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December 2017 newsletter

After Hours Emergencies

Village Veterinary Clinic is NOT attended 24 hours a day. If you have an after-hours emergency you have two choices of emergency clinics:
Hillcrest Veterinary Emergency Centre
Cube House, 32 Old Main Road Hillcrest
Cell: 084 520 1417
Sherwood after Hours Veterinary Clinic
Corner Locksley & 36 Jersey Road, Sherwood
Phone 031 207 1300

Village Veterinary Clinic is NOT attended 24 hours a day. If you have an after-hours emergency you have two choices of emergency clinics:

Hillcrest Veterinary Emergency Centre
Cube House, 32 Old Main Road Hillcrest Cell: 084 520 1417

Sherwood after Hours Veterinary Clinic
Corner Locksley & 36 Jersey Road, Sherwood
Phone 031 207 1300

ePetstoreVillage Veterinary Clinic is NOT attended 24 hours a day. If you have an after-hours emergency you have two choices of emergency clinics:
 
Hillcrest Veterinary Emergency Centre
Cube House, 32 Old Main Road Hillcrest
Cell: 084 520 1417
 
Sherwood after Hours Veterinary Clinic
Corner Locksley & 36 Jersey Road, Sherwood
Phone 031 207 1300

Village Vet Shop

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Shop Open Times:
Monday - Friday:
7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:
8:30 am - 12 pm
 
Veterinary Consult Times:
Monday - Friday:
Mornings: 8:30 am - 12 pm
Afternoons: 3 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday:
8:30 am to 11 am
 
 
 

Ceaser's Pet Parlour

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craigDr Craig Mostert

Dr Craig Mostert is the owner and practice principal of Village Veterinary Clinic. He grew up in Pietermaritzburg on a Warm Blood stud farm and realised from an early age that he wanted to be a Veterinarian.

After he qualified as a Veterinarian he spent a few years as an Equine vet both in Johannesburg and then back home in KZN, but soon realised that he wanted a practice of his own.

This dream was realised in 2002 when he purchased Village Veterinary Clinic. Although it had been a Veterinary practice for 30 years, his vision was to take it from being a very humble practice into a world class veterinary hospital. The practice is his passion and Dr Mostert is constantly investigating and researching new equipment to raise the bar in the standard of medicine practiced there.

Dr Mostert has two young children and a variety of pets at home. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and playing tennis.                        

                                                        

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Dr Werner Odendaal

Dr Odendaal was born and raised in Pretoria. From an early age he always had a passion for creatures and critters, owning almost any animal the pet shop could stock and more. Unfortunately he was unable to attend Veterinary School after matriculating, but life takes you on amazing journeys. He was presented with the opportunity late in life to study veterinary science and graduated in 2007, with the support of his wonderful wife and family. His first son was born in 2005 (his 4th year of study) and his second son in 2008.

After graduating he joined the Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital. A private clinic situated on the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty premises and stayed on for 2 years. It was amazing having to deal with many exotic animals including Lions, Tigers, Lemurs, Howler Monkeys and more.

In 2010 the family relocated to Durban and joined the Village Veterinary team. It was a bit of an adjustment in the beginning to deal with cats and dogs but with the wonderful support got over it quickly. Although being a veterinarian is a challenging occupation, he would not change it for the world.   

 

Dr Anuschka Smith

Anuschka joined Village Veterinary Clinic in May 2017. She is one of our dedicated, caring vets that form part of our team. She qualified at Onderstepoort 2007 and completed her honours in small animal medicine and clinical pathology in 2013. Anuschka loves being a vet. She knew she wanted to be a vet since she was a little girl. She is kind and compassionate. She values the bond that families have with their fur children.

She has a ‘dog child’ called Spud who is a spirited Parson Jack Russell Terrier. They enjoy walks and playing fetch. Spud also likes hunting lizards.

Anuschka’s other passion is rowing and she serves on the Durban Rowing Club Committee. 



 

 

 Nurses

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Sr Paula Webster

Paula qualified as a veterinary nurse in December 1995 at the Universityof Pretoria, Onderstepoort. Over the past 16 years she has travelled and worked in many different areas and facets of veterinary nursing. She hasworked as a veterinary nurse in small animal and equine practices.

In addition she has also lectured second year veterinary nurse students in Anaesthesiology and Radiology at the London Zoo.  Paula has also completed various courses since qualifying as a nurse; these include Hills Nutritional Advisor Program Level 1, British Radiation Protection Supervision Course. She is a listed Veterinary Nurse Internal Training Assessor.

Her current job at Village Veterinary Clinic includes general nursing of all patients varying from nurse appointments, treating animals, x-raying, carrying out dentals on patients, preparing patients for surgery, anaesthetising for surgery, monitoring during surgery, and if required assisting in surgery. She has set up some in-house training for our kennel staff.  Paula is also responsible for maintaining client relations with clients after their animals have been in hospital and have been discharged. Her personal nursing interests are radiography, dentistry, nurse training and managing a caring well organised clinic.

