Our Team

Dr John van Zyl – Veterinarian

273137 485649211453404 458930126 oAfter successfully establishing and working in a small animal city practice in Kempton Park for 15 years, John could no longer deny his desire to farm and work with wildlife.  John has a passion for nature, wildlife, the African Bushveld and veterinary science. 

He has started Waterberg Wildlife veterinary practice, in Vaalwater, Limpopo province in 2011. This serves as a base for the practice as well as the clinic and hospital to treat and perform surgery on small animals. What he enjoys most is to travel through the Waterberg region in order to dart and treat game, horses and other livestock on farms.

John is a great teacher and is involved with vet- and pre-vet students from around the world to teach as well as allow students an opportunity to gain practical experience on the farms where he works. A fair number of students have been accepted into universities and vet schools in South Africa as well as abroad after spending time with Dr. John.

Elizabeth Harms – reception and practice management

Elizabeth is at the helm of practice operations in Vaalwater and is known for her friendliness, helpfulness and always genuine smile.  

Jan Terblanche – security and right hand

Jan is known for his humble, serving heart and is always ready to help with anything and everything.

Johan Bezuidenhout – weekend receptionist

Johan mans the practise over weekends.

Susan van Zyl – Financial Manager and administration

Susan is John’s wife. She runs the financial part of the business from Thabazimbi where their children go to school during the week.  Although she spends very little time in the practice itself she is a key role player. It is her duty to make sure that the financial and administrative wheels are well oiled and running smoothly