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Speaker Portfolio

Dr David ByrneMVB MVetClinStud MANZCVS DACVIM  | Baldivis Vet Hospital

David graduated from the University College, Dublin, Ireland in 2008. He then completed an internship in equine medicine at UCD followed by a period of teaching at the University. Thereafter, he joined a predominantly ambulatory equine practice in the UK. In 2010, he moved to Australia and joined a racetrack and referral practice in Adelaide where he became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine. In July 2017, David completed a three year residency in equine medicine and surgery, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal). He currently works at Baldivis Vet Hospital. David’s particular interests are in equine internal medicine and critical care.

Dr Clinton FloatBSc BVMS BAEDT  | Pegasus Veterinary Equine Dentistry

Clinton graduated from Murdoch University in 2002 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery after having started my university studies in agriculture at Muresk in Northam. Having gained experience in equine practice in Western Australia, Clinton decided to travel to the UK where he became a partner in a large equine practice in Suffolk. During this time, Clinton embraced his passion for dentistry and gained a secondary qualification in equine dentistry (BAEDT) awarded by the British Veterinary and Veterinary Dental Associations. On his return home to the South West in 2015, Clinton started Pegasus Veterinary Equine Dentistry, with the primary aim of providing the best possible dental care for all horses, ponies and donkeys. 

Dr Josie HardwickBVetMed DACVS MRCVS  | The Animal Hospital

Josie Hardwick graduated from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. She relocated across the pond and spent nearly 6 years working at Randwick Equine Centre - a large hospital and racetrack practice in Sydney. Here she completed an internship, a surgical residency programme and ran the overground exercising endoscopy team. She successfully passed her board examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  Josie works as an equine surgeon at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University and as a consultant for Perth Equine Hospital. She splits her time between equine surgery and sports medicine cases and is particularly interested in the upper respiratory tract, optimising racehorse performance and emergency surgery.


Dr Emma McConnellBVM&S MMedVet DECEIM MRCVS  | The Animal Hospital 

Emma graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (University of Edinburgh) in 2006. Following 2 years in general practice, she went on to do a 12-month internship in equine medicine and surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, (University of London). During this time Emma developed a keen interest for all things medicine, and followed her passion to South Africa where she undertook a 3-year residency in equine internal medicine at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital, University of Pretoria. On completion of her residency, Emma was awarded a Masters degree in Veterinary Medicine and became a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Since joining the Equine Team at Murdoch, she achieved official recognition of her status as Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine, and continues to develop her interests in colic and foal medicine.

Dr Rachael Smith | BVs(Dist) PGDipVCS MANZCVS DACVS   | The Animal Hospital 

After graduating from Massey University in 1998 Rachael spent three years in a busy large animal private practice in Waikato, NZ, during this time completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Sciencs. Rachael then travelled to the UK and worked in equine practice in Newmarket and Essex before returning to Perth to undertake a Residency in Equine Surgery at Murdoch University. Following completion of her specialist training, she obtained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. IN 2017, Rachael's passion for lameness and poor performance in the equine athlete led her to the US where she gained additional certification in veterinary chiropractics and became a member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Kim Broad | ASF AWCF  | Broad Nominees 

To say Kim has been on and around horses for most of his life, is an understatement. From working on stations and rodeoing into his mid-twenties, working as a farrier and building his horse property in Serpentine, he has developed a deep empathy of horses and their nature. Kim has gone on to achieve one of the highest recognised farrier qualifications available world-wide, making him amongst the most highly qualified, trained  farriers in Australia. With an ever increasing curiosity and knowledge of the more multifaceted soundness issues in horses, Kim works alongside veterinarians, horse breeders and owners to advise and consult on the more complex soundness issues. Kim considers that the farrier industry is evolving, and whilst traditional methods of shoeing horses remain, now days we are focusing on greater knowledge about anatomy and its cause and effect. Kim is passionate about the achievement of others, particularly young, up and coming farriers, and believes they are the key to the future success of the industry.  

Jill Davies | BSc (Hons) MSc (Equine Nutrition)  | Feed Your Steed 

Jill has been involved with horses all her life. After leaving secondary school in the UK Jill went to work in the equine industry gaining valuable knowledge & experience. Jill predominately worked with bringing on young event horses & working hunters. Jill was lucky enough to manage & ride for several years an international eventing yard in Middleburg, Virginia, USA. She also worked & schooled Polo ponies in Western Australia & New South Wales. After a riding accident & deciding she wasn’t bullet proof Jill decided on a change of “tack”. So, Jill went back to University in the UK (Lincoln University) & gained a BSc Equine Science (Hons.). Her honors thesis was on use of Nutraceuticals for gastric health in the competition horse. After moving to Australia Jill went on to further study at Murdoch University a Grad. Dip. Ed. in Adult & Tertiary Education. Then went on to study at Curtin University, Muresk, MSc by Research looking into the use of Condensed Tannins in the exercised horse gain focusing on equine gastric health. Jill taught Equine Nutrition & Equine Exercise Physiology at Curtin University for over 7 years & is currently a sessional lecturer for Murdoch University. Jill operates her own independent equine nutrition business, Feed Your Steed, operating out of the Lower South West of WA.

Rebecca Thomas | DipEd (Secondary) NCAS Level 2  | Murdoch University 

Rebecca Thomas, is an accredited EA NCAS Level 2 General Coach and Coach Educator, 2* event rider and holds a Diploma of Secondary Education and Certificate IV In Workplace Assessment Training. She is a member of the Equestrian Western Australia Coaching Advisory Panel and Eventing WA Committee. She started riding at Walliston Pony Club in 1977 when she was 7 years old and remains Chief Coach at the same Pony Club and has been in that role since 1999.  Rebecca spent 22 years in the police force with the last four years as the senior trainer at the WA Mounted Police. She is now actively involved in the promotion of Coaching in WA and as an eventing official having gained accreditation as a National Level 3 and 1*/2* FEI Technical Delegate. At Murdoch University she also lectures at the School of Education to the first and second year Bachelor of Education students that want to become aspiring teachers and also in the area of Animal Science (Equine Studies), and previously at the Equine Centre for Polytechnic West.

Jessica Blackwell | BSc, Grad Cert Mgt, Dip HBM  | Equestricare 

Jessica hails from a scientific background, but has a love for horses and equine therapy. She has multiple qualifications in the field of Equine Therapy (Sports Massage, Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Red Light Therapy, Tissue Mobilisation, Taping and Reiki) and has also done extensive study in biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology. Jessica has been a full time professional equine therapy practitioner since 2005, utilising not only her hands on techniques but also a range of other tools including ultrasound, infrasound, photonic therapy, microcurrent therapy, taping and more.  She has been teaching since 2008 and has guest lectured at many events. In 2012 she was commissioned to write the new manual and online course for Equissage and has published two books and two DVD’s on Basic Horse Massage Techniques and Tissue Mobilisation for Horses. Jessica has been honoured with numerous awards for Equestricare including Telstra’s Most Innovative Business Woman of the Year and runner up Young Business Woman of the Year.