Our Team

It goes without saying that we love animals, but we really do take pride in giving the best possible care and attention to you and your pet!

We've 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.


Please contact us at Woodend Veterinary Centre if you'd like any more information.

Serving the pet community of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council. The pawfect location for pet parents living in Woodend, Kyneton, Trentham, Tylden, Gisborne, New Gisborne, Ashbourne, Fernhill, North Blackwood, Kerrie, Hesket, Pipers Creek, Cobaw, Cadello, Langley, Baynton and surrounding areas!


Meet our friendly and professional team:


Dr Jocelyn Hoogstraten BSc, Head Vet

Dr Joss has been a vet for seven years and loves working with small animals, horses and cows. Joss worked as a mixed dairy vet in south-west Victoria for five years before spending 18 months working as a locum vet, mostly around Victoria. She loves large and small animal medicine, diagnostic imaging and anything weird and wonderful!

At home Joss has an adopted wolfhound cross called Paddington and a palomino stock horse called Fizzy Pop. Joss and her fiance Daniel hope to buy a small farm so they can extend the menagerie! She is looking forward to meeting all of our wonderful clients and patients and settling into the beautiful Macedon region.   


Dr Michelle Williams BSc BVMS (hons), Vet

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.


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. 


Georgia Fern, Trainee 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! 


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!


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.