About Our Clinic
Mowbray Veterinary Clinic is a small animal practice in Launceston, Tasmania which first opened its doors in 1992. Since then the clinic has grown to employ four full time veterinarians through its work in the community and its dedication to animal welfare.
Improving the human-animal bond through effective and compassionate veterinary care is central to everything we do.
Meet Our Vets
All of our veterinarians are current members of the Australian Veterinary Association, Sydney University’s Continuing Education Program and the International online Veterinary Information Network.
Dr Sally-Anne Richter
Holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with Honours from Melbourne University. She moved to Tasmania in 2011 where she began working with Large and Small animals before coming to Mowbray Veterinary Clinic in 2015. In 2015 she completed the Small Animal Surgery Continuing Education course through Sydney University, and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and Small Animal Surgery, passing her written and oral exams with highest marks. When not in the clinic you can usually find Sally-Anne on top of a mountain playing her bagpipes or playing with her two cats Brian and Lucy.
Dr Peter de Boer
Holds Bachelor Degrees in both Veterinary Medical Science and Science from Murdoch University, graduating in 1979. After establishing the RSPCA Vet Clinic in Launceston, he moved to the UK where he worked for 2 years, returning to Australia and opening his own practice in Mowbray in 1986. He moved to a purpose-built practice in 1996 where Mowbray Veterinary Clinic operates today.
Dr Sinead Phillips
Holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. She graduated in 2017 and moved to Launceston where she began working in mixed practice. She spent a brief period working in Smithton prior to returning to Launceston to work at MVC. Sinead has a keen interest in elderly and palliative patient care as well as ultrasound imaging. When not at work Sinead is often seen hiking Tasmania and painting.
Dr Madeleine Gugger
Dr Madeleine Gugger graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Originally from Victoria, she moved to Tasmania in 2014 and has settled in Launceston. Madeleine completed a Sydney University continuing education course in Small Animal Clinical Pathology in 2018 and attends many small animal seminars and conferences in Tasmania. In her spare time Madeleine is an accomplished gamer and also keeps busy with her three cats Patch, Boris and Louie who were all rescue cats who she adopted.
Meet Our Nurses & Support Staff:
Our team of nursing staff all have a passion for animals which translates to amazing care of their patients. Their pets range from reptiles and fish, to cats, dogs, horses and more, with a range of experiences and special interests.
Alice joined our team in 2017 post working at the Launceston Aquatic Centre in a receptionist role. She brings experience in phone call management and administrative work and is the friendly face you will meet as soon as you arrive at MVC. When she is not at work she is playing netball for which she has won many awards, and playing with her Boxer Layla and her Labrador Frank. Alice also has a lot of experience with pet parrots, having an Indian Ringneck called Bonnie.
Nurse Charlee began working with MVC in 2013 as a casual nurse and is now employed full time. She has a love of rescuing kittens and has been known to take home and foster orphaned litters. She has 2 dogs at home – a Great Dane called Hades and a Daschund called Elroy – as well as a cat called Zelda. When not at work she is building her house and inventing new vegan recipes.
Nurse Leah joined our team in 2018 post beginning her training at Longford Veterinary Clinic. Leah has just completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges and was awarded her badge at the Tasmanian Veterinary Conference in November 2018. Leah has a pet Daschund called Gilbert and a Labrador called Wilbur. Leah enjoys baking delicious food and taking the dogs to the beach.
Nurse Kate began working at MVC in 2017 post working at Legana Veterinary Clinic. She is currently studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Tafe NSW and enjoys learning about animal welfare and surgery. She has a beautiful West Highland Terrier called Bella and has a huge heart for animals of all species. Kate was recently awarded a volunteering opportunity to the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand and is excited to be visiting this amazing shelter in 2019.
Nurse Olivia joined our team in 2017 post working at the RSPCA. Growing up on a farm she fell in love with animals as a child. She currently juggles working at MVC and the Bay of Fires winery, as well as studying agribusiness through the University off Tasmania. She has a beautiful Burmese cat and enjoys speaking to clients about ways of looking after their pets.
Junior Nurse Tayla
Nurse Tayla began work with us as a volunteer while studying her Certificate II in Animal Handling. She is currently working part time at MVC and is enjoying learning about drug calculations and how to handle animals in a stress-free way. At home she has 5 cats – Finnian, Jake, Luna, Orii and Tora.
Junior Nurse Molly
Nurse Molly began work at MVC as a volunteer while still a student at St Patricks College in 2018. She is currently studying her Certificate III in Veterinary Nursing through the Australian College of Veterinary Nurses. She has two lovely pugs at home called George and Charlie.