Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital was first visualized in 1988 during a brief discussion between Dr Jim Vasey and Dr Angus Mckinnon about the fact that an equine hospital in Shepparton would assist horse owners, breeders and stud farm managers in the area and beyond.
Following on from this, Jim Vasey, who was already working in the district, collaborated further with Angus McKinnon who was working overseas (Colorado USA) and who had become very well known in the equine reproduction area overseas, especially in North America, to form a partnership and an equine hospital.
The hospital was built on an 85 acre irrigated farm just north of Shepparton Victoria in 1988, and was staffed initially by the two present partners (Jim Vasey and Angus McKinnon) with a single combined receptionist / veterinary nurse (Michelle Goulding).
Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital was officially opened in 1989 by Dr. Davis McCaughey, the then Governor of Victoria.
The practice has gradually built up and in 2012 it now employs approximately thirteen full time veterinarians, and twenty support staff. Several of the hospital's veterinarians are specialists in the fields of equine surgery, reproduction and medicine. It runs another 150 acre farm nearby to support its large recipient mare herd ( 350 mares) and reproductive work. It runs a very busy schedule and sees a varied case load on most days.
In 2009, we celebrated two decades of veterinary service. As part of those celebrations we had a wonderful conference with several international guest speakers, most of whom had been associated with the hospital over the past 20 years, including some past staff members who have become very well known and respected in the equine veterinary field.
The practice prides itself in giving back to the veterinary community by accepting veterinary students for work experience. The visitor's calendar is fully booked for most weeks of the busy breeding season, often six to eight months in advance. Veterinarians from throughout Australia and overseas also often visit to gain further experience and knowledge from our staff.