The Veterinarians

Tias Muurlink BVSc (HONS) FANZCVS (Equine Surgery)
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery

Tias graduated in 1988 and has spent most of his career in Equine practice. After several jobs which included time in North Queensland, Victoria and Oakey, he started West Warwick Vet Clinic with Dr. Cathy Marlton. This practice grew to be the predominant practice in the area until the time it was sold it in 2004.

Tias then worked a season for the Scone Vet Hospital before heading to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital. Here he consolidated his skills and qualified by examination as a specialist in Equine Surgery. He continued at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital as the Head the Equine Centre, ultimately responsible for the care of all horses going through this busy teaching hospital. During this period he also spent time in North America, the UK and Singapore gaining experience.

Tias then returned to Queensland and spent a year at the University of Queensland Veterinary Hospital (Gatton) as a specialist equine surgeon.

In 2013, Tias decided to leave University life and started back in private practice based in Warwick, founding WEV soon after. He is currently on the Board of Examiners and governing Council of the ANZCVS which is the body which oversees the specialist training and examination of veterinarians. Since 2015 he has served as the Chief Examiner for the college and in this role oversees the training programs and examination of specialists in Australia and New Zealand. He is also regularly lectures on various equine topics mostly in fields related to Equine Surgery.

Tias also enjoys supporting the equine veterinary community and regularly works with and advises veterinary colleagues both locally and internationally.

Tias has wide ranging interests in the fields of equine practice. Special interests include surgery and lameness and he also enjoys the challenges of stud work during the breeding season.

Michael Duggan

Mick graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008. Upon graduation he worked at Quirindi Veterinary Clinic (NSW Australia) in a mixed animal practice for 3 years. After an Equine Reproduction Internship at Quipolly Equine Centre under the guidance of Dr Alan Simson he developed a keen interest in Equine reproduction. The following season he joined the team at Tamworth Equine Veterinary Centre to pursue his interest in Equine reproduction where he developed his skills in artificial insemiation, embryo transfer, stallion collection for shipping and freezing semen. After working a breeding season in the UK in 2015. He returned to Australia to manage Central Queensland Breeding Centre. Mick then moved back to the Warwick district with his fiancé Gina and joined WEV in July 2018. He enjoys the challenges of breeding work as well as general equine practice and dentistry and outside work his interests include breeding stud Angus cattle with his parents at their property near Killarney.

Paula Ellul BVetBio/BVetSc (Hons)

Paula graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2013. Prior to completing her veterinary degree she completed an Advance Diploma in Horse Husbandry and Management at Adelaide University and developed an interest in the veterinary industry. Paula gained her qualification as a veterinary nurse and worked for 4 years in an equine surgical clinic in Gawler, South Australia before moving to Naracoorte & nursing in mixed animal practice.

After graduation from her veterinary degree in Wagga Wagga NSW, she moved back to South Australia and worked in mixed practice for 5 years at Naracoorte & Penola Veterinary Centres. While in mixed practice, she continued to develop her interest in equine medicine, reproduction, lameness and small animal surgery.

Paula enjoys the challenges of veterinary practice and is looking forward to expanding her skills in the equine field. Outside of work Paula’s interests are competing in stockmans challenges and campdrafting with her family.

Sara Rodes BVSc (Hons)

Sara grew up in the Boonah area and before going to University developed a keen interest in horses. In her spare time Sara enjoys attending campdrafts in the local area and caring for her horses.
Sara graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2018 and started with WEV in early 2019. Sara enjoys both small and large animal work and therefore will be splitting her time between WEV and our sister practice Condamine Veterinary Clinic in Warwick to consolidate her knowledge and skills widely. Her areas of special interest are equine medicine and anaesthesia.

The Nursing Team

Chaylee Joe Kong

Chaylee began her nursing career in 2006 working in small and mixed veterinary practices. She has gained the qualification of certificate IV in veterinary nursing and has been with the WEV team since 2012. She enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially in the field of surgical nursing and radiography (X-Ray). Chaylee has a multitude of roles in the practice, from organising the vets, controlling the veterinary pharmacy and caring for all equine patients. She is very passionate about all aspects of equine sport and practice. Outside of work, Chaylee is a keen rider and is particularly fond of barrel racing.

Tamasin Joe Kong

Tamasin joined WEV in 2018. She also is a local girl from Thane and has had worked in admin as well as with horses before joining us. Tamasin is a keen barrel racer and along with her fiance Micheal are regulars at rodeos around Australia. Tamaisin is the main co-ordinator of the practice as well as helping out with nursing with hospitalised cases and in the field.

Danielle Assen

Danielle joined the WEV team in 2016 and is currently studying a certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Danielle has also studied a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Equine studies at the University of Queensland, Gatton. Danielle loves working with animals, but has a particular interest in Equine nursing. Outside of work Danielle and her family breed and train Friesians focusing on classical dressage.

Skye Ripphausen

Skye Ripphausen began started her vet nursing traineeship in 2005 with Goondiwindi Pastoral Vets and since joined the WEV team in 2015. Skye also nurses one day a week at our sister practice in town (Condamine Veterinary Clinic) as she enjoys a mix of both equine and small animal veterinary practice. Skye had a rural upbringing on her parent’s property in North-West Goondiwindi where they had a mixture of sheep, cattle, horses and cropping. Skye is now married with 2 young girls and enjoys pleasure riding on her family’s Stockhorses.

Odette Kolenich

Odette has been with us now with us since 2016. She comes from a country background and manages to fit in helping us between looking after her two little girls. She is currently working towards veterinary nurse’s qualifications and her cheery and her enthusiastic help as well as her attention to detail have become a big asset for WEV.

Tyler Aspinal

Tyler is studying to be a veterinary nurse and works both at WEV and our sister practice our sister practice Condamine Veterinary Clinic and enjoys the variety of work she gets by working for both practices.

Having grown up in Warwick, from a family that owns quarter horses and regularly completes in multiple equine disciplines, Tyler is particularly interested in the breeding side of Equine Vet Nursing.