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.



Jenny Watts

Jenny completed a student internship with us some 10 years ago and has since practiced in the  Northern Territory and Queensland. She is an enthusiastic and competent equine veterinarian and an avid horse rider – particularly in dressage where she has competed to Prix St George level.


Alexis Clark BSc (Hons) BVM&S BAEDT MRCVS

Alexis grew up in South Africa and graduated from Edinburgh University. She stayed on to work in the UK completing an internship at a large equine hospital and then worked in both first opinion and referral equine practices. While Alexis enjoys the variety of equine work, her areas of interest are dentistry, lameness, anaesthesia and emergency work. She is also a qualified Equine Dental Technician and is a member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians.


Veterinary Interns

Fenella Barker

Dr Fenella Barker graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2014 and started with us in December 2014. Raised on a horse stud in rural South Australia she has always been a keen horse rider. Her horse Walter and border collie Lottie have made the long trip from South Australia to join her at Agnes Banks. Fenella is an enthusiastic veterinarian who has a keen interest in reproduction and foal medicine, although enjoys the other aspects of equine practice as well. She hopes to expand her equine knowledge and skills throughout the internship to become a well rounded equine veterinarian.

Josie Hale BVBiol BVSc

Josie graduated from Charles Sturt University in August 2014. Following graduation she worked at a mixed animal practice in Victoria before started her internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in September 2015. Josie grew up living between Melbourne and Glenburn (in the Victorian high country) where her family farm is. Josie competes in reining and quarter horse event in her spare time. She has brought her horse, Levi, to NSW when she moved interstate.  Josie enjoys all aspects of equine practice and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skills throughout the internship program. 


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.