mixed practice for four years before moving to New Zealand in 2003. She has worked in both the North and South Islands before completing a Residency in Equine Medicine at Massey University from 2008-2011. She has a RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and both Membership and Fellowship in Equine Medicine with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Michelle is a Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine and lives on a beef and sheep farm in Otago where she also breeds Warmbloods on a small scale. Michelle does private referral work, is involved in research into Equine Metabolic Syndrome funded by the NZERF, enjoys tutoring for VetScholar courses and writes for the NZ Horse and Pony magazine.

Paul Fraser

Paul was in equine clinical practice for over 40 years at Cambridge Veterinary Services (later known as Cambridge Equine Hospital) before retiring in 2017. During that time, he worked in all areas of equine practice but had a special interest in reproduction and it is from his experience gained in this field that he will talk to us today. Paul worked for over 40 years in fulltime equine practice in Cambridge before retiring in 2017. In 2014 he was appointed as a Board member and assessor for VPIS and this has been a role that he continues to be actively involved in. Through this insurance work and other roles with the NZ Equine Research Foundation, Paul has found himself to be in the privileged position of being able to work with, and hopefully be of assistance to, many of our equine veterinarians.

Tarryn Walker

Tarryn is an equine veterinarian who graduated from Massey University in 2019. She has recently completed a year-long rotating internship at Veterinary Associates Equine in Karaka. Tarryn has now moved onto an associate position at Veterinary Associates Equine, where she is enjoying all aspects of general practice.