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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.

Andrea Gruenewald - VAN Vice President

Continued Professional Development
South African Vet Association

Bachelor of Veterinary Science cum laude, University of Pretoria (2016)
-Academic Colours (Honorary)
-Best student in Pathology 2016
-Best student in Public Health 2016
-Top 10 Clinical Students

January - December 2017: Peddie Primary Animal Health Care Clinic, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A mixed animal practice, 10% equines, 40% small animals and 50% production animals.

September - November 2017: Frontier Veterinary Clinic, Grahamstown, South Africa. Mixed animal practice with a strong equines and small animal component.

2018-Current: Gobabis Veterinary Practice, Gobabis, Namibia. Mixed animal practice with a strong emphasis on bovine extensive herd health

I feel comfortable working with a diverse range of species, and have a keen interest in herd health. I am always trying to improve and develop my skills as best as possible in order to strive for optimal patient care.

PERSONAL INTRESTS: Camping, Hiking, Hunting and Wing Shooting, Wood working

Philip Groenewald - Treasurer

Philip was born in Durbanville, Cape Town, where he grew up and finished high school in 1996. He completed his BVSc at Onderstepoort in 2004. 2005-2007 Philip worked at Wellington Animal Hospital as a general practitioner in mixed rural practice.

In 2008 he bought Vredendal Dierekliniek and managed this rural mixed practice as a one-man practice. In December 2015 they relocated to Swakopmund where he joined Swakopmund Veterinary Clinic. In July 2017 he started Weco Animal Clinic in Walvis Bay.

His wife’s name is Nikki and together they have two lovely children, Nicola 10 years old and Wehan 7 years old. They enjoy the sea, the dunes and their horses.

Philip is currently studying veterinary chiropractic care after hours.

Andrea Klingelhoeffer - Sectretary

Graduated in 2016 with a BVsc from the University of Pretoria and currently working for the Ministry of Agriculture, Directorate of Veterinary Services: Animal Disease Control Division since 2017.

2005-2009: British International Distance College 2010-2016: Studied Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria. Graduated cum laude with a Prize in Top 10 Clinical Students.

2017: State Veterinarian in Ondangwa. Worked mainly with cattle, goats and chickens. Focus on primary animal health care.
2018-present: State Veterinarian at Windhoek State Vet Office. Work involves mostly dogs, export permits, import control and inspection of export facilities (eg. Taxidermies, feedlots, poultry farms).

-Intensive farming including pigs and chickens
-Primary animal health care education

Hiking, playing musical instruments and learning languages.

Lyndsay Scott - Vice Secretary

Continued Professional Development
World Equine Vet Association

I was born in Tsumeb on 19 September 1987, but spent most of my high school years in Windhoek. After high school I took a “gap year”, working and traveling in the UK and Europe. I started my tertiary studies in Pretoria and graduated from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty at the University of Pretoria in 2014.

I started working in Otjiwarongo for Dr Elvira Kleber at Elvira’s Veterinary Practice for a couple of years; thereafter I completed my wildlife certification and spent some months with Dr Minty Soni and Dr Alexandra Marko from Rhinopark Veterinary Clinic. I recently started my own veterinary practice (Countryside Veterinary Clinic) in Grootfontein and I am enjoying the rural mixed practice.

I am married to Alex De Koning, a farmer from Grootfontein, and we currently have 2 dogs, 5 cats and 4 chickens.

Elvira Kleber

Manga Newsletter and Website

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 horse riding. She is married with 2 sons and is also very keen on racquet sports like tennis, squash and badminton.

Jaco Brink

African Small and Companion Animal Network
World Small Animal Vet Association

Lisa Holtzhausen

World Vet Association

Maaike de Schepper


Maaike was born in Bergschenhoek, a small village close to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She conducted her Veterinary degree in Belgium, her Bachelor degree at the University of Antwerp and her Master’s degree (withing the Bovine election) at Ghent University. During her last year (2015-2016), she went to Onderstepoort for 3 months for clinical rotations, this is where she met Jaco, Andrea and Andrea! It was also at OP that she did part of her Master research thesis: A comparative study in morphological defects of semen from African Lions (Panthera leo) and Caracal (Caracal caracal): collected by urethral catheterization and electro- ejaculation.

After graduating in July 2016, she did a 3 month internship at a large animal clinic in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands before she came to work as a private vet at Windhoek Animal Hospital. Her main interests are Wildlife, cattle and alpacas. You can call her anytime for a lekker abscess drain, a big stitch up, or pulling a calf ;).

Theuns Laubscher

Animal Health Consultative Forum

I was born in Windhoek, with a great love, enjoyment and respect of nature fixed in me through my upbringing while spending weekends on a farm near Outjo. I worked on a cattle ranch in Montana, USA after school that confirmed in me that I want to be a vet. I worked at it and graduated in 2017 from Onderstepoort. After that I worked for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Hluhluwe, KZN in the capacity of CCS and State Vet in 2018. Here my clinical experience has greatly improved in small animal surgery, production animal medicine and wildlife capture. Since then I have been working at Windhoek Veterinary Clinic.

There is still a lot that I can learn from - and by working with more experienced veterinarians, while I do feel confident in handling, diagnosing and treating animals in a mixed animal practice. All aspects of veterinary science fascinates me. I specifically enjoy working with clients, although they may have some interesting ways. Companion animals offer me intellectual stimulation because a more specific diagnosis is often required, than say, production animals. Production animal practice is where my heart lies due to the farming background, and wildlife work is exhilarating. Considering all this, I have a specific interest in surgery.

Dr A Marais/Dr. M Beggs

Co-opted Members - Namibian Vet Council