Meet our team

Dr Karen Koks - Principal Veterinarian

  • BVSc (Hons)
Zillmere Vet Surgery - Dr Karen Koks - Principal Vet
Karen with Piper

I am a local girl, growing up in Geebung and attending St Kevin's Primary School. I graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1983 and have worked in many northside practices over the   course of my career. I love the diversity and challenge this wonderful profession provides, I can honestly say there is never a dull moment. I purchased this practice in October 2000 and have been working hard ever since to build the modern, well equipped facility we have today. In 2016 I sold the practice to National Veterinary Care but remain passionate about my patients and clients in my new role as Lead Veterinarian. I am very proud of the dedicated team of healthcare providers I have the privilege of working with every day....each and every person here is 100% committed to our mission focus which is "To be the BEST community veterinary practice in Brisbane".

I am a member of the AVA (Australian Veterinary Association),  the ASAVA (Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, the BVP (Brisbane Practitioners Branch), AVFP (Association for Veterinary Family Practice), the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), the AVA Dentistry special interest group and VIN ( Veterinary Information Network) and have presented lectures both in Australia and overseas.

VIN is a subscription based internet community of some 40000 veterinarians world wide, which keeps us abreast with the latest developments in veterinary medicine, and also gives us the ability to access specialist veterinarians in over 50 areas of expertise.

My areas of special interest and expertise include dentistry, internal medicine and wellness and preventative medicine and I achieved my Membership in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2015. I am blessed to have three beautiful daughters who make me proud every single day. 

Dr Hugo - Veterinarian

  • BVSc

Dr Hugo grew up in Brisbane and graduated from the University of Queenland (UQ) Vet school in 2011. He has worked in mixed practice in northern NSW, and then took a job as clinical anaesthetist at the UQ Small Animal teaching hospital in 2013. Dr Hugo and his wife Beth, who is also a vet, then spent 6 months travelling overland from Argentina to Canada. They then worked in a clinic in Windsor in the UK for two years before returning to Australia. Dr Hugo’s special interests include dentistry, surgery and anaesthesia. Away from work, Dr Hugo’s hobbies include playing guitar, photography, cycling and cooking. 

Dr Louise Michie - Veterinarian (maternity leave)

  • BVSc (Hons)
Zillmere Vet Surgery - Dr Louise Lee - Vet
Louise with Fletcher

I grew up in semi-rural Victoria and the Sunshine Coast hinterland before attending the University of Queensland where I was awarded by Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours in 2006. Prior to joining the Zillmere Vet team in 2012 I worked in small animal practices in the greater Brisbane area as well as undertaking a 2 year internship in Veterinary Pathology at UQ.

My particular areas of interest are in veterinary pathology, internal medicine and preventative health care. I have also expanded my interest and knowledge in veterinary dentistry since working with the Zillmere Veterinary Surgery team.

My husband and I have two mischievous and adorable brown Burmese cats and have recently welcomed a French Bulldog puppy to our family – every day they make us laugh and wonder at their antics.

Dr Dion Woodborne - Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon

Dr Dion Woodborne - Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Surgeon
  • BVSc
  • MANZCVS (Surgery)

Being born and raised in South Africa, Dion had the kind of introduction into a career in the care of animals that Australian trained vets only get to dream about. As a school leaver, Dion studied Nature Conservation, and worked for 3 years for the Natal Parks Board as a ranger, working amongst the amazing wildlife of Africa on land and at sea. Dion’s exciting experiences include getting up close and personal with Great White Sharks and Seals off the South African Coast, whilst participating in the tagging and monitoring of these magnificent creatures.

Dion completed his Veterinary degree and went on to work in large and small animal practices in South Africa, the UK, and NZ before settling on the Sunshine Coast with his young family.  Their home is a menagerie of creatures, with birds and dogs, and a blue tongue lizard, which Dion and his daughters reared after rescuing it from a roadside as an injured baby. Dion is an avid water sportsman; he has solo swum the English Channel and is now a keen kite boarder.

Dion is passionate about surgery, and in 2011, after rigorous written and oral examinations, he gained his Membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Small Animal Surgery.

Emma - Practice Manager

  • Certificate in Animal Care
Zillmere Vet Surgery - Emma - Client Relations Administrator
Emma with Chilli and Pepper

I am the Practice Manager here at Zillmere Veterinary Surgery. I started working here in July 2010. I have a real passion for customer service and animals so this role fits me perfectly! My favourite part of working at Zillmere Veterinary Surgery is working closely with our wonderful team and helping our lovely clients provide the best care to their pets. I have completed a Certificate in Animal Care and enjoy attending seminars to gain further knowledge to help our clients as best I can.

At home I have two lovely but lazy cats named Chilli and Pepper, and a beautiful Chocolate Tri Merle coloured Border Collie named Samira who keeps me very busy! 

I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!


Jess - Veterinary Nurse

Zillmere Vet Surgery - Jess Kaddatz - Vet Nurse
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I started Veterinary Nursing full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back! I enjoy all aspects of general practice nursing, from bonding with our patients and clients to surgery and assisting with consults. I’ve attended workshops in dentistry, pathology and behaviour and have a special interest in behaviour and reproduction. I’m a member of DogsQld as well as a number of sporting clubs to help keep my 6 Border Collies busy!

When I’m not working or outside with my beautiful borders, I’m usually binge watching the latest T.V show with my husband and two rescue kitties (Penelope and Theodore Emsbry).

If you’re ever in the area, please stop in for a chat! 

Katie - Veterinary Nurse

Zillmere Vet Surgery - Katie Gunnell - Vet Nurse
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Having recently moved to the area I am excited to join the Zillmere Vet Surgery team as a vet nurse. Last year I graduated from University of Queensland Gatton as a Vet Technician and have been working in small animal practice for just over a year and a half.

I have an 8 month old Staffy x Lab puppy named Willow who enjoys playing in water and going for walks. While I'm not at the clinic you will find me out for a hike, a horse ride or planning my next overseas adventure.


Hannah - Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Zillmere Vet Surgery - Hannah - Vet Nurse
  • Currently completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

I’m the newest addition to the Zillmere Veterinary Surgery. I have just begun my studies to become a Veterinary Nurse, and am super excited to be a part of the team here at Zillmere. 

I have a 12 year old Border Terrier named Penny, who doesn’t act a day of her age, as well as a little brood of chickens. I’m looking forward to meeting all of our lovely clients here!” 


Zillmere Vet Surgery - Toulouse the clinic cat

Toulouse came to be our clinic cat after being found as a stray when he was around 2 weeks old. We hand reared him and fell in love so decided he could stay. His favourite past times include sleeping in the linen cupboard, bird watching, breaking open bags of food and snuggling up to clients.