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Beate Voigts - VAN President

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

Dr Alec Simukai Bishi - VAN Vice President

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.

Adriaan I. Adank - VAN Treasurer

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 then worked at Windhoek Animal Hospital on a full-time basis from November 2012 until January 2016 when he accepted a position at Windhoek Veterinary Clinic as a full-time vet. Recently, Dr. Adank was awarded a Scholarship from AFSCAN and the WVA to attend the largest veterinary congress in North America.

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.

Alma Raath - VAN Secretary

Alma Raath was born 24 May 1983 in Klerksdorp, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in November 2008. Alma moved to Namibia after graduation and spent the next 8 years in Gobabis at Gobabis Veterinary Practice, 2008-2013, and Cattle Country Veterinary Clinic, 2013-2016. In Gobabis she worked in mixed practices, doing both large animal and small animal work. In November 2016 she started working in Windhoek as State Veterinarian at the Directorate of Veterinary Services, Division Epidemiology, Import/Export Control and Training. She is to married Andrè Krüger, a native from the Gobabis district, they have 5 four legged kids – 4 German Shepherds and an SPCA special.

Morgan De Wit

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

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.

Vimanuka Mutjavikua

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.

Stefan Beukes

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.

Fonnie Bruwer

I was born on the 14th of May 1957 in Otjiwarongo, and grew up and went to school and matriculated in Grootfontein. Studied BVSc at Onderstepoort, South Africa and graduated in 1981.

Worked at Kanhym Cattle Feedlot from 1982 – 1985 and was managing the embryo transfer program on the cattle stud for 3 years. During this time, I was enrolled as an M Med Vet (Gyn) student at Onderstepoort using the embryo transfer module for thesis material. The thesis was completed in 2001.

Owned a well-established private mixed veterinary clinic in Robertson, Western Cape from 1986 - 2014. Duties entailed small and large animal clinical work, wide range of surgical procedures on both small and large animals including abdominal surgery in horses and orthopedic surgery in small animals, equine reproductive work on Thoroughbred horses on all surrounding stud farms. I also established, owned and managed a horticulture flower farm.

From May 2014 – August 2016 I worked as Technical Advisor, Animal Health for Agra Provision in Windhoek. I did consultative work in both communal and commercial farmer areas in animal diseases, reproduction and husbandry practices.

I currently run my own private practice, Bruwer Veterinary Practice in Otjiwarongo.

I love photography especially doing landscapes. Love cycling and participated in the Cape Argus 6 times.

Lizelle van der Waal

Mariette Beukes

I was born and raised on Dorper sheep farm in the Karoo, near Carnarvon in South Africa. After finishing school I studied Bsc Agric Animal Science at the University of Pretoria and then continued to study BVsc at Onderstepoort.

After graduation I worked as a state vet in Upington, then married Dr Stefan Beukes and we started working in Windhoek as private veterinarians. We then moved to Gobabis, where I am currently working at Cattle Country Veterinary Clinic.

We are a rural mixed practice, but I particularly enjoy equine and reproduction as fields to work in. I really enjoy practicing in Namibia, especially the rural type of work.

We have 2 dogs, a duchie and a mixed breed rescue case and 2 very fat goldfish.