The Team

Dr Darren Cibilic (BVSc, MVS) Practice Principal

Darren Cibilic graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. Darren has also completed his Masters Degree in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is accredited to perform hip dysplasia screening with the PennHip method and also with Kyon to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancement to repair injury to the cranial cruciate ligament.

As a student, Darren started work at the RSPCA in Yagoona, initially working as an animal attendant and then as a veterinarian, and stayed a total of eight years. Since then Darren has been working in the Sutherland Shire and is the owner and manager of the Sutherland and Como Veterinary Clinics.

Darren owns 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses, 2 cows, 10 chickens and 6 ducks! Along with 3 children, this keeps him very busy when he is not working at the clinic. Darren likes to play golf and waterski.

Dr Abigail Law (BVSc)

Dr Abigail Law BvSc graduated from University of Sydney in 2013. She has been working in small animal practice in Sydney suburbs since graduating and joined Sutherland Veterinary Clinic at the end of 2015. She enjoys most aspects of veterinary science especially internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she loves hiking and enjoying the outdoors. She lives with a cheeky cat named “Casper”, who was a rescue and has one blue and one amber eye.

Dr Tom Hawthorn (BVSc)

Tom grew up in the outskirts of Sydney surrounded by animals on his parents property where they bred alpacas. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney before working in mixed animal practice for a couple years. he then spent 18 months working in a variety of small animal practices all over the UK before recently returning back to Australia and starting work at Sutherland/Como Veterinary Clinic.  He enjoys all aspects of general practice with a special interest in small animal surgery.

Outside of work Tom enjoy playing or watching sport and travelling to new places.

Romilda Au

Romi graduated from University of Sydney in 2016. She spent a couple of years working with small animals in the South Coast after she graduated. She then joined Sutherland Vet Clinic in early 2019. Romi enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in medicine and emergency cases.

When she is not at work, she enjoys travelling overseas and working out at the gym.

Julie Rihani Practice Manager

Julie has been working in the industry for over 20 years.

She is a certified and qualified veterinary nurse and started working at Sutherland Veterinary Clinic March 2017.

Julie enjoys working with animals and loves that everyday brings new challenges.

In her spare time she enjoys the company of her precious furbabies.

Lisa Morris

Lisa graduated her certificate IV in veterinary nursing in December 2019. She grew up with Dobermans but now has an alarming infatuation for cats. She has a 12 year old naughty tortie named Lara and a rescue from the streets who loves a good roll in the dirt.

Hannah Platteel

Hannah is currently studying her certificate IV in veterinary nursing at TAFE and graduates in November 2020. She has a menagerie of animals including a Great Dane named Luna, a snake, 4 rescue cats and a never ending supply of foster kittens.

Lesley Elliott

Lesley has had over 10 years experience as a vet nurse . She has recently returned to work after an 8 year break to have children. She has previously worked in the Eastern Suburbs as a practice manager & in the Shire as a head nurse. Lesley has always had a special love for animals owning cats, rabbits & guinea pigs for most of her life. In her spare time Lesley enjoys spending time with her family, shopping & wishing she could see more live music.

Megan Smith

Megan is a qualified vet nurse and has worked in the industry for 15 years. Megan is involved with working dogs and has a special interest in them, but owns a mini Dachshund. Megan loves caring for all animals and looks forward to her shift at Sutherland Vet Clinic.


Kathryn has been working in the pet welfare industry since 2002 in England and New Zealand and has gained a variety of skills and experience during voluntary positions within animal charities, including the Blue Cross and RSPCA, also working as office manager and receptionist in overseas animal veterinary practices.