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Anselm Voigts - VAN President (2008-2015)

Anselm Voigts was born in Windhoek on 19 October 1953. He qualified as a Veterinarian at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort in June 1980. Since December 1980 he is working at the Windhoek Veterinary Clinic, since 1983 as partner in this practice. He was an exco member of the Veterinary Council of Namibia 1996 - 1999 and again from 2008 till 2014, and an exco member of the Veterinary Association of Namibia since 2008. Since 2012 he is the President of VAN. He is married to Heilwig with 3 children, Corinna, Désirée and Roland. Other interests include farming and horse riding.

Sandra Götte - VAN Exco Secretary (2013-2015)

Sandra Götte was born 17th June 1984 in Kassel, Germany. She got her degree in Veterinary science in 2011 from the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, Germany.

Since then she is working in Windhoek at “Windhoek Veterinary Clinic” where she developed a special interest in small animal internal medicine. Sandra joined the VAN EXCO Committee in 2013 and is fulfilling the function of VAN Secretary.

Baby Kaurivi - VAN Vice-President (2009-2015)

Dr. Baby Kaurivi-Katunahange is a Veterinary Lecturer at the newly established School of Veterinary Medicine under the University of Namibia. She obtained a BSc (Biology) degree at UNAM with the intention of becoming a biologist. But working as Veterinary Technician at Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) after her studies has inspired her to become a Veterinarian instead. She has completed a BVSc. degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 2004. Dr. Kaurivi then went on to complete a master degree (MVetStudies) at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2009, majoring in Ruminant Advanced Reproduction Technologies. She has been employed in the State Veterinary Services in various capacities for 10 years before she joined the University in 2014. She is the current OIE Animal Welfare Focal Point for Namibia. She is passionate about animal health teaching to farmers and artificial breeding. Dr. Kaurivi has a columns “The Village Vet” in a weekly local newspaper The Villager, where she writes about animal health, production, reproduction and welfare issues especially for village farmers. She has been an EXCO for the last 5years invarious capacities and has been re-elected as the Vice President. She is married to Asser Katunahange and is raising two sons Puna and Muza.

Rainer Hubertus Hassel - VAN Treasurer (2009-2015)

Rainer HasselRainer Hubertus Hassel - VAN Treasurer (2008-2010) Rainer was born in Windhoek on the 20th of July 1952. He obtained his BVSc degree from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Pretoria in 1977. He worked as a State Veterinarian in Keetmanshoop, Omaruru and Windhoek from 1978 until the end of 1982. From January 1983 until September 2007 he was in private practice in Windhoek (mixed practice). In October 2007 he was appointed as animal health consultant by AGRA CO-OPERATIVE Limited. He is married to Gisela with two sons, Michael and Joachim. Since 1982 Rainer served uninterruptedly on the executive committee of VAN, previously SWA Branch of the South African Veterinary Association. Rainer has retained the position of Treasurer on Exco. He served as the President from 2002-2006 and as vice-president and treasurer before that. He was an elected member of the Veterinary Council of Namibia from 1987 until 1996, and was again elected on to Council in August 2008, 2011 and 2014. In terms of new veterinary legislation – the Veterinary and Veterinary Para-professions Act 1 of 2013 - he currently holds the position of Chairperson of the Namibian Veterinary Council. In this capacity he also serves on the Steering Committee for the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Diploma in Animal Health at the University of Namibia. For twelve years he served on the Technical Committee of the Sam Nujoma Endowment Fund for the Promotion of Science, Mathematics and Technology. In August 2009 he was appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services as a member of the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) and again in 2012 for a term that will end in 2015. He is currently the Chairperson of the Veterinary Medicines Committee of the NMRC. Professionally he has a specific interest in rabies in Namibia, especially the phenomenon of rabies in kudu. His private interests include hunting, clay target shooting and collecting model railroads.

Shepherd Sajeni - VAN Exco Member (2009-2015)

Shepherd was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 15th of March 1979. He obtained his BVSc degree from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Zimbabwe in 2003. After a brief stint in private practice in Harare he moved to Namibia and has been in private practice in Windhoek since. He works at Windhoek Veterinary Clinic where he has expressed special interest in surgical work. Shepherd lives with his partner, Marcia and their daughter Lesita. He has served on Exco since 2007 and took up the role of the Exco member in charge of CPD and Related Events. His private interests include playing and watching soccer.

Elvira Kleber - VAN Exco Member (2008-2010 and 2012-2015)

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 endurance riding. She is also very keen on raquet sports like tennis, squash and badminton.

Beate Voigts - VAN Exco Member( 2008-2015)

Beate was born in Swakopmund, Namibia on the 14th of November 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.

Vimanuka Mutjavikua - VAN Exco Member( 2014/2015)

Vimanuka Mutjavikua was born in Windhoek on the 16th of April 1976. While at Augusteneum secondary school, he was actively involved in student leadership: he was once a class captain and a hostel prefect. He obtained a BSc. agric degree from the University of Namibia. In his final year as a BSc. agric student [UNAM] at Neudam, he was elected as a president of the student representative council.

After having completed the BSc. agric degree, he went to South Africa to full fill his dream of becoming a veterinarian. In 2011, he obtained a BVSc degree from University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort). He started working as a state veterinarian in 2011 at Opuwo state veterinary office. For a short period in 2012, he worked as a state veterinarian in Gobabis and Otjinene. He is currently the state veterinarian in Outjo. He is married to Ngaendepi Tjatindi and is raising a daughter (Uaarukapo Mutjavikua). His professional interest includes toxicology, veterinary public health and research. Other hobbies are biking, cycling and carpentry.

Adriaan I. Adank – VAN Exco Member (2014/2015)

Dr. Adriaan Adank was born in Windhoek on 2 July 1985. Much of his time as a youngster was spent in the veld being exposed to various conservation issues, which is where his interest in becoming a veterinarian was stimulated. In November 2010 he graduated from the University of Pretoria`s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort.

Adriaan spent his first two years as a vet working at Windhoek Animal Hospital, travelling in Europe and later returning to gain more experience in production animal work in Mariental at Dr. Gaugler`s Practice. He has been Working at Windhoek Animal Hospital on a full-time basis since November 2012 and is currently one of two private practice veterinarians working on a rotational basis at the Okahandja branch of Windhoek Animal Hospital.

In his spare time, he is intricately involved in the Have a Heart Windhoek Spay and Neuter Project and enjoys attending and speaking at farming association days / meetings and has presented a couple of guest lectures for the Nature Conservation students at the Polytechnic of Namibia.

Anja Boshoff-de Witt - VAN Exco Member (2014/2015)

Graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty of Pretoria University in November 2008. Worked in General Private Practice from January 2009 up to April 2012.

Worked as a State Veterinarian at the Import / Export control office in the Division Epidemiology, Import / Export control and Training, Directorate of Veterinary Services from May 2012 to September 2014.

Currently employed by the Meat Board of Namibia as Meat Standards Manager, managing the FAN meat division and the Meat Classification division.