At NREVC, our team of equine veterinarians and friendly support staff are dedicated to servicing the needs of both you and your horse.
Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help you get the best out of your horse.
Dr Kath McIntosh BVSc (Hons) CMAVA
Originally from East Gippsland, Victoria, Kath graduated from the University of Sydney with first class Honours in 2005. Kath practiced in mixed practice for 3.5 years before establishing Northern Rivers Equine Vet Clinic (NREVC) in Kyabram. She completed the University of Sydney Post Graduate Foundation Equine Surgery course in 2008, was president of the Young Members Group of the Equine Veterinarians Association in 2007-2009 and attended the Jean-Marie Denoix Ultrasonography workshop in 2011 in Sydney and the advanced ultrasonography workshop in 2013 in Melbourne. She is an Academic Associate of the University of Melbourne and NREVC welcomes students from Melbourne University Veterinary Science degree on their rotations.
Kath has a keen interest in racehorses and is very passionate about keeping your race horse sound and on the track racing to its best ability. She has also recently received her Harness Racing Trial Driver Licence and hopes to obtain her full racing licence soon. Kath has a genuine interest in the Harness Racing Industry and was also Assistant Manager under John Coffey at Alabar Bloodstock Australia from 2011-2013. She owns several racehorses both thoroughbred and standardbred. Her other interests also include surgery, wound management, foal and stud medicine, ultrasonography and lameness evaluation.
Kath’s other interests include sport (participating in triathlons in her spare time), reading, movies and the beach and surf in summer. Now with husband Luke, a lot of Kath's spare time is taken up with daughters Heidi and Georgia, as well as developing the 78 Gray Road farm & Equine Facility.
Kath lives by the motto that “Rome wasn’t built in a day……only because she wasn’t around back then!”
Megan Thomas BVSc BVBiol
Megan joined the NREVC team in September 2019. She grew up locally in Deniliquin, NSW and after graduating high school she went on to complete her veterinary science degree at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in 2017. Whilst studying Megan always had an interest in equine medicine so she undertook an equine placement in Norway and worked at NREVC during her holidays.
Upon graduation Megan took the opportunity to work at a veterinary clinic in Katherine, Northern Territory where she stayed for two years. Whilst in the territory she worked with a range of animals and undertook remote aboriginal community visits, getting to see a lot of the countryside in the process.
Megan has an interest in equine reproduction and performance work, outside of work she enjoys travelling and getting out and exploring new places.
Bloodstock Consultant: John Coffey
John joined the NREVC team in June 2020. He has been actively involved with harness racing since 1977. His first job was working in the Perth office of bloodstock company Coles Brothers (later Dalgety Bloodstock).
In 1982 he secured the dual role as manager of the Pinjarra Trotting Club and bloodstock advisor for leading Fremantle breeder-owner Roy Annear. It was through his association with Annear, one of Alabar Bloodstock’s leading clients, that led to him joining the staff of Alabar in 1986. He served as general manager, stud master and pedigree consultant at Alabar for more than three decades.
Coffey also conducted his own farm, Patrician Park, at North Dandalup (WA) where he stood the successful American imports Crouch and Mystical Prince.
Among the numerous top performers he bred have been Shattering Class, a prolific cups winner at Gloucester Park and winner of $810,302, 2YO Filly of the Year Nostra Villa (which he bred with son Brett and daughter-in-law Jo), the top juvenile Mister Jadore, the $200,000 earners Tommy Be Good and Nomore Forusir, and Lady Jadore, winner of this year’s WA 2YO Sales Classic.
NZ Bloodstock Consultant: Cameron Kirkwood
Cameron joined the NREVC team in May 2021.
Born and bred in Christchurch I have been around horses all my life. It started as a youngster going to the races with my father who is a long-time owner.
Horses and harness racing are my passion. I have both bred and raced horses myself & I also work in a racing stable in the weekends which have done so for the past 5+ years.
I left Papanui High School and went straight into my current role at Harness Racing New Zealand in the racing and registration department. I have also worked for New Zealand Bloodstock as a bid spotter for their last two national yearling sales.
I am excited for the new challenge and working closely with the breeders & Northern Rivers Equine Vet Clinic.
Office Manager: Hollie Sheehan
Hollie joined the NREVC team in June 2015. Originally from Romsey in the Macedon Ranges, she moved to the area in 2013 with her partner and young family.
Hollie spent many years working for thoroughbred stud Eliza Park both with the horses and in the office. During this time, she has gained vast experience in the veterinary and equine industry and in all aspects of office administration and management. Hollie is the go-to person for staff and clients and looks forward to meeting and assisting clients with all matters.
Stud & Stallion Manager: Renee Keaveny
Renee joined the NREVC team in August 2018. She grew up locally in Shepparton with horses always being a huge part of her life. She got her first horse when she was 14 and started working in the horse industry while still in school with a part time job at Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm.
Thoroughbreds have always been Renee's passion however she did spend a couple of years working for Australian Movie Livestock. While there Renee had the opportunity to work with a wide range of animals from dogs, cats, horses, sheep and even kangaroos, and also had the opportunity to work on the movie, 'The Cup' based on the racehorse Media Puzzle.
In her spare time Renee enjoys showing her welsh A gelding Nattai Anthem and riding her other two horses Phoenix and Dixie and hiking with her three dogs.
Stud/Vet Assistant: Becky Bruce
Becky joined the NREVC team on the 17th of August 2020 and is from Corowa NSW.
Becky previously worked at Corowa Veterinary Clinic as a junior Vet Nurse for 4 and ½ years, this is where her passion for animals grew. Becky also worked at Cofield Wines for 2 years whilst studying Agriculture Science at La Trobe University. Becky also studies Wool Classing.
Becky enjoys working with people in the industry that show a similar passion and learning from them here at NREVC. She also thinks the foals are very cute, watching and being a part of the delivery is unreal.
Becky’s interests include fishing, hunting and shooting.
Stud Assistant: Tyson Atkinson
Tyson joined the Llowalong Farms team in September 2021 as a horse handler/stud assistant. Tyson enjoys the daily challenges each day brings and is enthusiastic about his new role. He especially enjoys working with the mares and foals of which his favourite part is handling and working with the foals. The highlight of his new experiences is assisting the vets foaling the mares that have decided to foal during the day.
Tyson’s other interests involve gardening and maintenance, music and playing basketball.