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.

Dr Kwan Yun (BVSc 9002, BSc)

Kwan was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. At the beginning of his vet journey, he pursued a Bachelor of Animal Science in Korea before eventually graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) (Hons) and Bachelor of Veterinary Science. While he was in university, he completed his thesis in the field of parasitology which he went on to publish.

Instead of continuing on the path of research, he started at a small animal practice in Western Sydney area where he stayed about 4 years. He later joined the Animal Welfare League as a shelter vet where he refined his medicine and surgery skills.

He enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, but is especially passionate about advanced soft tissue surgeries, complicated dermatological cases, and small animal acupuncture.

A family man, whenever Kwan has some downtime, he spends it with his family and their precious furbaby Dory.

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.

Brielle Adams

Brielle has worked with us at Sutherland Veterinary Clinic for 5 years & has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She loves all animals big & small & spends her down time playing with her dog King & Bearded Dragon “Larry the Lizard”.

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.

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.

Bridgette Dowson

Bridgette Dowson is a qualified veterinary nurse that has been working at Sutherland Vet since 2014. Originally from South Africa, she now calls Australia home. She loves animals and feels blessed to be able to embrace this passion in her work. Bridgette is also a mom to 3 human babies and 6 furbabies (2 Cats, 2 Guinea pigs and 2 Rats). In her spare time she loves to explore new places, go on bush walks and snorkel with friends and family.

Tahlia Larkin

Tahlia is currently studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and began working at Sutherland Veterinary Clinic in 2016. Tahlia works full-time and attends TAFE weekly, applying her study and skills to real-life situations, providing the highest quality of care to your pets. In 2016 Tahlia completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies and will commence her second year of Vet Nursing in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys hanging with her furry friends ‘Milo’ and ‘Bella’ and taking trips down the South Coast. Tahlia has always had a passion for all animals, big and small, and is looking forward to a career as a Veterinary Nurse.


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.

She has been a member of Darren’s team since early 2015 as a face you’ll often see at the front of house building rapport with both our valued Clients and their pets. With a passion for customer service at the forefront, and an all-encompassing interest in pet care and administration, Kathryn takes pride in managing the inventory automation ensuring most animal medications, veterinary diets and preventative treatments are kept well-stocked for whenever you next drop in. She loves it when the pups just come to visit for a pat (and a free treat) as they walk past, and she strives to remember everyone’s name!

Both of her feline family members were rescue cats at 6 weeks of age, her naughty tortie is now a precious 12 years old, and the littlest furball has just celebrated her first birthday!