TONIA NORTON BVSc MANZCVS
As a mobile vet, every day offers the opportunity to build new and renew existing relationships with our animal patients and their families.
Since childhood,I have adored animals and at age 5 I decided that I wanted to become a Veterinarian. There was no choice for me, I had to be able to help sick and injured animals. I was always bringing home stray kittens, injured birds, lizards and mice.
After qualifying as a Veterinarian at Sydney University in 1982, I travelled overseas and worked in the UK. At the end of 1983 I returned home and worked both as a locum and in permanent positions all over Australia, always taking with me my faithful German Shepherd dog, Jess. I finally settled at Figtree Veterinary Hospital and after fourteen years as Senior Practitioner, Itook on the role of Vet Director of the hospital.
Establishing Loving Care Mobile Veterinary Service is fulfilling a lifetime ambition to provide caring, compassionate veterinary care in a framework I believe works best for the animals and their owners.
I have volunteered regularly with Vets Beyond Borders, WSPA and the Esther Honey Foundation desexing and treating street dogs in Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Bali and most recently Cambodia where I have three beautiful sponsored children.
When not caring for animals I relax by cycling, swimming, dancing and walking my best furry friend Bayley, a gorgeous little cavoodle. I love travelling, and visit my children every six months in Cambodia.
Loving Care Mobile Veterinary Service was established in 2014 to provide a family vet care service that offers professional veterinary care in the home.
We understand the pressures our clients face in their busy lives, so we come to your home and provide a broad range of veterinary services for your pets. We find that the benefits of providing a time efficient service in the home reduces stress for the animals and their owners. Our clients and their pets are family to us, and the level of care we provide is professional and compassionate.
Consultations are by appointment Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm, and Saturday mornings by request. If service is required outside of available times we provide recommendations for an alternate or after hours service.
In 2000, after more than ten years working in Human Resources, Trish realised what she really wanted to do was to work with animals. She swapped the rat race for the veterinary world and has loved every minute of her career since gaining her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through TAFE NSW in 2001.
With an interest in complementary therapies, and how they can further help our furry friends, she became a qualified Animal Massage Therapist in 2007 upon completion of her Certificate in Canine Myofunctional Therapy through the National College of Traditional Medicine. A firm believer in the power of touch and the benefit of hands on healing, Trish has gone on to explore energy medicine and became a Reiki practitioner in 2008 and Crystal Therapist in 2012. She takes great pride in her job and has great empathy for the pets and people she cares for, wanting to look at all available options to help them. Any excuse for a scratch, snuggle or cuddle!
When not at work, Trish plays Mum to her two wonderful human children as well as her two rescue furkids - Orlando the marmalade cat and Bloom the Jack Russell - alongside her very tolerant husband David.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” - Confucius
Coming from a farming childhood, Ruthie always loved animals. After spending many years in the television industry, she reeducated to follow her dream of becoming a Veterinary Nurse.
Ruthie achieved her Certificate III in Animal Studies and her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and has been nursing since 2006.
Ruthie loves all animals, however, she has a very, very special place in her heart for cats. And cats love her!
No one has a bigger heart than Ruthie and she presently shares her home with her daughter and her husband and eight, previously unloved cats who are now all very spoilt.
Native animals are also precious to her and Ruthie has completed several courses with Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife, learning about the care of many species but focusing on Brushtail possums.
She loves her profession and the joy it gives her by helping animals in need.