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EXPERIENCE, INTEGRITY AND COMPASSION
Veterinary Nurse & Administration
Starting with Wollondilly Equine in April 2006 and gaining her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2008, Sam is our Vet Nurse and clinic all-rounder.
Sam has a practical country background having grown up on a farm in rural Goulburn and worked for many years as Jillaroo. She has owned and ridden horses since she was 6 years old and currently has a warmblood and a thoroughbred gelding she affectionately calls her paddock ornaments.
Sam is also known for her love of little dogs and is currently owned by 2 Chihuahuas, a Pomeranian and 2 OTT Papillons who come to work with her every day. A visit to the clinic will usually entail an enthusiastic greeting from the ‘kids’.
Sue has a long history of being connected with the equine industry. Her husband was a stud manager, and she spent many seasons helping with overnight foal watches and yearling preparations.
Sue and her husband first met Andrew Argyle as a young veterinarian in Turkey, in 2001. At the time Andrew was their resident vet at the Turkish National Stud. They forged a strong and enduring friendship, which still holds true today.
On returning to Australia, Sue took on the tremendous task of territory manager, whereby she managed over thirty merchandisers in grocery and retail.
In the Winter of 2019, Andrew approached Sue to join Wollondilly Equine. She has become an important part of our team, working as a part time receptionist and clinic administrator. Sue loves the varied nature of the work, the clients and the animals and says that no two days are the same.
Sue has a daughter, a son and three grandchildren (soon to be four). She has a love of gardening, small little woofs and is about to become mum to a gorgeous cavoodle puppy.
Dr Andrew Argyle B.V.Sc (Pret)
Dr Andrew Argyle is the principal of Wollondilly Equine.
He grew up on a large cattle and game ranch in Zimbabwe, moving to South Africa for high school and completed his veterinary degree at Onderstepoort Pretoria in June 1998.
Andrew immediately started work at Mooi River Veterinary Practice where he became a partner. Owing to the seasonality of equine breeding Andrew worked alternate Northern Hemisphere breeding seasons in South Carolina and then 4 seasons for the Turkish Jockey Club at the Turkish National Stud at Karacabey.
Andrew and his partner relocated to Australia in 2003 and he established Wollondilly Equine in 2004. Andrew is an avid equestrian enthusiast having grown up Showjumping up to a representative level and now breeds and races both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Andrew loves the varied caseload of ambulatory equine practice bringing the same enthusiasm to the beloved family pet or one of the most valuable racehorses in the world. Performance horse medicine and all aspects of equine reproduction are special interests professionally.
In his spare time Andrew can be found traveling to exotic locations being a particular fan of skiing the Rockies or escaping to a tropical beach.
Dr Wade Howden BSc,
MScMed (Infnlmm), DVM
Wade was born in South Africa and grew up having a strong affinity for the animals and bush around him.
Following his move to Australia, he studied and worked in the field of melanoma research – before returning to his passion and completing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney University in 2018. Eager to provide the best possible practice to his clients and patients, Wade undertook additional and intensive training as an intern at Randwick Equine Centre, before joining the Wollondilly Equine team in 2020.
Wade has a strong interest in internal and neonatal medicine and hopes to complete his specialist training in this field in the future.
In his spare time, Wade enjoys traveling, snowboarding and camping.