Our Team

MEET THE TEAM

We are a dynamic staff of ten

(including Keena, our resident cat).

OUR VETERINARIANS

Dr Albertus Coetzee

BVSc Hons

Dr Albertus Coetzee graduated in 1989 and was the founder of West Acres Animal Hospital. He completed a BVSc(Hons) in 1992. He has many years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery and other fields of interest include equine lameness, reproduction, radiology as well as wildlife capture and relocation.

Dr Nicola Colborne

BVSc

Dr Nicola Colborne graduated from Onderstepoort in 2012 and started working at West Acres in the beginning of 2013. She holds an honours degree in Small Animal Medicine and Opthalmology. She is especially interested in small animal medicine, rehabilitation, acupuncture and equine work.

Dr Jacqui Hardy

BVSc

Dr Jacqui Hardy graduated first in her class from Onderstepoort in 2014 and joined the West Acres team in 2015. Her main field of interest is small animals and exotic pets, particularly medicine. She has a passion for community and outreach work involving primary animal health care.

Dr Debbie Opperman

BVSc

Dr Debbie Opperman graduated from Onderstepoort in 2011. She started working in the lowveld in 2012 and joined the West Acres team in 2017. She has a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery and is very passionate about animal welfare.

OUR VET NURSES

Sr Minette Van Rijswijck

DVN

OUR RECEPTIONISTS

Tammy Moore

Stephanie Grobler

OUR KENNEL ASSISTANTS

Sydwell Shabangu

Thabo Nkuna

OUR RESIDENT CAT

Keena

Courageous Keena, the West Acres Animal Hospital cat returns!

One evening, the mischievous Keena jumped onto the roof of a practice vehicle without anyone noticing. Fortunately our doctor driving the car noticed her when she jumped off at an intersection. We spent numerous weeks looking for her in the area but to no avail.
Eventually, nearly 4 months later, she was spotted at Debonairs at Crossings! We brought her home to West Acres Animal Hospital where she got lots of love, plenty of food and a warm bed. Without the help of our wonderful community we would still be wondering where she was and how she was doing!