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.
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.
Dr Sammy Smith
Sammy is our new veterinarian, having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2021 with a bachelor in veterinary biology and doctorate of veterinary medicine. Sammy grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney and has been surrounded by animals his entire life, knowing from a very young age he wanted to be a vet. He loves all kinds of creatures, having dogs, cats and a snake at home, but will always have a special place in his heart for dogs (including his own very spoilt Cavoodle named Zoe).
Sammy is right at home in a busy veterinary clinic and loves all aspects of veterinary medicine. He has a special interest in internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology and dermatology and spends as much time as he can further educating himself in these fields, attending online seminars and virtual courses whenever possible.
In his free time Sammy loves going on walks in the bush or along the coast, going to the beach for a swim, watching TV/movies and dancing.
Sammy is excited to be a part of the team at Drummoyne Veterinary Hospital and can't wait to meet all of our beautiful patients and owners!
Dr Sonya El-Chami
Sian is our wonderful head nurse. She is energetic and committed to the team and every aspect of patient and client care at the hospital. Her diligence, high standards and always-cheerful disposition make her a great team leader. She has worked at the Hospital for over a decade and has seen many of our older patients grow from the time they were tiny puppies!
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. Laura is also a dedicated foster carer, and she's skilled in bottle-feeding neonatal kittens. Laura is an integral part of our nursing team and we feel very grateful to have her. 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.
Taylor is our resourceful new vet nurse. Originally from Orange, she moved to Sydney for uni and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. Taylor started working with us as our puppy preschool assistant and has since taken up more vet nursing duties. Taylor has an unconditional love for dogs, especially staffies, and is also passionate about our slithery friends too. She is the owner of an anxious staffy called Toby, a beautiful German Shepherd called Chevy, and a blonde spotted python called Arbok. Taylor is an avid reader, acrobat wannabe, and a trivia master… you might have seen her face on some quiz shows like Think Tank and Pointless. She is also very passionate about mental health and has spoken at schools with the organisation Batyr. Taylor is currently in her first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and would like to work in animal reproduction in the future.
Catherine joined Drummoyne after applying for volunteer work at the practice in October 2021 and ended up starting here as a trainee veterinary nurse. She has been studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing since mid 2020, after previously working 10 years in both Hospitality and Early Childhood Education.
Growing up with her grandparents having had bird aviaries, fish ponds, dogs and cats all at once, she found her love of animals and always wanted to help out with the daily duties. She is very passionate about animal welfare and volunteers with a cat rescue service in Sydney, has been involved in fostering and socialising stray cats and kittens, and helping with daily duties in caring for feline friends looking for a home.
Catherine is the owner of 2 cheeky rescue cats, Nala the sassy Turkish Van and Simba the fluffy domestic lovebug. When she has free time, she loves reading, playing the piano and painting with different art mediums.
Catherine has a strong interest in Surgical nursing and hopes to undertake a Diploma in this area after completion of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
One of the newest members of the team, Allen is currently in his second year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney.
He fell in love with David Attenborough documentaries at a young age, and has now developed a keen interest in wildlife and exotic animals.
Allen loves all things sports, playing soccer on the weekends and basketball with his friends whenever he gets a chance.
In his spare time he likes to go on bushwalks, volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society, and of course spend time with his mischievous American Staffy cross, Logan.
Our Client Services Team
Rosie heads up our client services team, so pretty much every time you interact with us, Rosie will be there ready to help. Rosie has a passion for feline welfare and loves running our cat adoption program. Before joining our team, Rosie worked as Primary School 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 joining us in early 2017. Rosie loves greeting clients, and cuddling and spoiling your pets. Her goal is to make everyone who comes in to the hospital feel comfortable and welcome. Her two tabby rescue cats, Rupert and Cleo, and beautiful Golden Retriever, Yorkie are her pride and joy. Rosie is particularly passionate about supporting our clients when their pets are sick.
Lara is an invaluable part of our client services team, working on reception. She brings with her a wealth of customer 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 and her cheeky Finnish Lapphund named Meeko.
Our Practice Manager
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.