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Theuns Laubscher - VAN President

Animal Health Consultative Forum

I was born in Windhoek, with a great love, enjoyment and respect of nature fixed in me through my upbringing while spending weekends on a farm near Outjo. I worked on a cattle ranch in Montana, USA after school that confirmed in me that I want to be a vet. I worked at it and graduated in 2017 from Onderstepoort. After that I worked for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Hluhluwe, KZN in the capacity of CCS and State Vet in 2018. Here my clinical experience has greatly improved in small animal surgery, production animal medicine and wildlife capture. Since then I have been working at Windhoek Veterinary Clinic.

There is still a lot that I can learn from - and by working with more experienced veterinarians, while I do feel confident in handling, diagnosing and treating animals in a mixed animal practice. All aspects of veterinary science fascinates me. I specifically enjoy working with clients, although they may have some interesting ways. Companion animals offer me intellectual stimulation because a more specific diagnosis is often required, than say, production animals. Production animal practice is where my heart lies due to the farming background, and wildlife work is exhilarating. Considering all this, I have a specific interest in surgery.

Jaco Brink - VAN Vice President

African Small and Companion Animal Network
World Small Animal Vet Association

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.

Lisa Holtzhausen - Secretary

World Vet Association

Manga Newsletter and Website

Lyndsay Scott - Vice Secretary

Continued Professional Development
World Equine Vet Association

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.

Maaike de Schepper


Maaike was born in Bergschenhoek, a small village close to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She conducted her Veterinary degree in Belgium, her Bachelor degree at the University of Antwerp and her Master’s degree (withing the Bovine election) at Ghent University. During her last year (2015-2016), she went to Onderstepoort for 3 months for clinical rotations, this is where she met Jaco, Andrea and Andrea! It was also at OP that she did part of her Master research thesis: A comparative study in morphological defects of semen from African Lions (Panthera leo) and Caracal (Caracal caracal): collected by urethral catheterization and electro- ejaculation.

After graduating in July 2016, she did a 3 month internship at a large animal clinic in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands before she came to work as a private vet at Windhoek Animal Hospital. Her main interests are Wildlife, cattle and alpacas. You can call her anytime for a lekker abscess drain, a big stitch up, or pulling a calf ;).

Dr Julia Buergi

Co-opted Member

Dr Rauna Athingo

Co-opted Member