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South Eastern Equine Hospital
359 Hallam-Belgrave Road
Narre Warren North
Victoria 3804

03 8790 4922
03 8790 4944
  • Robyn Charman
    Specialist in Equine Surgery - BVSc(Hons), MANZCVS(equine medicine), FANZCVS(equine surgery)

    Robyn Charman graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1990 having gained her Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours. Robyn then worked as a mixed practice veterinarian under the guidance of Dr Neville Japp and later Dr Colin Bassett where she developed a special interest in equine medicine and surgery.

    Robyn and her husband Neil established the Station Street Veterinary Clinic in Koo Wee Rup in 1995 where Robyn continued to pursue professional development in the equine field. In 2000, Robyn attained membership to the equine medicine chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2004, Robyn commenced her equine surgery residency program with Dr Jim Vasey at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. This program culminated with Robyn gaining fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine surgery in 2009. In October 2012, Robyn established the South Eastern Equine Hospital at Narre Warren North and continues to enjoy the challenges of equine veterinary practice. Robyn is a registered specialist in equine surgery with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of Victoria.

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  • Gareth Trope
    Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery - BVSc(Hons),DipVCS, CertES(Orth), MVSc, FANZCVS

    Gareth graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998. Since graduating Gareth has worked in a number of equine practices both in Australia and in the UK. This included an internship at Sydney University, a residency in Equine Surgery at Melbourne University, Equine Surgeon at Ballarat Veterinary Practice and a lectureship in Equine Surgery at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga prior to joining South Eastern Equine Hospital in 2015. 

    He holds a Royal College Certificate in Equine Surgery (orthopaedics), membership in Equine Surgery of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) and in 2011 became a registered specialist in Equine Surgery following successful completion of fellowship exams in Equine Surgery of the ANZCVS.

    Gareth has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery, lameness investigation and advanced diagnostic imaging. He has also completed a research Masters investigating novel methods for diagnosing stress fractures in racehorses. In addition to this he has a keen interest in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic surgery.

    Gareth Trope BVSc(Hons), Dip VCS, CertES(Orth), MVSc, FANZCVS
    Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
    Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery, Charles Sturt University


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  • Kate Thompson
    Veterinarian - BVSc, MANZCVS(equine medicine)

    Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne in December 2006. Upon graduation she worked in mixed dairy practice in Western Victoria.

    In 2009 she went travelling throughout England, South America and Europe. She worked throughout England in both mixed and predominantly equine practice.

    Kate enjoys all aspects of Equine Veterinary work and recently completed a course in equine anesthesia and analgesia. She also has a particular interest in equine dentistry.

    When not busy working, Kate enjoys playing tennis and hitting the ski slopes.


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  • Kate Savage
    Equine internal medicine specialist

    Kate is an equine internal medicine specialist and is especially interested in cardiac, respiratory and gastro-intestinal diseases. She enjoys working with racehorses, sport horses and pet horses; improving their health, competitive viability and welfare.

    Kate worked as an equine internal medicine specialist in the USA for a long time and also at the Beijing Olympics, which were held in Hong Kong. Kate also has a great interest in the welfare of all equids and is the Oceanic board member of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) and the programme chair for the biennial WEVA congress to be held this year (2013) in Budapest, Hungary.


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    Oceanic Board member of WEVA and Programme Chair of WEVA Budapest 2013:


  • Laura Nath
    Specialist in Equine Medicine - BVSc, MVSc, CertEM, FANZCVS

    Laura is a registered specialist in equine medicine and also has further qualifications in equine stud medicine. She graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2003. Thereafter she undertook an internship and remained at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital as an assistant to Dr Angus McKinnon for several years, gaining a certificate in Equine Stud Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK in 2007. Laura completed a residency in Equine Medicine with Dr Kate Savage and Dr Sally Church at the University of Melbourne. Through this she gained a masters degree after researching cardiac disease and gained fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine in 2010. Laura has also worked in racetrack practice at Flemington Equine Clinic. Overseas, she has been at the Clyde Veterinary Group in Scotland and was last year working at Rossdales and Partners in Newmarket, England.

    Laura continues to enjoy helping with a broad range of cases including cardiac and respiratory disease, neurology, colic and diarrhoea, weight loss, endocrine diseases such as Cushings (PPID) and foal disorders.

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  • Lianne Wright
    Veterinarian - BVSc, BSc(Hons), MANZCVS(equine medicine)

    Lianne was born in 1980 in Yorkshire, England. She studied for a degree in Applied Biology, at the University of Nothumbria Newcastle, and then attained a Veterinary Degree from the University of Liverpool, UK. Lianne then moved to Australia where she worked in mixed practice for 3 years. Lianne has been employed at South Eastern Equine Hospital since its commencement in 2012.

    Lianne has always had a special interest in horses, particularly in equine reproduction, anaesthesia and colic. She has completed a distance education course at Sydney University in Equine Internal Medicine. Currently, she is studying for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine through the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    Lianne has recently returned from a clinical placement at the University of Bern, Switzerland with world renowned equine medicine specialist, Dr Vincent Gerber.


  • Steph Brooder
    Veterinarian - BVSc(Hons), BVetbiol

    Steph grew up on her family’s small property north of Albury, NSW where a love of all creatures great and small began. She went on to study veterinary science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW and graduated in 2014 with first class honours and a strong desire to pursue a career in equine practice. She has a keen interest in all aspects of equine practice and is eager to find her own niche within the crew at south eastern equine hospital. In her spare time, Steph enjoys walking her dog Memphis, photography, returning home to the family farm and watching footy and horse racing. Steph looks forward to getting back into horseriding as soon as she finds herself a noble steed.

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  • Deb Webb
    Veterinary nurse

    Deb has over 20 years experience as a veterinary nurse. Originally, she commenced working in small animal veterinary practice, but more recently has switched to equine veterinary practice. Deb’s qualifications include: Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing, Certificate 3 Equine Veterinary Nursing, Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing Training and Assessor. Deb is an active member of her local dressage and adult riding clubs and is a successful dressage competitor.

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  • Janyce Truett
    Veterinary nurse

    My adult life has been spent happily in and around agriculture in country Victoria including mixed farming, feed stores and working for DPI. Horses have been part of my life since my teens as both companions and work mates. I do have a slight bias to stockhorse/quarterhorse/colored types and love just heading into the bush with them and the dogs whenever I can. I have a B.App.Sci in biochemistry and microbiology and recently achieved a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing so I now have the privilege of nursing these amazing animals and working with some equally amazing horse people.

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  • Melissa Anning
    Veterinary nurse

    In 2010, as part of her VCE, Melissa completed a Certificate 2 in Animal Studies and Certificate 3 in Equine Studies with the Australian College of Applied Animal Studies. Melissa commenced full time work as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in November, 2010. In 2011, Melissa began studying for her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. On weekends, Melissa enjoys spending time at her relatives farm in South Gippsland.

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