Qualifications: Bachelor of Veterinary Science Hons (BVSc)

Dr. Jocelyn grew up in Cawarral where she rode ponies to school and developed a great love for animals. She commenced her Veterinary career in the 1980s working for Lester Torenbeek before moving out of town to live and work on a cattle station. Jocelyn enjoyed being busy with cattle and horses, raising her two daughters and taking on numerous roles within the beef industry.

  • Board Member of The Queensland Beef Industry Institute
  • Member of The North Australian Programme Committee, For Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Chairman of The Education Committee for Beef ’87
  • Chair of The Local Beef Improvement Association
  • Quality Assurance and Veterinary Chemical Trainer

Jocelyn returned to Rockhampton and the Veterinary profession in 1996, working as a Locum and part-time vet at many central Queensland vet clinics. She spent a year working for a Melbourne company doing IVF work in cattle in Queensland and Victoria. Since raising and educating her daughters, Jocelyn has focused on her veterinary career, taking ownership of High Street Veterinary Surgery in July 2012. In 2014 High Street Veterinary Surgery was awarded the Best in Business in Central Queensland. Every day Jocelyn proves that local women can do very well in this great part of Queensland and no dream is too big or too small.

“I love being a Veterinary Surgeon because it is totally captivating. There is so much that you can do, from preventative work through to diagnosing, medical workup, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation. The meeting, developing trust and developing friendships with the people who come to us for help is very humbling.”

Interest/Hobbies: Jocelyn has a particular interest in developing new pathways and flexibility in clinics, for mothers returning to the workforce. To this end, Jocelyn founded a new business, ‘Smooth Operating Vets’. She also enjoys being out on the water with a nice glass of wine and her partner, watching the whales frolic around their boat.

Pets: Jocelyn owns a beautiful Border Collie named Billie-Jean, a Labrador-retrieve, Lucy Lulu and Ben the cat.

Meet Dr. Jocelyn Birch Baker