Our Staff

Meet our Dedicated Staff

Our vets, veterinary nurses and support staff are dedicated to providing excellence in veterinary care in a professional, friendly environment that always places our patients welfare to the forefront.

Gail Johnston

Inventory Controller

Gail has been working in customer service for over 30 years, with extensive experience in stock control, merchandising, ordering and maintenance of shop floors for small and large businesses. Her organisational and conversational skills have seen her become an integral part of her past work places. Gail has owned a variety of pets, including cats, dogs, chooks, budgies and a magpie. In their spare time, Gail and Boots enjoy a cocktail (or two!), the outdoors and rock n roll dancing.

Nathalie Drechsel

Associate Veterinarian

Nathalie grew up in the Netherlands. She moved to South Australia in 2009 were she studied at the University of Adelaide. After finishing her studies at the end of 2019 she moved down to Sale to join the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital. Nathalie has a special interest in horse medicine but enjoys working with all creatures great and small. In her spare time she enjoys keeping active, horse riding and catching up with friends.

Victoria McIver

Senior Veterinarian- Equine

Victoria graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2014. After graduation, she pursued a career in equine practice. She has worked in a variety of places ranging from private practice to university clinics to a sheikh-owned stud in the Middle East. She recently completed a residency in equine surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Outside of work Victoria enjoys baking and spends much of her free time in the kitchen.

Tanya Lowe

Clinic Coordinator

Tanya is originally from Brisbane and moved to Gippsland in 2017 with her husband and three children. She has worked within customer service roles her entire working life, and worked within management roles for the last 10 years. Although Tanya hasn’t worked within the veterinary industry before, her passion for client and patient care, as well as the well being of her staff makes her the perfect addition to the team. If you can’t find Tanya in her office, she is probably patting a puppy or hugging a kitten. On the weekends Tanya likes to spend time with her family and pets; whether it is joining in at Parkrun in Sale, exploring the beautiful Gippsland area or chilling our at home.

Bridgit Hanratty

Veterinary Nurse

Bridgit was born and raised in Gippsland and has always had a keen interest in companion animals. She works with her Vet nurse sister Sophie.

She has completed her cert II in Animal studies and is currently about to start her cert IV in Vet nursing. Bridgit started work at the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital 3 years ago as after-school help. After completing year 12 she has started working full time one year ago.

You will find her spending time with her Kelpie Henry and her two Jack Russells, Poopsi and Peetree, or spending time with her friends and family.

Stephanie Clark

Associate Veterinarian

Steph was born and raised in Victoria, however, she completed her studies in Townsville, QLD, at James Cook University. Steph enjoys working with cattle and has a keen interest in cattle medicine and dairy herd health and production. You can find Steph on the weekends either barracking for her beloved Bombers, or walking down at the beach with her Labrador Ned.

Emma Terkildsen

Associate Veterinarian

Emma graduated from Murdoch University in Perth at the end of 2018 and has since started work at Gippsland Vet Hospital. She enjoys working with a mix of all animals, with a particular interest in small animal surgery and medicine as well as cattle medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, hiking or at the beach.

Nikita Hood

Veterinary Nurse

Nikita grew up in the local area.

She has always had a keen interest in animals whether it was helping out her family and friends on their farms or spending time at home with her two Jack Russells, Archie and Rex.

Nikita joined Gippsland Veterinary Hospital at the start of 2018 shortly after completing her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies. She is looking forward to starting her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing.

Hope Bavadra


Hope recently moved “home” after many years away to be closer to family with her husband and young children.

She started her nursing career 16 years ago with greyhounds, moving to small animals then across to mixed practice in West Gippsland where she spent the last 10 years.

Hope can be found chasing her children around her farm with beef cattle, horses, dogs, and a cat.

Jordan Elliott


Jordan has recently moved to Stradbroke from the Darling Downs, Queensland. She has a background in large animal (cattle) health/nursing and feedlotting. In her spare time, Jordan does wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, as well as volunteering for the CFA. Jordan has two dogs and one horse at the moment.

Jodie Elston

Veterinary Nurse

Jodie is a local girl, who has a keen interest within the greyhound industry, breeding training and racing greyhounds with her mum. She came to Gippsland Veterinary Hospital in 2011 and soon started her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Jodie loves all areas of nursing but thrives on the intensive/ emergency nursing side of things. Outside of work Jodie’s other interest consists of horse riding and hunting.

Vicki Smyth


Kelsie Flannagan

Veterinary Nurse

Christine Whitehead

Groomer - Sale

Caroline Malady


Caroline has lived and worked in Maffra all her life. She first started working at her family’s Jewellery business, then after getting married, having her 2 boys, and working at the local Primary School as an Integration Aide- has been at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital since December 2006. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys walking her Golden Retriever ‘Darcy’ and spending time with family and friends.

Rob Cocking

Senior Veterinarian

After growing up on the family dairy and beef farm in Central Victoria, Rob graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2004. He started his vet career in Kyabram and continued to develop his skills in dairy and companion animal practice in multiple practices throughout the UK and Australia.

Rob first joined the Gippsland Vet Hospital team in 2011 to help cover a maternity leave position. He has since returned several times in between working and traveling around Australia and overseas.

He enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice but is most interested in preventative health and herd management programs to assist out dairy and beef farmers to reduce disease, improve animal welfare and ultimately improve productivity and profitability.

When he’s not hanging around on dairy farms, Rob likes to get outdoors and explore the region with his young family by foot, bike, 4×4 or canoe.

Katherine Snell

Senior Veterinarian

After Katherine graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2012, she extensively traveled and studied dairy systems in The Netherlands, USA & NZ.

