Meet the Team
Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital has been providing exceptional animal health care throughout the region for many years, and our team of dedicated and highly experienced staff pride themselves on providing the highest level of service to you and your pets.
Dr Steve Anich
Dr Steve grew up in the sugar-cane town of Mossman in Far North Queensland, and his interest in animals started at age 7 when he convinced his mum to get the family a kitten. Steve went to Queensland University and graduated in 1988, working first in Ballarat, then London and Mossman before moving to Sydney in 1995. He has worked in small animal practice in Sydney since then, except for a 7 months relief position in Singapore in 2003. He joined the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital in March 2007, taking ownership in 2008. Steve’s professional interests are broad with almost everything in general practice fascinating him – his particular interests are surgery, dermatology, dentistry and the care of senior pets. In his spare time he travels (a lot). Steve lives with his partner and a big tabby cat named Bronson who rules the roost!
Dr Elizabeth Morton
Dr Liz grew up on the beaches of Sydney's southern suburbs and knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a vet. She graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1991, and spent the next 4 years in small animal practice in Caringbah before traveling to Central America and Mexico for 5 months on the way to a year-long working holiday in England. In 2001 Liz moved to the USA where she passed the National Board Exams to become licensed in America. She worked in small animal practice in Virginia for 10 years and returned to Sydney in 2011 to be closer to family and friends, and a warmer climate. She is very excited to be back home and working full time at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital where she enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Liz lives with her husband Scott and their son Michael and gorgeous dog Bella. She enjoys bushwalking and kayaking to keep fit, reading and especially spending time with her family.
Dr Eleanor Tuffley
Dr Eleanor has more than 25 years experience working as a small animal veterinarian. After graduating, she worked for several years in the UK then moved back to Sydney in 1996. She relishes a diagnostic challenge in medicine, and enjoys surgery. More recently she has developed a special interest in animal behaviour after diagnosing her own dog with anxiety. She has completed postgraduate studies in behavioural medicine and is a member of the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG).
Eleanor is married with three children and understands the joys and hard work involved in maintaining a home full of kids and animals, and somehow finds time to play her favourite sports including soccer, ultimate frizbee and tennis, and she coaches her daughter’s netball team.
Sian is our head nurse. She is energetic and committed to the team and every aspect of patient and client care at Drummoyne Vet. Her diligence, high standards and always-cheerful disposition make her a great team leader.
Sian grew up in New Zealand, moving to Sydney for the warmer weather. Before moving to Australia, she worked as a veterinary nurse in Christchurch and Auckland. With a particular passion for the care of reptiles and birds, Sian is our go-to nurse for fauna, but of course her love of animals extends to all creatures. Sian currently has two dogs - "Romie" a Miniature Pinscher and "Dollar" a Foxie cross Chihuahua.
For 11 years Akira worked as a veterinary nurse, head trainer and pet groomer in Tokyo's most famous veterinary hospital. Deciding she wanted a change of pace and to gain experience working with Australian livestock, a few years ago Akira hopped on a plane and traveled to the Australian outback where she worked on farms.
Since 2014 Akira has been part of the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital. She started working as a full-time pet groomer and gradually switched over to nursing where her skills, focus and dedication are second to none. She looks forward to meeting your loved ones and enjoys her success in this rewarding and loving industry.
Laura started working with us as a trainee nurse in 2016, and has rapidly learned the ropes and become an integral person in our busy veterinary hospital. Laura is passionate about her role, and her work ethic is outstanding. She has always loved animals and she shares her home with two cheeky kitties, Jaffa and Kammi, and a beautiful Labrador mix, Charlie. Her energy and enthusiasm will see her continue to grow in her role as a highly valued member of our nursing team.
Emily has a passion for animal care and started nursing straight after graduating from school in 2016, her first year as an unpaid volunteer - that's dedication and commitment - before joining Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital. Emily has a strong interest in surgery and anaesthetics. She has a gentle and caring nature, and always does her best to ensure that our patients are happy and comfortable in the hospital. Emily shares her home with a cockatiel called Mango, and two beautiful Border Collies, Benji and Pippa.
