Underwood Interns

Annaliese Heijkoop

Dr Annaliese Heijkoop

Born and raised in the colder south of Australia, Annaliese graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2020. Since graduating she has spent the last two years working in a number of general practices around Brisbane. During her time in the veterinary industry she has enjoyed developing her clinical skills and forming relationships with many pets and their parents. She has enjoyed working through the challenging and unusual cases seen in general practice, but wanted to further improve her knowledge and better herself as a veterinarian. This lead Annaliese to start a rotating internship with VSS in 2023, she is excited to learn from experienced specialists in both surgery and internal medicine. In her free time she enjoys exploring the great South East Queensland

Dr Jun Ren Loh

Jun graduated from the University of Queensland in 2018. In 2022, he passed his membership examination in small animal surgery. Jun enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery and he aspires to take up a surgery residency in the near future. During his free time, he enjoys eating out with his wife (Noon), training weighted calisthenics in his garage gym and spending time with his dog (Dash) and cat (Luna). 

Dr Olivia Donohue

Olivia graduated from the University of Queensland Gatton in 2018 with honours. She started out her career working for a community veterinary clinic, providing care for animals and their families in low economic areas of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This job, while challenging, allowed Olivia to manage and treat thousands of animals and their wide range of diseases and illnesses. After covid, like many, Olivia decided she wanted to push herself further and she was grateful to receive a position as a rotating intern at VSS Underwood in 2022. Here her love and passion for internal medicine became obvious - so much so that she signed on for another intern year in 2023, focused on internal medicine. 

Her favourite part about working at VSS is the team and the culture. Everyone is so supportive of each other’s career and goals. Each team member, no matter their role, is highly valued. 

When not at work, you can find Olivia at her desk as she studies for her membership exams in small animal internal medicine. Otherwise she’s enjoying quality time with her Labrador Zoe and her cat, Fat Cat. Oh and her fiancé she supposes.

Lauren Stack

Dr Lauren Stack

Lauren graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 2019. After spending two years working in GP as a primary care veterinarian, she joined the VSS team as a rotating intern. Lauren enjoys the combination of medicine and surgery cases the senior internship offers. 

In her spare time Lauren enjoys exploring new foods, spending time with friends and sitting down to a good jigsaw puzzle. 

Ariel Lim

Dr Ariel (Sojung) Lim

Dr Ariel (Sojung) Lim is originally from South Korea and graduated in 2022 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons). 

 Ariel’s veterinary interests range over a wide spectrum, covering both medicine and surgery, with special interests in neurology and soft tissue surgery.

Outside work, her four rescued cats (Whochu, Miso, Gom and Som) keep her busy! 

Ariel speaks fluent Korean and English, and she can be found at VSS underwood.

Curtis Locke

Dr Curtis Locke

Curtis graduated from the University of Queensland in 2022 joining the team at VSS as a rotating intern looking to expand his knowledge in both surgery and internal medicine. Curtis is particularly interested in small animals and cardiology. 

At home, Curtis has a cat, Noir, with a large array of issues - as is the case with any veterinarian's pet. 


Dr Koto

My name is Koto and I am a surgical intern at Veterinary Specialist Services. I graduated from UQ and completed my rotating internship at Veterinary Specialist Services after my graduation. The most exciting surgery I have seen so far is the percutaneous transvenous coil embolisation for intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time at the beach or hiking with friends or traveling overseas when I have the chance. 


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