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. As well as his private practice work, he has been heavily involved with the ANZCVS. He has recently stepped down from his roles on the Board of Examiners and governing Council of the ANZCVS and as chief examiner. 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 and provides consultancy surgery help to several practices around Australia.

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.

Edward Maxwell BVSc (Hons)

Edward completed his studies in Veterinary Science in 2020 through the University of Queensland, achieving a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons). Ed is interested all aspects of equine veterinary practice. Throughout his time at university Ed gained experience in many areas of the equine industry holding positions at equine reproduction facilities, thoroughbred stud farms and assisting in a number of research trials. Ed is new to Warwick and is looking forward to joining the community and meeting the clients of Warwick Equine Veterinarians and their horses.

Dr Simon Goodwin BVSc (Hons)

Simon graduated from the University of Queensland in 2021 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours.

Throughout his studies he immersed himself in a range of roles including a stable hand at the University of Queensland Equine Specialist Hospital and spent a Summer prepping yearlings for sale at Arrowfield Stud, in Scone NSW. Simon has also worked in a shelter an animal attendant for the Animal Welfare League QLD and spent some time working with cattle as an animal attendant at the Tick Fever Centre in Wacol QLD.

Simon made the most of his time at university volunteering on student run committees such as the Social Committee, Equine Special Interest Group, and was President of the University of Queensland Veterinary Students Association.

Simon is new to Warwick and enjoys working with all animals. In his spare time enjoys football, camping, fishing, and four-wheel driving.

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 Maher

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 husband Michael are regulars at rodeos around Australia. Tamasin 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 has recently completed her veterinary nursing qualifications, Cert IV. 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.

Odette Kolenich Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse

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 recently gained her certificate IV in veterinary nursing. Odette’s cheery personality, her enthusiastic attitude and attention to detail make her an important asset to the WEV team.

Carissa Wrigley

Carissa joined the team at WEV in October 2021 as part of our barn crew and nursing team.

Carissa has multiple duties including handling patients assisting our veterinarians with procedures and maintaining our hospital barn and yards. When not at work Carissa enjoys spending time with her herd of Brahman cattle, cheeky Jack Russells and cats, she also helps out at some of the Thoroughbred yearling sales.

Hanna McIvor

Hanna joined the team at WEV in November 2021 as a trainee working as part of our barn crew. Hanna enjoys all aspects of the clinic and assisting with some, she is a local girl and when not helping out at the clinic enjoys camp drafting and being around her animals at home.

Casey-Lee Shelton

Casey joined the team at WEV in August 2021 as a school based trainee, Casey is currently studying a certificate II in Animal Studies. When Casey is not helping out at the clinic and studying she enjoys competing in camp drafting and barrel racing events with her family.