 

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Pat grew up in Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg when she was 14 years old.  In Standard 8, she found out about a veterinary nursing course and knew what she wanted to do when she left school.  She had always wanted to work with animals after growing up reading James Herriot novels.

Sr Pat studied at Onderstepoort and qualified in 1982.  Her time there was amazing and she loved the outdoor, farm-like environment. After qualifying, she worked in Empangeni for two years and then returned to Johannesburg, working at a veterinary  practice until she had her two children.  She then worked for six years at a medical practice in a human hospital which was a wonderful supplement to her training.  For the last ten years she has nursed at a veterinary practice in Orange Grove.

Being a country girl at heart for many years she had dreamt of starting a new life away from Johannesburg. When she was given the opportunity to work for Village Vet, she jumped at the chance. She is loving the area and is so happy to be close to Marianhill Mission, where she spends much of her time. She has never regretted choosing a career in veterinary nursing and would not change it for the world.

 

 

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Sr Cheryl Jacobs

I am originally from the developing town of Richards Bay which is close to game reserves and other natural environments. I was fortunate enough to go on many camping and outdoor trips with my family and learnt to love and respect wildlife. I grew up with many pets and did horse riding for 10 years. My mother suggested Veterinary Nursing to me as she told me that even when I was a toddler I always had a way with animals and would always help with an injured animal even if it was a duck that kept on biting me! I spent five weeks in Germany, as an exchange student, before beginning my nursing training at Onderstepoort and this was an amazing experience. I loved every moment at Onderstepoort and wish the course had been one or two years longer. After graduating I worked at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Plettenberg Bay for 3 months and learnt quite a bit during that short time. From there I worked for over a year at the busy 24 hour Ashburne Veterinary Clinic where I gained a lot of experience. I also worked for 7 months as the only nurse at a one-man (or woman) practice in Amanzimtoti. I learnt how to help manage a practice and it’s something that I will always treasure. I am so excited to be a member of the Village Veterinary team and really enjoy the mix of different species and the fact that no day is the same. It's also close to the Kloof gorge which is home to hiking and rock climbing, one of my many passions.

 

  Admin Staff

Mandy3Mandy Flowers - Practice Manager

Originally from Rhodesia, Mandy and her husband Dave moved to South Africa in 1980. They lived in Standerton for 19 years, where her husband was Plant Manager of a large textile mill. During this time Mandy helped out at the local SPCA then was employed at the local English primary school as their secretary/bookkeeper.   The family moved to Durban 13 years ago and now live in Forest Hills. She has four daughters, two German shepherds and one cat.

Soon after moving to Durban she saw an advertisement in the Highway Mail for a half day Veterinary receptionist and decided to try her luck. Much to her surprise, she landed the position! It was a complete career change for her at 53 – from being a PA/Secretary for 30 years to veterinary receptionist – a very different world. Mandy joined Village Vet two years before Dr Mostert took over and has been working at the Clinic for 12 years now. She was the only mornings receptionist for the first two years until Dr Mostert promoted her to the financial side and a few years later gave her the added responsibility of Practice Manager.

She loves working at the Clinic as every day is different and you get to see such a wide variety of animals —from the Hamerkop with a broken wing, to the adorable puppies and kittens.   She does miss the interaction with all the wonderful clients now that she is tied to her desk and no longer in reception.It has been an amazing 12 years, being a part of the Clinic’s transformation from beginning to end and seeing Dr Mostert’s vision of a state of the art veterinary clinic becoming a reality.

In her spare time she loves gardening and is an avid reader.

 

 Leigh Baxendale - Buyer & Stock Controller Leigh2

Leigh was born in Rhodesia and immigrated to New Zealand when she was about 5 years old. In her teens, she was bitten by the travel bug and starting off by moving around New Zealand, then lived and worked in Australia for a couple of years before coming to South Africa for the first time as an adult. She went to Israel to work on a kibbutz for a while, ending up in the UK for 10 years. Whilst in the UK she and her husband became heavily involved in drag racing motorbikes until she was involved in a road bike accident. After a lengthy recovery she fell pregnant and when her son was about 2 ½ she finally returned to South Africa, settling in Waterfall. During her time here she has worked in varied and interesting fields with the veterinary field being no exception.

 

 

 

                  Vanessa 

Admin Assistant/Receptionist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Receptionists

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Tracy  -  Morning receptionist    Kate   -  Morning receptionist

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Vicky - Afternoon receptionist   Sabrina - Afternoon receptionist

Support Staff

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Lovington Rothan
 Sabelo
Sabelo
 

 

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