|Dr. Albert van Rooyen
My name, Albertyn van Rooyen, used to confuse people, and so it just became Albert. I was born in Vryburg, grew up in Paarl and matriculated in 1968 at Boishaai after which I started working at Customs and Excise in Cape Town. After nine months of National Service my student life started at Tukkies in 1970. With studies being of the highest priority, I still managed to make time for rugby and “afterthought”.
In 1976 I started working as a veterinary surgeon at OVS Dierehospitaal in Welkom where Dr Leslie Marshall played a big role in giving me direction for my future career. In November 1979 I joined the highly acclaimed team at Wellington Animal Hospital with Dr Dave Longland and Jim Antrobus. In January 1981 I became a partner and the team has since grown from the original 3 vets to the current nine vets with branches in Paarl and Franschhoek.
In mixed practice vets had to equip themselves in all areas of veterinary science. It was a challenge to keep up with all the latest treatments and diagnostics in order to give the best possible service to clients and patients.
In 1984 I got married to Dagmar Vietze and our twins, Nicola and Christiaan, were born in 1990. The outdoors and remote destinations in our country and neigbouring countries is my passion with the West Coast, Karoo, Namibia and especially Namib desert being personal favourites.
|Dr. JB Morkel (Bruwer)
Dr. Morkel qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1977.
He worked in mixed practises in Viljoenskroon , Klerksdorp and also his own practise in Heilbron in
Dr. Morkel enjoys working with all species including farm animal, horses and family pets. He is a very skilled surgeon, but is equally comfortable diagnosing and treating medical cases.
Dr. Morkel is currently a partner in the Wellington branch. He is married to Francina and has 3 children.
During his free time he likes to travel and visit his grandchildren in the UK.
|Dr. Deon van Tonder
Dr. van Tonder received his BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria in 1986.
Thereafter he worked in England for 8 months as a companion animal veterinarian.
After returning to South Africa he went to the army and worked as equine vet with the army horses.
He then went on to study for an MBA while still continuing work as a locum veterinarian.
He worked in Malmesbury for 2 years after which he joined the WAHG team in 1992.
Dr. van Tonder focuses specifically on horse work and has a special interest in surgery, reproductive work and lameness work-ups.
He is president of the SAEVA (South African Equine Veterinary Association) for the 2014 – 2016 term.
He often performs veterinary services at polo events as well as endurance rides.
When he is not busy working, he enjoys taking part in outdoor sport and rides his motorbike.
|Dr. William van Zyl
Dr. van Zyl qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1991.
He managed and worked from his own clinic in Moorreesburg before joining the WAHG team in May 2011 and becoming a partner in March 2012.
He specialises in sheep breeding and herd health and also loves to work with horses.
In his spare time he participates in horse endurance riding as a sport and is a qualified FEI endurance veterinarian.
|Dr. Cilliers Louw
Dr. Louw received his BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria in 2005 after which he joined Tygerberg Animal Hospital as companion animal veterinarian.
After this he worked in the UK for three and a half years as production animal vet.
On his return to South Africa he concentrated on production animal work in order to gain valuable experience in this field.
He joined WAHG in 2010 and works mainly with farm animals and game.
He is the founder of the Farmlands Vet branch of WAHG.
He is married to Zirkea and spends all of his free time being a dad to their daughter, Milea, who was born in April 2014.
|Dr. George Schabbort
Dr. Schabbort qualified as veterinarian at the University of Pretoria in 2009.
Thereafter we worked for the university at a rural clinic close to the Kruger National Park where he trained students.
He then went to Brits and joined a mixed practice where he also started worked with game animals.
After this he went to Nottingham Road where he worked in equine reproduction.
He joined WAHG in January 2013 and currently enjoys working with game animals and doing equine reproduction work.
During his free time he likes playing a game of gholf and polocross and enjoys the outdoors.
|Dr. Darrel Chilton
Darrel grew up in Pretoria and qualified as a vet at Onderstepoort in 2012. He then worked at Kokstad Vet Clinic for 18 months focusing on small animals and cattle. Thereafter he did a brief stint in Amanzimtoti at Seadoone Vet Clinic for a few months before making the move to the Cape. He worked at Panorama Veterinary Hospital as an after hours vet for 4 months before joining WAHG.
He enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking and motor cycling complete with pink backpack! He also enjoys time with family and friends.
|Dr. Benice van der Merwe
Dr Benice van der Merwe qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Pretoria in 2013.
She worked in Worcester for a year before joining WAHG in 2015.
She has a keen interest in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.
During her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends as well as horse riding, running, hiking and travelling.
|Administration Staff||Izaan – Receptionist||Nursing Staff|
|Kim – Nursing Staff||Sonja – Nursing Staff||Kennel Staff|
|Small patient arriving||Nurse monitor patient’s heart rate||Nurse Mariska feeding a lamb|
|Indoor Kennels||Kennel staff handling Feed||Receiving a patient in reception|
|Shop||Shop – food||Shop – portable kennels|
|Horse stables||Horse patient and handler||Pet surgery – Dr Albert van Rooyen|