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.

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.

Andrew Hopgood

Andrew is a local, growing up on his parent’s cattle property at Dalveen. He graduated from James Cook University in 2011 after which he undertook an equine internship at the renowned Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Shepparton, Victoria. Andrew spent a further eighteen months in Victoria working in a mixed practice in Geelong before completing a stud breeding season for Scone Equine Hospital in NSW.

Andrew moved to the United Kingdom in 2015 to further his knowledge where he worked as a stud and ambulatory equine vet. He had stints in Gloucestershire, Essex and Lincolnshire.

After five years in England Andrew has now moved back home to Warwick, commencing work with Warwick Equine Vets in November 2019.

Andrew enjoys all aspects of equine practice but has a particular interest in reproduction.

During his spare time Andrew enjoys helping out on his parent’s farm, riding horses, and trying his best to learn how to play polocrosse.

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.

Monica Connolly

Monica is currently completing her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology through Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga by distance to join the WEV team. She gained her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing in 2017 as part of her degree. Monica grew up on a property west of Eidsvold, Queensland where her family bred and used Stockhorses for mustering. Monica’s passion for horses continued to grow when she attended New England Girls School (Armidale, NSW) and began competing in dressage and then eventing. Monica is keen to put her study into practice and is looking forward to gaining experience and the challenges of the upcoming breeding season.

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.