Our experienced veterinarians, specialists, consultants, nurses, and barn staff ensure the best health outcomes for your horse.

SEEH Staff

Our experienced veterinarians, specialists, consultants, nurses, and barn staff ensure the best health outcomes for your horse.

“Excellent staff who go above and beyond, operated half the night to save my horse, can’t thank them enough for all their assistance.”

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“Fantastic care, treatment and advice. Very happy to have my horse home and well.”

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Dr 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.

Dr Gareth Trope

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery – BVSc(Hons),DipVCS, CertES(Orth), MVSc, FANZCVS, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery, Charles Sturt University


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. In 2018 Gareth became a director of South Eeastern Equine Hospital alongside Robyn.

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.


Dr Kate Thompson

Veterinarian – BVSc, MANZCVS(equine medicine)

Associate Veterinarian

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. During which she worked in private equine practice across England.

Kate has gained Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine medicine in 2015.

Kate also has a particular interest in equine dentistry and is currently completing a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Dentistry through the University of Liverpool.

When not busy working, Kate enjoys playing tennis, travelling, and skiing.

Dr Lianne Wright

Veterinarian – BVSc, BSc(Hons), MANZCVS(equine medicine)

Associate Veterinarian

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.

Dr Jess Cook

Veterinarian BVSc, MANZCVS(equine medicine)

Assosciate Veterinarian

Jess graduated from the university of Melbourne in 2009, after which she commenced her veterinary career at a mixed practice in Koo Wee Rup. Since then, Jess has worked at several practices in Melbourne’s South East, and joined the team at South Eastern Equine Hospital in 2017.

Jess has a particular interest in Equine medicine and reproduction, and attained Membership to the Equine Medicine chapter of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2015.

In her spare time, Jess enjoys riding, reading, and baking.

Dr Alexia Austen Wishart

Veterinarian BSc, BVSc, MANCVS(equine medicine)

Assosciate Veterinarian

Alexia graduated from the University of Melbourne in December 2012. Upon graduation she worked in a mixed small animal/equine practice in Mildura on the Murray River.

After living in Mildura for 18 months she returned to the south of the state commencing employment with the then Maffra Veterinary Centre under the attentive eye of Dr. Jacob Malmo working as a mixed animal veterinarian.

Looking to expand upon her equine experience she commenced working for Lancefield Equine Clinic in the beautiful Macedon Ranges area of central Victoria where she stayed until starting with South East.

Recently, Alexia attained Membership to the Equine Medicine chapter of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. 

When not working or studying Alexia spends time with her elderly greyhound Orbison, potters in the garden, rides a pony or dreams of travel and adventure.

Dr Angus Wilkinson

Veterinarian BVSc


Angus graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Sydney in 2017 and has since been working as a small animal vet. He has a keen interest in equine lameness, reproduction and surgery. When not working he enjoys time with his dog Peanut, his horses Beetle and Atticus, and collecting hobbies; his newest being scuba diving.

Angus has taken up an interest in equine dentistry and wishes to pursue this further. 


Dr Courtney Malsem

Veterinarian BVetBiol/BVetSc



Courtney recently graduated as a veterinarian from Charles Sturt University in Wagga, NSW.
Courtney has always had a passion for horses, which was further developed throughout her degree in Wagga. She has a special interest in Equine Surgery and Reproduction, having completed a reproduction rotation at the University, and a specialist rotation at South Eastern Equine Hospital. She is interested in pursuing a career in equine surgery.
Courtney has recently moved to Melbourne and is very excited to join the SEEH team.
In her spare time, Courtney enjoys snow boarding in winter, walking her dog Belle and travelling overseas when she can.


Sarah Bertram

Veterinary Nurse – Cert 3 Equine

Sarah started her career as a veterinary nurse in a busy small animal practice and then went on to work as an Equine nurse in an ambulatory practice in the Yarra Valley/Dandenong Ranges where she has spent the past 7 years. Over this time Sarah obtained her Certificate 3 in Equine Nursing. She has worked with and owned horses since she was 15 years old, working on a stud farm and riding school during this time. She enjoys eventing her lovely Thoroughbred ‘Lager’ in her spare time as well as spending time with her partner, Tony and Aussie Shepherd ‘Vegas’.

Kristyn McWilliam

Veterinary Nurse – Cert IV

Kristyn grew up in the North East of England where she spent most of her time down at the stables and riding along the beach. She is a qualified instructor and has many years experience teaching children and adults as well as coaching the Teesside University Equestrian team.

She moved to Northampton to groom for Great British Olympic team showjumper Tim Stockdale. In her 6 years there she travelled all over the world with the horses including the USA, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong. While with Tim she had the opportunity to be part of the British team at the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 European Championships and numerous Nations Cups teams.

Kristyn moved to Australia in 2013 to be with her husband whom she met while taking a year out from travelling with the horses. She now spends her free time going on walks with her dog Marley and keeping up with her 3 year old son Oliver.

In 2018 Kristyn completed her Cert IV in Vet Nursing.

Jess Blanks

Veterinary Nurse – Cert IV

Jess grew up on a small farm with many animals to care for including horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, wildlife and anything else that needed rescuing and care and this is where her passion for animals begun.

She now has a farm of her own with 4 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a tank full of exotic fish which all take up much of her time.

