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 have knowledge and experiences in small animal medicine, dental care, general surgery, geriatric care, nutrition, oncology 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 Saul Chemonges
Lead Vet
  • BVetMed
  • DipVetClinStud
  • MVSt
  • MANZCVS
  • PhD

Dr Saul Chemonges is a seasoned PhD-qualified veterinarian who began his career in Uganda (East Africa) before joining The University of Queensland (UQ), where he completed further postgraduate training in small animal medicine, surgery & the management of pain in animals.

After briefly working in small animal practice in Brisbane, Saul accepted an expatriate veterinary position in Hong Kong, where he worked for a while, before subsequently establishing his own veterinary clinic.

He also won an industry prize from a household multinational animal health company for his research on the regulation of the body temperature in dogs during surgery at UQ that was published in the Australian Veterinary Practitioner.

He was the first person to research and record the risk posed by a notorious flesh-eating fly on pet dogs in Hong Kong and its implications on pet dog migration to Australia from that territory. His work on this fly continues to make international headlines.

Outside his passion for veterinary science research, Saul enjoys spending time with his young family comprised of both humans and companion animals. He also likes collecting quirky antiques, photographing road signs and playing lawn tennis.

Dr Ryan Soussa
Vet
  • BSc
  • DVM (Distinction)

Ryan graduated from The University of Melbourne second in his class, with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with Distinction. He was awarded a place on the Dean’s Honours List every year of his DVM degree and shared the Payne Exhibition Prize for the highest academic achievement in the program’s clinical years. During his final year, Ryan spent an extensive amount of time in the United States of America, undertaking externships in orthopaedic surgery at The University of California – Davis and oncology at The University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Upon graduation, Ryan completed a specialist internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at a referral hospital in Melbourne, before accepting another internship in Specialist Medical Oncology, rising to the position of Senior Associate. Ryan was largely responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of specialist medical oncology patients, having performed almost 1,500 chemotherapy and oncological treatments! Ryan has also published scientific research internationally, presenting this and winning a research award at the ANZCVS Science Week National Conference in 2019.

Outside of the hospital, Ryan loves to travel – he has backpacked throughout five continents and almost 30 different countries thus far.

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.

Tash
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.

Alex
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.

Hannah
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!

Melena
Vet Nurse

After graduating from the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2018, Mel has worked throughout several small animal practices around Brisbane.

Mel has a keen interest in surgical and medical nursing and is dedicated in providing the best possible care for all animals that come into the clinic.

During her free time Mel enjoys traveling and spending time with her two dogs Diva and Chanel and three cat Casper, Milo and Houdini.

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