About Sutherland & Como Vet Clinic

Sutherland Veterinary Clinic was established over 25 years ago, and Practice Principle, Darren Cibilic, has been at the helm for the last 22. Darren leads his team with kindness and a sense of community, and this permeates through their interactions with you and your pets.

Our team works collaboratively with you to better manage your pet’s care. Whether it is planning the best diet, exercise regime or treatment plan for your fur, scale or feather baby, our team listen to your concerns and works with you to find the best outcome.

We answer the phone so you don’t get stuck in endless menus and numbers. We’re old school like that.

It is our goal to create a safe place to provide the best standard of care for your animals. We practice positive psychology and use tools to help mitigate anxiety and manage patients’ stress, illness, or pain.

This approach improves the vet experience for patients and their families and makes all of our jobs more rewarding. We see the whole animal and treat every aspect of their well-being.

We are here for you.

We are in Sutherland and Como and near Bonnet Bay, Gymea, Jannali, Kareela, Kirrawee, Loftus, Woronora and Oyster Bay suburbs.


The Team

Sutherland Veterinary Clinic Dr Darren Cibilic (BVSc, MVS) Practice Principal

Dr Darren Cibilic (BVSc, MVS) 

Senior Veterinarian & Practice Principal

Darren Cibilic graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. Darren has also completed his Master’s 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.

Veterenarian Abigail Law

Dr Abigail Law (BVSc)


Dr Abigail Law BvSc graduated from the 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.

Veterinarian Tom Hawthorn

Dr Tom Hawthorn (BVSc)


Tom grew up on the outskirts of Sydney, surrounded by animals on his parents’ property, where they bred alpacas. He graduated 2013 from the University of Sydney before working in mixed animal practice for a few years. He then spent 18 months working in various small animal practices all over the UK before recently returning 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.

Sutherland Veterinary Practice Manager Julie Rihani

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 in March 2017.

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

In her spare time, Julie enjoys the company of her precious furbabies.

Senior Vet Nurse Lisa Morris

Lisa Morris

Senior Vet Nurse

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.

Vet Nurse Lesley Elliott

Lesley Elliott

Vet Nurse

Lesley has had over 10 years of 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.

Vet Nurse Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Vet Nurse

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.

Please book an appointment with our highly trained veterinarians and vet nurses today by calling 02 9545 2100 or via our online portal!

Customer Feedback

“We just want to say thank you for the high level of care Trevor and Tammy have always received when in your care. We are so grateful for everything you have done for Trevor throughout his surgery. When we came to visit Trevor and we saw him wrapped up like a baby it put our mind at ease that he would be fine. We never thought we would see Trevor get excited to be going to the vet!”

– Scott and Mandy M.