Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
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. Christine is now Managing Director at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic.
Registered Specialist in Equine MedicineLaura Lee is a registered specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and has a particular interest in foal medicine and respiratory problems. Laura was born and raised in South Africa, where she completed a Veterinary Science degree at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort from 1999-2004. Laura entered private practices in South Africa before moving to the United States where she completed her Equine Medicine Specialty training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Derek Major is a founding partner of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic and has been the driving force behind the evolution of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic and many of its achievements. Derek graduated from Sydney University in 1979 and has particular interests in surgery and reproduction. Derek is a qualified FEI veterinarian and often donates his time on weekends to FEI related duties at various events.
Ian Duckworth is a founding partner of Agnes Banks Equine Clinic and has been with the practice since its inception in 1989. Ian graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and has particular interests in sports medicine, racetrack practice and stud medicine.
Anneliese Downing manages the reproduction service during the season. Outside of the breeding season Anneliese is busy on the road performing a range of ambulatory duties. Anneliese's enthusiasm is unstoppable! After graduating from Sydney University in 2009 she became an intern here at the clinic, and is now a permanent member of the professional team. Anneliese is interested in all aspects of equine clinical practice, especially artificial breeding.
Charlotte May (Charlie) joined us in Dec 2015 after working in private practice following graduation from Charles Sturt University in 2015. Charlie has quickly adjusted to life at "The Banks" and is now one of the family and ready for a busy but rewarding internship year. Charlie is particularly interested in racehorses and tries to fit in riding when she has time.
Josie Hale started her internship in Sep 2015 after graduating 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.
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
Melissa Massingham has been a member of our team for 10 years and has completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV. 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. Mel also has a certificate in Stem Cell Therapy and Agriculture Studies. Mel has been riding since she was 9 and has a passion for animals, especially small ones. Mel keeps Christine out of trouble and organised on their weekly "Menangle" run.