Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Staff

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Christine Smith DVM Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Christine Smith is a Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery, and has a particular interest in performance, lameness and all aspects of equine surgery including colic, upper respiratory and joint surgery. Christine was previously at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she was Head of Equine Unit - Equine Surgery and Medicine. She is the author of a number of published scientific papers and the winner of many professional awards. Christine is a Canadian national, but is committed to life in Australia and has settled in the Hawkesbury. Her expertise, practical hands on approach and enthusiasm are known to many.

Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine

Laura Lee BVSc MS Dip ACVIM

Laura was born and raised in South Africa, where she completed a Veterinary Science degree at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa from 1999-2004. She entered private practices in South Africa before moving to the United States where she completed Equine Medicine Specialty training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Laura has a particular interest and expertise in Internal Medicine and Foal Diseases. Her arrival marks an exciting new development for Agnes Banks Equine Clinic.

Derek Major

Derek Major is a founding partner of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, he graduated from Sydney University in 1979. Derek is a qualified FEI veterinarian.

He is currently managing partner, and has particular interests in surgery and reproduction.

Ian Duckworth

Ian Duckworth is also a founding partner, having graduated from Sydney University in 1984.

Particular interests include sports medicine, racetrack practice and stud medicine

Neil Walton

Neil Walton joined the practice in 1992. He hails from England, where he gained his degree at Liverpool University.
He is particulary interested in all aspects of both performance horses and thoroughbred racing. Neil has recently completed a Master's degree in Conservation Medicine and Wildlife


Anneliese Downing BVSc

Dr Anneliese Downing, was an intern here at the clinic, and is now a permanent member of the professional team. Her enthusiasm is unstoppable. She is interested in all aspects of equine clinical practice, especially artificial breeding.


Veterinary Interns

Elizabeth Cooper Bachelor Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science


Libby is our newest member to join our team as a part of our Equine Internship program. She is a recent graduate from Charles Sturt University. Libby has a strong interest in equine surgery, lameness and sport horse medicine. She comes off a farm in Tasmania and is looking forward to learning a lot in the coming year. 

Marnie Treseder BVSc

Marnie Treseder recently graduated from the University of Sydney after completing a bachelor of Veterinary Science and receiving the epidemiology prize. Marnie has always had a passion for horses, seeking out opportunities to develop her equine knowledge throughout university. Through the internship program she aims to develop a broad range of skills and apply herself to case management. With a keen focus on equine medicine and performance horse work she would love to gain specialist qualifications in the future. Marnie is currently showjumping and eventing her horse Andy and looking forward to a great year ahead!

Support Staff

Heather McKinnon Office Manager

Heather McKinnon is the Office Manager, and has a family background in horse breeding. Previously she has worked as a legal secretary, and in the farm produce area, and her experience is of great benefit

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, within many areas of business and management.

Nursing Staff

Sandy Wesselink Head Nurse

Sandy Wesselink is the Head Nurse, having gained her advanced veterinary nursing certificate in 1996 and has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which is a teaching level qualification. She supervises all hospital operations, as well as conducting an educational role at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic. Sandy is a TAFE teacher, teaching Equine Nursing at Richmond TAFE.

Kylie Dale Deputy Head Nurse

Kylie Dale is the Superintendant 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 microbiology.

Melissa Massingham

Melissa has been a member of our team of a number of years and is currently studying for her Veterinary Nursing Certificate, she has a certificate in Stem Cell Therapy and Agriculture Studies. Mel has been riding since she was 9 and has a passion for animals.

We are very proud of our Mel. She has won the Student Excellence Award 2013 and is the No 1 student in Animal Industries Resource Centre (NSW) for Certificate 4 Veterinary Nursing.


Greg Ballard Property Manager

He is a qualified Farrier. Greg assists with the stallion handling. Greg has competed Internationally in Polo and still maintains an interest in Polo.

Aggie and Joseph Banks

Aggie and Joseph are vital members of the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Team - Catching mice.


Fabio has been a member of the Agnes Banks Team for a number of years, he is our teaser stallion, who never fails to impress the ladies.