Dr Denis on the spot for injured horse - premier comes to equine's aid

AN injured horse has received a high-profile examination on the side of a Melbourne freeway from vet-turned-politician Denis Napthine.

The Premier was travelling along the Western Ring Road when he made the surprise consultation yesterday, coming to the aid of a horse injured after a tyre blowout.

A horse float had overturned and a little further down the road he found an injured harness racing horse.

“I was able to use my veterinary skills to give the horse the once-over. It had some cuts and abrasions, but they were of a minor nature,” Dr Napthine told reporters.

“(The owners) were very pleased to see somebody assisting, and when they understood it was the Premier, who was a qualified veterinarian, I think they were very pleased.”

Dr Napthine earned a bachelor and master’s degree in veterinary science at Melbourne University in the early 1970s. 

He worked as a vet and administrator for the Department of Agriculture, mostly based in Hamilton and south-west Victoria, before being elected as the member for Portland. 

Dr Denis Napthine used his veterinary science training to help an injured horse.

Dr Denis Napthine used his veterinary science training to help an injured horse.