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Staff


VETERINARIANS
Dr. Paddy Todhunter BVSc MS Dip ACVS is our resident specialist equine surgeon. Paddy graduated from Sydney University in 1986 and then worked in mixed practice before commencing an equine internship at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in 1991. He then undertook a Large Animal Surgical Residency and Masters Degree at Auburn University (Alabama, USA) from 1992-1995. This was followed by 12 months as a staff surgeon at Cornell University (New York State) USA. Paddy attained his specialist status via the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997. Paddy joined our team in November 2004 after 6 years as an equine surgeon at the Scone Veterinary Hospital. Paddy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Newcastle Equine Centre. 

Dr. Morgan Weber BVSC (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Medicine) grew up in Maryland USA and graduated from Queensland University in 2008. With a passion for the equine side of veterinary science she then undertook an internship at Ballarat in an equine hospital before spending 2 years in equine practice in Perth. Morgan joined the team at the Newcastle Equine Centre in January 2012 and has interests in equine medicine and anaesthesia. 

Dr. Hannah Hopkins BVSc graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and initially undertook an internship at NEC to gain further experience in every aspect of equine practice. Hannah's main areas of interest are sports medicine/lameness and racetrack practice. Outside work she enjoys dressage and showjumping with her horse 'Charlie' and attending race meetings with her husband, who trains racehorses at Broadmeadow.

Dr. Cecilia Cortina di Favria DVM graduated from the University of Pise, Italy in 2002.  After 2 years in equine practice she started a Diagnostic Imaging Internship at the University of Liege, Belgium.  She came to Australia in 2005, working 2 breeding seasons at Arrowfield Stud in Scone.  This was followed by a locum at Randwick Equine Centre taking yearling survey radiographs.  After 15 months in mixed practice, she eventually joined the Newcastle Equine Centre at the beginning of 2009.  Her professional interests include equine reproduction and diagnostic imaging. Cecilia has since started a family and now works for us part time.

Dr. Trish Sullivan BVSc grew up in Sydney and graduated from Sydney University in 2014. Trish spent 2015 working as an intern at the Marion Du Pont Equine Medical Centre in Virginia, USA. She then moved back to Australia and began work at NEC in 2016. She has a special interest in internal medicine and foal medicine.

Dr Lauren Fletcher BVSc graduated from University of Queensland in 2012. She initially worked in mixed practice in the Lower Hunter Valley for two years, then spent two years working as a locum vet in the UK. Lauren will be spending 18 months at Newcastle Equine Centre undertaking an internship to learn the ropes of equine practice.

NURSES
Natalie Edwards our head nurse and accounts manager has been with the hospital since its establishment 19 years ago.  She started out doing the bookwork in the hospital before deciding to undertake the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

Kim Knights has been with the hospital for many years, however now works part time for us. She has previously worked at the mighty Woodlands stud. Kim is qualified with her Certificate IV in Equine Nursing.

Hayley Dalton joined the team at NEC in 2015 with a wealth of experience in the thoroughbred industry from nursing sick foals on stud to preparing yearlings for sales. Hayley is qualified with her Certificate III in Equine Nursing and Certificate III in Horse Husbandry.

​Marina Kijl has an extensive background on both thoroughbred studs and rehabilitating rescue horses through Horse Welfare Inc. She has quickly made herself an invaluable member of the team.

Jess Stonham has a long history working in the thoroughbred industry both on studs and in racing stables. Jess has spent the last two years undertaking her vet nursing training and made the transition to become a nurse at NEC in early 2017.