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 both Pregcheck and Bullcheck accredited as per the Australian Cattle Vets association and is a preg check examiner.

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. 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 been awarded a double masters in dairy cattle medicine through the University of Melbourne. Joey is both Precheck and Bullcheck accredited as per the Australian Cattle Vets Association. Joey also has a strong interest in small animal medicine and small animal reproduction.

Joey is one of the veterinarians who work at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year taking care of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. Joey is also the current president of the cattle chapter of the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

Outside of work Joey enjoys spending time with her dog, Ruby and 3-legged cat, Edward, going for hikes in the beautiful surrounding bushland and spending time with family and friends

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’.

Beth Miller

Veterinarian (BVSc)

Beth moved to the Highlands from the south coast 2 years ago, having owned her own practice in Batemans Bay for 20 years.

She lives near Robertson surrounded by beautiful farmland.

She now enjoys working part-time at Ironmines Vet She is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. 

She also loves gardening, volunteering at Bowral Botanic Gardens, and likes walking her dog Hannah around many of the beautiful trails the Highlands has to offer.


Genevieve Hughes

Veterinarian (DVM)

Genevieve is our most recent member of the Ironmines Veterinary team, joining us after graduating from a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Gen has found a passion for rural mixed practice and has a special interest in cattle, sheep and equine medicine, but also loves seeing small animals in clinic.  

Gen has settled nicely into the Southern Highlands, living rurally on a cattle property with her two dogs, Marley and Tully. In her spare time, Gen enjoys an array of sports, bouldering, bush walking, travelling, camping and can often be found at the local gym. 

Philippa Sanderson

Receptionist (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 Dachshunds called Vinnie and Petra and a cat called Elsa. She is a mother of three and is most famous for her home made, locally sold fudge.

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 two mischievous border terriers named Hank and Kev.

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 Kelpie, Alby and "fat cat", Simon. 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.

Jack Zaple

Veterinary Nurse (Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing)

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 :)

Rhiannon Gobsill

Trainee Veterinary Nurse (BSc (Zoology))

Rhiannon has always loved animals and completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. She started her career in the dairy industry and made her way to vet nursing, which she is currently studying. Cows are her favourite animal, and she hopes to have her own farm one day. She has two German Shepherds, Allura and Zara and a cat, Valkyrie.

Outside of work she loves being outdoors, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends

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