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Anselm Voigts - VAN President (2008-2016)

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 (2013-2016)

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.

Morgan De Wit - VAN Exco Member (2015/2016)

Qaulified 2009.
Bloukruis Animal Clinic in Bothaville in 2010 and 2011. Went back there for locum work in 2013. Started focusing on game work while in Bothaville. I also did some locum work at Boland Animal Clinic in Worcester and Bultstreet Animal Clinic in Upington while in Bothaville.

Loskop Animal Clinic in Marble Hall and Groblersdal from end of 2011 to end of 2012. Windhoek Animal Hospital in Windhoek from 2013 to beginning of 2014.

Locum work at Gobabis Veterinary Clinic in Gobabis during middle of 2014. Started own wildlife practice Game and Farm Vet working from Windhoek in October 2014.

Elvira Kleber - VAN Exco Member (2008-2010 and 2012-2016)

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 Vice President ( 2008-2016)

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( 2014-2016)

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 Treasurer (2014-2016)

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 (2014-2016)

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.

Stefan Beukes - VAN Exco Member (2015/2016)

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 Alec Simukai Bishi - VAN Exco Member (2015/2016)

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.

Naindji Nyanyukueni Haindongo - VAN Exco Member (2015/2016)

Naindji Nyanyukueni Haindongo was born on 09th January at Nakayale village in Omusati Region. She attended her Junior Secondary Education at Nakayale Combined School and Senior Secondary Education at Etosha Secondary School. She graduated from UNAM (B Sc. Agriculture - Animal Science) in 2003, and worked at Neudamm Agricultural College as a Training Officer for three years before joining a Vet School.

She qualified from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania in 2012 and unconditionally registered by the Veterinary Council of Namibia in February 2013.

Naindji is a State Veterinarian in the Division of Epidemiology, import and export control, traceability, medicine control and advisory services. Her interest is research and writing. Naindji joined VAN EXCO Committee in 2015.