Meet Our Team


Bob Rheinberger

Veterinarian (BVSc MACVSc (Beef cattle medicine))

Bob has over 35 years of experience as a veterinarian and is the closest example of a walking encyclopedia on cattle medicine that can be found. Bob graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 and started his first job in the Central West of NSW. From there he has worked in Darwin, Wollongong, Quirindi, Camden and the Southern Highlands. He spent eight years working for the University of Sydney Veterinary faculty as a senior cattle lecturer and has been responsible for teaching hundreds of veterinary students.

Bob is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of veterinary scientists in Beef Cattle medicine.  He was the president of the Australian Cattle Vet association in 1998 and was the Vice President of the World Association for Buiatrics (cattle vets) from 2000 to 2016. Bob is also the chief veterinarian for livestock at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Joey Rheinberger

Veterinarian (BVSc MANZCVS (Dairy cattle medicine) MVS MVSc)

Joey graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 with a strong interest in Cattle. She became a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in dairy cattle medicine in 2009. Joey has continued her studies with dairy cattle and has recently been awarded a double masters in dairy cattle medicine through the University of Melbourne

Joey is one of the veterinarians who work at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year taking care of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. 

Phil Hazzard

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Phil or the “Cat Dr” as he is known around the clinic brings years of small animal experience and expertise. He is principally a companion animal veterinarian, with a special interest in cats, dentistry and diseases of the skin.

Phil has been practicing in Mittagong for the last 25 years and is happy to consult in both morning and afternoon and can consult with appointments in-between doing laps at the local pool or walking some of the bush tracks around the southern highlands.

Anthony Lo Conte

Veterinarian (BVSc BVBioBScAgr (Hons))

Anthony grew up on his family farm where they have poultry, an orange orchard and Murray Grey cattle. He initially studied a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Sydney. After completing his first degree he helped manage the family farm but he always had a desire to do more with animals. Anthony then completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga. 

His interest as a veterinarian is wide and varied from dog medicine and reproduction through to improving the productivity and profitability of cattle farms. He has two German Short hair pointers, Luca and Olive.


Tate Cowper

Veterinarian (DVM)

Tate grew up in the rural town of Moorefield in Ontario, Canada. He came to Australia in 2015 to study a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Sydney. After graduation in 2018, Tate started working in a mixed practice clinic in the Hunter Valley. Looking for a sea change, he came to the Southern Highlands in 2020.

Tate’s veterinary interests include cattle medicine and dairy herd health. 

In his free time, Tate can be found hiking local trails, enjoying a game of basketball, or watching his favourite hockey team ‘The Toronto Maple Leafs’.

Amanda Spitzer

Client Relations (Certificates in Agriculture, Office administration and Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing)

Amanda has grown up in the southern highlands and also enjoyed living and working in Melbourne for nearly 5 years.

Amanda has worked in the veterinary industry since 1996 . Completing certificates in agriculture, office administration and certificate 4 in veterinary nursing .
Within the industry Amanda has experience working in global animal health laboratories and customer service management for large wholesale companies.
She has a passion for providing a high standard of pet health advice and an excellent level of customer service.

At home , a mother of two boys and plenty of pets including a mischievous border terrier named Hank.

Hayley Allen

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing)

Hayley has always had a passion for animals and prides herself on the high level of care she gives to the patients of the clinic. Hayley has completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. She enjoys the challenges and variety from day to day that veterinary nursing brings.

At home she has a mischievous velveteen rabbit, Elven. When she is not at work she loves spending time with her family and friends.


Isabel Harnett

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Isabel started at the Ironmines Veterinary Clinic while she was studying her Certificate IV in veterinary nursing. She is now a fully qualified vet nurse who especially enjoys monitoring anaesthetics and assisting in surgery. Outside of work Isabel is a wildlife carer for reptiles in the Southern Highlands and is a trained snake catcher. She has treated and released multiple blue tongue lizards and has a Golden Retriever called Billie.

Philippa Sanderson

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing )

Philippa has been working at the Ironmines Veterinary Clinic since the clinic opened in 2009. She was previously a human nurse but has applied those same caring skills to our four legged friends. She completed a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2013.

Philippa has a menagerie of pets including alpacas, chooks, two dogs called Monty and Crumpet and a cat called Tigger. She is a mother of three and is most famous for her home made, locally sold fudge.

Jack Zaple

Veterinary Nurse (Cert 2 and 3 in Animal Studies)

Jack made a career change from helping people to helping animals. He joined the team while undertaking his certificate IV in veterinary nursing. He has a cat called Ally and a Daly called Abi. Away from work he can be found at the gym or on the couch watching the Premier League :)

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