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 and 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.
A registered Specialist and European Boarded Diplomate in Equine Surgery; Greg joined Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre in 2011. His caseload is principally composed of surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic and upper airway issues of the performance horse. Greg developed a strong interest in wound healing of horses around 15 years ago after completing his specialist exams in surgery. He has since run training courses for veterinarians in the UK and New Zealand, as well as presenting talks on wound healing at BEVA (UK) and other international meetings.
Gretel attended Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia where she competed an Associated Diploma in Applied Science in Horse Husbandry and Stud Management. She then continued to work within the equine industry in a variety of hands-on rolls. On returning to New Zealand in the early 90s, she completed a marketing degree and took on a marketing role with a leading animal feed manufacturer, however her interest and skill set saw her embrace the role of Equine Category Manager, with a focus on equine feed development, equine health and management and client liaison. Gretel joined the Dunstan Team in 2012. During this time, she returned to study and completed a Masters in Equine Science in 2017. The learnings from her thesis, ‘The Impact of High-Starch Diets on Equine Physiology and Behaviour’ has been invaluable in assisting horse owners with managing both their horse’s health and performance. Gretel’s extensive involvement with horses, including employment within the breeding and racing sectors, competing sporthorses and breeding has provided a great insight into the issues her clients face daily.
Julia has been passionate about Veterinary Physiotherapy since she was 16 years old when her competition horse sustained an injury and qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists were non-existent in New Zealand. Julia embarked on the journey to becoming a Veterinary Physiotherapist and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago. Shortly after being accepted into the Master’s programme in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, the programme was withdrawn indefinitely. Julia returned to work in private practice in Auckland for 10 years and had the privilege of working with a few Springboks and All Blacks rugby players along the way. In 2016, Julia graduated with distinction in second place for her Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool. During this time she worked for Veterinary Specialists Auckland and established Fusion Physio to work in a self-employed capacity with horses and riders. In 2020 Julia graduated from the University of Liverpool (in conjunction with Massey University) with a Master of Science gaining distinction. Julia has taken a short sabbatical from her Veterinary Physiotherapy career to focus on raising her 3 year old son who shares her passion for animals.
Marcia is a registered veterinary nurse specialist and international speaker. She worked for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the senior anaesthesia technician for over 16 years. There, her patients ranged vastly in size, from avian, large animals, equine, small mammals and exotics. In 2006 Marcia completed an externship in equine anaesthesia at UC Davis in California. In 2011 she successfully passed her specialty examinations to become New Zealand’s first Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She has been New Zealand’s “Vet Nurse of the year”, and been nominated and awarded several teaching awards, including “Teacher of the Year” in 2019 for veterinary technician students at Massey University. She is a RECOVER certified instructor of both basic and advanced CPR, one of only two in New Zealand. Loving all aspects of teaching, her passion has been instilling knowledge to both veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses around New Zealand and abroad, and now has expanded her audience further via “The Pink Stethoscope” social media pages. Marcia currently teaches veterinary anaesthesia throughout New Zealand and delivers webinars for her wider audience overseas.