About Us

Coral Coast Veterinary Services was initially established by Dr Anthony Kahler as Anthony Kahler Veterinary Services. In 2005, Dr Karen Phillips purchased the practice after having worked as Dr Kahler’s associate. In 2011, we moved into our purpose-built hospital at Goondi Bend and have not looked back since. We are now a practice of three full time vets and 4 vet nurses, all of whom are local residents who are lucky enough to be able to work in this rewarding occupation.

At Coral Coast Veterinary Services we service the beautiful Cassowary Coast region from our clinic in Innisfail, with patients coming from as far north as Cairns and as far south as Tully.

Coral Coast Veterinary Services offers ‘Best Practice’ which means your pet will receive a thorough clinical examination to investigate their medical problems and a diagnostic and treatment program will be discussed with you. An estimate of costs will be provided if requested so that together we can give your pet the best possible care.

We place enormous emphasis on ensuring that the patient and their family’s interests are all considered to allow for the best possible health plan to be put into place in a compassionate and considerate environment. All staff focus our efforts on making each patient’s and owner’s visit as stress-free as possible.

Our vets and nurses are all very active in their continuing professional development. This means that our staff are up to date with the latest developments in pet health and care and our extensive in-house diagnostic equipment and facilities are being regularly upgraded.

Coral Coast Veterinary Services

Your Pet’s Quality Vet

(07) 4061 2590

Veterinary Services Offered in Clinic

  • Anesthesia with the most up to date agents and equipment.
  • In-house pathology.
  • Laser therapy.
  • Digital radiography.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Dentistry.
  • Comprehensive surgery – soft tissue, orthopaedic, desexing, and everything in between!

We believe that all puppies and kittens should undergo a vaccination protocol to ensure future health. Dogs are commonly vaccinated against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). In North Queensland, we also vaccinate at risk dogs against Leptospira australis. Cats are commonly vaccinated against Herpes and Calicivirus as well as Panleukopaenia. Adult animals should have a yearly vaccination booster.

We recommend routine desexing of all animals who are not part of a breeding program.  The ideal age for desexing is 6 months.

Coral Coast Veterinary Services are an AVA Acredited Microchipping Centre.

A microchip used in pet identification is about the size of a grain of rice. It is electronically imprinted with a unique code. Once scanned, the unique identification code is used to identify you, the owner, via a central pet registry. You can then be contacted to arrange reunion with your lost pet.

At Coral Coast Veterinary Services we offer a variety of bathing options ranging from standard baths to medicated, flea, and tick baths. With warm water on tap and our covered hydrobath area, baths can be performed year round by one of our nurses.

Our Team

Dr Karen

Principal Veterinarian

Karen is the owner and lead veterinarian of Coral Coast Vets. She started her veterinary career in Bundaberg in 1996 until moving south to the Gold Coast Hinterland for a 7 year stint prior to returning to Innisfail with her husband, Doug, a local Innisfail lad. Their return to the family farm brought with it the opportunity to start working for Dr Anthony Kahler of Anthony Kahler Veterinary Services.

When the time came for Anthony to take a step back from the demands of a veterinary clinic, Karen enthusiastically picked up the reins, bought the practice and changed the name to Coral Coast Veterinary Services in 2005. This finally led to the construction of their current purpose built veterinary hospital and the development of a team of passionate veterinary professionals.

Karen and Doug have two adult children and an accumulation of dogs, 2 cats who live at the clinic, some horses who are little more than lawn mowers currently, and small herd of cattle.

Dr Zoe


Zoe is a born and bred local girl. After completing her year 12, she started her studies in Veterinary Medicine at the JCU campus in Townsville. Here she completed her bachelor degree and then moved back home to start her career at Coral Coast Veterinary Services. Zoe has a special interest in small pocket pets and wildlife.

Away from work, Zoe is at home with her family enjoying her many wonderful pets, including her dogs, horses, guinea pigs and birds. She spends her downtime reading and chilling with friends.

Dr Angela


Angela has been at our clinic on and off for nearly ten years now but has recently returned to almost full-time work after having her boys. After travelling and locum work at a number of different clinics Angela chose to stay at Coral Coast Vets where she thoroughly enjoys the happy team environment. Angela particularly loves doing surgeries and solving complicated medical cases.

In her time off Angela loves to take her boys out to the beach or park or anywhere outdoors and spending time with her husband. She also loves to cook and read.



Sylvia has a Certificate IV in veterinary nursing, ISFM Certificate in feline nursing and a Diploma in feline behaviour. Her main interests are anything cat.
Sylvia lives with her family and shares it with 7 indoor cats, 2 dogs, 2 pet cows, goats, rooster and random bush turkeys coming to steal food from the rooster.



Mary has been with our clinic since 2016 and has a particular personal interest in canine genealogy.  Mary is the friendly, happy face that greets you and your pets on arrival but will also be diligently caring and nursing your pets through surgery, sickness and recovery. When Mary isn’t at work you will find her hanging out with her family, her partner and two boys, and her beloved loyal Kelpie Pip.



I’ve been extremely lucky to become part of the team here at Coral Coast after 12 years of working in retail. I’ve also enrolled to start my studies to be come a qualified nurse. I’m the owner of 3 large dogs, 2 birds and 1 cat. When I’m not working I love to be outdoors swimming, camping fishing and boating with my



Angeline is one of our most recent members of the team joining us in 2021. A life-long lover of animals, Angeline has finally broken into a career she loves. Having an interest in the feline field and a strong desire to learn, she is loving working in a happy friendly environment with those who share her interests.

At home Angeline is a partner, and a Mum to two beautiful girls who love going to visit and ride their horses. She also has a handsome cat named Sebastian.



Jayda is a born and bred NSW girl that moved to FNQ when she was quite young. She has always had an interest in animals which led her to joining us as a kennel hand in 2019. Jayda moved away for a small amount of time after she graduated, before returning to us as a nurse at the end of 2022. She is currently studying at university while working with us to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician.

Jayda is the owner of a large called Arlo and two cats – Ash and Kyro. Although she does not own any horse, she has a strong passion for them.

When Jayda isn’t working or studying, she loves to spend her time swimming and socialising with friends.



Coral Coast Vets have been my vets for more than 12 years. I very much respect and admire the team who are so dedicated and genuinely care for the animals that they treat. My menagerie at home certainly give me the 3 rd degree when I walk through the door of an afternoon, wanting to know what animals I’ve met during the day! My background is admin and customer service and its great that I can combine those skills with my love of animals into a job that I really enjoy.

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