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KEEPING YOUR VET VISITS SAFE
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU, AND KEEP US SAFE.
Hospitals do not close and we are OPEN for you.

– Please PHONE AHEAD to make an appointment to be seen.
– Please PHONE AHEAD to request the dispensing of chronic medications. We will have it ready for you, and we ask for 24 hour notifications.
– If our waiting room is crowded, please enjoy the space in our garden while you wait. Let reception know you have arrived. You can also wait in your car.
– Only one person is to accompany your pet for routine appointments. This keeps your family, and us safe.

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Dr. Tim Hepplestone

Dr Tim Hepplestone qualified with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in June of 1992 from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria.

After a brief period of working in London, Tim returned to South Africa in 1993 and joined Bluehills Veterinary Hospital in 1995. Where he has been overworked for the last 18 years.

Tim enrolled for a post-graduate honours degree in internal medicine in 2001. He obtained the degree in 2004.

He holds memberships in the South African Veterinary Association, the National Clinicians Group, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Institute of Veterinary Practice development.

Tim has a keen interest in internal medicine including oncology, cardiology, endocrinopathy and stem cell therapy.


Dr. Lynne Hepplestone

Dr Lynne graduated from UCT with a B. Mus (Hons in Piano) and then continued with her BVSc at Onderstepoort Vet Faculty.

Married to Dr. Tim, they have twin daughters, 5 dogs, 2 cats, 1 rabbit and a full and busy home and life.

When they are not in the Vet Hospital, you’ll find them all underwater exploring the ocean.


Dr. Angela Rogers

Dr Angela qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from, Onderstepoort on 1987. Since then she has completed post graduate courses in Equine Medicine, ultrasound and radiology.

After qualifying she spent 6 months in Europe, practicing under the guidance of a specialist equine sports medicine veterinary surgeon. She then worked at various companion and equine practices in the UK for four years before returning to South Africa to join Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital.

In 1995 she became a partner in Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital and has been here ever since.

Angela has a special interest in Equine Medicine and lameness and dentistry and is a member of the Equicare group, a private equine hospital, which incorporates equine specialists and veterinarians with special interests with the aim of providing world class equine veterinary care and facilities. She is also the current treasurer of the South African Equine Veterinary Association.

On the occasion that she is not working, Angela enjoys hacking her horse and cycling.


Dr Lynsey Bamber (Walter)

Blue Hills Vet has always felt like home to Dr Lynsey.

She first joined as a new graduate in 2006 working as a mixed small animal and equine vet. It soon became clear that small animals were where her real passion lay.

In 2009 she decided to broaden her horizons. She  moved to the UK and worked first as a locum then as a full time vet in and around London. She enjoyed meeting and learning from many different vets and also following her other passion for travelling.

But soon enough she was ready to come home. She returned to South Africa in 2013 and was excited to join Blue Hills again in 2014.

She loves small animal internal medicine especially feline medicine and also has a special interest in dentistry.

She lives with her husband and their furry family members: Tayla and Obie their beloved Africanis dogs and Fluffy the ex street cat.

 


Dr Morag Evans is originally from Scotland and has been a part of the Blue Hills team for a number of years. She is an amazing, selfless person who is always so cheerful and has a great personality. When not at work she can be found travelling or riding her horses or caring for her numerous other animals.

 

 

 


Dr Samantha Phillips grew up in Johannesburg and qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort in 2018. She had spent some time with us during her final years at OP and knew this was exactly where she wanted to work when she was finished with her studies. She did her compulsory community service at the Military Veterinary Institute in Potchefstroom looking after the country’s working military dogs. When not at work she can be found riding her horse Fanta, trying to teach her cat Smudge how to “eat in moderation” or spending time outdoors with friends.

 


Sr. Anita de Weerdt

Sr. Anita de Weerdt qualified with a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (with Distinction) in 2017 at Onderstepoort and holds membership with the Golden Key International Honour Society. She joined our dynamic team in February 2018. She is passionate about any and every animal, and enjoys working especially with exotics, wildlife and large animals.

Anita enjoys photography, being outdoors and going on all sorts of adventures, especially when they involve 4 wheels and dirt. She is a curious type of person and uses it to learn more about the workings of different animals every chance she gets.

