Dr Slade Walker BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Dentistry)
Senior Equine Veterinarian & Practice Owner
A 'local kid' of Dayboro growing up, Slade knew where he was destined to practice as a Veterinarian post-graduation... as they say, there's no place like home!
Slade graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 1999, kicking off his career in a busy mixed-practice in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane - primarily working with dairy cattle, horses and companion animals. After several years Slade ventured to the UK, working in busy mixed-veterinary practices for three years before returning to Australia where he purchased the 'Old Sawmill" in Dayboro, transforming the historic site into the modern, mixed-animal practice he'd always aspired to have.
Despite Slade's expertise and skill for the treatment of all animals great and small, his passion has always been for the veterinary care of horses, especially in the field of Equine Dentistry; in 2010, Dr Slade advanced his expertise by attaining his MANZCVS in Equine Dentistry, awarded by the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists - an achievement which is reflective of his expertise and advanced skill in the field of Equine Dentistry.
Beyond the demands of his Equine Veterinary Practice, Slade is a dad of two young children, often taking the kids off to their respective sports of a weekend (quite often Slade's the team coach too!), and he also enjoys his downtime with family and friends, hitting the gym, or taking the kids up the coast for the weekend.
Equine Veterinary Nurse & Administration
Demi joined the team in 2020 and hasn't looked back since, Demi manages the day-to-day operations of the service - keeping bookings to schedule, responding to calls, messages and emails; posting prescriptions for patients, assisting Slade & Emily with dentals, surgeries and all procedural related nursing tasks.
Demi has a special interest in the rehabilitation of injuries in horses, having undertaken further study in Equine Physiotherapy, she's a wealth of knowledge in all things Equine & is a great source of reference for our clients anytime they're in need of guidance for their horses.
Beyond work hours, Demi is busy spending time with her young family, and managing her ever growing herd of horses!
Equine Veterinary Nurse & Administration
Belinda joined the team in 2021, and like Demi; is integral to the day-to-day operations of the service, assisting Slade & Emily with procedural related nursing tasks as well as facilitating bookings, calls and messages. Bel's interests relate to the farriery of horses, nutrition, and health of the performance horse (dressage, eventing, show jumping).
When Bel isn't busy caring for our clients horses, she'll be busily attending to her own herd of several, and to the herd of several hundred horses at one of our local trail horse tourism icons.
Dr Emily Mabbott BVM&S
Senior Equine Veterinarian
Growing up in Hong Kong, and attaining her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery from the University of Endinburgh in 2005, Dr Emily (or, Em, Mabbs, Mabbsy) kicked off her career working as an Equine Vet for the Hong Kong Jockey Club for over half a decade, attending to the veterinary needs of the race horses, and the retirees of the riding school. Soon after moving to Australia, Emily continued to work in a busy Equine Specialist and Referral Hospital in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane, enjoying a varied case load of General Medicine, Reproduction and Dentistry, through to Anaesthesia, Emergency Surgery and Intensive Care Cases.
In 2016, Dr Emily joined the Old Mill Vet Equine Service, and ever since has shared the interest and values of the team; bringing with her 'a strong interest and advanced skillset in Equine Dentistry, a love of general equine practice..... and a soft-spot for the geriatric equine patient.
Outside of work, Emily and her husband Mick are busy raising their two young boys - taking every opportunity to travel the roads-less travelled, camping and enjoying what every Aussie is passionate about - the great out doors.