Thunderbolt Equine Veterinary Services

Calum Paltridge

BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS
Calum grew up in the New England region, and his family are all still in the district. He spent many years breeding, training and competing stock horses alongside his family. Calum left the New England to study at the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours in 2013. In 2019 he was admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the subject of Equine Practice.

After some time in mixed practice in North Queensland, Calum took a job at Oakey on the Darling Downs and has been a purely equine practitioner since then. He has spent most of his time in Southern Queensland and Victoria, including working in the equine department at the University of Melbourne. Calum’s professional interests include anything to do with performance or race horses, with a special focus on lameness examinations and poor performance. He also enjoys the challenges of reproduction.

Outside of work he continues to breed stock horses, and you might see him compete at Campdrafts.

Emilie Paltridge

Emilie arrived in Australia in 2005 from France. She has worked on renowned stud farms for 8 years and developed an interest in neonates and vet nursing. While being in charge of the foaling unit at Cornerstone stud (SA) she qualified with a Cert III in Equine Veterinary Nursing in 2013.

She then worked seasonally in top equine veterinary hospitals specialized in intensive care for neonates (Scone Equine Hospital ICU NSW, Rossadles Newmarket-England) where she qualified for her Cert IV in general Veterinary Nursing. Since she has worked at the University of Melbourne as a general Equine Nurse. Emilie has a special interest in general equine medicine and neonatal care.

Outside of work you may see her tölting along on her Icelandic horse.

Marit Van Breenen

BVSc (hons)

Marit graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 and completed an internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic in 2020. Since then she has been working in first opinion equine practice in the Hawkesbury area before moving to Armidale to join the team at Thunderbolt Equine.

Marit’s main interests are internal medicine and reproduction, though she also enjoys the challenges and diversity of cases seen at TEVS.

Outside of work Marit enjoys working with her stock horses Destiny and Lil Blue. If not riding she can be found exploring the area with her partner Steve and two dogs Jax and Skye