After high school she completed a Bachelor Degree in Equine Studies at Melbourne polytechnic and since has spent more than 10 years working in the thoroughbred industry in all facets of the hands on racing and stud work but her time spent with foals and weanlings her favourite.

Jess joined the SEEH team in 2015 whilst she completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, since graduating has become a full time member of the team.

Marnie Snibson

Veterinary Nurse – Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing & Cert II in Equine Studies

Marnie Snibson completed her studies of The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing in 2018, and she has also attained a Certificate II in Equine Studies during her schooling. Marnie has grown up in Melbourne and has been around horses throughout her life. She currently has 2 horses ‘Benni’ and ‘Milly’ who she likes to ride in her spare time, and likes to get out and about. Marnie has always had a passion for animals, and loves to be part of the team at SEEH.


Dr Leah Bradbury


Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Leah is a registered specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  

 Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003.  During this residency Leah was a awarded a Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination.  She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Following completion of her residency she returned to work in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years.  Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare.  Leah remains an adjunct senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University.   She is also actively involved in a number of education programs for both veterinarians and nurses.  

 Leah is passionate about all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and has a particular interest in perioperative pain relief and pain assessment. 

Professor Derek Knottenbelt


Professor Derek Knottenbelt qualified from Edinburgh in 1970 and spent the first years as research veterinarian in Zimbabwe. Thereafter, he spent 12 years in mixed and equine practice before turning to the academic world in Zimbabwe first and then Liverpool. He has specialised in equine internal medicine and although he retired from Liverpool in 2010 continues to maintain his clinical and research interests in equine internal medicine as a Consultant to the Weiper’s Equine Centre, University of Glasgow. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is Director of Equine Medical Solutions Ltd and through this provides an advisory service in equine oncology. He was awarded honorary life membership of ECEIM, BEVA, VWHA and ACVIM. He received the Animal Health Trust Scientific Award in 2003, the BEVA (Blue Cross) Welfare award in 2004 and the Merk -WEVA Welfare Award in.

In 2005 he was appointed OBE by the Queen for his services to equine medicine. He has published widely on a range of topics and maintains an interest in equine Internal medicine and oncology in particular. Through Equine Medical Solutions Ltd he offers a consultancy service in equine oncology and other challenging clinical conditions for veterinarians worldwide. His main interests are in oncology, ophthalmology, wound management and dermatology. He is the primary author of 10 recognised text books and over 70 refereed scientific papers. He is actively involved in animal and human charity work both in UK and abroad. He is a founder member of the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ team who champion the cause of the working equid as well as other welfare and humanitarian charities and raise money for Charity through provision of high quality CPD to vets and horse owners.

Dr 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.

Dr Anu O’Reilly

BVSc, MVS, MACVSc, Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology Small Animal Medicine, FANZCVS

(Veterinary Ophthalmology)

Anu has worked as a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist in Melbourne since 2003.  She is currently the Secretary of the Ophthalmology Chapter of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a current examiner.  Her special interests include corneal and glaucoma surgery and systemic disease affecting the eye.  Anu is passionate about Equine Ophthalmology, and is a member of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium.  She has become widely experienced in Exotic Ophthalmology and is a consultant for the Royal Melbourne Zoo.

Dr Chris Pearce

BVSc CertEM(IntMed), CertES(SoftTissue), DipEVDC (Equine), MRCVS

European and RCVS Recognised Veterinary Specialist in Equine Dentistry,

Director and Founder of Equine Dental Clinic UK

Dr Chris Pearce is an RCVS and EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Dentistry. Chris has considerable experience in the field of equine dentistry. Chris founded The Equine Dental Clinic Ltd in 2012, Europe’s first and largest veterinary practice dedicated to general, advanced and referral equine dentistry. Chris has developed a wide referral base for advanced and surgical dental conditions across the UK and increasingly in Europe, as well as a worldwide reputation for pioneering advanced techniques such as dental restorations.

Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine dentistry in the UK and worldwide. Chris is dedicated to advancing the science of equine dentistry and is particularly interested in novel restorative and preservative treatments. This has placed Chris and EDC at the forefront of equine dentistry worldwide.

Chris joins the practice on a consultancy basis. Dr Kate Thompson has attended the ‘Key Skills’ courses offered by Chris and spent time seeing practice at The Equine Dental Clinic, in the UK.

Dr Luke Wells-Smith


Motion – Equine Podiatry Consulting

Luke graduated from James Cook University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program in 2010. Luke has a keen interest in foot related lameness and works as an equine veterinary podiatrist. Through his company Motion Equine Podiatry Consulting, Luke serves as a consultant to veterinary clinics, industry stakeholders and insurance companies. Luke is also engaged in a number of research and development projects surrounding data collection in equine athletes.

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“Thank you so much for helping our big mate Woody!! All the staff did an excellent job from referral to op to aftercare. Very friendly and answered all questions – even when they’re exhausted from being fabulous at fixing our equine friends. My family and I are exceptionally thankful for all your help!!! Wish I could give you 10 stars!!!”

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“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at SEEH – especially Gareth and Jess who ultimately saved my pride and joy horse after she cut her hind leg to the bone quite horrifically. 5 months on and two leg casts she’s now recovering and I have the SEEH team to thank for all their help and answering of any questions I’ve had.”

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