Transformed into a small animal clinic in 2005, and an elite mixed animal hospital over subsequent years, the 'Old Mill' is a true symbol of old meeting new. The state of the art diagnostic equipment and luxurious animal accommodation is in contrast to the vintage charm of the rustic building and the familiar warmth of the animal care team. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with that country kindness. All throughout your visit, your questions are answered with knowledge and sincerity, and your pet is handled as if they are our own - with gentle hands and kindness. The Old Mill Animal Vet team welcomes you and your pet to meet us at any time.

Meet Our Team
Dr Emily Mabbott
  • BVM&S

Emily graduated from the Royal (Dick) Vet School in Edinburgh. Not being fond of the infamous British climate, she moved to Hong Kong to work in a busy small animal practice and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  Emily then travelled the Australian East coast and fell in love with all things Aussie. She took a job at a busy mixed practice in the western suburbs of Brisbane. Five years later Emily moved to the north side of Brisbane and started working at Old Mill Animal Hospital in 2016.

Emily enjoys the varied caseload that working at Old Mill brings- from first time visits with new puppies & kittens to the lovely greying muzzles of our older patients, unwell feathered friends as well as the occasional woolly patient.

Emily is currently on maternity leave, adding another addition to her troublesome duo at home- her toddler and a rather naughty Staffy cross “Nitro”. Emily is looking forwards to returning to work at Old Mill in early 2019.

Dr Dion Woodborne
  • 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

Kat hails from an emergency and specialist background. She has 14 years of nursing experience and has brought her skills to the team at Old Mill Animal Hospital. Our nurse Kat has a genuine interest in animal enrichment and behaviour, along with being a highly dedicated wildlife carer.

Vet Nurse

Amy joined the Old Mill family in July 2019 after making the career change from Customer Care & Retail, to become a Veterinary Nurse. Amy lives in Ocean View with her Husband, Staffy X called Boy, 7 chickens, 2 Cockatiels & has recently taken on 3 bottle fed calves for their hobby farm adventures. Amy has always had a passion for animals and has a keen interest in wildlife care. She is currently studying with the AIRC for her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and looks forward to learning all aspects within this field, particularly in Pathology work. Amy looks forward to creating long-lasting relationships with our clients and the community.