Western Equine Veterinary Services (WEVS) are your local horse health professionals, servicing Melbourne’s west. Along with our predecessor practice (Dr Ray Horsey and Associates) we have been delivering modern equine veterinary medicine with passion, experience and integrity for over 40 years. We love what we do and are proud to be trusted with the care of our patients, be it a child's first pony, or a runner in the Melbourne cup.
Our practice is principally based at 58 Derrimut Road Werribee VIC, 25 minutes west of the Melbourne cbd. From here we service an approximate 50km radius, including suburbs such as Rockbank, Melton, Sunbury, Oaklands Junction, Toolern Vale, Little River and Lara. Recently we have also extended our service to Bacchus Marsh and the surrounding district, including suburbs such as Balliang, Rowsley, Bullengarook, Myrniong, Pentland Hills, Greendale and Ballan.
We come to you, but for certain situations we also have access to a 3 acre property in Werribee South where we have facilities to perform procedures in a safe, controlled environment. There is also room for us to agist and monitor sick or injured horses until they are well enough to go home.
Being exclusively equine focused we offer the highest standards of knowledge, experience and expertise in all areas of equine veterinary medicine and surgery.
With the heart of the Victorian harness racing industry on our doorstep, we have vast experience treating standard bred racehorses, and have had great success assisting trainers and owners get the most out of their equine athletes. We also service thoroughbred racehorse trainers, including those at the Flemington and Geelong racecourses, and are the main ambulatory practice providing service to the performance horses, show horses, polo ponies, western breeds, etc attending events at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre.
Although we spend a lot of our time treating top equine athletes, we gain just as much pleasure caring for our client’s pet ponies and pleasure horses, and assisting our older patients to age happily and comfortably.
Over the spring and summer we provide high quality, economical routine ambulatory reproductive services such as mare ultrasound scanning, artificial insemination, pregnancy testing and general foal care. We also agist, scan and inseminate brood mares at our Werribee South facilities and can boast great conception rates serving mares on site due to the added care and attention we are able to give them.
We offer veterinary supervised agistment at our Werribee South property. This is available to both our regular veterinary clients, as well as new clients looking for short term agistment for their horse.
We often look after horses for clients who prefer we monitor their horses recovery from illness/injury closely, and those who like the peace of mind of leaving their precious pet with their vet while they are on holidays.
Likewise we can offer short term agistment to equestrian enthusiasts looking for a less stressful alternative to boxing their horse(s) while attending events at the Werribee Park Equestrian Centre.
Our paddocks each have large sturdy shelters and are fenced with safe durable pvc post and rail.
Dr Nicholas Robson (Practice Owner)
Nick is a local having grown up on a hobby farm in Little River. Nick graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2002 and started work at the Colac Veterinary Clinic. Although he was keen to be a horse vet Nick is glad he started his career in mixed practice as the skills and knowledge he gained treating all species (cows, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, birds, etc) gave him a great foundation in basic principles which he still uses on a daily basis, especially when presented with new and interesting cases.
After 3 years at Colac, and a 6 month stint in the UK, Nick started work as an equine veterinarian working for Dr Ray Horsey and Associates in Werribee. Nick worked with Dr Horsey for three years before he retired and Nick bought the practice. The time Nick worked alongside Dr Horsey was invaluable as he imparted much of his knowledge and experience especially in the areas of lameness evaluations and field surgery.
Nick spends a lot of his time on weekly rounds attending racing and performance horse stables, and is always busy with stud duties over the breeding season. No matter how busy he is Nick still enjoys seeing his regular loyal clients, especially those who have been using the practice for up to 35 years.
Dr Alexandra Tapp (Associate Veterinarian)
Alex has been working at Western Equine Vets since January 2015. Alex studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane graduating in 2010. She began her career as a veterinarian at a mixed practice in Dubbo. She then chose to refine her skills as an equine veterinarian so went to New Zealand to complete an equine internship in Matamata. During this time, Alex gained invaluable experience in stud medicine and neonatal care as well as lameness, general medicine and anaesthesia.
Following this, Alex spent 2 years at Ballarat Veterinary Hospital working with registered specialists Dr. Ian Fulton and Dr. Brian Anderson. This provided her with intensive learning environment in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery and often involved working up difficult referral cases.
Alex grew up in country New South Wales and has been involved with horses from a young age and enjoys eventing and polocrosse. If you would like to contact Alex directly her mobile number is 0439 733 866.