Veterinarians

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic

Christine Smith DVM DipACVS

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery & Managing Director

Christine Smith is a Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery, and has a particular interest in poor performance of racehorses and sport horses, lameness and all aspects of equine surgery including joint and gastrointestinal surgery. Christine is now a dual Canadian and Australian citizen, and is committed to life in Australia having settled in the Hawkesbury region. Her expertise, practical hands on approach and enthusiasm are known to many. Christine is now Managing Director at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic.

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Laura Lee BVSc MS DipACVIM

Registered Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Laura Lee is the hospital superintendent and has a particular interest in foal medicine and respiratory problems. Laura was born and raised in South Africa, where she completed a Veterinary Science degree at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort from 1999-2004. Laura entered private practices in South Africa before moving to the United States where she completed her Equine Medicine Specialty training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Laura has been at ABEC since 2011 and her patient care and compassion is second to none.

Lauren Groom BVSc (Hons) MS DACVS-LA

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Lauren Groom grew up in Sydney and has owned, ridden and competed with horses from an early age. She achieved her Veterinary Science Degree from Sydney University in 2011 and then completed an internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic. At Agnes Banks she developed a passion for surgery and moved to the United States in 2013 to complete a surgical internship followed by surgical residency training at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia. During her time in the United States, Lauren developed a particular interest in gastrointestinal, upper airway and orthopedic surgery. She has now moved back home to join the ABEC team and is excited to be back where it all began.

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Jenny Watts BVSc (Hons1)

Veterinarian

Jenny Watts is a valuable member of our ambulatory team and also helps out with the reproduction work during the season, both on the road and in the clinic. Jenny completed a student internship with us some 15 years ago and has since practiced in the Northern Territory and Queensland. She has a particular interest in dentistry and reproduction.  Jenny is an enthusiastic and competent equine veterinarian and an avid horse rider – particularly in dressage where she has competed to Prix St George level.

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Alexis Clark B Sc (Hons) BVM&S BAEDT MRCVS

Veterinarian

Alexis Clark has come to us from the UK completing an internship at a large equine hospital (Willesley Equine Clinic) and then working in both first opinion and referral equine practice. Alexis grew up in South Africa and graduated from Edinburgh University. While Alexis enjoys a variety of equine work and has a wide range of skills, her areas of interest are dentistry, lameness, anaesthesia and emergency medicine. Alexis is a qualified Equine Dental Technician and is a member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians.

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Mark Wiggett BAnSc BSc (Hons) BVSc

Veterinarian

Mark comes to Agnes Banks having previously lived in the Hawkesbury before completing his veterinary degree at Sydney University. He has a keen interest in exercise physiology and reproduction particularly with performance horses having competed in Eventing for many years. Outside of horses Mark is sports mad, especially anything to do with rugby

Dr Marnie Treseder

Marnie Treseder BVSc MANZCVS

Veterinarian

Marnie graduated from a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2013, followed by completion of an internship year at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in 2014 before undertaking an ambulatory equine position in a private practice on the Central Coast . Marnie returns to us to pursue her interest in reproduction, as well as develop her passion for equine dentistry and gain knowledge and experience in a knowledgable team. Marnie recently completed her membership examinations for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Dentistry.  In her spare time, Marnie can be found riding her own horses and keeping physically active, enjoying the gym, bush walking/trail running and playing hockey.

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Derek Major MACVSc

Veterinarian

Derek Major is a founding partner of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic and was the driving force behind the evolution of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic and many of its achievements for many years. Derek graduated from Sydney University in 1979 and has particular interests in surgery and reproduction. Derek is a qualified FEI veterinarian and often spends his time on weekends working at FEI related duties at various events. Derek usually works at the practice on Wednesdays and also helps out with after hours duties.

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Hadley Willsallen BVSc, MANZCVSc, DACVS-LA

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Hadley Willsallen, a specialist surgeon, will be regularly helping out with the after hours surgery services as well as being available for some surgery and lameness work during the week.  Hadley was an intern at ABEC many years ago and has remained a close friend and colleague at the Banks. She completed her surgery training at CSU Wagga Wagga and works for Kannegieter Equine Specialists. Hadley is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has a wide range of surgical skills, including laparoscopy.  We welcome Hadley back to the team!

