MEET THE SOUTHERN CROSS TEAM
Dr Peter Kroon has been practising veterinary medicine since 1987. He has a special interest in anaesthetics, dentistry, fishing and gardening - not necessarily in that order!
Dr Alma Kerr is from N.Ireland and graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2000. She joined the Southern Cross team in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. Alma has 4 cats, Gromit, Midge, Smurf and Harley, and 2 dogs, Libby, a Springer Spaniel and Lewis, a chocolate Labrador. Both dogs compete in obedience and tracking. Alma is a self-confessed chocaholic!
Alma became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in December 2017 (Chi Institute, USA). She was also awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management (Harper Adams University) in 2017. She completed Backbone Academy's Veterinary Chiropractic course in 2015 and also passed the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association's certification exam. In 2013, Alma qualified as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) (University of Tennessee). She also gained the General Practitioner Certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management (European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies) in 2014. In 2013, Alma completed a course in veterinary behaviour offered by the University of Pretoria.
Our kennel staff assist our vets and keep our practice clean. They will be happy to carry food purchases to your car or help you if your pet is not too keen on paying us a visit. Our kennel staff bath dogs every morning during weekdays.
Natasha, Tanya and Michelle are our morning reception team.
Jenny, Leanne and Wilma are our afternoon reception team.
Ignatius started working at Southern Cross in 2010. He has 2 sons and 3 dogs. He likes dogs and cats. Ignatius enjoys assisting with our physical rehabilitation and acupuncture patients. Ignatius will exercise your dog on the treadmill.
Joyce joined the Southern Cross team in 2013. She works very hard to keep the practice clean and tidy. Joyce has the amazing talent of knowing just when a staff member is in need of a cup of tea.
Boyce joined the Southern Cross family in 2014. He has 3 children - 1 daughter and 2 sons. Boyce also has a dog and a cat. He enjoys working with the animals and especially likes to bath and brush the dogs.
Phakamile has worked at veterinary practices since 1996. He joined the Southern Cross team in 2014. Phakamile has 1 daughter, 2 dogs and really likes working with animals. He really enjoys being part of the Southern Cross team.
Brad joined us in 2015. He was born in East London and moved to PE when he was 13. He studied marketing at Boston and has volunteered at SAMREC. His interests include animals, computer games and sport. He lives with his parents, sister and 3 rescue animals.
Dr Yolandi Eldridge joined the Southern Cross family in June 2016. Yolandi qualified from Onderstepoort in 2013 and then worked in mixed practice in PE. She loves chatting to her patients and also enjoys surgical cases.
Yolandi is happily married and they have three fur-kids. Apple, the dapple Dachshund; Toffee, adopted from SCVC; and her cat, Khaleesi, a stray she adopted after being hit by a car.
She loves to exercise and be outdoors.
Natasha rejoined the team in 2016 after having taken a creative break. She has 10 lovable animal children. Natasha's 5 dogs are Skyler, Ladybug, Elijah, Eden and Snow - some were adopted from Southern Cross. Her 5 spoilt cats are Dixi, Chiki, Grey, Hartjie and Poncho. Natasha is an avid animal lover. She also enjoys movies, swimming and paintball in her spare time.
Carol has been part of the Southern Cross team since 2007. Prior to this she worked at a veterinary clinic in East London for 9 years. In 2016, Carol became the practice co-ordinator. She has two adult sons.
Tanya joined the Southern Cross team in May 2016. Tanya had been a veterinary receptionist for 9 years prior to joining us, meeting all types of people and their "fur children". She is married with two wonderful children, Carter and Taylor. Tanya has a cross breed rescue dog called Skye and she is a very special member of the family.
Siyabonga joined the Southern Cross team in July 2016. He has 1 daughter. Siyabonga also has 2 dogs. He likes all animals and enjoys helping them.
