Dr Kurt Enzinger BSc (Hons) BVSc
Kurt graduated from the University of Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Science with honours in Equine Reproduction in 1998, then a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2002. Kurt spent a few years in mixed animal practice before pursuing his passion for horses, working in two reputable equine hospitals and maintaining a strong focus on reproduction. Kurt returned home to start Elite Equine in February 2009. In August 2010 Kurt and his wife Kylie acquired Emerald Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice to cater for all species.
Kurt has a special interest in equine reproduction including embryo transfer, equine podiatry and equine dentistry. He has completed to postgraduate equine veterinary dentistry courses, numerous equine podiatry courses and attended the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction in New Zealand.
At home Kurt enjoys playing with his kids, tending to his property (usually involving a chainsaw or tractor) and his favourite pastime is skiing...... either on water or snow!
Dr Shaunna McTernan
Shaunna graduated from The University of Sydney in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
After a short stint in smallies, she joined our team in early 2016 to follow her dream of being an equine veterinarian. She has an interest in all fields of equine imaging and medicine with particular enthusiasm for emergency medicine and critical care, ophthalmology, sports medicine and rehabilitation.
During her downtime, Shaunna enjoys spending time outside with Panda (her first pony) as well as hula hooping, aerial hoop and all things circus.
Dr Stephanie Diplock
I grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England and then studied at the University of Liverpool. After initially working in mixed practice, I pursued my passion for equine work with a stud internship in Shropshire on the English/Welsh border. My main responsibilities were assisting in the daily work at two large National Hunt Thoroughbred studs, foal care and general first-opinion work.
In August 2016, I then travelled to Australia for a southern hemisphere season at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Shepparton. At GVEH, I completed a six-month rotating internship and my responsibilities included inpatient care, anaesthesia, scanning the recipient mare herd, stallion collection and assisting in diagnosis and work-up of outpatients. I joined the team at Elite Equine in February 2017 and am looking forward to meeting your horses. My professional interests include stud work and neonatal medicine but enjoy all aspects of first-opinion work.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling the world, horse-riding and pretty much any sport but especially following Arsenal Football Club!
Dr Carly Whittaker BVSc DVM
Carly grew up in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, where she completed her Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide. Carly then moved to Victoria and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne University in 2017.
Since then Carly has been working for Emerald Veterinary Clinic and Elite Equine where she loves the mix of horse and small animal work. Carly’s professional equine interests include diagnostic imaging, lameness evaluation and reproduction.
Out of work Carly loves riding horses, exercising her (very energetic) dogs or enjoying a glass of Barossa Valley wine with family!
Bec grew up in Melbourne riding horses and worked on a thoroughbred stud prior to starting her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Adelaide.
Bec always intended to pursue her interest in equine veterinary work and so after graduation she undertook a year long rotating internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in Sydney. During her internship Bec performed anesthetics, assisted with work up of outpatients and was responsible for the care and treatment of hospitalized patients.
After completing her internship Bec returned home to Victoria and started working for Elite Equine Vets in April 2019. She has a keen interest in equine reproduction and medicine and looks forward to meeting both you and your horses.
Outside of work Bec enjoys horse-riding, travelling, going on hikes, camping and running around after her Pomeranian, Tiggy!
Nancy Te Whata
Veterinary Nurse, Accounts
Nancy joined the team early 2016. A Kiwi, a horse rider and she was silly enough to fall for an “Aussie fella”.
Nancy has ridden all her life, growing up on a 500 acre horse breeding farm in Northland, New Zealand. She is a two time World Champion Mounted Games rider, and has spent two seasons riding mounted games in the UK. Riding some dressage and show hunter (jumping) along the way.
Over the last four years Nancy has completed a Bachelor of Applied Management and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting. She is enjoying her time here in the Yarra Valley, based in Emerald with her husband, working with horses and being part of our great team here at Elite Equine.
After completing year 12, I worked as a groom for a professional eventing stable and gained hands-on experience at major events across the country.
I began working at Elite Equine in July 2016 to pursue my dream career in Equine nursing.
I absolutely adore working as a part this incredible team and I particularly enjoy assisting with surgical procedures in the field.
Outside of work, I compete my two beautiful horses “KPH Jack Be Nimble” and “Tainui Lad” in Eventing.
I have always loved animals and it has been my dream to work with horses as a career. I have grown up with horses, getting my first pony when I was 8 years old. I am currently in the process of breaking in Mike, my Warmblood cross Clydesdale, which I am really enjoying and aim to compete on him in the future.
I am currently completing my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing with my elective being equine nursing. I also previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science as fitness and health is also a passion of mine.
I have been completing placement for my veterinary nursing here at Elite Equine for a few months and am extremely excited to start my equine nursing position here in September 2018. I have loved every moment of it and I look forward to helping you out and meeting you and your horses!
Shahira completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences in 2015 then in 2016 took a gap year and was lucky enough to travel to the Rio Olympic Games as a groom for the Australian Para-Equestrian Team.
In 2017 Shahira commenced a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. She is currently in her third year and plans to apply for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on completion of her degree.
She has always wanted to be a Veterinarian and feels lucky to work with and learn from them every day!
Shahira has recently joined the Emerald Veterinary Clinic team as well as the Elite Equine Vets team and really enjoys working with small animals and horses!
Between work and study Shahira competes at 2* level eventing on her horse Fred!
Kylie has always had a love for all animals especially horses and riding. Kylie completed a stud management course at the NSW Equestrian Centre which led her to work on a number of studs handling young stock, stallions, foaling down mares and setting mares up to be put in foal. In 2005 Kylie completed her Certificate IV in small animal veterinary nursing and continued to work in small animal clinics for a number of years. A move to Tatura saw Kylie working with larger animals including cows and horses. This led to a job as an equine nurse at the Ballarat Equine Practice where she was involved in all aspects of being an equine nurse. In 2009 Kylie moved back to Macclesfield to work at Elite Equine Veterinarians.
Kylie works at both Emerald Veterinary Clinic and Elite Equine Veterinarians and her spare time is spent chasing her two kids around or trying to get a ride on her horse.
Practice Manager - Veterinary Nurse
Kylie has worked in the Veterinary Industry for 25 years. Working with General Specialists and as an Emergency / Critical Care Nurse. So she has great calm, nothings a problem approach to most things!
She has always been involved with horses, throughout her life and she loves working with people, hence she is our 'go to person' at Elite Equine. With this as her main focus now she makes for a perfect Practice Manager, with 5 years experience in this role.
Kylie is an active member of her local adult riding club and enjoys spending time with all her horses, but especially Ollie, a off the track TB.