Team

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.

Liz Walmsley

Liz joined the team at WEV in September 2023 after a locum in July. Liz is a passionate and very experienced equine vet and surgeon.

Originally from the UK she started out in practice in Australia as an intern at Scone Veterinary Hospital before heading to the University of Melbourne where she undertook her equine surgical residency and training. After completing this in 2010 and becoming a specialist surgeon, Liz spent many years at the University of Melbourne teaching hospital dealing with a wide variety of cases. More recently, Liz has spent a couple of years working in private practice in Avenel Equine Hospital as one of their staff surgeons.

During her time at the University of Melbourne, Liz spent a lot of time with advanced imaging including nuclear scintigraphy (bone Scan), CT and MRI. This has been very useful in one of her professional passions which is lameness investigations. Liz also enjoys emergency cases including colic surgery, but in general just enjoys using best practice to help her equine patients.

Ellie McKenna Hill

Graduated 2012 from James Cook University with the Equine veterinarian award for excellence in medicine. The university focuses on creating rural and large animal veterinarians. From graduation she practiced on the Darling downs and Northern NSW as a mixed animal/production animal veterinarian. She has also spent a breeding season in Beaudesert doing Equine practice.
Ellie has always had a love of equine medicine through her career and coming to work with Tias Muurlink and the team at Warwick equine will encourage.
In her spare time she runs a cattle and grazing enterprise with her husband and small son (James) in the Killarney area.
Her other passion is Endurance horse racing which she enjoys vetting and competing. But she has also competed in Camp drafting with her husband.

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.

Mel Clausen

Mel joined the team after spending 5 years living and working in western Queensland. She now lives in the Warwick area with her family breeding and showing Clydesdales and riding show hacks when time allows. Mel main roles are in the office though she likes to help out with the horses when she gets a chance.

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.

Maggie de Groot

Mel moved to Warwick from the Whitsundays where she had been working as a vet nurse for 5 years after growing up in Brisbane. Mel enjoys eventing and show jumping and dressage on her 2 horses which moved to the Warwick district with her. Mel helps out where needed but mainly with vet nursing roles.