Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Staff

Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Christine Smith DVM Diplomate ACVS

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 Medicine

Laura Lee BVSc MS Dip ACVIM

Laura 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

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

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 BVSc

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.



Jenny Watts

Jenny Watts is a valuable member of our ambulatory team and also helps out with the reproduction work during the season. 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

Alexis Clark is the newest member of our veterinary team and has come to us from the UK completing an internship at a large equine hospital and then working in both first opinion and referral equine practice. Alexis grew up in South Africa and graduated from Edinburgh University. While Alexis enjoys a variety of equine work, her areas of interest are dentistry, lameness, anaesthesia and emergency medicine. Alexis is also a qualified Equine Dental Technician and is a member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians.


Veterinary Interns

Charlotte (Charlie) May BVBiol BVSc

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.

Michaela Harcourt BVBiol BVSc

Michaela Harcourt joined us in Aug 2016 after graduating from Charles Sturt University. She is very excited about the opportunity to enter of the equine veterinary industry and about how much she will learn through the internship program. She has trained her own horse previously, enjoying dressage and trail riding and she's looking to do this again with another horse. She is interested in lameness workups and emergency surgeries but really loves all aspects of equine practice.


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 in all aspects of business and management.

Nursing Staff

Sandy Wesselink Head Nurse

Sandy Wesselink is the Head Nurse at Agnes Banks. Sandy has gained her advanced veterinary nursing certificate in 1996 and has a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which is a teaching level qualification. In 2015 Sandy was deserved recipient of the EVA Excellence in Equine Nursing Award. Sandy supervises all hospital operations, as well as performing an educational role at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic. Sandy is also part time TAFE teacher.

Kylie Dale Deputy Head Nurse

Kylie Dale is the Superintendent 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 all aspects of equine reproduction.

Melissa Massingham

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.

Emilie Holden

Emilie Holden has been working at Agnes Banks since 2011. Emilie moved on to the nursing roster in OCT 2014 and helps Ian on the road during the busy breeding season. The rest of the year Emilie works in the clinic performing general nursing duties including surgical theatre nursing. Emilie is currently completing her Veterinary Nursing Certificate IV. Emilie enjoys show jumping and eventing on her horse Golly.

  Tim Walsh Farm Manager

Tim lives in Richmond with his wife Janine. Tim's interests are camp drafting and hobby horse training. Tim has one daughter, Emma, who is a Racing Manager for Champion Thoroughbreds. Tim was previously Stud Manager at Princes Farm and is looking forward to the new challenges at ABEC.

Aggie and Joseph Banks

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