Equus Veterinary Services was established to bring a world class equine veterinary service to our clients and their horses.

At Equus Vets we strive to provide exceptional levels of service and care to all our patients, from elite race and performance horses to family pets. Our ambulatory service is fully equipped with the latest technology including digital radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy. This is combined with our veterinarians’ expertise and the latest techniques to provide the highest standard of care.

Based in the beautiful Barossa Valley, our veterinarians travel widely to service our clients.

Equus Vets Team

The Team

Dr. Daniel Sims

BVSc (Hons) CertAVP

Dan is the owner and founder of Equus Veterinary Services. He is a South Australian local and studied at the University of Queensland where he graduated with honours in 2010.

He spent his formative years in the Hunter Valley and Adelaide Hills before taking up a position with Baker McVeigh International in Newmarket, England. Here Dan gained extensive experience working with some of largest horse training and racing operations in the world.

He has a special interest in the care and management of performance and race horses.

Dr. Kellie Adamson


Kellie graduated from Veterinary Medicine at the University of Adelaide and jumped straight into a career in equine. She developed a love of riding at an early age and taught horse riding lessons, as well as competing in the hack ring.

Since graduating, Kellie has undergone postgraduate training in Equine Dentistry which has become a special interest as well as internal medicine and lameness. She is devoted to ensuring the best outcome for all her patients.

Outside of work Kellie has a passion for the outdoors, enjoying running, hiking, camping, paddle boarding as well as quiet time spent reading.

Dr. Brad Newman


Brad joins us from Florida as our seasonal Stud vet. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University and founded Newman Equine. While he as a passion for breeding, Newman Equine quickly became the premier ambulatory practice on the Florida Coast.

In 2022 he sold Newman Equine and now follows the Sun between Florida and the Barossa. During the Southern Hemisphere season, he heads up the breeding department at Equus Vets including the Embryo Transfer and Artificial Insemination services.

Brad is a keen rider and continues to compete in Cutting competitions.

Margot Sims

Practice Manager

Margot brings extensive equine industry experience to her role as practice manager and veterinary nurse. She has grown up in racing, starting with work riding in her father’s thoroughbred stable. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Human resource management at the University of Stellenbosch she returned to racing. She spent the next seven years working as assistant trainer in some of South Africa’s most successful stables and held a trainers licence herself.

Margot is currently studying for a Diploma in Equine Tactile Therapy which will allow her to offer complimentary therapies to our patients.

Catriona McGufficke

Veterinary Nurse

Cat moved to Australia from Ireland in 1997. She spent the next decade working at thoroughbred studs and racing stables throughout NSW. After completing her Veterinary Nurse studies she worked at the Sydney University Equine Hospital where she gained extensive experience working alongside some of the best specialists in the country.

In 2019 she and her husband decided to make a ‘tree change’ and moved to the Barossa with dogs, horses and 2 rosters in tow. She spends her free time with her husband working on their farm, trying to compete her two horses and many hours with her much-loved dogs.

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