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 French Mastiff and resident slobberer, Huxley; 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 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; Codee and Tommy who are Border Collies, Max and Martha who are Red Heelers, 3 cats; Sparticus, Basil Jet and Captain Knuckles and 3 horses; Anna, Jack and Sparky. Jackie also has plenty of cows and sheep to look after.
Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)
Milly joined our team in January 2017 and has over 5 years of experience working as a Veterinary Nurse. Milly grew up in Kyabram and then moved to Bundaberg, Queensland and lived on a sugar cane farm for 4 years. She decided to move back to her home town, & started studying Veterinary Nursing.
Milly has 3 pets of her own- a whippet named Flynn, and 2 beautiful cats called Elliot & Hamish.
Outside of work Milly enjoys netball, riding motorbikes, travelling, photography and spending time with her partner Steve.
Senior Vet Nurse (Diploma in Veterinary Nursing )
Claire has joined our team in September 2018, and has over 18 years of Vet Nursing Experience at Rochester Vet Clinic.
Claire has two beautiful daughters named Abbey (11 years) & Emma (8 years) with her husband Mick, two dogs named Winnie & Dot, a cat called Amber and chickens.
In Claires 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
Whitney comes to us with about 4 years of nursing experience.
Growing up on a dairy farm near by, she has recently returned to the area after a working holiday in the UK and volunteering in Central America.
Whilst having a soft spot for Jack Russells, with encouragement from her partner, she now has a growing family of unusual pets including tropical fish, spiders, stick insects and hopefully soon a giant millipede.
Senior Vet Nurse (Diploma in Vet Nursing)
Jes started working for our practice back in 2013 and has recently had 15 months away from nursing. During this time she enjoyed a change in career working in retail and her husband's cafe, she also went back to England for a few months and got married. We were delighted to hear she was missing vet nursing and she started back here with us in Febuary this year.
Originally from England, she started her Nursing career over there in 2008 and after 5 years in the same practice she decided to come back to Australia where she had previously visited twice, when she was 17 and 19, and had always wanted to come back and do some more exploring.
She has a big love for the ocean and travelling and after meeting her husband John, she has a new found love for coffee!
Eloise joined our practice in late 2017 after she completed work experience earlier in the year, and is in her final years of school at Rochester Secondary College.
In the near future she hopes to study Veterinary Science in Melbourne and work with animals of all kinds. She has two pets; a Cavalier x Pug named Ruby, and Fleur who is the family cat.
Eloise enjoys school, work and is also a competitive dancer, all of which take up a majority of her time.
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 predecessesor, Bronte!