Meet Our Team


Dr Rose Parsons

Veterinarian (BScBVMS (Hons) Graduate Diploma Animal Chiropractic)

Rose spent her childhood in Hobart, Tasmania before heading to the west to study veterinary science at Murdoch University in Perth. She qualified in 1995 and worked in a mixed practice in Victoria for 2 and 1/2 years before zooming off to the UK for a 2 year working holiday. Returning to Australia, she completed a 2 year post graduate Diploma in Veterinary Chiropractic. In 2003, after another 3 years in mixed practice, she decided to go out on her own.... and Rose's Veterinary Practice was born.

On the personal front, together with her partner Peter, she has two dogs - Border Collie, Mishka and Golden Retriever and couch potato Herbie; two cats - fluffy Floyd and short haired Ellie; and two human children Josh and Alex. They all live in a kind of crazy harmony on a few acres just outside Echuca.

Since Rose's horse of 20 years, Prince, was put down a few years ago, she has been too sad to try and find another horse. As well as horse riding, she loves travelling, bushwalking, reading and off road racing.

Dr Rachel McClaren

Veterinarian (BAnSc (Hons) BVsc (Hons))

Rachel completed an Animal Science Degree with honours in 2005 and went on to complete her Veterinary degree in 2010 at QLD University. 

She started her career in Bendigo, then worked at a general practice in Preston practice for 4 years before working at an emergency and specialist practice in Melbourne for a year and a half. Her special interests include small animal medicine, surgery & Rabbits.

Rachel lives in Echuca with her partner Heath, daughter Ayla and her four dogs names Sarabi, Simba, Chief & Chilli. Rachels hobbies are collecting Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Horse riding, photography & travelling.


Head Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Together with Dr Rose and Nurse Bronte, Jackie has been with the practice from its opening. She grew up outside Echuca on a dairy farm and studied her vet nursing at Wangaratta Tafe. Together with her husband Paul, Jackie has 4 wonderful kids; Will, Charli and the twins, Jack and Harry. She enjoys horse riding, spending time with her family and working on the family dairy farm. Jackie shares her home with 4 dogs; Nell and Tommy who are Border Collies, Max and Billie Patches the Red Heelers, 3 cats; Skittles and Basil Jet and 3 horses; Anna, Billy and Jack. Jackie also has plenty of cows and sheep to look after.


Senior Vet Nurse (Diploma in Veterinary Nursing )

Claire has joined our team in September 2018, and had over 18 years of Vet Nursing Experience at Rochester Vet Clinic.

Claire has two beautiful daughters, Abbey & Emma with her husband Mick, two dogs named Winnie & Dot, 2 cats called Amber & Ninja and several chickens.

In Claire's spare time she enjoys camping, water sports & spending time with her family.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing )

Whitney joined our team in January 2019. She started her career in Bendigo in 2015 and has worked in several practices in Victoria and abroad. After qualifying with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2017, she took her skills abroad.

Growing up on a dairy farm near by, she has returned to the area after a working holiday in the UK and volunteering in Central America.

Whilst having a soft spot for Jack Russells, Whitney's growing passion is for usual and exotic pets which have so far included Australian Tarantulas, Giant Millipedes, Stick Insects and tropical fish.


Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV)

Lily comes from the High Country and has always loved everything animal, especially dog training. She breeds and shows award winning poultry and loves horseriding, both for pleasure and competition.  Lily completed her Equine Certificate III in 2016 and then enrolled in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, qualifying in 2018. She was also nominated for the outstanding Veterinary Nurse student award.

On the weekends Lily rides her horses, Clyde and Falcon, runs her dog training business and enjoys the farming lifestyle. Lily is the proud servant of a variety of animals, but you will mostly see her with Pookie, a Poodle X, Sambo a Blue Heeler X and Carter, a German Shepherd X.


Assistant Nurse

Tess joined us in January 2020 as our Junior Animal Assistant.

You'll find Tess here every Saturday morning helping our Veterinary Nurses and cuddling Pratice Manager Minnie.

At home, Tess has two Jack Russell, Lexi and Ruben.

Bob Leach

Animal Care Taker (Medical Scientist)

Dr Bob has been associated with Rose's Vet Practice since we opened our doors in 2003. Having retired after a distinguished 50 year career in medical lab science, Bob's wide knowledge of lab medicine was not to be wasted!  He became both teacher and mentor and was soon an indispensable member of our team. Bob still performs a significant proportion of our in-house pathology testing and helps keep our equipment working well. He is also extremely good at fixing anything and is our resident Jack-of-all-trades. Together with his wife, Jacqui, Bob shares his home and furniture with  three thoroughly pampered cats - Toby, Bindi and Tiger.


Practice Manager (Diploma of cuteness)

Minnie is our Practice Manager, she loves to supervise us, making sure we are completing our paper work properly! She is very supportive and gives lots of cuddles and kisses whilst typing on the key board for us!
Minnie was a rescue cat, and she has settled in here perfectly, she is very inquisitive and loves to explore and see how close she can get to our patients! She also likes to try and steal our food and drink our coffee...Channelling her predecessor, Bronte!

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