Meet Our Staff

Google Maps location for Coral Coast Veterinary Services

Coral Coast Veterinary Services
12 Palmerston Dr
Goondi Bend
QLD 4860

07 4061 2590
  • Dr Karen
    Principal Veterinarian

    Karen is the practice owner and principal veterinarian and has been practicing since 1995. Karen started her career in Bundaberg, and then moved to Tamborine Mountain before settling in Innisfail on her husband’s family banana farm.

    She is married to Doug and they have two children. They also own an assortment of animals - two young dogs called Beedo and Speck and the older, slightly more mature ‘Cruiser’. They own some cattle and a stock horse plus a backyard lawnmower in the form of a pony called ‘Bluebelle’.

    staff karen phillips
  • Dr Zoe

    Zoe is an Innisfail local who studied to be a vet in Townsville before moving back to Innisfail to join the team here at Coral Coast Vets. Zoe is no new face to the clinic though, having done many work placements and study placements here dating back to when she was in high school!

    Zoe has an interest in exotics, pocket pets and wildlife, but is just as happy to look after the numerous cats and dogs that frequent the clinic. She likes soft tissue surgeries, especially wound repairs, and she also has a strong interest in radiology.

    At home she has a few reptiles, mainly snakes, a couple of show pigeons and pocket pets including manx mice, rats and guinea pigs. She also has a small herd of geriatric horses and a few rescue dogs who keep her busy.

    staff zoe boase
  • Dr Angela

    Angela joined the team in September 2014. For 2.5 years, Angela has been working as a locum vet, travelling and working as near as Gordonvale and as far as Adelaide and Hobart.

    Prior to that, Angela was employed permanently on the Tablelands so is well experienced in the treatment of tick paralysis, pigging wounds, toad poisoning, snake bites and other common problems seen in the tropics. Angela enjoys dentistry, geriatric care and practicing a high quality of patient care.

    staff angela lindsay
  • Dr Jay

    Dr Jay came to Australia in 2009 from India to base himself and his family in Innisfail. He commenced his career in dentistry and then decided he would pursue

    his interest in animal care and become a qualified veterinarian graduating from JCU in 2017. Jay has two beautiful kids who love spending time outdoors with their dogs Mirza and Sahiba. We cannot forget to mention the family also has two beautiful ragdoll cats.

  • Eva

    Eva has been a veterinary nurse here since 2003 and is a true local. Before coming to Coral Coast Vets, she was a receptionist at the local doctor’s surgery. Eva is married to George and they have three ‘big’ children, Roger, Kylie, and Renae. They also own a crazy cat called ‘Mindi’ and a young German Shorthaired Pointer called Kyza. While Mindi has trained her owners, Kyza will be trained to retrieve.

    staff eva bueje
  • Sylvia

    Sylvia has been with us since the end of 2008. She moved to Innisfail in 2004 with her husband David for a taste of farming life in NQ. Previously they had both been parachutists in the Australian Army. 

    They have a son called Russell as well as a menagerie of 4 dogs, 6 cats, 5 goats, a steer, a growing number of chooks and geese plus some rogue snakes lurking around their bamboo.  Sylvia is our go to lady when it comes to our feline friends as this is Sylvia's passion and she tirelessly studies to broaden her knowledge to assist our clients in ensuring our beloved cats get the best care possible.

    staff sylvia connoloy
  • Jade
    Practice Manager

    Jade joined Coral Coast Veterinary Services in July 2016 as Practice Manager after working in Business Administration for the past 21 years.  Jade grew up on the family property in Innisfail where she had an array of animals from Cows and Horses to Cats and Blue Tongue Lizards most of these were strays or unwanted pets that were looking for a forever home so Jade would take them home and add them to the family sometimes to her parents dismay.  Now with a family of her own Jade continues her passion for Horse Riding and competes when time allows and still has an array of pets at home to keep her well and truly busy.

  • Mary

    Mary commenced with Coral Coast Veterinary Services in July with a keen interest in small animals and is wanting to further her studies in this field. 

    Mary is a proud owner of a beautiful red Kelpie named Pip who along with her two handsome young boy's keep Mary super busy outdoors on the weekend as they love their sports which Pip also enjoy's. 

  • Claudia

    Claudia is our newest member to the Team at Coral Coast Veterinary Services and comes to us with an extensive background with animals as Claudia is a self-confessed collector of pets.

    Growing up in Mirriwinni on the family cane farm Claudia always had a passion for animals and commenced her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing during high school. Now Claudia has an abundance of pets which includes Horses, Cattle, Cats and plenty of Dogs. Claudia spends her weekends competing at rodeos and mustering so she is definitely a busy young lady.

    Claudia Ghidella