WestVETS has a large team of experienced Veterinarians with expertise across family pets, horses and farm animals. We also have a dedicated team of support staff including Veterinary Nurses, Administrative Staff and Stable and Farm Hands. Our staff regularly attends continuing professional education courses – we are committed to providing the highest standard of care for your animal.
Our highly skilled and experienced veterinarians are committed to providing quality and compassionate care for your animals.
Dr Nathan Anthony
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVSc – Principal and Equine Veterinarian
Nathan is the Practice Principal and an Equine Veterinarian.
Nathan started his career in mixed practice in South Australia working with all animals, large and small. He then branched into Equine practice, working in the UK for some time before relocating to Anstead where he has been based since 2002.
Since then, Nathan has upgraded the facility at Anstead to a modern and state of the art hospital that provides complete service to family pets and horses. Nathan has also expanded the practice in 2012 to include another Animal Hospital and an Equine Reproduction Centre located on the Warrego Highway at Marburg.
Nathan’s main fields of interest and expertise are the diagnosis and treatment of lameness in performance horses and equine surgery. Nathan also has extensive experience in Equine Reproduction and he thrives on the hectic workload of the reproductive season.
In 2010 Nathan was accepted as a member of the Australian and NEW Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Equine Surgery. The College is a post graduate group that aims to advance the current level of veterinary knowledge and skill.
Nathan is a former president of Equine Veterinarians Australia and has held the position of Australian Eventing Team Veterinarian since 2013.
Nathan enjoys equestrian sports and is an accredited FEI Veterinarian. He can often be found officiating at equestrian events.
Dr Kylie Crawford
BVSc(Hons) BSc(vet)(Hons) FANZCVS (Equine Surgery) – Specialist Equine Surgeon
Kylie graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999 after completing a research degree focusing on respiratory disease in Thoroughbred racehorses in 1997. In 2004 she was admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Surgery.
Kylie completed her specialist surgery training under Dr Nick Kannegieter and in 2011 she passed her Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists fellowship examinations in equine surgery enabling her to register as a Specialist Surgeon.
Kylie is an extremely talented and dedicated Veterinarian who has worked in referral private practices in SE Queensland for 10 years. She is available for both hospital and out-calls. Kylie’s professional interest is predominantly surgery, but she also enjoys critical care medical cases, especially neonates.
In Kylie’s spare time, she enjoys riding track work on racehorses.
Dr John Chopin
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine) PhD FANZCVS (Equine Reproduction) – Specialist in Equine Reproduction
John graduated from the University of Queensland. After spending 18 months in mixed practice outside Ipswich he started a residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University’s Equine Hospital. John was successful in obtaining his Membership in Equine Medicine. John then finished a PhD at the University in equine frozen semen and ovulating agents.
John then started a second residency at Oakey Veterinary Hospital in equine reproduction. John was successful in achieving his Fellowship and obtaining Specialist registration. John then moved down to the Hunter Valley to work for Coolmore, a large international Thoroughbred breeding operation. John then moved to Tamarang Farm which included working with Australia’s first commercially used clone stallion, and then onto running his own practice in the last few years.
John has consulted to numerous practices and companies, runs continuing education to veterinarians and has published over 60 articles including book chapters in leading texts in equine reproduction. John continues to have an interest in clinical research.
Dr Asher Dessaix
BVSc (Hons) MVS – Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Asher joined WestVETS at the commencement of 2008 after spending 6 years in mixed practice in NSW and locally. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to our practice.
His main work interest is in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Asher has undertaken a Masters Degree which will ensure that he is kept abreast of the rapidly emerging advancements in the field of Veterinary Medicine. Asher is passionate about quality Veterinary care and while he enjoys the routine work of tending to healthy patients, he thrives on the more challenging cases.
While not working or studying, Asher is a keen surfer and he can often be found travelling to various spots within South East Queensland.
Dr Tori Doyle
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVSc – Equine Veterinarian
After graduating from the University of Qld Tori undertook an equine internship at Oakey Veterinary Hospital before going to work in her father’s mixed animal practice. The lure of the horses was too strong however and she joined the equine team at WestVETS in 2007.
Tori is a popular and capable veterinarian in all aspects of equine practice but has a special interest in foal medicine and advance equine reproduction technologies. Tori plays a major role in the Equine Reproduction Centre, dedicating much of her time during the busy breeding season to artificial insemination and embryo transfers.
