At Noosa District Animal Hospital we understand that your beloved pet is more than an animal living in your home. It is a part of your family, your best friend and an extension of who you are.

Established in July 2008, Noosa District Animal Hospital is the only purpose built veterinary hospital servicing the Noosa area. Together with Peregian Springs Veterinary Surgery in Peregian Springs  our focus is offering an exceptional level of care, treating your beloved friends like they are our own.

Our passion for animals is what drives our practice. Our team works together to build strong relationships with clients, offering the very best in terms of quality, convenience & animal care.

At Noosa District Animal Hospital our veterinarians are passionate about medicine and surgery. By examination 2 of our team are Membership registered vets with Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Dion and Dr. Stephanie in Small Animal Surgery. Our surgical suit is well equipped with state of the art equipment, from orthopaedics to arthroscopes and has the backing of digital radiographs.

Meet Our Team
Dr Stephanie Zurek
Lead Vet
  • BVSc
  • MANZCVS (Surgery)

Dr Stephanie spent most of her life in Far North Queensland, and graduated from James Cook University in 2011. She spent the first 3 years of her veterinary career in Cairns in mixed practice and getting an understanding of what she enjoys most. She then moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. Stephanie enjoys almost every entity vet has to offer but has found her passion in small animal surgery. In 2016 Stephanie underwent rigorous examinations and successfully became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons. Stephanie's special interests are soft tissue surgery, oncology, avian and exotics pets.

Stephanie has a rescue kelpie named Pippa who keeps her busy in her spare time; her hobbies are going to the beach and hiking.

Dr Dion Woodborne
  • 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.

Dr Carmel Griffin
  • BVSc
  • CSAM
  • GradCEd

Carmel graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993 and commenced work in companion animal practice in the UK. After 5 years spent there working in private practice and completing a University residency in feline medicine, Memberships in Feline Medicine and the RCVS Cert. in Small Animal Medicine, Carmel returned to Australia.

She spent the next decade working in a series of private, referral and University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and enjoying undergraduate teaching.
A move to the beautiful Sunshine Coast saw a return to general practice and Carmel joined the team at Noosa Duistrict Animal Hospital part-time in 2012. Carmel enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and consults two days a week with the great team at Noosa District Animal Hospital. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and her cat Koby.

Dr David Jones
  • BVSc

David joined Noosa District Animal Hospital in March 2017. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in England in 2008. After working at several clinics in Yorkshire in the UK, David decided to move ‘down under’ to the Sunshine Coast in 2012. He has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and ultrasonography. David loves living by the beach with his wife and two sausage dogs Basil & Peppa. In his spare time he loves to go scubadiving.

Dr Barbara Kingston
  • BVSc

Barbara graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996 and has worked solely in Small Animal Practice, including 12 years in the UK.  In 2015 Barb and her husband were lucky enough to move from Melbourne to Peregian Springs to work, live and enjoy life on the Sunny Coast and we were so delighted to have her come onboard. Due to her husband’s allergies Barb doesn’t have any pets at the moment …… must be love!  However, she loves playing ‘Aunty’ to the many beloved pets who come through our doors. 

Dr Amber Giles
Practice Manager/ Vet
  • BVSc

Amber graduated in Townsville and started working in Cairns; she has now been working for NDAH since 2016. She is passionate about Diagnostic Imaging, and is pursuing her passion, by looking to pass examinations to join the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in this field. She will attain her Memberships in Diagnostic Imaging in July 2019 (this includes radiographs, ultrasound, and interpreting CT/MRI). Amber also thoroughly enjoys working with behavioural cases and loves the challenge of an animal’s mind. Her special interests include ultrasound, radiography, behaviour and dental.

Amber spends her days off with her boxer Lego, and loves gym, Muay Thai, and the beach.

Dr Peita

Dr Peita joined our friendly team in May 2019 as a full time veterinarian. She moved to Mount Coolum from Adelaide with her husband and Jack Russell Terrier, Huey. Peita has a keen surgical mind and loves the challenges of veterinary medicine.

Practice Manager/ Vet Nurse
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Jo started her animal career as an equestrian coach and competition rider in the UK.  In 2012 she made the exciting move to Australia with her husband and worked as a Vet Nurse on the Mornington Peninsula before heading up to the beautiful Sunny Coast in 2015. It took just one visit to convince her it was the best place to be!

When she’s not at the clinic, Jo spends all her time with her two rescue greyhounds, Finn and Emmy, who are more than happy to spend the day lounging on the sofa.

