Three Legged Cross
(BSc, BVSc) MRCVS
I came to Britain from South Africa in 2001 with my young family, and after a few years as a locum vet I set up practice in 2005, taking over the Alderholt surgery from the previous vet, after his retirement. My father was a Vet in South Africa and I grew up around animals on our farm. I have developed my knowledge and skills in small animal orthopaedics and am currently working on my Certificate in this field. Because of this interest, my second surgery at Three Legged Cross, which opened in 2008, developed its own rehabilitation centre including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and agility. We have also since then, started training hydrotherapists at our own school and get students from around the globe!
The opportunity to re open the historical surgery in Southbourne came along at the beginning of this year, and we are excited to offer our own brand of professional animal care and re establish that community surgery.
I base my approach as an individual, as well as the ethos of Springbok Veterinary Group, on a few core principles:
Honesty – We will give you the time you need (our consultation slots, which at 15 minutes, are longer than many other vet surgeries, can be up to half an hour when needed) and we will listen to you. I have found this to be a shortcoming of many veterinary professionals – they know better and do not listen!
Individualism – We will work with you to give you options. I do not believe in set recipes, but individually tailored treatments to your needs and means.
Professionalism – Do not take for granted that every veterinary practice is a blue print of core standards. It isn’t always the case. I make a point of improving all the time and adhere to best practice guidelines.
Personal – Being professional should not mean having an impersonal, corporate, business like approach. Our surgeries are small and personal, where we get to know our clients and their animals, and we consider it our responsibility to maintain that special relationship.
Skills – In the group, we have a wide range of skills, including orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, behaviour, rehabilitation, nutrition and advice on practical public health. It is a priority in the group to continuously study and improve our skills to offer you – the client – the best options and information.
Community involvement – we have regular dog shows in aid of charities, do regular evening talks on topics like First Aid for our animals and work with organisations like the CPL to help with feral cat populations.
Realism – I do not promise you the moon and stars for the cheapest price in the UK, but an honest opinion based on applicable knowledge and years of experience. If I do not know, I will find out or send you to a specialist, but I will never ignore or treat just for the sake of it.
Most importantly I believe that pets have a therapeutic part to play in our lives – adding quality and a sense of meaning to us as humans. The relationship that we have with them enhances our lives, and our job, as a veterinary surgery, is to look after that relationship for as long as we can.