Meet the wonderful people who ensure that your pets are happy and cared for with every visit.
Dr Donovan Smith
Our hospital director and flamingo enthusiast, Dr Donovan Smith was one of the first to join the Kimberley Veterinary Clinic family.
Having graduated from Onderstepoort in 2007, he returned to where he was born and raised as a farm lad, just outside Kimberley.
Kimberley Boys’ High is his alma mater and when asked why he became a veterinarian, his answer was simple and sure. Since before he could remember, his mother told him that this was what he wanted to do, and so it became a reality.
In his sparse spare time he enjoys gardening and spending time with those he cares most about.
His favourite part of the job is internal medicine and he absolutely thrives in this field. Mainly focusing on companion animals, with a tad of exotics, he never shies away from the average horse or farm animal.
Shall the records reflect, although excellent and painfully perfectionist, surgery has never been his favourite part of being a veterinarian.
The three things that drive this passionate man is the knowledge of knowing he has helped an animal that cannot help itself, the gratitude shown by their owners and the support system of people who understand him and who have his back.
His favourite quote is straight forward, “I believe in what goes around comes around.”
What you put out in the universe is a big part of who you are.
Dr Sherike van der Merwe
The newest member of our family is Dr Sherike van der Merwe, and her contagious positivity has made her an incredible addition to our team.
Originally from Bloemfontein, she graduated from Onderstepoort in 2018 and joined us in March 2020, bringing with her an incredible set of skills that empower us to do even more.
At a very young age, she saw a Labrador leading a blind lady across a very busy street and into a shopping mall.
That dog became her childhood hero.
On that same day she decided that she had been born to heal all such noble animals!
In her free time, she enjoys anything adventurous and adrenaline fuelled – like CrossFit, trail running and polocrosse! She also enjoys bird watching.
She loves training working dogs, especially field trail dogs. She is an absolute German Shorthair Pointer fanatic!
Her driving force is threefold: God’s wish for her to protect and preserve the creatures of this world, seeing owner and pet reunite after a traumatic event and helping people realise that you need to embrace being different because it means you are brave enough to be yourself.
Her favourite quote is, “To be kind is more important than to be right”, and she can teach us all a thing or two about being kind.
Sr Anmari Coetzee
The only veterinary nurse here at Kimberley Vet, she started at Kimberley Veterinary Clinic in January 2018, after having graduated in 2017.
Sr Anmari Coetzee was born and raised a stone’s throw away from here on a dairy farm just outside of Bloemfontein where she matriculated from Oranje Girls’ School in 2015.
In her spare time she enjoys writing as well self defence classes. Some of her hobbies include sketching, reading and singing along with whatever song she hears. She’s passionate about every aspect of the job, whether the animals are large or small, but especially enjoys the challenge of trying new things, broadening her skill set and embarking on all kinds of adventures.
The three things in life that drive her is her passion when tackling each day’s respective challenges, accountability and continuous development in all aspects of her life and career.
Some words she tries her best to live by: “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reigns,” but sometimes passion proves a worthy adversary.
Xanri Kruger has long been part of the Kimberley Veterinary Clinic family. She graduated with a diploma in Animal Health in the end of 2020. Not only does she now continue her stellar reception work, but is steadily becoming involved in our hospital.
She was born and raised in Kathu, and after her high school years she gradually found her way into the veterinary field. Although, when asked why she chose to become an Animal Health Technician, her answer showed no hesitation, “Since I was a young girl, my dream was to help all sorts of animals, large and small.” She also has a passion for people and enjoys teaching farmers and pet owners how to care for their animals as best they can.
What she does in her spare time reflects her passion for nature. Her hobbies include, camping, fishing and playing with her 9 dogs!
What drives this young woman is her husband and her dogs, community and client engagement and being in the great outdoors.
Her favourite quote is, “I want to try everything, although I could fail, I still want to try!”
She can teach us all a few things about dedication and perseverance.
Klaus is an integral part of our Kimberley Vet family. Doubling as the in-house emotional support cat to not only our patients, but our staff, he is one special feline.
Baby Klaus was found next to the highway before his eyes had even begun to open. A very special lady brought him to our clinic for us to raise and re-home. After several months of delaying the re-homing process and wearing down our director to allow us to have an office cat, Klaus became an irreplaceable part of the team.
He was adopted by our veterinary nurse, Anmari. He comes to work with her every day and provides much needed affection, snuggles and support.
Front of House
All these friendly faces are the first thing you see as you walk into the practice!
All of them play capital roles in this well-oiled machine. They are tight-knit cogs who toil relentlessly and are all lovely people who are indispensable to our success.
Rina van Eeden
You may not have much contact with these men and these ladies, but, make no mistake – they are a crucial part of our family. They are the ones who get down and dirty and who ensure that the doctors and nurse can safely treat your four-legged friend.
These men and women work incredibly hard and deserve endless praise for their steadfast commitment.
Our expert Vet Shop team consists of Nikki Venter, Jeanne Mayo and Dylan Murray.
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Our expert Pet Essentials team consists of Palesa Mothudi and Kagisho Nyl.
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Our expert Pet Products team consists of Nadine Basson and Jeanmarie Ridgard.
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