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Beate Voigts - VAN President

Beate was born in Swakopmund, Namibia on the 14th of December 1957. She grew up on a farm near Windhoek and went to the German Private School in Windhoek. From 1977 to 1982 she studied veterinary science at Onderstepoort in South Africa.In October 1982 she started working as a state veterinarian in Grootfontein (Namibia). From there she moved to Okahandja in May 1985. Since then she is working there as State Veterinarian. She has served on VAN Exco previously and was again elected once more in 2006. She has been a committee member of VAN responsible for Animal Welfare since October 2006. Her private interest is horse riding (dressage and jumping). She is a lay-preacher in the German Evangelic Lutheran Church.

Andrea Gruenewald - VAN Vice President

Continued Professional Development
World Small Animal Vet Association
South African Vet Association
World Vet Association

Bachelor of Veterinary Science cum laude, University of Pretoria (2016)
-Academic Colours (Honorary)
-Best student in Pathology 2016
-Best student in Public Health 2016
-Top 10 Clinical Students

January - December 2017: Peddie Primary Animal Health Care Clinic, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A mixed animal practice, 10% equines, 40% small animals and 50% production animals.

September - November 2017: Frontier Veterinary Clinic, Grahamstown, South Africa. Mixed animal practice with a strong equines and small animal component.

2018-Current: Gobabis Veterinary Practice, Gobabis, Namibia. Mixed animal practice with a strong emphasis on bovine extensive herd health

I feel comfortable working with a diverse range of species, and have a keen interest in herd health. I am always trying to improve and develop my skills as best as possible in order to strive for optimal patient care.

PERSONAL INTRESTS: Camping, Hiking, Hunting and Wing Shooting, Wood working

Philip Groenewald - Treasurer

Philip was born in Durbanville, Cape Town, where he grew up and finished high school in 1996. He completed his BVSc at Onderstepoort in 2004. 2005-2007 Philip worked at Wellington Animal Hospital as a general practitioner in mixed rural practice.

In 2008 he bought Vredendal Dierekliniek and managed this rural mixed practice as a one-man practice. In December 2015 they relocated to Swakopmund where he joined Swakopmund Veterinary Clinic. In July 2017 he started Weco Animal Clinic in Walvis Bay.

His wife’s name is Nikki and together they have two lovely children, Nicola 10 years old and Wehan 7 years old. They enjoy the sea, the dunes and their horses.

Philip is currently studying veterinary chiropractic care after hours.

Andrea Klingelhoeffer - Sectretary

Graduated in 2016 with a BVsc from the University of Pretoria and currently working for the Ministry of Agriculture, Directorate of Veterinary Services: Animal Disease Control Division since 2017.

2005-2009: British International Distance College 2010-2016: Studied Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria. Graduated cum laude with a Prize in Top 10 Clinical Students.

2017: State Veterinarian in Ondangwa. Worked mainly with cattle, goats and chickens. Focus on primary animal health care.
2018-present: State Veterinarian at Windhoek State Vet Office. Work involves mostly dogs, export permits, import control and inspection of export facilities (eg. Taxidermies, feedlots, poultry farms).

-Intensive farming including pigs and chickens
-Primary animal health care education

Hiking, playing musical instruments and learning languages.

Lyndsay Scott - Vice Secretary

Continued Professional Development
Animal Health Consultative Forum

I was born in Tsumeb on 19 September 1987, but spent most of my high school years in Windhoek. After high school I took a “gap year”, working and traveling in the UK and Europe. I started my tertiary studies in Pretoria and graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty at the University of Pretoria in 2014.

I started working in Otjiwarongo for Dr Elvira Kleber at Elvira’s Veterinary Practice for a couple of years; thereafter I completed my wildlife certification and spent some months with Dr Minty Soni and Dr Alexandra Marko from Rhinopark Veterinary Clinic. I recently started my own veterinary practice (Countryside Veterinary Clinic) in Grootfontein and I am enjoying the rural mixed practice.

I am married to Alex De Koning, a farmer from Grootfontein, and we currently have 2 dogs, 5 cats and 4 chickens.

Elvira Kleber

Manga Newsletter and Website

Elvira was born in Windhoek on the 29th of September 1982. She grew up in Windhoek. She obtained her BVSc degree at Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty of the University of Pretoria in 2006. Elvira worked as state veterinarian in Omaruru for 2 years before moving to Otjiwarongo where she joined Otjiwarongo Veterinary Clinic for 1.5 years. She has now opened her own clinic in Otjiwarongo called `Northern Veterinary Practice`.

She has been fulfilling the function of VAN Secretary 2008-2010 and is currently responsible for the `Manga` newsletter and the VAN website.

Her main hobby is horse riding. She is married with 2 sons and is also very keen on racquet sports like tennis, squash and badminton.

Dr Alec Simukai Bishi

World Rabies Day
Namibian Medicine Regulatory Council

I have been a qualified veterinarian since 1989 with extensive experience in Zimbabwe, Namibia, as well as in the SADC sub-region. I qualified with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Zimbabwe and with an MSc degree in Tropical Veterinary Epidemiology from the Freie University of Berlin and Addis Ababa University in1997. I started my career as an army veterinarian in the Zimbabwe National Army in 1989 and had good exposure to companion animal medicine and surgery as well as farm animal medicine. In April 1992, I joined the Department of Veterinary Services in Zimbabwe as a district veterinary officer and was involved in mixed animal and state veterinary practice in companion animals, dairy, poultry, pigs, beef cattle & ostriches. In 1997, I was appointed national disease control officer and in 1999 to head of the Epidemiology and Economics Unit in Zimbabwe. In that capacity, I gained considerable experience in international consulting and animal health research. In 2003, I moved to Namibia where I was appointed National Veterinary Epidemiologist. I was promoted to the post of Chief Veterinarian in charge of Veterinary Epidemiology, Import and Export Control Subdivision in August 2015.

I have provided leadership and decision support concerning veterinary epidemiology in Zimbabwe, Namibia and SADC sub-region including designing and implementing surveys and surveillance systems, disease emergency preparedness and contingency planning, strategic planning, medicines control, project formulation and coordination. I have worked occasionally as a consultant to the FAO and the International Livestock Research Institute on animal health related matters. In 2014 and 2015 I took a leading role in the preparation of five dossiers that were successfully submitted by Namibia to the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The dossiers resulted in Namibia being awarded zonal recognition of freedom from Peste des Petits Ruminants and Lungsickness as well as being of negligible risk concerning Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. The other two other dossiers resulted in Namibia gaining international recognition for its official control programmes for lungsickness and foot-and-mouth disease in the Northern Communal Areas of the country, respectively.

Recently, I joined the University of Namibia as a senior lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases-a new challenge that I enjoy wholeheartedly. I am married to Isabel and have 2 incredible sons. We currently reside in Windhoek, Namibia on temporary residence permits.

Stefan Beukes

Animal Health Consultative Forum

Born on 06 September 1989 in Windhoek. Grew up in the Gobabis area and finished Gr. 12 at Elnatan Private School in Stampriet in 2007.

Studied at the University of Pretoria from 2008-2014 and qualified as a vet in 2014.

Is currently employed with the Directorate of Veterinary Services at the Epukiro State Vet Office.

Dr A Marais/Dr. M Beggs

Co-opted Members - Namibian Vet Council