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Anselm Voigts - VAN President (2008-2014)

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 a exco member of the Veterinary Council of Namibia 1996 - 1999 and again since 2008, and an exco member of the Veterinary Association of Namibia since 2008. He is married to Heilwig with 3 children, Corinna, Désirée and Roland. Other interests include horse riding, mainly show jumping.

Baby Kaurivi - VAN Vice-President (2009-2014)

Dr Baby Kaurivi-Katunahange is a Chief Veterinarian in Windhoek. 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) 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, with majors in Advanced Reproduction Technologies. 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, welfare and farmers practises especially for village farmers. She has been an EXCO for the last 4years. She is married to Asser Katunahange and is raising two sons Puna and Muza.

Israel Meunae Kaatura - VAN Exco Member (2013)

Israel was born in Windhoek on the 25th of March 1980. He obtained his National Diploma in Agriculture at Ogongo Agricultural Collage in 2003.

He completed his BVM at the University of Zambia in 2009 and started working as a State Veterinarian at Outjo until 2012. In 2013, he was transferred to Windhoek State Veterinary Office.

His major passion is to work with large animals and horses.

Rainer Hubertus Hassel - VAN Treasurer (2009-2014)

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. He is the current president of Council. For the past twelve years he served on the Technical Committee of the Sam Nujoma Endowment Fund for the Promotion of Science, Mathematics and Technology and was recently appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services as a member of the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council. Professionally he has a specific interest in rabies in Namibia, especially the phenomenon of kudu rabies. His private interests include hunting and collecting model railroads.

Shepherd Sajeni - VAN Exco Member (2009-2014)

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 2012-2014)

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( 2008-2014)

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.

Siegfried Khaiseb - VAN Exco Member (2007/2010-2014)

Dr Siegfried Khaiseb is a Specialist Veterinary Diagnostician at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Windhoek. He obtained his DVM degree at the Kazan State Academy of Veterinary Medicine in Russia 2005. He worked as a Windhoek State Veterinarian for two years (2006 -2007). In 2008 he left Namibia for Switzerland where he completed his dissertation on “Porcine circovirus 2 genotype group and sub-genotypes co-replication a major contributing factor to disease riddle?” at the Institute of veterinary Pathology, Vetsuisse Faculty of Zurich. He is passionate about pathological work and disease diagnostic work. Dr S. Khaiseb got married recently to Ms Helena (Mungunda) Khaises in keetmanshoop on the 3rd September 2011. He has been an EXCO member as VAN secretery in 2007 and re-joined EXCO in 2010 on the same portfolio.