Karen, our veterinary nurse, joined the Southern Cross team in September 2016. Karen qualified from Onderstepoort in 1999, then she worked in a mixed private practice. She lives with her husband, son and daughter. Karen enjoys working with cats. In her free time Karen loves to read and spend time with her family.
Michelle started at Southern Cross in October 2017. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two fur kids, Sadie and Layla. She also has an African Grey parrot named Chip whose first language is English. She is excited to be a part of the Southern Cross family and has a passion for animals that really comes from the heart.
Sipokazi joined the Southern Cross team full time in 2018. She works to keep the practice clean. Sipokazi has 3 children. She loves playing sports and got EP colours for athletics and netball. Sipokazi still plays netball.
Jess, our veterinary nurse, joined the SCVC team in June 2018 having completed her Nursing Diploma at Onderstepoort in 2017. She previously studied at Rhodes University, completing a BSc and PCGE. Jess owns an adopted Staffie named Abby. She is a huge animal lover, especially dogs and she has a special interest in rehab therapy. Jess enjoys reading, creative hobbies and being outdoors.
Jenny joined the SCVC team in June 2018. She is married and has a son in his final year at NMU. She enjoys reading and walking down at the beach in her spare time. Returned from Namibia after living there for 30 years and now glad to be back with her family and friends in PE. She has a spoilt Jack Russell named Patches.
Wilma joined the Southern Cross team in December 2018. She is married, has 2 human kids and a parakeet named Kuifie. Prior to moving to PE, Wilma lived in George for 13 years and worked at the Garden Route Animal Hospital for 4 years. Wilma is very motivated and positive. Helping people is one of her greatest points. Outside of work her hobby is fishing. She loves the outside world. Wilma is a go getter.
Dr Kelly Yui joins the Southern Cross team in February 2019. She is a born and bred PE girl who qualified from Onderstepoort in 2017. In 2018 Kelly did her CCS year in Worcester as a State Vet, helping at the local small animal practice in her spare time. She is a GSD fanatic and has 4 fur babies. Apart from GSD's, Kelly loves being on the farm, fishing and just being outdoors.
Dr Lené Nel joined Southern Cross in January 2019. Lené qualified from Ondersterpoort in 2007 and started her veterinary career in Port Elizabeth working in mixed practice from 2008. Although she enjoys dentistry and medicine she believes that overall patient care is the key to being a good veterinarian. She is therefore really passionate about all her patients and strives to build good relationships with clients.
She is happily married to Gerhard Hills and have two very busy boys, De Wet and Ruben. She adores Schnauzers and has two of her own as well as two cats. They live on the Grey High School campus as her husband is the senior housemaster at the High School hostel... so in essence she has 152 boys! Other interests include spending time on the family farm in Cradock and camping with the family, as she loves spending time in nature. If she ever decides on a career change, she would love to express her creative side in the kitchen and become a professional baker.
Dr Shona MacAffer is from Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh University in 2007. She has spent most of her career working in mixed animal practice in Scotland but has often taken time out to travel and work for veterinary charities across the world including Mongolia, Mozambique and Australia. She moved to Port Elizabeth in August 2018 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Conservation Medicine.
Gaynor joined us in December 2018. She moved from Cape Town where she worked at Panorama Veterinary Clinic and Specialist Centre for 13 years. Gaynor now lives in Uitenhage and is married. Gaynor loves to laugh, loves working with animals and has a passion for working in theatre. In her spare time, Gaynor loves cooking and spending time with her family.
Leanne joined the SCVC family in March 2019. She had recently moved from Cape Town with her 2 beloved Beagles, Bella and Duke, who are her life. She has 1 son, Bradley, who is studying at Rhodes. Leanne previously worked for an Animal Chiropractor and at a veterinary practice in Cape Town. Leanne loves animals and is fanatical about Beagles! She is passionate about complementary medicine especially acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for humans and animals. Leanne loves walking her dogs, yoga, reading and meeting other Beagle fanatics!!