FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY HOSPITAL BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER
Dr David Pascoe has announced he is now the outright owner of the world-renowned Oakey Veterinary Hospital.
The Oakey Veterinary Hospital (OVH) was first established in 1952 and has a long tradition of serving the Australian horse community
along with local farming industries and small animals.
The Hospital is one of the largest veterinary hospitals in Australia and Dr Pascoe now intends to make OVH one of the finest veterinary
Hospitals in the world.
"As breeders ourselves we understand the need for high quality and affordable veterinary care for your animals," he said, "and
that is exactly what we now intend to provide."
The Hospital was first established by David's father Dr Reg Pascoe, long regarded as one of the finest equine surgeons in the world,
and Dr Pascoe Snr is particularly delighted to see his Hospital return to family ownership and family values.
Dr David Pascoe is a world renowned Reproduction Specialist in his own right and he worked around the world for many years before
returning to work at OVH.
He grew up building rock walls and cleaning boxes at the Hospital for his father, so he has been hands on at OVH for most of his
Dr Pascoe later worked at Newmarket in England and at the University of California and the University of Florida where he held
Associate Professorships. He also later held an Associate Professorship at the University of Queensland.
"We believe there's never been a better time to be in the Australian horse industry," he said. "The industry now has an enormous
future right across the board. Our horses have become a global product with the emerging Chinese market and the ease of shipping
our horses and our genetics right around the world."
"Furthermore, the Campdraft and Challenge Industry is now Australia's second biggest horse sport, and the Equestrian industry can
also look forward to a rapidly expanding Asian market demanding our horses.
"We believe that there is no finer place to breed horses anywhere in the world than right here on the Darling Downs with our pleasant
climate and rich volcanic soils. We also have a wonderful tradition of horsemanship and knowledge and this region can claim
to be a Heartland of the Horse as much as Kentucky or Newmarket.
Dr Pascoe said that he now intended to return the hospital back to family values. "As a family, we intend to take our hospital
back to the old fashioned values we consider so important – truth, integrity, and always putting the interests of our clients
and their horses first."
"We will continue to offer our strong support to the farming community that has fought so courageously against the mining invasion
over the last few years, " he said. "We are proud to stand beside them, along with hundreds of thousands of other Australians."
Dr Pascoe has purchased the hospital in a partnership with his wife Heather, who also comes from a family of dedicated horsemen.
Heather – along with her father and grandfather - have either bred or owned two Melbourne Cup winners as well as owning the
winners of the Warwick Gold Cup and the Cloncurry Stockmens Challenge. The Pascoe's continue to breed thoroughbreds and camp
drafters on their farm.
Dr Pascoe is currently putting together a dynamic and dedicated new team, which will give veterinarians the opportunity to work
with one of the veterinary professions most esteemed and respected families.
Oakey Veterinary Hospital will re-open for business under the new ownership on Thursday 2 March. "While there will be a short period
of transition, we want our clients to know that we will be standing right there beside them – exactly the same as we always
have," said Dr David Pascoe.