Humble beginnings to world-class hospital
Village Veterinary Clinic began as a small one-man practice, but with vision and time and significant investment, it has, over many years, grown to what you see today. Conveniently situated just off the M13, Village is in a perfect place to serve the upper highway community. Dr Mostert wanted to create a facility that could provide world-class veterinary services with cutting edge equipment and facilities, in attractive surroundings. The Village Veterinary Hospital you see today is that vision brought to life. It was done in stages and took time. We are so grateful for the many loyal clients who have journeyed alongside us as we transformed into what we are today, a 500sqm state of the art Veterinary Hospital.
Dr Craig Mostert, BVSc, BSc
Practice Principal and Veterinary Surgeon
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 at Village.
Dr Mostert is married and has a son and a daughter.He has a variety of pets at home. In his spare time Dr Mostert loves spending time outdoors with his family, camping and fishing. He also enjoys playing and watching tennis.
Dr Werner Odendaal, BVSc
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, BVSc (Hons)
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. Her other passion is rowing.
Dr Anatoli Zugravii, BvSc
Dr Tony Zugraviiqualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1996 in Eastern Europe. He spent five years in large animal practice and participated in a number of scientific conferences and training courses in Europe and USA. In 2001 Dr Zugravii joined a small animal emergency clinic and found this type of veterinary medicine much more rewarding.
He moved to South Africa in 2003, and after passing the South African Veterinary Council registration examination in 2004 practiced in the Johannesburg area. Dr Zugravii travelled extensively through South Africa and fell in love with the coastal part of KZN, so when the opportunity arose to move to the sea, he and his family moved to Durban in 2016. Dr Zugravii joined the Village veterinary team in January 2018.
He is married to Arina, who is also a veterinarian. They have a son, Arseni, 2 dogs and an African Grey parrot. Apart from veterinary medicineDr Zugravii enjoys reading, cycling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Jessica Price BVSc
I grew up in a family of animal lovers, and wanted to become a vet from the age of five. I have always had a particular love for the tiny, weird and wonderful creatures that in practice we refer to as “exotic pets”. My interest and love for animals ran deep and veterinary felt like it was an obvious choice.
I qualified from Onderstepoort in 2018. In 2019 I completed my community service in rural Eastern Cape, working on both large and small animals. Thereafter I followed my love for exotics and trained at The Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital in Pretoria, working solely as an exotic animal veterinarian. Although exotics are challenging to say the least, it’s where I feel the most at home.
Outside of work I enjoy being creative, be it with interior design projects, home renovations, furniture restoration or vintage fashion.
My menagerie of special-needs and exotic pets also keep me busy.
Sr Paula Webster, DVN
Sister Paula Webster qualified as a veterinary nurse in December 1995 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort. Over the past 24 years she has travelled and worked in many different areas and facets of veterinary nursing. She has worked as a veterinary nurse in small animal and equine practices.
Paula joined Village in November 2006 and has been very involved in creating a caring and well managed hospital since then. Paula is passionate about veterinary nursing and is often involved with learners that visit Village for work experience promoting this rewarding career.
Paula is married to Dr James Webster who is a veterinary surgeon, they have two daughters.
Sr Pat Ferrandi, DVN
Pat grew up in Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg when she was 14 years old.Sr Pat studied at Onderstepoort and qualified in 1982.
Her time there was amazing and she loved the outdoor, farm-like environment. She has worked at veterinary practices in Empangeni and Johannesburg; and also worked for a general surgeon at Linksfield Clinic.
She moved to Kloof in 2014 and is loving the area and is so happy to be close to Marianhill Mission, where she spends much of her free time. She has never regretted choosing a career in veterinary nursing and would not change it for the world.
Sr Cheryl Jacobs, DVN
Sister Cheryl is originally from Richards Bay where she grew up with many pets and did horse riding for 10 years. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at Onderstepoort in Pretoria in 2014. After graduating she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Plettenberg Bay for 3 months.
From there she worked at practices in Durban that treated only cats and dogs before coming to Village Vet. She enjoys the wide variety of species that come through our doors. One of her passions is rock climbing at Southern Rock Climbing Gym during the week and in the Kloof Gorge on weekends.
Originally from Rhodesia, Mandy and family moved to South Africa in 1980.
She joined Village Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in 2001 when it was owned by Dr Llewelyn Evans.From being a PA/Secretary for 30 years this was a complete career change for her.Dr Mostert bought the Clinic in 2003 and Mandy stayed on as morning receptionist for two years. She then took over the financial side with the added responsibility of Practice Manager. Being a part of the Clinic’s transformation over the past 16 years has been an amazing experience for her.
Mandy has four daughters, two grandsons, a black Belgian Shepherd, Corgi x and a domestic cat.
In her spare time she loves gardening and is an avid reader.
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