At Maroochy District Animal Hospital our team of vets and nurses are nuts about all kinds of pets! We are a family practice, with a commitment to provide excellent loving care to our patients, every day. That’s why we are open 7 days each week. We offer no additonal surcharges on Saturday, but we have a Sunday surcharge of $22.

Our mission is to be your pet’s VET FOR LIFE. From babyhood to old age. We will be here for the long haul, developing long and trusting relationships with our patients and the people who love them, so they feel confident, comfortable and loved when they visit us.

Our vets have an unbeatable collection of skills: Crazy Dog Doctor Alice is passionate about all things canine and feline. From surgery and medicine, to managing dental or ear and skin disease, or looking after the special medical needs of our beautiful greyhound patients, Dr Alice thrives on building relationships with her patients to ensure they are at ease and feel loved and confident. Dr Hannah, Dr Nicole, Dr Belinda and Dr Felipe make up the rest of our passionate veterinarian team, ensuring there is always a vet on hand, with expertise and experience you can trust.

Meet our team
Dr Alice O'Hare
Vet
  • BVSc (Hons)

Dr Alice O'Hare graduated from the University of Queensland vet school in 1992, and launched straight into rural mixed practice. 'I have great memories of being the first female vet in a small NSW dairying community, spending my days driving from farm to farm through stunning countryside, testing my four wheel driving skills in creeks and paddocks. In those days my first border collie 'Mikey', was always at my side. I would chuckle to myself, that this daily stream of adventure was actually my job.'

A few years after graduating, Alice embarked on a working holiday in the UK, working in all kinds of practices, from London to Edinburgh. 'The contrast was pretty dramatic. I was visiting cows who spent their lives in ancient crumbling stone barns, and being presented with hamsters and hedgehogs; species I had never come across before.'

After a stint in Africa, visiting gorillas in the mist, elephants in orphanages, and lions on the veld, (purely as a tourist), Alice returned to Australia to settle on the Sunshine Coast and submerge herself in small animal practice.

Alice has a particular interest in treating dogs and cats with skin and ear diseases, an obsession stemming from her childhood companion, Peachy the poodle, whose skin allergies and ear infections needed constant attention.

When recently asked what she loves most about her job, Alice has no hesitation in saying that it is the interaction with her patients. 'Like people, in the animal world there are the extraverts and the introverts, the gregarious and the shy and anxious, and let's face it'they don't all like coming to the vet. Without a doubt, one of the most challenging, and most rewarding aspects of my role, is being able to build a relationship with our patients, and help them to be at ease whilst under our care. It is so important to be sensitive to the emotional state of our patients, especially when they are injured or unwell, and feeling vulnerable. It is so beautiful to be rewarded with their trust, and acceptance; as if they know that we are here to help them.'

To Alice, being a vet is the best job in the world. 'Playing a part in improving the quality and length of life of our precious pets is a privilege and an honor that I will never tire of'.

Experience & Expertise: Dr Alice has a particular passion for treating pets with itchy skin and ears. Skin disease in dogs and cats is very common and requires an indepth understanding to get to the bottom of your pet's issues.

Dr Belinda Gotley
Vet
  • BVSc

Belinda graduated from The University of Queensland in 2002. She initially worked for a large group of practices on the Gold Coast for 5 years before heading off to the UK. Here she spent 6 years in small animal practice gaining experience with many rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters as well as travelling extensively. In 2014 Belinda chose to settle back in Australia on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice Including guinea pigs, rats, birds and wildlife with a special interest in ultrasonography, medicine and surgery. In her spare time she can be found swimming, paddle boarding, belly dancing, out searching for the finest flat white or learning the ukulele.

Experience & Expertise: Dr Belinda is a qualified Senior Veterinary Surgeon who is available to operate on complex cases including orthopaedic and soft tissue. She is also experienced in treating pocket and exotic pets.

Dr Felipe Alvear Fujii
Vet

Dr Felipe graduated from the University of Queensland in 2020. Upon graduating he joined our team and has remained with us ever since. Looking to one day specialize in internal medicine, he has a particular interest and passion for feline medicine ever since adopting his indoor cat, Kibbles, back in 2018.

When he is not at work you will often find Felipe climbing at the local bouldering gyms or at the beach with his border collie/golden retriever puppy, Laika.

Corinne
Practice Manager
Suzanne Jack
Vet Nurse

Suzanne has always been a passionate wildlife carer spending many days and nights collecting and feeding precious Australian creatures of all shapes and sizes. Her commitment to her foster patients and the exceptional level of care she gave them was quickly recognised by the Australia Zoo Hospital team in their dealings with her, and they set out to convince her to join their team.

Suzanne spent a number of years working with Australia Zoo, becoming the primary carer for a pod of baby wombats, whom she reared from infancy to adulthood. Suzanne has a very big soft spot for wombats, having had the privilege to get to know these charismatic marsupials on a very personal level.

Suzanne pursued further challenges for her veterinary nursing career by becoming an emergency nurse working with the Sunshine Coast Pet ER. In the dynamic emergency environment, with it's highs and lows, and demand for immediate action and quick thinking, Suzanne was able to hone her skills to ensure her emergency patients received the level of care they needed to get home safely.

Suzanne joined the team at Maroochy District Animal Hospital soon after it opened and has been instrumental in building the fantastic standards of care and commitment to excellence shared by all of our team.

Suzanne works weekends at MDAH where her emergency skills are definitely appreciated when unexpected pet emergencies turn up. On the flip side, when things are quiet, Suzanne always has a sunny smile and a friendly welcome for our clients, and an abundance of helpful advice about every possible species, from beagles to budgies, and wombats to wallabies.

Sonia
Vet Nurse

I’ve been a qualified veterinary nurse for over 5 years and half years. I was inspired by my two beautiful fur babies and my love for small and large animals. I’m passionate in my critical care and hospital patients and nothing makes me more happier then seeing a patient that as been critical go home to their loved ones. Im recently studying physiotherapy for animals to gain more knowledge on animals physiology.

I have three beautiful fur babies. My hobbies are going to the gym walks with my fur babies and going campi

Megan
Vet Nurse

Megan has always felt a deep love and passion for the animal community. She originally studied at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and got to work alongside otters, elephants and tigers. She knew that she wanted to be more involved with animal welfare and health so she commenced her veterinary nursing career. Based in Orange NSW, she worked at a large and small animal general practice that also operated as the emergency hospital.

Megan moved to the Sunshine Coast and happily fell into the Maroochy District Animal Hospital family. She loves being involved with patient care and is always ensuring that the patients are calm and receiving a consistent number of cuddles. Megan enjoys taking her time to talk to our clients so that she can get to know them and to keep their minds at ease.

Whilst Megan is with us, she is studying a bachelor of Psychology so that she can continue to help those in need.

Abbey
Trainee Vet Nurse

Abbey commenced working with Maroochy District Animal Hospital as a Kennel Hand and thoroughly loved contributing to the team. Last year she completed her final year of schooling whilst also working at the clinic and studying Certificate II in Animal Studies, working towards Vet Nurse.

Abbey’s love for animals, all shapes and sizes developed early which led her to pursue a career helping them. Abbey can not resist her daily interactions with animals. Abbey has numerous animals of her own - horses, snakes, budgies, dogs and chickens, not to mention the numerous animals she takes in to be rehomed. Abbey also enjoys volunteering for WILVOS, she is passionate about caring for wildlife and goes out of her way to help sick and injured animals and assisting in their rehabilitation.

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