Dr Kylie Splatt BVSc (Hons), MVSc, MANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

KylieKylie joined Barwon Equine Hospital in 2002. Her early days in practice were spent in mixed practice at Whittlesea, Broadford and Woodend. An internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Melbourne’s Werribee Equine Centre followed, where she worked alongside Dr Alistair Maclean, Dr Sally Church and Dr Geoff Hazard.

Kylie’s clinical areas of interest are internal medicine and reproductive medicine. Kylie can be found treating horses of all ages and sizes on any given day. She strives for great attention to detail in all her work and loves being able to make use of our diagnostic imaging equipment to facilitate a diagnosis for her clients and patients.




Dr Paul Kavenagh BVSc

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A veterinarian with over 40 years of clinical experience, Paul’s career began in rural mixed practice in Camperdown, in south west Victoria. Moving away from dairy cattle practice and further exploring his interest in horses, Paul later moved to Geelong. It was then he founded a solely equine practice, which has developed and grown over time into Barwon Equine Hospital as we know it today.

While Paul still occasionally sees other large animals, his passion remains horses. With a lifelong attraction to the racing industry, lameness and poor performance are major areas of interest for Paul. Surgery is another field of endeavour for Paul and he enjoys carrying out routine surgical procedures using the facilities at our clinic.

Dr Claire Rowe BSc (distinction), LLB (Hons), BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Equine medicine)

Claire joined the practice in 2012. Like Paul, she is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and hails from a farming background in south west Victoria. Claire has ridden horses from an early age and took up vwebsiteeterinary science following an extensive competition background. Her passion was eventing and she was a member of the Victorian Young Rider Squad in her youth.

Claire’s interests lie in internal medicine and sports medicine & rehabilitation. She is an accredited FEI permitted treating veterinarian and was a Jurox Scholar at the 2014 Bain Fallon Equine Veterinarians Conference. She is a past Victorian member representative for Equine Veterinarians Australia.




Dr Jessica Guerow BVSc (Hons)

Jess recently joined the practice in 2015 after completing a one year Equine Internship at the University of Queensland Equine Hospital. She graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2013. Before starting veterinary science Jessica competed horses in eventing for a number of years, gaining valuable horse handling experience. Throughout she remained enthusiastic and passionate for all things equine, undertaking externships in a number of equine hospitals in Australia and North America and even work on the occasional zebra in South Africa. Jessica’s special interests include equine surgery, radiology and lameness.


Samantha Kirsopp

Samantha is a ‘jill of all trades’ – responsible for taking calls, managing syndicate and account queries, booking jobs, assisting vets with patients and overseeing the daily running of the practice, when not looking after her young child. Sam has an extensive background working in the thoroughbred industry, having spent time at Makybe, Rosemont and many other large studs, both in Australia and overseas.  A qualified surveyor, following her change in career path, Sam has now undertaken vet nursing qualifications.

Norman Tonks

Our business manager, Norm has worked with Paul since their time in Camperdown and has a wealth of experience in practice management. Now working on a part-time basis, Norm spends his time away from the practice enjoying travelling with his wife and playing golf.

Carly Pearson

Carly is our friendly receptionist/nurse, taking calls and assisting vets where necessary. Carly is an experienced horse handler, having prepared yearlings for sale, worked stud seasons, groomed for polo and strapping on race days. Her past employers include Swettenham, Rosemont, Eliza Park and thoroughbred enterprises in Ireland. Carly is a keen horsewoman in her spare time and is currently undertaking further education in veterinary nursing.

Mikayla Warby & Melissa Kelly

Mikayla and Melissa both casual nurses at the clinic.


The clinic cat, Phoebe (aka Feedme) was the lucky one of several kittens at a local racing stable. Now living the life of luxury, she can often be found around the stables, keeping our patients company.








Tyson is the clinic’s constant equine resident. A calming influence on all patients in the hospital, Tyson has also proven an invaluable resource for the many veterinary students who pass through the clinic, patiently and safely allowing them to reinforce their anatomical knowledge and practical skills.