Staff

Staff looking after your pets

Accuvet Veterinary Hospital boasts a friendly, helpful and well trained staff complement.

We have vets with combined experience of more than 30 years. As continuing education is a top priority for our entire staff, we conduct in-house lectures for our support staff. Our staff are all very knowledgeable and boast pets that range from dogs and cats to horses, birds, rabbits, marmosets and tortoises!

Cheryl Gough – Receptionist

Cheryl Gough grew up in Witbank where she would visit her grandfather on his farm and that is where her love for animals and working with them developed. After matriculating she went to a FGASA field school to become a game ranger and handled game drives etc for clients on different reserves. She also studied graphic design and animal behaviour and she is our in-house puppy school manager. She always wanted to do more so started pursuing a career as a veterinary technician.  While she was studying animal anatomy a local vet from Witbank, welcomed her to his practice where she gained some experience. She moved to Pretoria to broaden her studies and worked for Valley Farm animal hospital for a few years as a receptionist. Cheryl is currently our afternoon receptionist where she would also jump in and help with whatever is necessary and often getting her hands dirty helping to assist Dr Louw.

Sr Lauren Elliot

Lauren was born and raised in Cape Town. She had a great passion for animals from early on and always knew that she had to be in this field. After matriculating, she worked at SANCCOB as a Bird Rehabilitator for a year. This involved the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured coastal birds. She left Cape Town to study Veterinary Nursing at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital in Pretoria in 2005/2006 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in early 2007. After qualifying, she worked at the Tshwane (Waltloo) SPCA for 4 years from 2007 until 2011 after which she got married. She took a new job at Atterbury Bird and Animal Hospital, working with small animals, birds and exotics.She had her first child in 2013 and worked at ABAH until the practice closed in November 2016. In early 2017 her son was born and in June that year she started a new job at Valley farm Animal Hospital and worked there for about 12 months. In June 2018, I accepted the position of veterinary nurse at Accuvet Veterinary Hospital. This is a wonderful new experience for me as we work not only with small animals, birds and exotics, but also occasionally with livestock, equines and wildlife. I have gained a wealth of knowledge over the years and look forward to applying it at AVH.  I am very excited about the prospect of this new practice and seeing/helping it grow.

Antoinette Watson

Antoinette was born in Belville in Cape Town where she spent most of her childhood and later on moved to Centurion in Gauteng. She is an absolute outdoors person enjoying long road trips and spending time having a braai with friends and family. Antoinette has been with AVH from the start with no previous veterinary practice experience but quickly proved to be a very worthy asset to the hospital. She’s got two girls aged 9 and 3 and a Chihuahua who visits AVH on a regular basis. Antoinette shares our passion for animals but with an enormous heart for people she makes any visitor feel welcome.

 

Brian Makhubela

Brian was born in 1983 in Chiredzi in Zimbabwe. Brian is our multitasking kennel hand with more than 8 years of wildlife experience working with Dr Louw on virtually a daily basis. He is a fast learner and he helps around the hospital wherever needed. He is on site 24/7 always ready to open and help wherever he is needed often opening up for clients when they are rushing in with an emergency. His sense of humour on a daily basis keeps everyone smiling and nobody will ever find him down or without a friendly word or smile on his face.

 

 

Dr Marius Louw

Dr Louw grew up on a farm outside Pretoria spending his childhood days horse riding, playing kleilat and swimming in the farm dam with his two brothers and sisters. He had an intense love for nature from an early age spending hours in the bush watching birds and studying trees. His massive love for animals and the outdoors culminated in a veterinary degree from Onderstepoort in 2005 with awards for small stock health and production and anaesthesiology. He always loved wildlife intensely and has immobilized,moved and treated more than 25 000 animals in the past 10 years. After qualifying from Onderstepoort he started working in Namibia in a very busy mixed practice for about a year, moved to England shortly after where he spent about 19 months.Upon returning to South Africa he immediately started his own mixed practices in Nylstroom and Vaalwater in Limpopo where he handled some of the biggest game auctions in the country sole charge. Dr Louw has extensive knowledge on small animal and mixed practice with a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and also excellent experience with avian and feline medicine. His passion and knowledge with veterinary medicine and surgery is evident in the way he treats patients and clients alike. Accuvet Veterinary Hospital is the third practice he has opened and him and his staff tries to stay up to date with the latest that veterinary science can offer. He’s got two daughters Lente and Rosalie aged 10 and 9 who has accompanied and assisted him frequently with animals. AVH is the product of Marius and his wife Bianca’s dedication and commitment to developing a facility where animals and clients can be treated with the best possible facilities and above this a place where every client becomes part of the AVH family.