Meet Our Team

About Us

A world-class centre for equine practice and one of Australia’s leading equine hospitals, located in the heart of the Goulburn Valley region at Shepparton, Victoria.

We offer complete equine veterinary care to the public, ambulatory services and a class of specialist equine referral services in the fields of lameness, medicine, surgery, dental and reproduction.

Meet our team

We have a skilled team, from board-certified specialists in surgery, medicine, and reproduction, to experienced senior veterinarians and our newly graduated and very keen intern veterinarians.

Our Clinicians

Denis Verwilghen

Denis Verwilghen

DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECVS, Dipl EVDC (Equine).

 

Denis joins GVEH as a specialist equine surgeon, with a passion for arthroscopy, advanced maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.

In addition to a wealth of professional experience, Denis has a PhD in equine orthopedics and is an accomplished internationally published author and teacher.

Angus O. McKinnon

Angus O. McKinnon

BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed, Diplomate ABVP.

 

Angus graduated from Melbourne University in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year, before heading to Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada in  1980 to work and study for a Diploma in Large Animal Medicine. He continued at Ontario Veterinary College as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction for the period 1982-84.

Angus then travelled to Colorado State University, USA, where he was employed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service 1984-1988, and as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988.

Dr Fiona Herzog

Dr Fiona Herzog

BVMS, Dipl. ACT

 

Fiona developed a passion for equine reproduction during her early years of training as a veterinary student at Murdoch University. After graduating in 2011, she spent some time in mixed practice before completing her internship at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital 2015.

Her following employment as resident veterinarian for thoroughbred stud farms in the Barossa and Hunter valleys allowed her to pursue interests in problem mare management and pregnancy monitoring. Fiona then travelled to the US to undertake a Residency in Theriogenology at Louisiana State University, achieving board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2023. Her research interests include the mare reproductive tract microbiome and effects of probiotic application, with aims to complete her Master of Science in this area in 2024. Fiona is excited to have returned to Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital and is looking forward to being part of the team again.

Gaby Van Galen

Gaby Van Galen

DVM, MSc, PhD, DES, Diplomate ECEIM, Diplomate ECVECC .

 

As a duel diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Dr van Galen has special interest in treating critically ill patients such as horses with colic or diarrhea, neuromuscular disorders and sick neonatal foals.

Gaby also completed a PhD investigating the epidemiology and pathophysiology of atypical myopathy in grazing horses and most recently returned to private practice after Associate Professor positions at Sydney University and Copenhagen University.

Max Hannan

Max Hannan

Associate Veterinarian.

 

Max graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017, she then spent 2 years in mixed practice on the small island of Jersey before completing and equine internship in England. She started working at GVEH two years ago as an intern and now is part of the ambulatory team enjoying all aspects of first opinion practice.

Max is also the rotation coordinator for Melbourne University DVM Program, so you will probably see her accompanied by students wherever she goes! In her spare time she enjoys traveling and hopes to see more of Australia while she is here.

Dr Kate Dugher

Dr Kate Dugher

MRCVS BVMBVS (Hons) BVMedSci

 

Kate graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017. Following graduation, she spent a few years working in mixed practice in the UK before completing an equine hospital internship at The Liphook Equine Hospital, England.

Kate has a special interest in equine reproduction and has spent the last few seasons chasing mares across the hemispheres. She is currently studying towards a post-graduate qualification to become a RCVS advanced practitioner in Stud Medicine with the University of Liverpool. Outside of work, Kate enjoys most outdoor activities including triathlons, skiing, and exploring new places.

Dr Marie Vandecandelaere

Dr Marie Vandecandelaere

DVM

 

After graduating from the University of Liège, Marie completed a one-year rotating internship in France at CHVE Livet followed by one year of general practice.

This comforted her in the idea of specializing in internal medicine. She then completed a 6-month temporary internal medicine resident position at Camden Equine Centre followed by a 6 months externship in the Intensive Care Unit at Scone Equine Hospital. In 2021, Marie started a European residency program in equine internal medicine (ECEIM) in Belgium that will be completed at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital under the supervision of Dr Gaby Van Galen.

Our Interns

Jack O’Meara

Jack O’Meara

Intern.

Jean-Baptiste Pavard

Jean-Baptiste Pavard

Intern.

Zarah Vermeulen

Zarah Vermeulen

Intern.

Our administration staff

Robert Ralston

Robert Ralston

Practice Manager

 Emma Klug

Emma Klug

Purchasing Manager

Joanne Neve

Joanne Neve

Accounts Receivable

Rebecca O’Callaghan

Rebecca O’Callaghan

Administration Assistant

Rhiannon Nicholas

Rhiannon Nicholas

Accounts Payable

 Lynette Cornish

Lynette Cornish

Receptionist

Julie McNiece

Julie McNiece

Health and Safety Officer

Our Reproduction Team

Angus O. McKinnon

Angus O. McKinnon

BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP . BVSc, MSc, Diplomate ACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP.

Fiona Herzog

Fiona Herzog

Reproduction

BVMS, Dipl. ACT

 Tahnee Griffith

Tahnee Griffith

Reproduction Manager

Kate Dugher

Kate Dugher

Reproduction

MRCVS BVMBVS (Hons) BVMedSci

Our Stable staff

 Garry Campbell

Garry Campbell

Stable Manager

Wayne Marklew

Wayne Marklew

Stable Attendant

Danny Mizzi

Danny Mizzi

Farm/Maintenance

Our Vet Nurses

Reanna Letts

Reanna Letts

Vet Nurse

Beth Daignault

Beth Daignault

Vet Nurse

Melissa Sealey

Melissa Sealey

Vet Nurse

Shannon McDonald

Shannon McDonald

Vet Nurse

Our Horse handlers

Joel Goulding

Joel Goulding

Horse Handler

Our Veterinary Tutor

Max Hannan

Max Hannan

Associate Veterinarian

 

Max graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017, she then spent 2 years in mixed practice on the small island of Jersey before completing and equine internship in England. She started working at GVEH two years ago as an intern and now is part of the ambulatory team enjoying all aspects of first opinion practice.

Max also is the rotation coordinator for Melbourne University DVM Program, so you will probably see her accompanied by students wherever she goes! In her spare time she enjoys traveling and hopes to see more of Australia while she is here.