Anita is also proudly the shortest and littlest sister in the team!


Sr. Kirstin Oosthuizen

Sr. Kirstin graduated in Equine Science in 2013 and after spending a year working with horses, in Veterinary Nursing in 2016.

She joined the Blue Hills Vet team at the start of 2018 after spending some time in a wildlife focused practice.

She enjoys giving all patients one on one attention and making their experience at the hospital a positive one. She loves all animals but is passionate about horses and wildlife. In her free time she enjoys riding, competing and spending time with her own horse, being outdoors, photography and sitting down with a good book. She enjoys travelling and loves a getaway to the bush. Her animals at home include two very spoiled cats, Bentley and Carrera; a chubby but handsome Labrador called Zane and two guinea pigs, Hagrid and Weasley.


Sr.Simoné du Plooy

Sr.Simoné joined the team in January 2019. She has such a bubbly pesonality and is often laughing. In her spare time she enjoys running and painting pottery and spending time on the beach. She has a cat and a dog as well as two tortoises

 

 


Monika Hermann

Monika obtained her diploma in Nature Conservation in 2003 where she spent a year in the Kruger National Park working at the Wildlife Veterinary Services. This is where her passion for veterinary work developed, which lead to her gaining her diploma in Animal Health in 2008.

Monika is an avid horse rider and has 3 horses which keep her busy in her free time. She is a nature lover and enjoys overlanding trips to remote wildlife parks with her husband.

Her hobbies apart from horse riding, are wildlife photography, swimming and spending quality time with her dogs.


Olivia van Schalkwyk

“Love is the universal language.  I am passionate to make a difference through being the change I want to see in the world.”

Olivia is happily divorced, a single parent to her 20 year old daughter, who fills her life with so much joy… and challenges.  She shares her home with 3 dogs, 2 cats and many friendly spiders.  Numbers are a passion of Olivia’s and she feels balanced when the general ledgers balance.

 


Catherine Soobrayan

Catherine started working at Blue Hills vet in February 2017 and has loved meeting all the amazing people and animals!She loves interacting with all the friendly people and their pets. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family, and of course her amazing little fur kids, parrots and snakes.

 

 


Paul Grobler joined the team in June 2019. He is studying psychology and enjoys watching and playing cricket

 

 

 

 


ANIMAL ASSISTANTS
When you come in to visit us, introduce yourselves to our amazing BHVH Animal Assistants.
The AmaGents are more valuable than we could ever say in words, and have the most diverse job descriptions in what needs to get done in a hospital day. Their loyalty, work ethic, and endless patience, keeps us and your pets safe.

 


Robert Vete hails from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, and has been working in the veterinary hospital environment for decades. We were very lucky to have Robert join our team, and he has fitted in to true Blue Hills style with aplomb. His willingness and eagerness to assist with all and everything is such a strong and successful aspect of hospital work, Robert is so valued and appreciated on our BHVH team.

 

 


Sunday Modise will regularly be seen with Dr Angela as they attend to the Equine patients. He has a excellent work ethic, and is a confident and friendly communicator with clients. Sunday and Farai both hail from Zimbabwe, and are excellent and skilled animal assistants, again we are so fortunate to work alongside them, and enjoy their participation in our team.

 

 


Sekan Banda is from Malawi, and, among his multi-tasking skills sets, has the loveliest infectious smile and laugh! He’s a fast learner and is doing extremely capably well in his new field as BHVH Animal Assistant.

 

 

 


Farai Soko is our newest animal assistant and already showing his fantastic positive contribution to our hospital. He is a calm, quiet, and peaceful individual who is wonderfully welcome to the BHVH team.

 

 

 


Bernard Mokwana is the one of the kindest, cheerful, most caring man you can meet. He has earned the internal title of The Parvo King as his endless patience with gastro patients is legendary. His enthusiasm and willingness to learn more is enjoyable, and his capacity to make us laugh is worth his weight in gold.

 

 


 

Steven Kapile comes from Malawi and joined the team in June 2019. He really enjoys helping in theatre and although he enjoys working with all the animals his favourite breed of dog is a German Shepherd

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December 11, 2018