Croydon Park Veterinary Clinic

Our Team

Andrew Planner BVSc(hons)

Veterinary Surgeon
Andrew graduated from Melbourne Uni in 1990. He has gained extensive experience in all aspects of small animal general practice, having worked in Melbourne, Perth, London and Sydney. He has lived in the Inner West since 2001. He started at Croydon Park in 2014 and took over ownership from Iain Bownes in January 2016.

Andrew is proud to continue the clinic’s tradition of personalised service to the clients and their beloved pets. Outside of work he tries to keep fit, loves to travel, and does whatever the Practice Manager dictates.

Byron Lotz BVSc

Veterinary Surgeon
After graduating from Onderstepoort Vet school in South Africa in 2005 I worked in Port Elizabeth for 1 year, met my future wife, and then we moved to the UK for 8 years before immigrating to Australia in 2015. The veterinary field is very diverse but I have a stronger interest in ultrasonography and general surgery. When not at work I keep fit through gym and running, and I SCUBA dive, snorkel and go camping. In balance I enjoy good craft beer and a wee dram of whisky. My wife and I also love to travel seeing as much of the world as possible. I spend many hours at Croydon Park which is why I’m pleased that it is a very enjoyable place to work.

Sarah Mason

Veterinary Nurse
Sarah joined the Croydon Park Vet team in late 2014 as a volunteer kennel hand and worked her way up to become one of our vet nurses in 2016. She has completed her Certificate II an Animal Studies and recently completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She hopes to add to her knowledge and experience by doing additional courses in the future and hopefully working with other animals overseas one day. Despite her very bad habit of stealing all the pens, we all love having Sarah as part of the team.

Tina Skembes

Veterinary Nurse
Tina started volunteering with the Croydon Park Vet team in 2015 and was fortunate to begin working as a veterinary nurse at the start of 2016. Her immense interest in animals developed through her interactions with these amazing creatures from a young age. She is currently in her second year at Sydney University, studying a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. In her free time she enjoys adventurous walks with her little friend, Sam, who is a Jack Russell X.


Practice Manager
Tango is in charge of the welcoming committee, and holds himself responsible for client and staff morale. He likes to position himself where everyone has to walk around him, and is partial to a scratch around the ears. To maintain his work-life balance he enjoys puddles, all his dog mates, cheese and the occasional pub.

He has appeared in a book and a picture of him hangs in a gallery in Paddington, but he doesn’t like to go on about it.