Katherine shows a keen interest in dairy medicine and surgery, herd health and staff training. She grew up on family dairy farms in Gippsland and Northern Victoria.

Christo Hougaard

Senior Veterinarian

Christo graduated from the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, South Africa in 1985. He enjoyed a mixed workload of cattle and small animals and owned his own practice for 5 years before immigrating to New Zealand. He worked for the most time in the Waikato, in Hamilton where his workload was mixed again, but with a larger emphasis on cattle work. Christo moved to Australia for family reasons and joined Maffra Vet Centre in 2015 where his main work is with cattle again. His main interests are clinical work and lameness. Christo enjoys the outdoors and loves to go hiking and kayaking and of course watching rugby!

Michele Kellaway

Veterinary Nurse

Michele has worked at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital for 25 years. She is a Certificate IV qualified nurse and has done courses in anaesthetics, surgery, emergency medicine, nutrition, and weight loss. Michele enjoys surgery, especially orthopedic and non-routine surgeries. She lives in Rosedale and has four dogs and cats!

Danielle Rossiter

Head Veterinary Nurse - Sale

Dannii grew up in Rosedale. She joined the Gippsland Veterinary Hospital back in 2009. Since being with us she has completed her Veterinary Nursing Certificates 2 and 4. As Head Nurse at our Sale Clinic, she enjoys small animal surgical nursing as well as all aspects of patient and client care. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her fur babies a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Bella and a Long Haired Dachshund Russell. 

Emily Bride

Senior Veterinarian

Emily Bride graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010 and after a brief locum position in Mansfield, she moved to the Latrobe Valley, working for 3 years as a mixed practice vet in Traralgon. She decided to go for something a little different at this point and headed to West Sussex in the United Kingdom, working there as a small animal vet for 1 year, before returning to Australia via India where she did her first volunteer placement with the Australian organisation Vets Beyond Borders. She started working as the senior vet at the Sale Vet Centre in July 2015, where she has been enjoying developing her skills in small animal medicine, with a particular interest in clinical pathology and oncology/chemotherapy in dogs and cats.

Rachael Bennett

Veterinary Nurse

Rachael has been working at the Sale Veterinary Centre for 3 years, during this time she has completed her Certificate in Veterinary Nursing IV. Outside of work she enjoys, riding horses and taking “Puddles” and “Louie” the Jack Russell Terriers for walks and a swim. She also has two cinnamon cockatiels “Gilbert” and “Sherbet” as well as “Diva” the thoroughbred that she enjoys to spend time with.

Lindsay Alexander


Lindsay (Lou) is a registered Veterinary nurse and her passion is and always will be horses! Lou has run her own horse teaching and agistment property in Melbourne before moving to Gippsland. She loves all animals and takes pleasure in their different personalities! Lou enjoys working within a team and enjoys a challenge. Her most recent amazing experience was to travel to Vienna and spend time in awe at the Spanish Riding School.

Sarah Ward

Senior Veterinarian

Sarah grew up on a Horse trail-riding property and deer farm in the Yarra Valley where she developed a love for animals great and small. This passion for animals followed her through university, graduating from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, from a double Bachelor of Applied Science in equine science and animal production, then onto Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Vet biology.

She started at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital in 2014 working in all aspects of mixed practice before honing her skills in equine and small animal practice.  She has completed further training in equine dentistry and advanced equine reproduction and is currently studying for her memberships in animal reproduction.

On the weekends, when not working, Sarah can be found at championships dog shows with her 5 Hungarian Vizslas “Coco”, “Holly”, “George”, “Chinook” and “London”.  She is also a competitive EA dressage rider, currently trying to find time to ride her heart horse “Esther”.

Dana Johnson


Dana grew up on a dairy farm in Maffra, but now shares her home in Valencia Creek with 7 horses, some cattle, 3 dogs and a cat. When she finished school, Dana studied Dental Assisting and worked in the industry for 3 years. She is now excited to work around animals, which has always been a dream of hers. Her favourite sport is barrel racing, which she’s had great success with being the 2017 Australian Champion! This allows Dana and her horse to travel all over Australia, which is an amazing life experience for her.

Duncan Runciman

Senior Veterinary Surgeon & Regional Lead

Duncan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 with a degree in Veterinary Science. Upon graduation, he commenced work in various practices in the Western District of Victoria. In 2001, Duncan and his family moved to the Maffra-Sale practice. Since that time he completed a PhD in animal reproduction at the University of Melbourne while in clinical practice and published scientific papers on research performed in the Maffra-Sale area.

Duncan now concentrates on clinical work and has further developed his skills in animal surgery in household pets, racing greyhounds and horses.

Cindy Hayes

Senior Veterinary Surgeon & Clinic Lead


Cindy grew up on a large beef and sheep property in Central Victoria close to the rural town of Euroa. After graduating from Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne in December 1998, Cindy worked on her family farm for 3 months before being offered a job at the Maffra Sale Veterinary Centres. In 2005 the Maffra Sale Veterinary Centres required a veterinarian dedicated to small animals and Cindy was offered this position. In July 2006, Cindy purchased a share of the Maffra Sale Veterinary Centres and enjoys working with the other partners to ensure that the customers and patients of the clinics continue to receive an exceptional veterinary service.

Latest News and Events

Keep in touch with all the news from Gippsland Veterinary Hospital. Including staff happenings, events and promotions like Pet Dental Month in August and our mobile equine dental clinics staged at locations throughout the district. Plus we will keep you up-to-date with the latest in veterinary services, diagnostics and products. 

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