The Practice

Crown Equine Veterinary Services (CEVS) is an ambulatory equine veterinary practice, based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with clinics on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and Flemington Racecourse. 

Crown Equine’s emphasis is on lameness diagnosis and treatment, preventative medicine and pre-purchase examinations. We offer world-class consultancy on a first opinion or often referral basis, priding ourselves on our professional manner and ethical practice.

Dr Ben Mason

BVSc (Hons), BSc, MANZCVS (Radiology), MRCVS

Ben graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001. He worked in Dubai as an intern in Sheikh Mohammed bin Raschid’s Equine Hospital before heading to the UK to work in the racing industry in Newmarket for Rossdales and Partners for 4 years. Ben relocated to Hong Kong to become a senior clinician at the Hong Kong Jockey Club for just over 6 years before heading back to Australia and setting up Crown Equine Veterinary Services.

Ben gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2011 and has been a regular speaker on equine radiology and equine techniques at national and international conferences. Ben’s routine daily work involves clinical exams, radiology, conformation assessment and lameness evaluation with racing, performance and pleasure horses.   He has FEI accreditation in Australia, does the routine stable vet rounds for Godolphin in Victoria and commmonly performs pre-purchase exams for Hong Kong. Ben is also an examiner for Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology and has published two peer reviewed articles on castration complications and complications following left sided laryngoplasty.  He has experienced top level sport horse competition being the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation team veterinarian in 2013 and was posted as an official at the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 Asian Games.

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Ben Mason

Dr Robert Kent

BVSc, MANZCVS (Equine Surgery)

Dr. Robert Kent began his equine veterinary career at one of Australia's oldest equine practices - Oakey Veterinary Hospital on the the Darling Downs in Queensland. He then went on to complete a dedicated equine surgical internship at Scone Equine Hospital in the Hunter Valley and later completed a post graduate membership qualification in equine surgery with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

Following this, Rob worked for several years as a dedicated racetrack veterinarian based on the Mornington Peninsula and over the last 12 months has been a senior hospital clinician at the busy Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Northern Victoria.

Dr Kent has a passionate interest in elite performance horse health and rehabilitation, with a particular interest in training programs that reduce orthopaedic injury and lameness. In order to further expand his skills in this area, Rob is undertaking a graduate diploma in equine biomechanical medicine.

Interests outside work include; cycling, traveling and breeding his next racehorse.

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Dr Christine Demery

MVB, MANZCVS (Equine Surgery)

Christine qualified with honours from University College Dublin in 2006, after which she spent four years in mixed practice in Ireland. A desire to travel and pursue her passion of horses, led to the decision to travel, to Australia and work in equine practice.

After a six month locum position at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, NSW, where Christine gained valuable experience both in ambulatory and referral equine practice, she spent six months travelling much of Australia and picking up locum positions in South Australia and Perth. Christine then took up a position with Melbourne Equine Veterinary Group, found her home in Mornington and spent four years gaining invaluable experience in the Thoroughbred, breeding and performance horse industry.

In 2014, Christine achieved a Membership in equine surgery through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Following on from that she is to graduate with a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Surgery- Orthopaedics) in December 2015 after completing two years of correspondence study with the University of Liverpool.

Christine's particular interest in poor performance evaluation, respiratory disorders and lameness diagnostics.

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Dr Stacey Sullivan


BVSc MVS FANZCVS (Equine Medicine)

Stacey graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004.  She completed an equine internship and worked as a hospital based veterinarian at Oakey Veterinary in South East Queensland for 6 years.  Stacey also spent time as an internal medicine and foal clinician at Rossdale and Partners in the UK before undertaking and completing a residency in equine internal medicine at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre.

Stacey has a membership qualification in equine medicine and is currently waiting to sit her Australian fellowship and European diploma qualifications in 2016, to allow her to become a registered specialist in equine internal medicine.  She is also undertaking a PhD in exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH; bleeding) and has published several peer reviewed research and review articles, and has presented at international conferences in the UK and USA.

Most recently, Stacey worked as the medicine clinician at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital.  Stacey is our equine medicine expert, specialising in investigating conditions such as acute or chronic respiratory and cardiac problems, chronic colic and weight loss; neurological, eye and skin problems.  Stacey is available for first opinion and referral medicine consultations in person or via phone.

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Best Practice Protocols

At Crown Equine Veterinary Services, we pride ourselves on a culture of excellence where horse welfare is paramount.  

For our racehorses, we abide by the rules set out by Racing Victoria and our ethical and moral standards are of upmost importance to our team.  For our equestrian and performance horses, we follow guidelines set by the FEI and provide the highest standard of care across all disciplines.

For all our patients, owners and trainers, we follow ‘best practice’ protocols in the diagnosis and treatment of horses to ensure the best outcome.

Memberships and Accreditations



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