ABOUT US

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OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

MEC’s mission is to provide care, expertise and professionalism in the management of high level equine athletes and their riders. MEC does this through a team of committed and experienced consultants and assistants who pride themselves on helping you achieve your goals. Through MEC’s Equine Athlete Program (EAP), our clinicians thoroughly examine the horse both at rest and in work. During the examination process, MEC utilises technology to monitor your horse’s health and gait.

All data collected is analysed in our cloud based software. From there, we can monitor any issues and make recommendations to best manage your horse’s long term performance In addition, MEC provides a diagnostic services and therapies to manage a number of musculoskeletal injuries. These services are provided on a referral basis to veterinarians and allied health care professionals

OUR TEAM

Dr Luke Wells-Smith
Motion Equine Centre

Dr Luke Wells-Smith is an equine veterinarian who specialises in foot care and the management of foot related lameness in the equine athlete.

Having worked in veterinary practices around Australia – since 2012 as an integral part of the team at the Equine Podiatry and Lameness Centre in Musswellbrook, NSW – Luke recognised the growing need for expert consulting support in foot related lameness.  At the start of 2017, Luke started Motion Equine Podiatry Consulting.  His extensive knowledge and expertise in providing solutions to complex equine podiatry cases is now in high demand with veterinarians and farriers in Australia and internationally. Luke’s services as a consultant are also employed by veterinary hospitals, industry stakeholders and insurance companies in Australia and overseas.

Luke has a detailed interest in research and data collection relating to all aspects of the equine athlete’s performance and he continues to develop his skills and knowledge in farriery and equine veterinary science by attending foot related conferences and visiting podiatry practices both in Australia and the United States.

As a natural evolution of Motion EPC and Luke’s passion for applying objective and scientific analysis to the practical management of the equine athlete, he has created Motion Equine Centre.   Motion Equine Centre focusses on the overall management of high level equine athletes and Luke has gathered together a team of like-minded, committed and experienced consultants and assistants.  Together, they are on a quest to provide objective assessment and proactive management of the equine athlete’s overall health, fitness, gait and movement.

Dr Anushka von Oppen
Motion Equine Centre

Dr Anushka von Oppen is an experienced and talented equine veterinarian who concentrates on the diagnosis and management of lameness in the sport horse. Her focus on addressing poor performance in the equine athlete centres around her particular interest in the neck, back, sacroiliac and lumbosacral joints and is assisted by her extensive experience in advanced ultrasonography.

Anushka developed her advanced ultrasonography skills working closely with world leading lameness clinician and ultrasonographer, Pr. Jean-Marie Denoix. During her time in France with Pr. Denoix, Anushka honed her eye for low grade lameness and developed a passion for using knowledge and technology to both diagnose existing problems and to work toward preventing future issues. During this time, Anushka completed all 8 modules of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) course and also enjoyed the honour of translating Pr. Denoix’s latest biomechanics text, “Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse” from French to English. To complement her diagnostic skills and to provide another level of performance management to her sport horse patients, Anushka has attended a veterinary chiropractic course in Germany through the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC).

Since returning to Australia, Anushka has held the position of Senior Clinician at a major Western Australian veterinary clinic where she concentrated on the management of lameness and poor performance in the sport horse. She has also held assistant teaching and research positions at the Murdoch University Veterinary School in WA and the University of Melbourne in Victoria. Anushka is an FEI Veterinary Official, Permitted Treating Veterinarian and Testing Veterinarian. Anushka’s involvement with Motion Equine Centre brings an additional level of expertise in the overall management of high level equine athletes. Her areas of interest and specialisation are an important part of the MEC quest to provide objective assessment and proactive management of the equine athlete’s overall health, fitness, gait and movement.