About Us

About Us

Gold Coast Equine Clinic employs an experienced team of equine-only veterinarians who are dedicated to the care of your horse.  Our main clinic is located at 15 Ken Russell Court, Bundall, within the Gold Coast Equine Precinct adjacent to the Gold Coast Turf Club and the Magic Millions Sales Complex. Our Nerang practice is located in the hinterland at 177 Latimers Crossing Road, Advancetown. From these two locations we provide veterinary services to horses in the region between the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Beaudesert.

Although we have historically been associated mainly with the thoroughbred racing industry, the practice services all manner of pleasure and performance horses, and we have a rapidly-growing client base away from the racing world.  From cross-country to campdrafting, and pony club to polocrosse, our vets are ready to help you ensure that your horse is maintained in the best possible health.

We pride ourselves in providing a highly efficient and professional service to our growing number of clients. We are committed to providing the best possible care for your horse with our experienced and well-trained staff and through our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and treatment methods.

Staff - Veterinarians

Dr Charlie McCormack

Dr Charlie McCormack

BVSc MACVSc – Practice Owner/Principal

Charlie was raised in rural Queensland on the family cattle property at Glenmorgan on the western Darling Downs. He has been involved with horses from a very early age having grown up in the saddle as many country kids do. He graduated from the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in 1997 and worked in mixed animal practices throughout Australia and overseas before completing an internship in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital near Shepparton in Victoria. Charlie moved to the Gold Coast in early 2003 to work for highly regarded racetrack vet Philip Jefferies.

In 2005 Charlie completed his equine surgery exams to become a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2006 Philip Jefferies retired from veterinary work and Charlie purchased the practice and started GCEC. Charlie and his wife Hope live in nearby Benowa with their boys and two hyperactive dogs. Charlie spends most of his time servicing the trainers at the Gold Coast as well as several of the major spelling and pre-training facilities in the Beaudesert region. During Magic Millions sales time, he can usually be found "relaxing" in the Xray repository at the sales complex.

Dr Michael Higgins

BVSc

Michael grew up in Warwick on the Higgins family property ‘Leslie’. After 6 years at boarding school in Sydney and 5 years at St Leo’s College at the University of Queensland, he graduated with his Veterinary Science degree in 1979.

During 1980-1981, Michael worked at Oakey Veterinary Hospital before moving to the Northern Territory in 1982 to work on the TB eradication program. He worked at Mudgee Equine Practice, NSW in 1983. Michael then spent the following 2 years in England working in Herefordshire and also doing veterinary locums in Surrey, The Cotswolds, Chesterfield and the Wirral Peninsula.

He returned to Queensland in 1986 to work in a mixed practice with Dr. Fabian Fay. In 1988 he set up his own Nerang veterinary practice before moving to purpose built premises in 1993. This is where he remained working for the next 16 years.

In 2009 Michael worked in a mixed practice in Norwich, England and then returned home to create Nerang Equine Veterinary Practice in 2010. Michael merged this practice with Gold Coast Equine Clinic in November 2013. After a major health scare (just to keep us all on our toes!!) in August 2014, Michael is now recovering and has returned to work at Gold Coast Equine Clinic.

Michael enjoys all aspects of equine practice but has a particular interest in equine reproduction and lameness.

Michael is married to Lucy and they have 4 adult children – a daughter and 3 sons. In his spare time he is an armchair sportsman with a very keen interest in cricket, rugby union and league. He has recently started road cycling for fitness.

Dr Rhian Partridge

Dr Rhian Partridge

MA Cantab Vet MB MRCVS

Rhian joined the clinic in July after working in Equine Practice in the UK for the previous 8 years. She graduated from Cambridge University in the UK in 2007 and after a period of time in both Equine and Small Animal Practice she took up her role at Bellevue Veterinary Clinic on the Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire borders where she worked for 6 years prior to joining GCEC. Rhian’s main area of interest is Equine Medicine, with a particular focus on preventative healthcare, nutrition and endocrine disease. She also enjoys poor performance investigations and with that seeing horses doing their intended jobs! She was heavily involved in competition work on the Eventing and Endurance side in particular, in addition to covering local Hunter Trials and Point-to-Point events. Her aim is to gain her full FEI delegate status in the discipIines of Endurance and Eventing in the next year.

Rhian currently lives in the Gold Coast Hinterland with her husband and recently emigrated Rhodesian Ridgeback “Zuka”. Rhian and her dog are getting used to the rather warm climate and native hazards! She hopes to make the most of the weather by joining the local rowing club, starting back riding again and getting involved with as much as possible that involves the great outdoors (well maybe when it’s not 40 degrees at least!).

Dr Meredith Jarmin

Dr Tom Newton

Coming in January...

Nursing and Administrative Staff

Emma Seymour

Receptionist

Casey Foreman

Vet Nurse

Casey is a part time Cert IV equine nurse and has a passion for horses since riding her first pony when three years old! Her best friends are Morgan her 14 year old Angloarab and "Sam" her rising 3 year old Quarab. Casey loves equine nursing, cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She has specific special interest in lameness examinations and maintaining horse health.

Rosie Nicholson

Vet Nurse

Rosie grew up in the country and has been riding horses since she was three years old. She is currently studying her certificate IV in veterinary nursing and has a special interest in radiography and equine surgery. When not at work you‘ll find Rosie looking after her mini zoo - Doogal an OTT thoroughbred, Reggie a warmblood, two dogs Lilly and Benny, two cats Bella and Mushy, Squeak the rainbow lorikeet and Mr Ping a fighter fish. So it’s safe to say Rosie loves all types of animals!

Charmian Orr

Vet Nurse

Charmian has had a love of everything equine all her life.

She started her veterinary nursing career 10 years ago during which she studied her vet nursing Certificates 2 and 4.

She has worked with both Michael and Christine for most of the previous 8 years. She currently has a horse, Gloucester Road, and spends much of her spare time training and competing in dressage. She also owns “Blink” the cat.

Jasmin Wren

Vet Nurse

Jasmin was born on the Far South Coast NSW and began riding horses and show jumping at the age of 10. She moved to Canberra to complete her Certificate IV in nursing and became at Super Equine Vet Nurse at the Canberra Equine Hospital before moving to the sunny Gold Coast with her German Shepherd Brax in 2014. Jasmin has special interest in intensive care cases, neonatal nursing and rehabilitation.

Aleesha Drayson

Vet Nurse

Kes Wright

Vet Nurse
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