Katie is our enthusiastic new vet nurse! As the granddaughter of a herpetologist, Katie spent her childhood surrounded by cool and quirky creatures. Her passion for animals has led her to attend the University of Sydney, where she is currently completing her second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in addition to completing a diploma in Canine Behaviour Training.
Katie has an inquisitive and friendly nature and you will always see her with a smile! She spends every week with a different furry friend as she is a pet sitter. Katie also represented Australia in elite Figure Skating and coaches ice skating. If you have met Katie, you have heard all about her Ragdoll cat, Frankie, and her two Green Tree frogs, Gilbert and Tansy. Within four weeks of working at the clinic, she adopted one of our kittens, Pachi, and is utterly obsessed with him!
Amanda is our lovely new vet nurse. Originally from Toronto, she moved to Sydney in 2017 to pursue her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She is now in her second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney and is very interested in exotic veterinary medicine. In her career she’s worked with a great variety of animals, including lemurs, macaws and alot of reptiles. She is kind, fun-loving and spirited, full of anecdotes and animal fun-facts. She’ll guess even the most obscure dog and cat breeds and will always welcome you and your pets when they walk in the door.
Amanda has two dogs: Lody, a gorgeous red-merle Australian shepherd that followed her all the way from Canada, and Lexi, a sweet 13-year old cavoodle.
Joshua is our newest trainee veterinary nurse who started here in early 2020 and quickly found his feet in the busy work environment. After a long time in a customer service role he decided to follow his passions and enter the veterinary industry, starting as a volunteer for a rescue organisation and eventually finding his way into the clinic side of things. Joshua is currently studying his Cert IV in veterinary nursing at TAFE, and wants to pursue specialist education in the future. He enjoys spending time with all the wonderful animals and clients that come in, and has a keen interest in surgery and anaesthesia.
Outside of work Joshua loves to play music, especially the drums, as well as writing and playing around with tech. He lives with his partner and three spoilt and well-loved rescue cats.
Lara is one of our lovely receptionists. She brings with her a wealth of client service experience, having worked many years in the retail and fitness industries, as well as having previously studied veterinary nursing.
Lara also works as a dance and fitness instructor, and is herself a talented dancer/choreographer and contortionist. She is passionate about animal care and people, so she loves having the opportunity to work with our wonderful clients and their pets.
Lara shares her home with a gorgeous, ball obsessed, wheaten Border Collie named Bailey.
Rosie is our full-time receptionist, so pretty much every time you interact with us, Rosie will be there, ready to help. Rosie worked as a Primary teacher and studied history, English and media at university before deciding to follow her heart and pursue a career in animal care. She started as a Welfare Officer at the Cat Protection Society of NSW before moving into reception here at the clinic in 2017. Rosie loves greeting clients, cuddling and spoiling your pets. Her goal is to make everyone who comes in to the hospital feel comfortable and welcome. Rosie is our resident ‘crazy cat lady’ and also looks after our cat adoption program. Her two fluffy tabby rescue cats, Rupert and Cleo are her pride and joy.
Suzanne grew up in the Blue Mountains, Mid North Coast and South Coast of NSW, surrounded by a menagerie of animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, ducks and even a baby lamb. Suzanne has lived in The Inner West of Sydney since 1976. She has 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren, all of whom are animal lovers.
The Veterinary profession beckoned in 1988 and she joined the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital in 2008 as Practice Manager, working alongside Dr Steve Anich. She believes that our clients and their pets are like family, and it's always great to catch up with them when they visit the Hospital. Suzanne enjoys traveling, theatre, and cinema, and she has a special interest in photography. Suzanne shares her home with an ex-adoption kitty named Smudge.
Michelle is our Puppy Pre School trainer and also does GreenHound assessments for adopted greyhounds. We reckon she's the best dog trainer in town and we're delighted she's back after a few years away pursuing her career and studies.
Michelle has been working with animals for over 25 years, and during this time has completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta) and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Brain, Behaviour and Evolution. Michelle has been teaching puppy preschool classes for over 15 years and only uses positive reinforcement training methods.
Michelle is owned by a 13 year old chocolate Labrador Retriever, Mali., and she recently welcomed her beautiful daughter Molly into the world.