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Veterinarians

Dr John Montgomery BVSc

Dr John has been working as a veterinarian since he gained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne in 1972.  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 quickly established a loyal clientele.  Working 54 hour weeks, Dr John has clients extending from as far north as Newcastle, down south to Cooma, east to Batemans Bay and to the west to Albury, as well as locally throughout Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore and the surrounding region.  With over 45 years experience as a veterinarian, John is a highly skilled clinician and constantly keeping up to date with the latest advancements by attending seminars and conferences.

Dr John is a very forthright and honest person.  Our clients value that he is straight to the point and works tirelessly to provide the best of care to his patients.

Outside of work, Dr John loves spending time with his wife Gill and two beautiful children, Hayden and Tayah.  He also judges at obedience trials and conformation shows in the group rings for Utility and Gundogs.  He enjoys working on the family property and breeding horses and dogs with his family.

Dr Alice Lawson BVSc

Alice joined us at Sonza Veterinary Clinic in 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 two canine companions, Eadie who was adopted from the Queanbeyan Pound and a Dobermann puppy bred by John and Gill.

Practice Manager

Gill Montgomery

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Accredited Veterinary Nurse

Gill has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 1992 and joined the team at Sonza in early 1993.  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 & Animal Attendants

Tilly Turner

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Tilly joined the Sonza team at the beginning of 2016 and has loved every moment of it!  She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and became qualified at 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.

Dayna Moran

Registered Veterinary Nurse (Ireland)

Dayna has a passion for animals so after school she went to college to study equine nursing. She then decided to further her career by training to be a registered veterinary nurse. Dayna worked for 6 years in a veterinary hospital before deciding she wanted to travel.

At home in Ireland Dayna has her two Polocrosse horses Posh and Aurora, her jumping horse Tonto and her two miniature ponies Minnie and Daisy. She is also missing her dog Bailey the Newfoundland and her rescue dog Gizmo. In Dayna’s spare time she likes to play Polocrosse, Gaelic football and spending time with animals.

Dayna is a highly skilled, passionate and highly qualified veterinary nurse.

Micah Allen

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

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.

Liese West

Liese commenced working at SVC in April 2000, leaving only to have her two children and do some travelling.

Liese finds the multitude of cases that present to SVC interesting and says there is always something new to learn from every patient.

In her spare time, Liese loves to water-ski, travel, go riding out bush or just chilling out at home with her Great Dane X “Azra”, Wolfhound X “DJ”, and two cats “Baileys” and “Kahlua”.

SJ Robertson

Veterinary Nursing Student

SJ moved to Australia from the UK several years ago with her husband and two young children, followed shortly by Frank the family dog!

SJ has always loved working with animals having previously worked in a large mixed veterinary practice in the UK.  Horses have always been her main love, and she managed her own livery (agistment centre) in the UK.

When she gets any spare time from work and family, SJ enjoys re-educating her new off the track thoroughbred Geoff.

Hayden Montgomery 

Veterinary Science Student

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 arises.  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.