At Whites Hill Vet, we aim to provide a comprehensive, professional and compassionate veterinary service. We recognise the significance of your pets and the place they hold in your family. Our highly qualified Veterinarians are Dr Ophelia and Dr Claire, and they have knowledge and experiences in small animal medicine, dental care, general surgery, geriatric care, nutrition, and more. Our animal health care team will offer education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. We invite you to bring your pet to meet our team at anytime.

Meet Our Team
Dr Ophelia Li
Lead Vet
  • BVSc

Dr Ophelia Li graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015. Ophelia had been volunteering since her last year of high school. After finishing University, she began working as a Vet since the end of 2015 and has now joined the Whites Hill team. Ophelia's interests are soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and giving lots of cuddles to our furry patients.

Ophelia owns a lovely Staffy x named Lulu and a grumpy cat named Misty.

Dr Claire Kitson
  • BVSc

Dr Claire graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015. Since graduation Claire has worked in small animal practice around Brisbane and has spent the last year locuming as a vet in the UK. Now she is back and excited to be part of the White’s Hill Team. Claire enjoys all aspects of vet life but has a keen interest in ultrasound, medicine and preventative care.

Her own fur-child, Luna, a Staffy x demands most of her attention outside of work.

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.

Practice Manager

Since making the move to Veterinary Nursing in 2010, Tash worked and managed several small clinics on the Gold Coast.

Tash has always worked with animals, spending many years working with wildlife at Dreamworld, gaining a broad knowledge in lots of different species including koalas, kangaroos, snakes and crocodiles. She then made the move to the RSPCA to work as a Rescue Officer, providing help to all animals, including domestic, wildlife and livestock.

In her spare time Tash enjoys taking part in Obstacle Course races and spending time with her two parrots, Algae, and Yoshi, and two dogs, Shadow and Ember.

Tash is passionate about providing the best experience in the clinic for you and your pet and the best care possible.

Vet Nurse
  • Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing

Alex grew up down the road on the Gold Coast. She started working in the Veterinary industry in 2013 as a trainee vet nurse in Roma (regional Queensland), and then moved to Alice Springs to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. After living in the Northern Territory for 5 years she decided to move back to South East Queensland to be closer to family.

Alex enjoys all aspects of veterinary nurse, but has a particular interest in rehabilitation and medical nursing.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her beautiful rescue dog, Gilly.

Vet Nurse

Hannah grew up in Brisbane and first began work as a Veterinary Nurse in West Ipswich. She has since relocated back home and enjoys being part of the team at a local practice.

She enjoys dental procedures and medical nursing - with hopes to begin extended study in the dental realm of Veterinary nursing.

Hannah has two cats, Bagheera and Luna, and a black Labrador named Benson. She adores them.

Hannah enjoys the beach, the outdoors, travelling and spending time with friends, family and her fur babies!