At Woodend Veterinary Centre, we pride ourselves on providing excellence in veterinary care to our pet community. We provide this care in state of the art facilities, and ensure that all patients great and small recieve superior pet care.

Our veterinary centre is a space in which our pet community can always feel supported and comfortable. We want our care to extend outside the clinic walls, and this website to act as a valuable petcare resource - making the expertise and knowledge of our professional staff available night and day!

We have trained hard to be the best in our fields and we continue to maintain and expand our knowledge and skills at every opportunity. We also strongly believe in mentoring those new to their field via traineeships and work experience.

Meet our team
Dr Jocelyn Hoogstraten
Head Vet
  • BVetBiol
  • BVSc

 Joss grew up in the NT & QLD on large cattle stations. She was forever “surprising” her family by bringing home animals, from dingo pups to brumbies! It was only natural that she pursued a career in veterinary science.

Joss graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2011. She then spent 5years in south west Victoria in mixed dairy practice. After this, she worked as a locum vet in many mixed, small animal, equine and dairy practices around Australia. After falling in love with the Macedon region, she joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre in July 2018.  Joss loves treating all creatures great and small, but has special interests in production animals, equine medicine and small animal medicine and imaging. When not at work, she enjoys playing sports (netball, tennis or touch football), travelling (or planning travel!), horse riding and exploring the region. At home, Joss has an adopted Staghound called Paddington, a stock horse called Fizzy Pop & a patient fiancé called Daniel that puts up with all the animals she likes to bring home!

Dr Michelle Williams
Vet
  • BVMS (Hons)
  • BSc

I joined the centre in July 2015. I grew up on a hobby farm in the northwest of England until my family emigrated to Western Australia once I finished high school.  There I completed my Veterinary degree and graduated from Murdoch University in 2002.  Since graduation, I have lived and worked in central Victoria, caring for pets and farm animals. I have one cat, one dog and two small children.  In my spare time, I love to mountain bike and ride Bailey, myquarterhorse through  the Wombat State Forest.

I am accredited to perform the pre-export preparation of cats and dogs traveling overseas.

Dr Rachel
Vet

Originally from Bendigo, Rachel completed a Bachelor of Science then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Melbourne. Animals have always been part of her life, first of all through weekends spent at her grandparent’s sheep farm, then through numerous family pets (cats, dogs, rabbits, fish and even a pet yabby!). Rachel feels privileged to have had the education and the opportunity to improve the wellbeing of such a wide variety of species. She joined the team in Woodend as a veterinarian in January and has loved meeting you and your four-legged family members! In her spare time, Rachel likes to read, sing, exercise and spend time with her family and their Scottish Terrier, Dougal.

Sarah Millis
Practice Manager

Our Practice Manager, Sarah Millis has been running the place since the start of 2018, so you've probably seen her and her two dogs Hurley and Leroy around the clinic! Sarah has worked as a vet nurse for 13 years across small animal and mixed clinics, as well as working in equine practice. She has a keen interest in surgery, high level patient care, educating clients and loves working outdoors. Before coming to Woodend, Sarah was the Practice Manager at one of our sister clinics. However, she is excited to be working in mixed practice again as she loves horses. In her free time Sarah likes playing netball, catching up with friends, riding her horse Polish and hanging out with her dogs!

Rhea Maloney
Vet Nurse

I first joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre team in 2008 as a work experience student. I worked one day a week for a number of months whilst studying animal studies at TAFE and finishing high school. In 2009 I re-joined the team as a Kennel Hand and continued from there to train as a vet nurse. I have since finished my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

I have a great love for animals and their welfare and has grown up with them my whole life. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my pets, especially my dogs and love working on the farm.

I thoroughly enjoy my job and love being a part of the animal industry, helping sick and injured animals get back on their feet and seeing them re-united with their owners.

Jess Sinclair
Vet Nurse

I started working at Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2017 after working at a clinic in Castlemaine. I am currently studying my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and have an interest in emergency work.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending my time with my daughter, dogs and various farm animals. 

Alex
Vet Nurse

Alex joined Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2017, originally as a cattery hand. Having grown up in northern England and Scotland, Alex moved out to Australia with her husband in 2014. Before beginning her training as a veterinary nurse Alex previously worked as a journalist for Horses & People magazine and led a National Geographic-funded expedition to hike in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains with rewilded herds of horses. Alex loves the hands-on nature of veterinary nursing and learning how to improve animals’ lives. Alex is our clinic's Cat Advocate. 

Georgie Fern
Trainee Vet Nurse

I first started working at Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2014 while completing my Cert III in Companion Animal Studies. I’ve returned in 2017 to complete my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. I'm enjoying being a part of this wonderful team again, who are helping me to better my knowledge of animals and give me the experience I need to become the best Vet Nurse I can be. 

I have forever loved animals and it makes me happy to be a part of an industry that thrives on improving animal’s health and wellbeing. 

In my spare time, I love to play netball in my local area. But mostly I enjoy spending time with my family and pets at home, especially my Schnauzer x Maltese, Charly and very young German Shorthaired Pointer, Todd! 

Jennie
Dog/ Puppy Trainer

Jennie is one of our Veterinary Nurses who joined the team in July 2010, with much experience in both small and large animal nursing procedures, and a keen interest in animal behaviour. She has been training dogs and teaching classes within clinics and dog training facilities for many years and thoroughly enjoys sharing her skills and expertise with others who are keen to learn. Having dealt with an array of breeds and various behaviour issues over the years, Jennie has developed an in depth knowledge and understanding in structuring relevant training programs for each individual dog, and to guide owners throughout the learning process.

She is our resident Puppy School Teacher and Dog Trainer/Behaviourist, having had many years experience in the training, showing and breeding of Australian Cattle Dogs, Kelpies and Boston Terriers, which have given her a wealth of knowledge in this field. Jennie’s also trains her own dogs to work and herd livestock on the farm, whilst finding time to train and compete in the obedience and agility ring. She has a great passion for helping owners bond and work with their animal companions.

Jennie has also worked extensively in the Australian television industry, training both the canine and equine stars of the show, ensuring they perform to perfection in front of the camera.

Jennie has completed many short courses in Dog Training/Behaviour and Puppy Preschool Training. She is currently studying (Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training) with one of the world’s most recognised Dog Training Companies (NDTFA) National Dog Trainers Federation of Australia, working alongside some of the most well respected Dog Behaviourists in the country.

Casey Bartlett
Receptionist

I joined the Woodend Veterinary Centre in 2017. I am new to the veterinary industry and am grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn and develop my knowledge so that I can give exceptional patient care. I am very interested in our Shelter Cat adoption program and love helping find our beautiful felines their furrever homes.

I am a dog lover and when I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my fur babies, Toby and Oscar!

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