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 Stephanie Diplock BVSc MRCVS
Steph grew up in West Sussex on the south coast of England and studied at the University of Liverpool. After initially working in mixed practice, she pursued her passion for equine medicine with a stud internship in the northwest of England. Her main responsibilities were assisting at two large Thoroughbred studs and general first opinion work in a busy sport horse practice.
In 2016, she came to Australia for a stud season and has stayed ever since! This season was the renowned Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Shepparton and included anaesthesia, reproductive work and care of inpatients, including sick neonatal foals. Steph joined Elite Equine in early 2017 and her professional interests include stud work, foal care, internal medicine and dentistry.
Outside of work, she is a keen yogi and trail runner (including an ultramarathon across the Mornington peninsula) and loves exploring the Aussie countryside whenever she has the chance.
Dr Rebecca Powers DVM
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!
Dr Ali Cunneen
Originally from Brisbane, Queensland, Ali has always had a passion for working with horses. Whilst undertaking her undergraduate veterinary degree at the University of Queensland, she worked for a large mixed animal practice in Brisbane QLD mainly in their equine hospital. During her degree, her passion for equine medicine afforded her multiple research opportunities, one of which resulted in 2018 Equine Veterinarian Australia Young Members Group Abstract Prize in her final year. She recently completed an equine surgery and anaesthesia internship at Ballarat Veterinary Practice in June 2020. Having adjusted to the colder climate in Victoria, Ali is excited to join the Elite Equine Vets team in July 2020. She enjoys all aspects of equine practice, especially internal medicine and anaesthesia.
Outside of work, Ali enjoys trail running and hiking so is very keen to explore the Yarra Valley!
Dr Sue Jones
Sue graduated from Dublin and was in a private practice in the UK for 5 Years then locumed across Australia before completing a fellowship in Ultrasonography at UC Davis in California (only two of these programs in the world), and are both in the United States with only two people who have completed the fellowship currently in Australia).
Sue has also spent a year as a junior lecturer at the University of Adelaide before completing a 3 year sports medicine residency at the University of Melbourne, while also successfully sitting her Australian membership examinations in large animal radiology.
Outside of vet, Sue enjoys playing hockey.
Nancy Te Whata
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 completed my Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2018, with my elective being equine nursing. I also previously studied a Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science as fitness and health is also a passion of mine.
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.
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.