Our Staff

Veterinary Staff

Derek Major BVSc MACVSc

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

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

Derek Major
Derek Major


Ian Duckworth
Ian Duckworth

Ian Duckworth BVSc

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 joined the practice in 1992. He hails from England, where he gained his degree in Liverpool.

He is especially interested in all aspects of thoroughbred racing.

Neil is currently studying a Degree in Exotic Animals, but will be working three days a week during the breeding season, whilst continuing his studies.

Neil Walton
Neil Walton


Resident Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Christine Smith

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. Before that she held clinical and teaching positions in California and Texas.
Christine has had an interesting and varied career, which even includes Canadian Team Groom at Luh Muhlen in Germany! 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.

Resident 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 practiced in South Africa before moving to the United States where she completed Equine Medicine Specialty training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She earned a Masters Degree for a study entitled, “Comparative efficacy of three common treatments for equine recurrent airway obstruction”.
Laura is a keen horse rider and competes at horse trials, having done time in England as a working pupil for William Fox-Pitt! She also regularly officiates at equestrian competitions and presents lectures and talks to veterinarians and horse persons.
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.

Laura Lee
Laura Lee


Mark Schembri Mark Schembri

Mark Schembri BSc(Vet) BVSc MACVS MPH

Mark started as an intern at Agnes Banks in 2002 after completing an honours science degree in freezing of equine sperm in 1999. Mark now runs the Artificial Breeding department with a particular interest in embryo transfer and problem mare breeding.
Mark was awarded the AEVA NatureVet Scholarship in 2003 to do further sabbatical study at Texas A&M, Rood and Riddle Kentucky, and Newmarket. He has just returned from Harvard University as the 2009 Sir John Monash fellow receiving his Masters in Public Heath. Mark is also an honorary veterinarian for the Australian Turf Club and Chairman of the Veterinary Committee at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
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

anneliesedowning Anneliese Downing


Anna Salter Anna Salter

Anna Salter BSc BVMS

Anna comes to us from W.A, she graduated from Murdoch University in 2009. She completed her internship with ABEC in 2010 and has now been retained as a permanent member of our staff.
Her interests include show jumping with her horse Marty, she enjoys travelling and the beach.
Anna has a special interest in ambulatory practice and a keen interest in performance horse medicine, surgery and lameness.

Veterinary Interns

Elizabeth Cooper
Bachelor Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Libby is our newest member to join our team as apart 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. 

Libby Cooper
Linda Dillenbeck BVSc (Merit)

Linda Dillenbeck joined us in Feb 2013 for our Equine Internship Program. She revently graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Merit and was the winner of the Epidemiology prize. Linda has a strong interest in Equine Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging and is hoping to pursue specialist qualifications in the future. Linda is currently enjoying showjumping and eventing on her horse Joey.

Support Staff


Heather McKinnon
Heather McKinnon

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.

Linda Morgan


Nursing Staff


Sandy Wesselink
andy Wesselink

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.
Steve and Sandy breed and show Clydesdale horses.
Kylie Dale
Deputy Head Nurse

Kylie 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.

Kylie McGhie
Kylie Dale


Melissa Massingham
Melissa Massingham

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.


Greg Ballard
Greg Ballard

Greg Ballard
Property Manager

He is a qualified Farrier. Greg assist's with the Stallion handling.

Greg has competed Internationally in Polo and still maintains an interest in Polo.

Aggie Banks

Joseph Banks

Aggie and Joseph

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