Members of the Veterinary Board of Tasmania
Dr Tering Davies
Dr Tering Davies graduated from Murdoch University in 2005 with her career dedicated to helping less fortunate animals including strays, the abandoned and wildlife. Dr Davies’ work roles have included Head Veterinarian of Dogs Homes of Tasmania, Founding Director of Hobart Community Vet Hospital, Coordinator of Delta Dog Safe Primary Education Program, Chief Coordinator of the Forcett bushfire animal relief program, Executive Officer of the Animal Ethics Committee University of Tasmania, and the veterinary member of the Tasmanian Wildlife Steering Committee. She is currently the Director of Tasmania’s welfare and wildlife hospital, Thylacine lutruwita, and the veterinary member of Tasmania’s community-led Wildlife Implementation Body. Dr Davies has been a Veterinary Board of Tasmania member since 2016 and appointed Board Chair from 2019, reappointed for the 2022-25 term of office. She has a soft spot for backyard chickens, Jack Russell terriers and family.
Dr Emma Watkins
Dr Emma Watkins, deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, is the NRE Tasmania nominee. Dr Watkins graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 and has ANZCVS membership in veterinary epidemiology. Dr Watkins worked in mixed and companion animal practices including several years of sole charge remote practice in far north Queensland, then embarked on a career in transboundary animal disease surveillance and control with a primary focus on production animal species in northern Australia and southeast Asia. Dr Watkins returned to mixed practice in southern Tasmania in 2015 before joining NRE Tasmania in 2017.
Dr Vibeke Russell
Dr Vibeke Russell graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996. After several years in general practice in Sydney, Vibeke migrated into emergency and critical care work and has been exclusively an Emergency Critical Care veterinarian since 2001. She has further qualifications in Feline Medicine as well as Emergency and Critical Care. She has ten years of experience managing emergency veterinary teams. Dr Russell was appointed to the Board in July 2019.
Dr Jenny Griffiths
Dr Jenny Griffiths graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London UK in 2009. She began her career in rural South Australia in mixed practice where she developed a high level of expertise in emergency and preventative care in both small and large animals. She has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology and ultrasound. Dr Griffiths was appointed to the Board in July 2019.
Dr Megan Alessandrini
Dr Megan Alessandrini is the community member. She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Dr Alessandrini has a strong interest in animal welfare and has been a member of a range of related boards and committees including: the NRE Animal Ethics Committee, Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania Board (Director), Companion Animal Network Australia (President), Friends of Bonorong (President), Australian Animal Welfare Strategy Ministerial working party on companion animals 2011-2014; and the Ministerial Round Table on Animal Welfare in 2015. Dr Alessandrini was appointed to the Board in July 2019.