Meet The Team
The experienced teams at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital, Sale and Maffra, and Gippsland Equine Hospital are dedicated to best practice veterinary care. Animal welfare is of the utmost importance and reflected in the day-to-day care our team provides.
Dr Duncan Runciman
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.
Dr Cindy Hayes
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.
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.
Dr Rob Cocking
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.
Dr Sarah Ward
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”.
Dr Christo Hougaard
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!.
Dr Emily Bride
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.
Dr Victoria McIver
Senior Veterinarian – Equine
Victoria graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2014. After graduation, she pursued a career in equine practice.
Victoria has worked in a variety of places ranging from private practice to university clinics to a sheikh-owned stud in the Middle East. She then commenced a residency in equine surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is now a registered specialist in Equine Surgery. She has a particular interest in emergency surgery.
Outside of work Victoria enjoys baking and spends much of her free time in the kitchen.
Dr Katherine Snell
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.
Dr Nathalie Drechsel
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.
Dr Emma Terkildsen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sophie raised in Gippsland on a Dairy Farm, and from a young age knew she wanted to work with animals. She also shared her passion with her younger sister Bridgit who also works alongside her at the Maffra clinic.
Sophie has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has worked at Gippsland Veterinary Hospital for 6 years. You will often find Sophie in the paddock with her horses, or enjoying some quality time with her vizsla Pig and her partner Jon.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Emily was born locally and has spent her whole life in Gippsland. She comes from a home where from a young age she has been working with greyhounds, and this has helped her gain many skills within the field of animal husbandry.
Emily has a little clan of whippets that you will often see in the back of her small hatchback on their way to local adventures.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Veterinary Nurse and Receptionist
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Dr. Michael McAuliffe
Dr Michael McAuliffe graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1982. He worked down in south Gippsland at the Leongatha Veterinary Clinic in Dairy/mixed practice for 2 years before returning to his home town of Kyabram, in northern Victoria. After a short stint here for 16 months, Dr McAuliffe jumped on a plane and headed for the Mother country, England, where he spent the next 3 years working as a locum mainly in London, and using the UK as a base to backpack around the world. He eventually returned to Kyabram in 1989 and settled back into Dairy/Mixed practice where he has been working since.
Michael has completed some post graduate courses along the way. He holds an international certificate in acupuncture after completing the exams for IVAS and also has a Certificate in Gross Pathology. Michael is also a qualified CountDown Downunder (Mastitis) and an InCalf (Cattle Reproduction) advisor. He is an accredited NCPD pregnancy tester and a qualified examiner for the NCPD (National Pregnancy Testing Scheme – PREGCHECK™). He is a Transition Management adviser working in conjunction with Dairy Australia.
Michael loves keeping active, and enjoys playing golf, swimming, cycling, rock ‘n’ roll dancing, eating out at nice restaurants and socialising with friends.
Dr. Clare Williams Paterson
Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with 1st class honours in Veterinary Science in 1995. She entered private practice in the Hunter Valley of N.S.W., spending the next 12 years predominantly working with horses on and around some of the premium thoroughbred and quarter horse nurseries in the country. During this time opportunities arose to work in Newmarket England, and visit leading equine practices in Kentucky USA and New Zealand, fosussing on both equine reproduction and medicine.
Clare gained membership by examination to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Medicine in 2010. Committed to continuing education, Clare attends a wide variety of post-graduate workshops and conferences, striving to provide a quality, current and individually tailored service to each client. Highlights include a Denoix ultrasound workshop, The University of Sydney Postgraduate Foundation couse in Equine Medicine, an International Equine Reproduction Symposium in Colorado USA, and a recent Equine Raidology course through the Royal Veterinary College in London.
Clare continued in equine practice on moving to the Goulburn Valley and making Kyabram home with her husband Brian in 2007. She joined Kyabram Veterinary Clinic in July 2016, quickly expanding the equine services and facilities the clinic can now offer. An ever-growing client base involving many breeds and disciplines is enjoyed, as is the dynamic, teamwork-orientated workplace. Her special interests include equine reproduction, general and neonatal medicine, opthalmology and laminitis.
Outside work, Clare’s interests include her home veggie patch, country and western music, cooking up a storm with family and friends, good wine, dressing up for the races, and relaxing with the dogs and horses at home.
Dr. Rob Bonana
Robert (Rob) Bonanno graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with first class honours.
Rob worked for nearly 10 years in dairy mixed practice on the NSW south coast before moving to Shepparton in 2000 where he purchased a dairy farm and a share in Shepparton Veterinary clinic, which he sold in 2015 to move to Beijing, China to work for Fonterra as the veterinary director of the International Farming venture. He returned to Australia in August 2016 and worked at Coomboona Dairy, a 2500 milking cow high production dairy herd, as herd health manager. Rob has been president of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians twice and served as a board director of the Australian Veterinary Association for 5 years.
Rob joined Apiam in February 2019 to work as a dairy herd health consultant and clinic lead at Kyabram vet clinic
Rob has travelled extensively and lived in 3 different continents. He is married to Julie and has 3 children
Rob retains interests in a few stud cows, loves his British blue shorthair cats Gypsy and Stumbles and Miniature Schnauzer dog, Winston, except when he pulls the clothes of the line or digs up the garden!!
Dr. Serena Moore
Serena Moore graduated from University of Queensland in 1997 and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in the Brisbane Valley before pursuing her dream of working in dairy cattle practice. She has always had a keen interest in cattle, and in February 2000 came to work at Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. Serena fell in love with the people of Kyabram and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to stay.
Dr Moore loves working with all animals, large and small. She has completed a postgraduate course in radiology. She also particularly enjoys surgery and has trained to perform TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy) surgeries for dogs with ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr Moore is a qualified Countdown Downunder and InCalf adviser and has 15years experience in dairy cattle medicine and surgery. She is a NCPD accredited cattle pregnancy tester – PREGCHECK™.
Serena is married to local farmer Malcolm and has a dog (Charlie, the German wired haired Pointer) and cat (Zippy), a house cow and some sheep – quite a menagerie.
Dr. Juleesa Smith
Originally from Deloraine, Tasmania, Juleesa grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a passion for cattle. She graduated from Charles Stuart University Wagga Wagga in 2018, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She joined the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 to pursue her interest in rural mixed practice.
Outside of work, Juleesa enjoys hiking, traveling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. Juleesa enjoys playing sport and is currently playing AFL.
Juleesa has a greyhound called ‘Trap’, and also has numerous pet cows that back in Tasmania on the family farm.
Dr. Kate Creswell
Kate Creswell completed her Melb Uni vet degree in 1988 and has worked in the Goulburn Valley for 28 years in mixed practice. She returns to Kyabram Vets after 18 years, working predominately from Nathalia. Kate married Stuart (Fred) Hodge and has 3 daughters, her eldest celebrating her 21st birthday recently. Kate has multiple pets, including 3 very old beef cows and 2 big Newfoundland dogs. She lives on an irrigated cropping farm just out of Numurkah and enjoys her local community commitments which include Rotary, Ag Society, book group and Hospital Board. She also enjoys a local cycling group called the Giraffes. Kate is very excited to be back and part of the Ky Team, injecting some enthusiasm into the Nathalia Branch practice.