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 28 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 caring for 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 and our clinic mascot!

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.

Dr Ellie Duncan

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Ellie grew up in Belgrave South, a picturesque area nestled in the middle of the Dandenong Ranges. After completing high school in 2008 she attended Melbourne University where she obtained a Bachelor in Science, majoring in animal health and disease. She then made the big move to Wagga Wagga to fulfil her dreams of becoming a veterinarian, after being accepted into the Charles Sturt University veterinary science program. Following her graduation in 2017 she started working here at Benalla Veterinary Clinic, moving to an area she had always wanted to live in.

Ellie has a strong interest in rural mixed practice due to the variety of cases seen and the ongoing challenges it delivers on a daily basis. However she also has a love for all things small - scaley and furry pockets pets, including but not limited to reptiles, amphibians, ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Outside of work you will find Ellie either camping with friends or spending time with her family, including her animals Opie (dog), Duke (ferret) and Lexi (python).

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!

Kelly La-Garde

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV VN)

Kelly grew up in the lovely Hawksberry region of NSW.  She commenced her veterinary nursing studies at Dural Vet Clinic in 2011. Kelly then spent a couple of years with the RSPCA Veterinary Clinic at Yagoona and has since worked at several vet clinics before joing us in Benalla.  She is a qualified veterinary nurse, having achieved a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Kelly is very passionate about emergency medicine in particular, as well as patient care and wildlife rehabillitation.  A horse lover currently living on a picturesque farm, Kelly also has two beautiful Maine Coon cats, Walter and Dibbles, now famous on their Instagram page!

Charlotte Cassidy

Veterinary Nurse (Cert 1V VN)

Charlotte, a qualified Cert IV vet nurse has joined our team with ten years of broad experience. She started her nursing career in Melbourne, where she grew up, then travelled abroad to England and worked for three years as a veterinary nurse and enjoying the travelling.

She particularly enjoys working with clients, in-patient medical care and rehabilitation of orthopaedic surgeries.

Charlotte now lives in Shepparton with her partner and her gorgeous rescue dog Frieda the Staffy X (who loves going for long walks). She has previously worked for several years at a small animal practice in Ballarat, and before that was over in Western Australia nursing in Geraldton in a mixed animal practice.

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.


Peter Lavryssen

Veterinary Nurse

Pete is the newest member of the team, after 18 years working in a management role in the hospitality and community health setting Pete decided that it was time to follow his dream of working with animals.

Pete is currently enrolled in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing which will see him being fully qualified in 2 years.

When Pete isn't working and studying, he enjoys playing piano and spending time having coffee with his wife Nicky and his two kids Tahlia (21) and Jai (19) and his two dogs, Tobie (pictured) and Max and cat Gypsy.

Erin Woodhams



Erin has also joined our practice in 2018 in the administration/customer service area, where she has previously worked for a number of businesses . She moved together with her partner to sunny Benalla for a tree change, from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 2010. She is now enjoying life in the bush raising her two children. She loves to cook for her family, enjoys camping experiences including four wheel driving with her family to remote locations, and also loves playing with her lovely dog Tinkerbell.

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