Team Biographies

Dr Deon van Tonder (Director)

Dr van Tonder graduated in 1986 at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty.

He worked in England for 6 months in a small animal practice then did his 2 year military training where he looked after the army’s patrol horses in the bush war on the borders of Namibia and Angola.  From here he did a MBA degree at University of Pretoria full time.  After this he worked in a mixed veterinary practice in Malmesbury for 2 years before joining WAHG in 1992.

Dr van Tonder currently specialises in equine practice with the main focus on Reproduction and Sport Horse medicine and surgery.

He also served for a number of years on the committee of the SA Equine Veterinary Association and was President of the association for 2 years.  On top of this he is also a member of the Vets with Horsepower Team, a Scottish Charity Organisation consisting of Equine Specialists and keen motor bikers giving CPD lectures to equine vets in different parts of the world and thereby raising money for different charities. 

Dr van Tonder also loves to travel the world, loves sport and is a very big rugby supporter.

He enjoys the outdoors, hiking and motor biking with friends on the many quiet off-the-beaten track dirt roads in South Africa and neighbouring countries.  Having a love for the ocean he also scuba dives in his free time.

Dr van Zyl (Director) 

Dr van Zyl graduated in 1991 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

After graduating he did a stint in the Army, Potchefstroom Equestrian Centre.  He opened his own practice in Moorreesburg, Swartland and subsequently joined WAHG in 2012 as one of the Directors.

His specific interests in the Veterinary field are Equine Sport Medicine, sheep herd health and fertility with Laparoscopic AI and Semen freezing as well as; last mentioned (AI and semen freezing) is something he started with recently.

Dr van Zyl loves endurance horse riding and got his national colours twice.  He also represented the National Endurance team as National Team Vet.

He is married and has 2 adult children.

Besides enjoying breeding sheep, Dr van Zyl also enjoys horse riding in his free time.

Dr George Schabort

Dr Schabort graduated in 2009 at University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty.

He worked for 2 years at a 80% wildlife and 20% small animal mixed practice in Brits after completing his studies; thereafter he spent the following 2 years at an Equine Production practice in Kwa-Zulu Natal before joining WAHG in 2013.

His specific interests in the Veterinary field are Equine Reproduction, Wildlife and Acupuncture. 

He enjoys golf, polo cross, hiking and spending time with his family in his spare time.

Dr Zandri Snyman

Dr Snyman graduated in 2018 from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, completed her CCS year at Cradock State Vet Clinic in 2019 and then joined the WAHG team in January 2020.

She enjoys working with all animals, big and small.  However, production animals are the most interesting to her and she also has a special interest in surgery.

Dr Snyman has been riding American Saddlebreds all her life and still rides competitively.  She loves the outdoors and regular exercise as well.


 

Dr Bruwer Morkel (Retired 2022, Locum)

Dr Morkel graduated in 1977 from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

After graduating he worked at Veterinary practices in Viljoenskroon (1978), Klerksdorp (1979) and then managed his own practice in Heilbron from 1980 – 1986, from where he joined WAHG in 1986 and is still a valued Veterinarian and one of the 5 Directors to date.

Dr Morkel has worked in a mixed Veterinary Practice for the last 44 years and thoroughly enjoys Surgery.

Throughout his professional career, Dr Morkel always strove to be available to all our valued clients thereby enhancing the service WAHG had to offer. After retiring in 2022 he still assists as a locum for WAHG.

Dr Morkel is married, has 3 adult children and enjoys cycling and spending time with his family in his free time.

Dr Emile du Plessis (Director)

Dr du Plessis obtained his S.SC from the University of Stellenbosch in 1976 and went on to graduate in 1981 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty.

Straight after graduating on the Friday, he started to work in a rural Veterinary practice in Riversdal with             Dr Theo Taljaard.

Dr du Plessis got married in 1983 and joined another mixed practice in Caledon with Drs Herbst and Wilson and worked there for 5 years after which he decided to pursue dairy cow fertility and production work with a large dairy company in the Western Cape.

He returned to his first practice in Riversdal in 1988 and stayed there for the next 14 years.  The decision to join WAHG in 2002 was prompted by the family not wishing to split when his daughter started Varsity.  Once at WAHG, Dr du Plessis decided to focus mainly on companion animal care.  

Dr du Plessis enjoys mountain biking, loves reading and has a special interest in Origins Science and does some lecturing and tours on the validity of a Young Earth.

Dr Egbert Compion (Director)

Dr Compion graduated in 1999 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty.

After completing his studies, he worked at a Veterinary practice in Kent, Manchester, London until 2006 where he started and managed the Panorama after hours Veterinary Clinic from 2006 – 2009.

Dr Compion joined WAHG in February 2011 and has special interests in Surgery, Reptile husbandry and care.

He is married to Mariëtte and has 2 beautiful children.

Amongst hobbies of hiking, botany and herpetology, he also enjoys cooking.

Nurses

Our team of qualified nurses are proficient in both large and small animal treatment and care as well as the management of our modern pharmacy. Our nurses at Wellington are Srs Mariska Claassens (since 2007), Hannelie Smit (since 2002), and Kirsten Hendrickse and Sr Doret Nickission (since 2020)

Sr Adri Nel has been with WAHG, and specifically at our Boulevard branch, since 2004 and is a real stalwart when it comes to so many aspects of a Veterinary practice, not just nursing, which she excels in.  Her commitment and dedication in ensuring that your pet gets the best veterinary care and treatment is valued and respected by fellow colleagues and clients alike.