Meet the Team




Veterinarians

Dr John Montgomery BVSc (Melb.) – Veterinary Surgeon

Dr John has been working as a Veterinary Surgeon since he gained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Melbourne University in the early 1970s.  He built the first veterinary practice in Eden NSW where he worked for many years, before relocating to Sonza.  Again, he built the clinic and the clientele rapidly grew.  Working 55 hour weeks, Dr John has clients extending from as far north as Newcastle, down south to Bombala, east to Batemans Bay and to the west to Albury, as well as locally throughout Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore and the surrounding region.  

Dr John is a very down to earth person.  He is straight to the point and will do everything he absolutely can to ensure your pet receives the best care and treatment possible.  Outside of work, Dr John loves spending time with his wife Gill and two beautiful children, Hayden and Tayah, judging at obedience trials and judging at conformation shows in the group rings for Utility and Gundog, as well as working on the family property and breeding horses and dogs with his family.

 

Dr Alice Lawson BVSc

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New to our team, Alice joined us at Sonza Veterinary Clinic in May 2017. She is new to the area, arriving here after living and working both interstate and overseas.  Alice and her family have recently arrived back in Australia following two years living in China. Alice’s husband Paul is also a vet; he is currently still working in China building dairies.  Alice graduated from Sydney Uni back in 1997.  Since then she has worked both in mixed and small animal practice. She enjoys keeping up-to-date with her veterinary studies, earlier this year completing a one year veterinary clinical pathology course.  Alice is looking forward to being an integral member of the Sonza team and applying her newly acquired knowledge.

Alice and her family have chosen now to remain here locally having just finished building their home in the area. Her four kids are happy to be back in Australia especially as it means they can have pets again.  Alice's family now have a handful of their old horses back to keep them busy and a wonderful new addition to the family, a dog named Eadie, who was adopted from the Queanbeyan Pound.

 

Practice Manager

Gill Montgomery VN, AVN (qualified and accredited)

Gill has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 1992 and joined the team at Sonza in early 1993.  Yes, she then fell in love with her boss and they later married in 1997.  Whilst Gill has done her fair share of veterinary nursing over the years full-time, these days you will often see Gill popping in and out of the clinic as she manages the team and helps out wherever required!  She could be anywhere at any time! 

With numerous qualifications under her belt, Gill enjoys continuing education and the immense benefits that go with furthering qualifications and education. She became an Accredited Veterinary Nurse in 2009 and continues to strive to do the best she can.  Being very passionate about the veterinary nursing profession Gill enjoyed a long tenure on the Executive Committee of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) and was the National President of the VNCA in 2010 and 2012.

Gill and John have two beautiful children, Hayden (born 1998) & Tayah (born 2008), who both share Gill & John’s passion for animals.  Outside of the business, Gill and John are also breeders of Paint Horses, Dobermanns and Golden Retrievers and are regularly seen around the equine show circuit competing at both a State and National level.

 

Veterinary Nurses/Student Veterinary Nurses

 

Lisa West

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Tilly Turner

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Tilly joined the Sonza team at the beginning of 2016 and has loved every moment of it!  She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and should be qualified by the end of 2017.

Tilly grew up on a farm from a very young age, and this is where she found her love for animals, big and small.  She has many animals, including horses, dogs and birds.  One of her horses, named Flash, has been in her life for the past 14 years.

Tilly has a passion and empathy for all animals which is displayed every day in her nursing at Sonza.

Tilly’s hobbies include anything and everything equestrian, travelling, camping and is currently planning her wedding for 2018.

 

Rose Fitzpatrick

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Rose has been working at Sonza since early 2015 and thoroughly enjoys the range of different cases that we see daily.  Rose lives at home with her partner and 2 year old daughter, and they are expecting to expand to their breeding program by one, with their newest edition due in August 2017!

Aside from working at Sonza, Rose enjoys riding her horse and spending time with her family and fur babies at home.

Rose thoroughly enjoys working at Sonza and she looks forward to coming to work each week, working with the team, welcoming clients, interacting with the pets and nursing the patients!

 

Micah Allen

Micah joined the team in early 2017.  She has been a practicing wildlife carer for many years and has personally cared for and raised over 40 wildlife animals and birds, including echidnas, wombats, wallabies and possums.  In addition to her wildlife carer activities, Micah has also been a breeder of rabbits and budgies.

Micah has been awarded a Certificate III in Animal Technology and has completed her studies in Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing.

Micah enjoys travel and the wilder side of life.  She has combined these, and her love of animals, whilst trekking through Laos and Vietnam and has also volunteered at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thai Elephant Refuge and Wildlife Rescue Centre.

In her spare time, Micah enjoys flying, motor bike riding and raising her adorable German Shepherd puppy named Tyce.

 

 

Animal Attendents

 

Mikaela Waltman

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Mikaela joined the team in the beginning of 2017 to embark on her career in the animal care industry.  Mikaela has a passion for all animals and enjoys her duties at Sonza and working with the team.

Mikaela is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and hopes to be fully qualified by the end of 2018.

In her spare time Mikaela enjoys spending time with her own pets and camping.

 

 

 

 Hayden Montgomery – Animal Attendant

Hayden is currently studying veterinary science at Charles Sturt University and enjoys doing shifts at Sonza during his uni breaks, as well as being an extra pair of hands when the need arrises.  The son of Gill & Dr John, Hayden has grown up in the veterinary industry and is working hard to one day be a vet like his father and grandfather.  Hayden has a strong passion for genetics, bloodline research and other aspects of our breeding programs with the dogs and horses.

In his spare time, Hayden enjoys spending time with our horses and dogs and doing work around the farm.