Our hospital is a one-stop, full-service pet health facility, built in and around Dayboro's historic old sawmill building. 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. We are committed to providing you and your family the highest level of professional and compassionate veterinary service. We welcome you and your pet to meet our teams at anytime.

For Equine service and enquires, please visit www.oldmillvetequine.com

Meet Our Team
Dr Michaela Plata
  • BVSc/BVBiol (Hons)

Michaela grew up on a boer goat and cattle property in Narrabri, North West NSW. It was from those beginnings her love of farm animals began. After local high school, Michaela undertook veterinary studies at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW where she started to really develop a passion for cattle practice, even taking it to Pakistan to work with dairy cattle in regional villages of North Pakistan. Following graduation, she started her veterinary career in Goondiwindi, QLD and learnt the ropes in all the wonderful things mixed animal practice can offer. Cattle pregnancy testing and bull testing were her favourite parts of the job.

After cutting her teeth in Goondiwindi Michaela moved to the city with her husband to be closer to family. She has a German Short-Haired Pointer called Rio, a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Moshi and a Black cat called Pippin as her fur family. After working between Murrumba Downs Vet and Old Mill Animal Hospital for the last 2 years, we are lucky to call Michaela our full-time veterinarian at Old Mill Animal Hospital. She thoroughly enjoys the variety of Dayboro veterinary practice and is dedicated to treating all of the species that come her way.

Dr Emily Mabbott

Currently on maternity leave

  • 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 Animal Hospital brings - from first time visits with new puppies and 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 called Nitro. Emily is looking forward to returning to work at Old Mill in early 2019.


Receptionist Cindy has been part of the Old Mill Animal Hospital team for over 2.5 years now. Cindy is known around our clinic and community as the crazy cat lady! When she is not busy taking your bookings or making sure you are up to date with your flea and tick prevention, you will find her looking after the Kitty Cottage guests. At home, Cindy has two beautiful Burmese cats, Dolly and Gracie.

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. Kat has a genuine interest in animal enrichment and behaviour, along with being a highly dedicated wildlife carer.

Vet Nurse

Nurse Steph lives in Dayboro with her husband, two children and her fur baby Bruno, who is a staffy. She has been a vet nurse for 9 years and enjoys getting to know all the wonderful pet parents and their adored furry companions. Steph loves helping clients and pets feel comfortable and ensures their experience at the clinic is a positive one. An aspect that Steph feels strongly about is educating clients on how to best care for their pets. She loves working with the team at the Old Mill Animal Hospital and enjoy seeing their diverse range of patients that includes wildlife species, cats, dogs, chickens and even the occasional sheep or calf. Steph looks forward to meeting you and your fur babies next time you visit our clinic.

Vet Nurse

Carley joined the Old Mill Animal Hospital team a year ago, however has 8 years experience in veterinary nursing. Since being at our clinic, Carley has taken a new interest in wildlife rehabilitation and recently saved Hector the brush tail possum. Her love of animals is shown at home with her numerous pets. Carley loves all her dogs, cats, ducks, birds, chickens and guinea pigs!