In 2010 Tori was accepted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Equine Medicine.
When not at work Tori enjoys camping and fishing as well as competing in as many dressage competitions as she can fit into her busy workload.
Dr Frank Low
BVSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) MANZCVS – Equine Veterinarian
Frank spent his teenage years growing up with horses in Townsville before moving down to Brisbane to attend veterinary school at the University of Queensland Veterinary School.
Frank graduated from UQ in 2000 and worked in a mixed stud based practice in Warwick on the Darling Downs. He then began a long working journey in the UK for six years, working notably in Somerset and Surrey, focusing mainly on sport horse practice such as hunters and eventers. Frank moved to Hong Kong in 2009 to join the Hong Kong Jockey Club, where he was fortunate enough to lead a unique program which rehabilitated and trained retired thoroughbreds for new careers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing as well as riding school liveries.
Frank has a strong interest in FEI equestrian events and was the Hong Kong Equestrian team vet for the 2014 Asian Games and FEI treating vet for the CSI5* Longines Hong Kong Masters show jumping event. Frank has a strong interest in performance evaluation, especially in equine cardiology.
Dr Megan Devlin
BVSc (Hons) – Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Megan graduated from UQ with honours in 2004 and spent her first 5 years working in local mixed practice in Laidley. She then moved to western Brisbane where she worked in partnership in a small animal practice for 5 years before moving back to the Lockyer Valley to join the WestVETS team.
Megan enjoys the variety and challenge of mixed practice though her focus is nowadays more on small animal medicine, behaviour, rehabilitative and reproductive medicine. She is passionate about helping you to have the best possible relationship with your furry family members, at every stage of their lives. In her free time she enjoys motor biking, travelling and lazing around with her geriatric pets and a good book.
Dr Hayato Nishimura
BVSc – Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Originally from Sydney, Hayato attended a selective agricultural high school in Glenfield, before graduating from James Cook University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. After graduating, Hayato worked at a mixed practice in far north Queensland for 2 years before moving down to the cooler climates of south east Queensland.
He has a strong interest in all aspects of veterinary science but particularly equine/bovine medicine and small animal surgery. Other than veterinary science, Hayato has a passion for cooking and photography.
Dr Linda Dillenbeck
BVSc (Merit) – Equine Veterinarian
Linda is the most recent addition to the WestVETS team. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 and then completed a 12 month internship at Agnes banks Equine Clinic in NSW. This was followed by a year in private equine practice in NSW before making the move to sunny Queensland.
Linda enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, and has recently completed a dentistry course, which has sparked a keen interest in equine dentistry. She has particular interests in diagnostic imaging and equine lameness.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys hiking, travelling and photography.
Dr Samantha Parry
BVSc BBHS – Mixed Animal Veterinarian
Dr Samantha Parry has worked in mixed and small animal practice since graduating from James Cook University in 2013. She has an interest in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and has previously worked in ambulatory equine practice.
Sam practices a very high standard of small animal surgery and equine anaesthesia. Sam provides compassionate care and works closely with clients and their pets to ensure that a favourable health outcome is reached. Sam is actively involved with the Young Member Group of Equine Veterinarians Australia, holding a state representative role.
Sam joins WestVETS as a mixed animal veterinarian. When not at work, Sam can be found doting on her family of pocket dogs or maintaining an active outdoors lifestyle.
Dr Nick Kannegieter
BVSc PhD FACVSc – Specialist Equine Surgeon
Dr Nick Kannegieter, Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery, is one of Australia’s leading equine surgeons with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of the horse industry, including racing, performance, and pleasure horses. Nick runs a consultancy practice extending between NSW and QLD and he regularly operates at WestVETS on Thursdays. Nick is available for all types of surgery and surgical consultations; however he has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery and throat surgery.
Dr Edith Hampson
BVSc PhD FANZCVS – Specialist Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Edith is a Queensland graduate with more than 20 years experience who has worked both in small animal Veterinary practice and in research centres. Edith is passionate about eyes and loves teaching ophthalmology. She recently accepted a position as Senior Lecturer at The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland. Edith visits WestVETS once a week to provide an Ophthalmology service to small animal and equine patients.