Our aim at Sherwood Veterinary Practice is to provide caring, friendly and professional vet service and the highest possible standard of animal care for our clients and their pets. We have modern facilities and equipment which is well maintained and regularly serviced to ensure safe and effective treatment of your pets. Our patients' records are kept on the most up to date veterinary computer system available. Our highly experienced Veterinarians Dr James and Dr Larissa have extensive knowledge and special interests in exotic animal medicine, surgery, dental care, and more. Our animal healthcare team will offer education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. 

Meet Our Team
Dr James Osman
  • BVSc

James graduated from The University of Queensland and he has since worked in the UK in small animal practice. He returned to Brisbane in 2015. James has a keen interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery as well as other types of small animal surgery. In his spare time James enjoys sea kayaking, fishing, car restoration and any other outdoor activity.

Dr Larissa Ladyko
  • BVSc

Larissa is a very experienced small animal veterinarian and has been in the industry for over 25 years. Larissa enjoys treating a wide variety of animals including rats, birds, wildlife and of course cats and dogs. She is passionate about caring for all her patients to the best standard of care and loves to develop and sustain long relationships with clients and their pets for life. She will be working at Sherwood every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Dr Bridgid White
  • BVSc

Dr Bridgid's love for all creatures great and small began from her upbringing on a farm in rural Queensland. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 and is excited to have joined the team in 2020. Having also been a Teacher, her passions include sharing her education and experiences with pet owners on the best proactive and preventative ways of promoting optimal health and longevity in our beloved pets so that they can enjoy longer, happier lives with us all.

When not at the clinic, Bridgid and her family, including her husband, Tim, mini dachshund, Paddy, border collie, Penny and rescue cat, Purrcy, do most things all together, including camping and adventuring, kayaking, cycling and all regard themselves as massive foodies.

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
  • Cert IV In Veterinary Nursing

After years of working in the human health industry, Emily finally made the move into veterinary nursing in early 2015. While completing her studies she worked at a busy clinic in Ipswich before relocating to Toowoomba where she pursued her passion for nursing. She worked as a Senior Nurse of Critical Care before joining the team at Sherwood and brings a wealth of knowledge with her.

Emily has been passionate about caring for animals since she was little and loves being able to provide the best standard of care for every patient she sees. When she’s not at work she is kept busy at home with her two Pomeranians, Willow and Kingsley along with her crazy cat Olive.

Vet Nurse

Rachael has always had a huge love for animals which encouraged her to pursue a career as a vet nurse. She is currently studying at the University of Queensland for her Bachelor of Veterinary Technology as well as her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Rachael has two furbabies at home; Merlin a blind Great Dane Cross and Arthur a Stafforshire Bull Terrier Cross. She is very proud to be part of Happy Tails Animal Rescue which keeps her busy when she isn't at work or university. Rachael loves dedicating her working life to helping make sick animal better and comforting owners during the tough times. She would not wish for a different career and is so thankful to be continuing to learn and use her skills from her studies here at Sherwood Vet.

Vet Nurse
  • Cert IV In Veterinary Nursing

Jana started with us in 2020 after moving back to Brisbane from Cairns to resume her Veterinary Nursing career. After 9 years working as an Animal Technician at various Universities she decided that GP nursing was her passion. She gained her National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing in New Zealand in 2010.

Jana has a bunch of pets at home, some permanent and some just crashing until they find their forever homes. Her forever pets include a Jack Russell Cross named Jack, two beautiful Ragdoll cats, Lilly and Mya along with a bunch of happy chickens. Jana is very proud of co-founding and volunteering with the charity Happy Tails Animal Rescue Inc in her spare time.

She has been passionate about animals since she was very young, growing up with horses, cats and dogs. The best part about her job is being able to make the patients of Sherwood as comfortable as possible during their stay.