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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.

Sarah Millis
Senior Nurse

Sarah started with Kilmore Equine Clinic in September 2019. She has worked as a vet nurse for 15 years across a mixture of small animal, mixed animal and equine practices. These clinics gave her a lot of opportunities to learn as a Surgical Nurse and Practice Manager.

Sarah has a keen interest in surgery, high level patient care, educating clients and loves working outdoors.

Sally Stott
Nurse

Sally joined the clinic at the start of 2019. Sally has qualifications including an Advanced Diploma in Equine Science, a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and is an EA recognised coach who specialises in riding with special needs.
Sally has worked in the horse industry her entire working life with experience in breeding and yearling prep, vet nursing as well as training and teaching. She has two teenage girls and works 5 days a week with us. Sally is an approachable person and a great asset to the team.

Sarah Millis
Practice Manager

Sarah started with Kilmore Equine Clinic in September 2019. She has worked as a vet nurse for 15 years across a mixture of small animal, mixed animal and equine practices. These clinics gave her a lot of opportunities to learn as a Surgical Nurse and Practice Manager. Sarah has a keen interest in surgery, high level patient care, educating clients and loves working outdoors.

Laura Little
Healthcare Plan Coordinator & Vet Nurse

Laura joined the clinic in early 2021. Laura completed a Diploma of Applied Science - Animal Technology in 2003 & has worked as an animal technician for many years. Laura has also worked at racing stables & studs and managed a large rural/produce store for many years doing a lot of work with equine nutrition. Laura works part-time at the clinic alongside running her own farm as a horse agistment property in Romsey. Laura has ridden & had horses her whole life & when she gets some downtime she enjoys riding dressage & spending time with her young family on their farm.