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About Our Practice

Western Equine Veterinary Services (WEVS) are your trusted, dedicated horse veterinarians servicing Melbourne's west.  Along with our predecessor practice (Dr Ray Horsey and Associates) we have been delivering honesty, experience, and knowledge to all equine pursuits 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.

In 2017 we launched our ancillary small animal/hobby farm service, growing our business to offer the same dedicated ambulatory/mobile service to our clients smaller friends: dogs, cats, sheep, goats etc. 

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Being primarily equine focused we offer the highest standards of care, knowledge, and experience 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.

Our small animal/hobby farm service adds variety to our job and we enjoy offering total health care advise to all our clients pets.  Unfortunately we cannot offer emergency service for small animals but we have a great relationship with multiple small animal clinics/hospitals in the local area and can assist our clients with difficult decision making, and understanding what is going on with their pets health issue(s). 


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Routine Services
  • Lameness workups: including nerve blocks and joint injections.
  • Digital Radiology: Eklin direct digital xray system.
  • Tendon/soft tissue ultrasound: portable ultrasound system with 13Mhz tendon probe.
  • Respiratory endoscope and BAL (lung wash)
  • Blood tests/racehorse profile
  • General attendance to any sick horse: colics, resp. infections, diarrhoea, sore eyes etc
  • Minor surgery in field: stitch ups, hernia surgery, lump removal, gelding, etc.
  • Reproductive services: mare scanning (follicles, preg. tests, ect), AI, foal care.
  • Dentistry: Routine hand dental filing under sedation
  • Microchipping
  • Vaccination and annual health check
  • Routine small animal services: Vaccination, worming, dental checks.
  • Non urgent small animal health care: Skin ailments, sore eyes, minors swellings/wounds
  • Hobby farm services: Sheep, Goats, etc
western equine Reproduction

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.

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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
Meet Our Vets

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 40 years.


Dr Lizanne Morrissey

Dr Lizanne Morrissey (Associate Veterinarian)

Lizanne (Liz) hails from Co. Limerick in southern Ireland and has a strong equine background having competed in the Irish eventing circuit for years and hunting with the Co. Limerick Foxhounds from a young age. 

Liz studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin graduating in 2014.  After graduation she completed a 12 month equine internship at a specialist hospital in Matamata, New Zealand.  During this time Liz gained invaluable experience in many aspects of the thoroughbred and pleasure horse industries including lameness, sports medicine, stud medicine and neonatal care.  Liz then returned to the UK to work at an RCVS accredited mixed practice where she worked with horses as well as the smaller animals and livestock.  Liz's most recent post has been at an equine hospital in Perth, WA, where she performed everyday equine ambulatory services and was responsible for the reproductive work during the breeding season, including chilled and frozen AI, stallion collections, pregnancy diagnosis and tending to dystocias. 

Liz enjoys all elements of being an equine vet but is also keen to continue some work with the smaller animals.  Liz can be contacted directly on 0439 733 866.

Dr Alex Hendren (Associate Veterinarian)

Alex graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013.  Following graduation she flew to Morocco to spend time assisting other equine veterinarians mainly with local donkeys and mules.  On return to Aus Alex entered small animal practice but soon found her love for horses was being neglected.  This led her to take a position at an equine clinic in Ballarat where she worked as a mixed practice/ equine stud veterinarian.  In 2016 Alex jumped at the opportunity to fill a role at the uVet Equine Hospital in Werribee where she was exposed to complicated referral cases and brought her up to date with the latest techniques and scientific research in equine medicine and surgery.  

Alex's areas of most interest are in emergency and critical care, ultrasonography, ophthalmology and anaesthesia.  Alex is also keen on these areas in the small animal realm and her previous experience working in small animal/mixed practice makes her an invaluable asset to our ancillary small animal/hobby farm ambulatory service.   



0418 385 223
(03) 9749 3044


Werribee Address
58 Derrimut Rd Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029

Bacchus Marsh

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