I was born and grew up in South Africa, where I could always be found foraging around in the bush and I used to spend hours snake collecting and bird watching.
After graduating at The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, in 1982, my first job was, as a small animal vet in Cape Town. I married and moved to Zimbabawe in 1986, where my husband I and proceeded to run a mixed Veterinary Practice as well as a farm. We attended to a large variety of animals, including the normal, as well as wildlife such as elephant, pangolins, snakes and numerous antelope species which were farmed around our area. In 2002, I Moved to Australia with my husband and four children where I joined McGregors for a short period (Now Blair street Vets). Since then, I have worked in numerous mixed and small practices.
My passion is Animal welfare work, and in the past 10 years I have spent a lot of time doing volunteer work in third world countries doing mainly sterilisation and vaccination programs in places where killer diseases such as distemper, parvo, and rabies are still rife. My most memorable stint to date, was working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where together with a team of 3 other vets, I operated on the very valuable Blood hounds used to track Gorilla poachers and human kidnappers, and sterilised and vaccinated a large number of local dogs in the war ravaged area of Virunga which is home to the very endangered Mountain Gorilla.
I love the variety that being a Veterinarian offers and always strive to find the very best solution to any problem that happens to come my way.