Benalla Veterinary Clinic

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'Caring for your animals like family',

Meet Our Team

Meet our friendly, animal loving staff who will care for all your animals like family


Dr Stephan Miechel

Practice Owner (BVSc Hons)

Dr Stephan Miechel, a 1991 Melbourne University honours graduate, initially worked for several years in a dairy practice in Yarram, South Gippsland, then in mixed practice in Wangaratta, followed by various locum positions including Katherine, Northern Territory and in the United Kingdom. Steph began working at Benalla Veterinary Clinic in 1999 as a locum initially, whilst he simultaneously pursued a passion for commercial photography. 

Over the 26 years he has continued to develop his proficiency as a mixed animal practitioner. Steph is especially interested in the field of small animal surgery (soft tissue and orthopaedic) and more recently in developing diagnostic endoscopy, 'keyhole' laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery.  He has introduced these minimally invasive surgery options to the Benalla region, and regularly accepts surgical referrals from other vets in north east Victoria. 

 Steph and his wife Yonnie purchased the Benalla Veterinary Clinic in September 2014 and are really enjoying the journey, directing the future of this friendly and caring rural veterinary clinic. They have two school-aged children and a multitude of pets including their dog - Kevin (clinic mascot), cat - Remi, beloved rabbits and bantoms! 


Yonnie Miechel

Practice Owner

Eugenie  Miechel (Yonnie) is wife to Stephan and mother to Elly and Edward.  Yonnie is a true blue Benalla local and has a mixed working background of nursing and administration.  Yonnie’s hobbies are being with her young family, reading, cooking and is thoroughly enjoying the challenges of owning a veterinary clinic.  She will often be found greeting our clients and their pets at reception with her warm, friendly manner, and she is tasked with the administrative side of the practice, often sharing her office with Kevin, her beloved dog.

Dr Stacey Hall

Veterinarian (BVSc Hons)

Stacey grew up in Geelong before moving to Melbourne to study Veterinary Science. Following graduation with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2002, she worked in mixed practice in Leeton, NSW for 5 years. In 2008 she travelled with her husband Simon and young son Oliver to the UK for a 2-year working holiday. Whilst there she gained great experience working in 10 practices throughout England, Wales, Scotland and the Isle of Mann and enjoyed traveling through Europe and South East Asia. They returned to Australia in late 2009 and moved to Benalla in January 2010.  Stacey worked part-time in Euroa for 2 years between the birth of her second son Xavier and daughter Emma. Stacey joined the BVC team in March 2014. She works part-time while also raising her three young children, Oliver, Xavier and Emma. The Hall family share their house with Mouse the cat and Heidi the Golden Retriever. In her spare time Stacey likes to make quilts and go cycling, hiking and camping.

Kate New-Tolley

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Kate graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga in 2016 and has been a part of the BVC team since August. Originally from Cherrybrook in North Western Sydney, she loved the tree change to Wagga so much that she decided to stay in the country as a rural mixed practice veterinarian.

Kate enjoys the challenges and variety of rural mixed practice and has loved the move to Benalla. She has an interest in internal medicine and emergency and critical care, although this list keeps growing and growing!

In her spare time you’ll find her hiking, kayaking, snow camping and possibly rock climbing with her partner Luke, and spending as much time as she can with her family and friends and her gorgeous 15 year old golden retriever Jessie!

Dr Ellie Duncan

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Dr Ellie Duncan has recently joined our veterinary team and brings with her a wide range of skills which complements the practice, including special interests in pocket pets, reptile, avian and even amphibian creatures!  

Her picture and detailed profile will follow soon.

Jo Campbell

Veterinary Nurse (Dip VN (General Practice))

Jo grew up in Vermont, Melbourne. She completed year 12 in 2000 and went on to complete a certificate in Business Administration, before settling into hospitality. She moved to Benalla in 2003 and started working at Benalla Veterinary Clinic in August 2006. She enjoys travelling (in particular, camping in outback Australia), reading good books and socialising with friends and family. Jo and her partner Mark live with their four lovely dogs, Samuel, Oscar, Kira & Bindi, two awesome puddy cats Annabelle and Yomma, their pet sheep Wizzle and of course a pet cow Eva.

Kylie McNamara

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV VN)

Kylie grew up in Shepparton but has spent many years living in Queensland. She has been a part of the veterinary industry since 1997, working in mixed general practice and veterinary wholesaling. Before returning home to Victoria, Kylie worked in the emergency and critical care department of a large Veterinary specialist hospital in Brisbane for several years. Kylie is very experienced and has obtained her Certificate 4 qualification and Certificate of Animal Care long before joining Benalla Veterinary Clinic in June 2011. Kylie lives with her partner Justin, son Jaiden, Minn the Golden Retriever, cats Bella and Loki and Pirate the lorikeet!

Peta Kelly

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV VN)

Peta grew up in nearby Mansfield, Victoria. Whilst undergoing her VCE studies she worked voluntarily at the Mansfield Veterinary Clinic, and commenced her veterinary nursing studies at the same time. Peta obtained an award from Premier Steve Bracks for her excellence in studies at the completion of her VCE studies. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2002. Peta has worked at the Mansfield Veterinary Clinic for over 14 years, where she was Head Surgical Nurse. Throughout her employment in Mansfield she was nominated on several occasions for Veterinary Nurse of the Year. In late 2014 Peta joined the team at Benalla Veterinary Clinic.  Peta has a particular interest in aftercare of the orthopaedic patient and really enjoys working on animal rehabillitation post surgery. She is very passionate about pain management and patient care, and gets great enjoyment working with animals. Peta lives in Swanpool with her husband Pat. They have a beloved German Wired Haired Pointer named Merv and a giant house rabbit called Peter! She enjoys hiking, running, kayaking and skiing in her spare time.

Liz Compton

Veterinary Nurse

Liz grew up in Williamstown and started veterinary nursing at the Spotswood Veterinary Clinic at the age of 16. She worked at the Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Centre for 11 years and more recently worked at an equine practice at Scone in the Hunter Valley for 7 years which rekindled her interest in horses. Liz spent most of her adult life showing and loving Irish Setters but now has 2 Quarter Horses, Blondie and Bella and a beautiful Siamese cat Lily.  Liz moved back to Victoria in 2011 to be with her partner, Mike, and joined the BVC team in October 2011.


Jodi Stedman

Receptionist (Business Administration)

Jodi joined the practice in August 2016 having come over from Yarrawonga where she worked for a physiotherapy practice for ten years.  She is loving the change to the animal world and has rapidly established herself at reception where she provides friendly helpful service every day.  Keeping her company is the lovely thirteen year old cat Jasper.  Jodi enjoys reading, walking around the lake and is a movie buff.


Claudia Vegter

Receptionist (Victorian Certificate of Education 2016)

Claudia will be working with us throughout 2017 before she heads of to do Animal & Veterinary Bioscience at Latrobe University in 2018.  Claudia's love of animals extends from her new horse called Boots through to her Dalmation dog Cactus. She hopes to also do some international travelling to Europe later in the year. Her hobbies include horse eventing, and running.  Her mornings are also occupied working with racehorses!

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