Dr. Chris Gales BSc BVMS
Chris has had his own equine practice for over 30 years and set up Belvoir Equine Clinic in 2001. Over that period he has gained invaluable experience as an FEI, racehorse and pleasure horse vet. Other major interests for Chris are pleasure and competition horses along with breeding horses. Decades of experience working as an equine veterinarian, thoroughbred breeder and even pony club dad – have developed Chris’s well trained eye for horses.
“I wanted to build an equine hospital in the Swan Valley that offered all the facilities that large equine university hospitals provide along with the added convenience for those living in the North East of Perth and surrounding country areas. We have big plans for the future and will continue to improve our level of care, services and commitment to ongoing education.” Dr Chris Gales
Being surrounded by a team of vets, ranging from younger graduates to higher qualified surgeons, keeps Chris moving with the times and he strives to keep the clinic up to date with new treatments, high tech equipment and excellent support staff – the latter he is particularly blessed with.
Thoroughbred breeding is a big part of Chris’s life with Gervase Park Stud sharing the property with Belvoir Equine Clinic. Gervase Park Stud regularly features in the top 5 leading vendors at the Magic Millions Sales with yearlings born, bred and prepared on the property. Family life for Chris is also busy and horse focused, with three daughters all very involved in eventing, dressage and showjumping – all very competitive also. Finding a vet with such an insight into the range of problems encountered by horse breeders and owners is certainly rare.
Chris is a very experienced equine vet and has a particular interest in pre-purchase examinations, poor performance, competition horses, breeding and foaling. With a family so heavily involved in the equine industry, he has developed a real hands on approach and is always available to discuss your equine problems.
Dr Aswin Beck DVM DACVS-LA
Aswin is our surgeon at BEC. He lives on site and is available for consultations, referrals and surgeries (both routine and emergency). His experience and study is extensive and ongoing.
Aswin graduated from Ghent University, Belgium in 2007. Then went on to pursue extensive further study and training in Equine Surgery.
After an internship in equine medicine and surgery at West Coast Equine in California, USA he moved to the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Canada for an internship in Large animal medicine and surgery. He was then accepted for a one year medical fellowship at the prestigious AO Research Institute, a one year stop in Davos, Switzerland to focus on orthopaedic research. Aswin then undertook a 3-year residency training program in equine medicine and surgery (with a focus on surgery) at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, which he completed in July 2014 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) after passing the strenuous exam in 2015.
Aswin has decided to stay in Western Australia to “take advantage of the superb clinical environment and dedication to patient well-being at Belvoir Equine Clinic” (A.Beck) and joined the team to provide surgical and lameness consultation. Awarded a scholarship, Aswin is also enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Western Australia, to further pursue his interest in Orthopaedic research.
The commitment demonstrated by Aswin – to his patients, is rare in a surgeon. It extends far beyond the operating table and into aftercare and rehabilitation, re-assuring the client at every stage of their horse’s recovery. Because of his academic background and teaching role, he shares his deep understanding of the equine anatomy in a relatable, easy to understand way with clients. His academic background and ongoing training also ensures an evidence-based approach and being a PhD student investigating osteoarthritis and articular cartilage repair, your horse is assured to receive the best possible treatment. His motto is ‘Knowledge makes the difference’. Aswin is an experienced rider/horseman and this is of particular benefit when consulting on lameness and poor performance.
During his time at BEC so far, Aswin has proven his talents as an equine surgeon many times over. His results on cases that many other vets would have condemned, have been outstanding and he is quickly becoming known worldwide for his incredible skill as a surgeon.
Check out the BEC Facebook page to see pictures and information on some of his latest surgeries by clicking the link below
Dr Ellen Leadbitter
Ellen is a Perth local who completed her undergraduate studies at Murdoch University (a couple of years after Chris). Following graduation she went on to complete a one year internship in equine medicine and surgery in the frosty Waikato region of New Zealand at Marks Ewen and Associates, one of New Zealand’s leading equine practices.
Ellen has an extensive background in the thoroughbred breeding and training industry, having been employed by several local studs and trainers while completing her Veterinary studies at Murdoch University. This gives her a valuable insight into seeing things from the other side of the fence in a very practical way.
It was while doing practical work at Belvoir that Ellen was immediately recognized as a future valuable asset to the team at Belvoir. She has a keen interest in stud medicine, anaesthesia and critical care.
Ellen can be contacted at Belvoir on (08) 9296 6666