Vet Nurse

Robyn started veterinary nursing at Noosa District Animal Hospital in 2010, she graduated as a Cert 4 Nurse in 2014. Having started her career at this hospital, the clinic is like family to her. Robyn is very active in continuing education and actively attends conferences. At present, she is currently studying her graduate diploma in veterinary acupuncture. In the clinic, she is involved in our weight loss program as she is a big believer in good nutrition and happy environment. Robyn currently has four dogs – Ella the Border Collie, Raven the German Shepherd x Collie, Reggie the Kelpie and Bobby the Pomeranian X. As a newly wed, her time off is spent with her husband and doggy family.

Vet Nurse

Jess completed her Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology at the end of 2016, with an academic award of excellence (in clinical rotations – which was at Noosa District Animal Hospital!). After graduating she found a special place amongst our team. Her passion lies in medical nursing. “The diversity and level of medicine practiced here challenges me daily, there is a special place for me in being an advocate for these patients. Whether they are suffering from an unknown acute disease, or a chronic illness, it’s our job to make them feel as comfortable as possible, while giving them the gold standard care they need and deserve”. You may also spot Jess wandering through reception with her goofy black rescue puppy, Sammy. In their spare time you’ll find this pair splashing around at the beach or visiting Jess’ horse out in the hinterland.

Trainee Vet Nurse

Brianna started working at Noosa District Animal Hospital in early 2016. She is currently due to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in December 2018. She would eventually like to extend her studies, studying further into pathology or advanced surgical nursion. “I love the variety you get to experience working as a vet nurse, from doing dentals, to being the anaesthetist for an orthopaedic surgery, even assisting with a radiograph or an ultrasound and learning about diagnostic imaging from the vets. All the vets I work with inspire me daily.”

Trainee Vet Nurse

Lisa is the newest nurse on our team. She is currently undergoing her studies in veterinary nursing after completing her certificate II in animal studies. Lisa has always had an interest in the world of science, which is evident in her accomplishment with a Master in Conservation Biology. After years travelling her love for animals has drawn her back to Australia and into this clinic to complete her studies. She has three very cute rats; Ratness, Tulip and Frankie that she adores greatly.

Trainee Vet Nurse

Born and raised in PNG, I was fortunate to live near a local animal shelter and often took animals home for the weekend to give them a break from shelter life. Moving to Australia in the late 1980s, I grew up on a property where we lived amongst cows, pigs, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, goats, turkeys, a wild variety of parrots and pheasants and a cockatoo named George. We also adopted ex-race horses so they could live out their retirement in comfort.

Having worked in various industries around the world, with a long-held interest in animal welfare and rescue, I finally decided to take on the challenge of returning to study later in life and decided Veterinary Nursing was the path for me.

During this time, I worked at a dog and cat boarding kennel and 2 horse stables where my interest and education in animal husbandry, behaviour and nutrition deepened.

Previously living in Toowoomba amongst my rescue family of dogs, cats, geese, ducks, chickens, and 1 horse, I spent 12 months volunteering with a small animal clinic where I gained a fascinating and invaluable introduction into animal medicine, surgery and emergency care.

Returning with my husband to the Sunshine Coast in late 2018, to be closer to my parents, I am currently owned by 4 rescue cats and look forward to completing my Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and continuing my studies in Emergency and Critical Care in the future.

In my spare time, I work on my parents’ properties, groom dogs for my friends, rescue and rehabilitate some amazing wildlife, and train 5-6 days a week in CrossFit. In the next few years, I plan to travel throughout Asia and Europe to volunteer with animal rescue organisations to further my experience and lend a helping hand where and however I can.

Office Manager

Mareena started her position on reception, then went on to become the Practice Administrator and recently took on the position of Office Manager.
Mareena also works at the RSPCA where she has been an animal attendant since 2007. It was through this role that she met the directors of Noosa District Animal Hospital and soon after, joined the team.

Mareena has always had a passion for animals, growing up in a country town in NSW with pet sheep, horses, cats, dogs and birds. Mareena owns a hairless chinese crested dog named Pedro, a fluffy cat named Pud & 2 Alexandrine Parrots all of which were rescued from the RSPCA.

In her spare time Mareena enjoys going to the beach, fishing, reading and catching up with friends and family.


Catherine joined the team at Noosa District Animal Hospital in 2014. She was born in Brisbane and has been lucky to travel the world, before settling in Noosa with her husband. At reception, you will not miss her vibrant personality and her deep caring for animals. Catherine has two chihuahua x dogs, one called Devo and the other named Kiki, as well as two cockatiels named Charles and Camilla. Her favourite animals are small dogs, scrub turkeys, pigs and sea horses.

Receptionist/ Office

Tracy completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2012 and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management through the University of the Sunshine Coast. Having worked in both regular and emergency veterinary practices, Tracy enjoys all aspects of veterinary administration and caring for clients and their much loved pets.

Tracy and her family have 2 gorgeous Labradoodles Honey and Cookie, who are very much part of the family. In her spare time Tracy loves spending time with her kids and taking Honey and Cookie on long walks.