The Practice

Crown Equine Veterinary Services (CEVS) is a world class ambulatory equine lameness, respiratory and medicine consultation service which brings advanced imaging technology and experience to your stable door. CEVS has a newly built referral equine clinic, using advanced materials, called Kings Park Equine Clinic, which is based just outside of Mornington. The clinic has been designed as a lameness diagnostic centre and allows for private consultations with our clients, further workups, surgery and rehabilitation of their horses. Our ambulatory vets cover all metropolitan racecourses, yearling Thoroughbred public auctions in AUS/NZ, as well as the Werribee International Quarantine Centre during the Spring Carnival. We also provide a service to Sport horses based on the Mornington Peninsula and are fully insured for sport horse and thoroughbred prepurchase and vet examinations.

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 Christine Demery

MVB, MANZCVS (Equine Surgery), Cert AVP

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 interests are: poor performance evaluation, respiratory disorders and lameness diagnostics.

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Dr Niall Hanly


Niall graduated with Honours from University College Dublin, and began his veterinary career in mixed practice. Niall spent two years working in mixed practice in the UK before moving to Australia to specialise as an equine veterinarian. 

He gained valuable experience in the Australian Thoroughbred industry in Scone, New South Wales working mainly in stud medicine and reproduction. Niall then moved to Centennial Park Veterinary Practice in Sydney where he worked, daily, with some of the top thoroughbred racehorse trainers in the country. Here he also saw numerous performance horses across all the equestrian disciplines, including eventers, showjumpers, dressage and show horses. 

Niall made the move to Crown Equine in June 2018. He has been enjoying his time doing routine stable vet rounds for some of our racing clients, as well as carrying out sport horse work in the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds. 

Niall comes from a strong equine background, showjumping for several years around Ireland and having spent many winter seasons hunting. Niall has a keen interest in racing fostered by his family, who had several flat and national hunt horses in training throughout Niall’s upbringing in Ireland.

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Dr Niall Hanly

Dr Annabelle Trainor


Annabelle graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne. Commencing her career at Randwick Equine Centre in Sydney, she completed an internship working alongside equine specialists in the fields of surgery, medicine and anaesthesia. Here Annabelle gained valuable experience and exposure to an extensive racing and performance horse case load.

Joining Crown Equine in 2019, Annabelle has established a strong client base working with racing and performance horses across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

A family background in racing had Annabelle on and around horses from a young age. Riding competitively, showjumping has been her discipline of choice for the past 10 years.

 Annabelle has a particular interest in poor performance evaluation, lameness diagnostics, rehabilitation and respiratory disorders.

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Dr Nicolle Symonds


Candidate American College Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Nicolle graduated with a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 2014. She then completed a 12 month rotating equine internship at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, before locuming at Manly Road Veterinary Hospital in Brisbane for 9 months.

Nicolle went on to complete a second equine internship at the University of Sydney before commencing a 3-year residency program in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation under Dr Robyn Bell. Her training during this time focused on lameness, poor performance, advanced imaging and rehabilitation. Nicolle was regularly an attending vet at 3* and 4*events in Sydney, including the Sydney 3DE, and has been selected to vet at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She is an FEI Official veterinarian in both show jumping and eventing.

Nicolle has a particular interest in back pain after completing her masters research thesis on the subject. She also has an interest in lameness and poor performance. Nicolle aims to build knowledge around different rehabilitation modalities and use gold standard methodology to bring horses back to peak performance post injury.

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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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