About Us

The Practice

Brindabella Equine Mobile Veterinary Service is a new, modern, ambulatory (mobile) horse vet practice founded by Dr. Olivia James and is located in Murrumbateman NSW.  Olivia is an experienced equine veterinarian who is able to offer a reliable, personal and professional service.

BEMVS was founded in 2010 and in a very short time has rapidly expanded to service the discerning client and their horses.  The practice is based in Murrumbateman (close to the NSW/ACT border) with the vet centre on acreage, and the ambulatory practice servicing the greater Canberra region and Southern NSW including Murrumbateman, Yass, Royalla, Michelago, Wamboin, Bywong, Bungendore, Gundaroo and other areas.  As a dedicated large animal practice, our focus is predominantly on horses, however we can also provide professional veterinary services for camelids (alpacas and llamas), donkeys and ruminants (cattle and sheep).  We can provide on-farm vaccinations and heartworm prevention for dogs and cats but do not offer services for unwell small animals. Our passion is preventative medicine in horses which includes a large amount of equine dentistry (both as routine cases and more complex cases referred from other practices).

The ambulatory clinic consists of two fully stocked 4WDs, each with a portable crush.  We have all the equipment you could expect from a large practice, including a state of the art digital xray machine, ultrasound machines, all surgery equipment, medications and wound treatments, freeze branding gear and a complete range of dental equipment including extraction tools.

One of the advantages of using BEMVS is continuity of care, and great, personalised service.  Our vets are able to offer a comprehensive equine veterinary service to cater for your individual needs.  This means a superior continuity of care and a person who is familiar with you and your horse at all times.  Our X-rays are stored as digital files, meaning that they are accessible at all times.  Lab results are emailed directly to our practice, ensuring that results can be conveyed to owners immediately.

BEMVS is able to offer the very popular mobile EFTPOS machine, and can accept payment via EFTPOS, credit card, cheque (by prior arrangement) or cash.  Please note that payment is strictly required at the time of consultation and we do not offer accounts.  Receipts of payment can be emailed at the end of the consultation ensuring your horse records are always kept up to date and at hand.  Our practice generates reminders and can let you know when your horse is due for booster vaccinations or dental treatment.  This is just another thing that we can do to make your life easier.

Dr. Olivia James BVSc(hons) MANZCVSc(Equine Dentistry) Diplomate ICEVO CMAVA

Originally from the country, Olivia has worked in veterinary practices in regional Australia both in mixed and equine hospitals.  Graduating from the University of Sydney with honors in Veterinary Science in 2003, her first job was in a mixed practice in Dubbo.  After relocating to the ACT region she has spent the next four and a half years working briefly in a mixed practice then in equine practice.

79Olivia is passionate about veterinary equine dentistry and believes that this discipline has advanced dramatically in recent times and horse owners are beginning to understand that the simple floating (removal of sharp points in the mouth) forms only a very small part of providing complete oral and dental care.  She lectures and teaches veterinarians in this field, provides equine dentistry services to horses locally, as well as accepting referrals from the surrounding regions and local veterinary practices.  A postgraduate veterinary pathway in equine dentistry saw Olivia awarded by the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVSc) membership in Equine Dentistry by examination, she is currently one of only 11 people in Australia and New Zealand (and 1 of 3 in NSW) to hold this prestigious qualification.  Olivia passed her Diplomate exams through the International College of Equine Veterinary Odontologists (ICEVO, based in Canada) May 2015, this is the highest qualification currently available within Australia.  This allows the title of Specialist in Equine Veterinary Dentistry to be used, and is akin to the specialist status of other such professionals as cardiologists, paediatricians, oncologists etc.  Other ICEVO Diplomates include Dr Gary Wilson from Advanced Animal Dentisty (QLD) and Dr Shannon Lee from Advanced Equine Dentistry (VIC).

Olivia is a member of the AVA (Australian Veterinary Association), the EVA (Equine Veterinarians Australia) and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners).  She held the position of President of the ACT Division Committee of the AVA in 2010 and is currently serving as a committee member for the Division, as well as being the state representative for the ACT on the Australian Veterinary Dental Society committee.

76In her spare time Olivia enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, and wrestling the garden from the wilds so it resembles some form of order.  She has recently taken up polocrosse again after having a break to raise a family and is now part of the Canberra Royals Polocrosse Club.

She has four horses at home; ‘Louie’ enjoys bossing other horses around, ‘Wally’ the polcrosse mare delights in evading capture when it is time for the rugs to come off in the morning and the two kids’ ponies are happy to snatch other horses’ feed wherever they can and try to get laminitis as much as possible.

Olivia has a very tolerant husband and two delightfully naughty boys.

Rose Geary, Office Manager

Rose joined BEMVS in early 2015 and has been busy whipping the vets into shape and taking control of the organisation and running of the office.  Rose is the friendly voice you will hear on the phone and can help you with scheduling appointments and paying invoices over the phone.

Charlotte Martin, Stablehand

Charlotte hails from France (if you couldn’t already tell by her accent) and she is the one responsible for keeping the vet centre gleeming and the stables immaculate.  Charlotte has two horses of her own and enjoys liberty work as well as dressage.  Charlotte is a true ‘pocket rocket’ and can turn her hand to a wide variety of jobs!