Veterinary Interns

Helene Henrotte

Veterinarian

Helene was born in Belgium, where she studied veterinary medicine and graduated in 2018. She started riding horses at the age of 2 and it has been her biggest passion since then. She’s been working in a stud for the last 10 years, helping with the foalings and competiting as an eventer with their horses. She really loves internal medicine and is looking forward to improving her knowlegde in this area during her internship at Agnes Banks.

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Bec Powers DVM

Veterinarian

Although originally from Melbourne, Bec completed her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Adelaide in 2017 before making the move to Agnes Banks Equine Clinic to start her internship. Bec grew up riding horses and worked on a thoroughbred stud back home in Victoria prior to starting her veterinary degree. Whilst working on the stud, Bec developed a keen interest in equine reproduction and neonatal medicine, areas she is keen to pursue during her time at Agnes Banks.

Nursing Staff

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Sandy Wesselink

Nursing Manager

Sandy is the Head Nurse at Agnes Banks. Sandy gained her advanced veterinary nursing certificate in 1996 and has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which is a teaching level qualification. In 2015 Sandy was the deserved recipient of the EVA Excellence in Equine Nursing Award, which is a huge honour. Sandy supervises all hospital operations, as well as performing an educational role at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic. Sandy is also a part time TAFE teacher.

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Kylie Dale

Deputy Head Nurse

Kylie is the Superintendent of the Reproduction Unit. She is a qualified Veterinary Nurse, and is responsible for the running of our reproduction unit, including coordinating our embryo transfer herd. Kylie has an interest in all aspects of equine reproduction.

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Emilie Holden

Nurse

Emilie Holden has been working at Agnes Banks since 2011. Emilie moved on to the nursing roster in October 2014 and helps Ian on the road during the busy breeding season. The rest of the year Emilie works in the clinic performing general nursing duties including surgical theatre nursing. Emilie is currently completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV. Emilie enjoys show jumping and eventing on her horse Golly.

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Brydan Train

Nurse

Brydan has been working with ABEC for the past 4 years. During this time he has completed his Certificate 2 Veterinary Nursing pathway and is currently completing Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.  From a young age Brydan has been involved in his families Australian Stock Horse stud, although Brydan’s passion lies in the performance horse industry.  Brydan is currently training his off the track thoroughbred gelding Ashton and hopes to have him out in the  Eventing and Showjumping scene soon.

Support Staff

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Linda Morgan

Accounts Manager

Linda has been a part of the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic team for many years. Linda is a qualified accountant with many years’ experience in all aspects of business and management.

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Mel Hochkins

Reception

Melanie has been with the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic team since 2013 and is an integral part of our Office Support Staff.   Mel has a strong background in Office Admin and has over 16  years experience working with Polo horses, both in Australia & Overseas.

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Tim Walsh

Farm Manager

Tim lives in Richmond with his wife Janine. Tim’s interests are camp drafting and hobby horse training. Tim has one daughter, Emma, who is a Racing Manager for Champion Thoroughbreds. Tim was previously Stud Manager at Princes Farm and is looking forward to the new challenges at ABEC.

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Bill Bowes

HR & IT Manager

Bill has been in IT since 1985 and maintains our complicated computer system which includes multiple servers. We also have 20 workstations where the staff can access our database. Bill is also responsible for the Human Resources and Marketing side of the business. ABEC is involved in sponsorship and also veterinary duties for many equestrian events over the course of a year.

Before Bill got involved in IT he was in the RAN and and was also a qualified horticulturalist.

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Jess Smith

Stablehand

Jess has been with us since June 2016.  In her spare time Jess enjoys riding her horse Archie.  Over the last few months Jess has been creating false tails for horses to show.  Click on this link to go to her facebook page.

Clinic cats

Joseph

Chief mouse catcher

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Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde , who came to us from Kurmond Vet Clinic have fitted in very well with the ABEC famly, including their with new big brother Joseph.

The Office