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 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 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.

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.