Meet our team

Dr James Osman - Veterinarian

Sherwood Vet Practice - Veterinarian - 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 - Veterinarian

Sherwood Vet Practice - Veterinarian - 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

Dr Dion Woodborne - Orthopaedic and 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.

Holly - Practice Manager

Sherwood Vet Practice - Practice Manager - Holly Barnes

Holly knew from a young age she wanted to be in the veterinary industry due to her love of animals. Whilst she had the chance she completed her Certificate ll in Veterinary Nursing whilst doing Year 12. From this Holly got a full time job as a veterinary nurse and quickly became a manager at a young age. She strives for the best care for all of her clients, patients and her team. 

Holly has 2 very different dogs called Honey (Irish wolfhound x ) and Marley (Shih tzu x maltese).

Aimee - Head Veterinary Nurse

Sherwood Vet Practice - Head Veterinary Nurse - Aimee Foote

Aimee completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 has been a vet nurse with Sherwood Veterinary Practice for 8 years since 2011. She has a keen interest in Puppy Preschool and exotics. Aimee has four fur kids of her own including two munchkin cats named Neko and Sprout, a Dachshund named Harry and a Pug named Bert.


Rachael - Veterinary Nurse

Sherwood Vet Practice - Veterinary Nurse - Rachael Sinclair

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; Batman and Sam, both mastiff crosses who she loves so much. Batman was a foster fail (adopted by his foster carer) through the rescue Happy Tails that she is a staff member of. Happy Tails is a no kill, non for profit animal rescue which saves cats and dog from high kill rural pounds and bring them to safety. She is very proud to be part of such a hard working team both in the rescue and here at Sherwood Veterinary Practice. She 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.