About Newmarket Equine

About us

Care for the horse,
and the client

Newmarket Equine partners with horse trainers and owners on all aspects of horse health, bringing decades of local and international veterinary experience and horsemanship to keep horses healthy, happy and performing at their peak.

Founded by one of Australia’s leading thoroughbred veterinarians, Dr Ian Church, Newmarket Equine establishes long-term relationships with clients over many years, which leads to deeper connections with the horses, owners and trainers.

While skill, experience and insight is crucial, Dr Church and his team believe that clear communication, straightforward advice and empathy are just as important to provide clients with peace of mind and confidence in their horse’s future.

This approach has led to recognition throughout the thoroughbred racing industry, Australian polo and a partnership with Inglis Auctioneers.

Now recognised as one of Australia’s most trusted equine veterinary service providers, Newmarket Equine is based at Carrum Downs, Victoria, from which the team travels extensively to serve the veterinary needs of clients.

Melbourne Cup

Everything tastes better from
The Cup!

Ian celebrated Dunaden’s Melbourne Cup win in 2011 with a drink from the Cup itself.

It is an honour to partner with clients who achieve the highest level of success in sport.

Work with us

What to expect
when you work with
Newmarket Equine

What to expect
when you work with
Newmarket Equine


We take a relationship first approach, based on honesty, respect and commitment.


We take ownership for our advice and work, we follow through and we communicate with clarity.


Care for the animal, care
for the client.

Who we are

Our team


Dr. Ian Church

B.V.Sc, M.A.C.V.Sc

Dr Ian Church is one of Australia’s most experienced equine veterinarians, specialising in the care and treatment of thoroughbred racing and polo horses for over 35 years.
Dr Church graduated from Melbourne University in 1985 and has a wealth of experience working in high performance equine environments across the world, including England, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and USA, along with the major racetracks in Australia.
While recognised for his horsemanship, skill and insight, Dr Church is also an engaging communicator who makes it easy for clients to understand exactly where their horses’ health is at.
Dr Church’s knowledge goes beyond professional expertise. He was a polo player, and has been riding and caring for horses all of his life, and this comes through in his commitment to his work, and his clients.

horse owners

Rebecca Smith

Office Manager

Rebecca Smith is office manager at Newmarket Equine, supporting the needs of Newmarket’s clients.
Rebecca immigrated from Zimbabwe 20 years ago, and grew up in the Yarra Valley region. She worked for Wandin Riding Academy and Wandin Vet Clinic while owning and eventing horses, before moving down to the peninsula around 10 years ago where she completed her diploma of nursing while working as a stable hand track rider for Anthony Freedman Racing.
Rebecca was then promoted to head foreman at Pinecliff, a role she held for the last three years up until the birth of her son, William.


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