Our Staff

The team at Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre includes 8 Veterinarians, 3 Specialist Veterinarians, 3 After-Hours Veterinarians, 5 qualified veterinary nursing sisters and 13 technicians who are all supported by a very competent administrative and support staff. Our friendly efficient receptionists have received Seta accredited Eduvet receptionist training and receive continuous training on all the premium pet products and pet foods stocked in our onsite vet shop so are more than willing and able to assist you with the best choice of products for your family pets.

Our Staff

  • Our Specialist Surgical Clinic is headed by Dr Michael Gray. He is assisted by  Dr Frans Van Heerden & Dr Peter Guy & Sr Sam Tombs & Sr Michelle Jordaan. 
  • The General Practice is headed by Dr Conrad Prins. The veterinarians include Dr Bianca Achtzehn, Dr Adri Smith, Dr Johan Venter, Dr De La Ray Brugman & Dr Ezit Malan . They are all assisted by 3 veterinary nurses – Sr Carmen Goddard, Sr Kimberley Cox & Sr Lauren Henshilwood.
  • The After-Hours clinic is owned and run by Dr Chris van den Heever. He is assisted by Anel De Beer, Dr Benoit Thomas & Dr Nita Loots and their excellent team of nurses and support staff.

Doctors

Dr Michael Gray BVSc, Cert. SAS (R.C.V.S.), M.Med.Vet.(Surg)

Dr Michael Gray qualified as a veterinarian in 1988 from Onderstepoort University and came to Panorama Veterinary Clinic in 1993. He was awarded a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London in 2001. He subsequently completed a residency and master’s degree in small animal surgery. He is a registered specialist in small animal surgery and currently the only veterinary specialist surgeon practising in Cape Town and the only Specialist that does complete hip replacements in dogs in Cape Town.

Dr Frans van HeerdenB.Sc. B.V.Sc.(Hons), M.Med.Vet (Surg.)

Dr Frans van Heerden qualified as a veterinarian in 2012 from the University of Pretoria. He obtained his honours degree in small animal surgery in 2016 and subsequently completed a formal residency in small animal surgery at the Onderstepoort campus of the University of Pretoria in 2018. He fulfilled the requirements for a master’s degree in small animal surgery in 2019 and is currently a registered specialist in small animal surgery. Even though his interests in the field of surgery is developing, he currently enjoys all orthopaedic and soft tissue cases.

Dr Wilco Botha BSc., B.V.Sc. (Hons), M.Med.Vet.(Med)

Dr. Wilco Botha obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital immediately after graduation. He obtained further honours and master’s degrees in Small Animal Medicine, obtaining his specialist registration in 2018. Dr. Botha has since lectured small animal gastroenterology and musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Pretoria before moving to Cape Town. He is currently still active in antimicrobial resistance research. Dr. Botha’s clinical interests include clinical toxicology, emergency and critical care and gastroenterology.

Dr Peter Guy BSc, BVSc

After graduating from Onderstepoort Veterinary University in 2013, Dr Peter Guy joined our team as a general practitioner in 2014.
He has a keen interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. In 2017 Dr Peter Guy commenced a surgical residency with Dr Michael Gray.
This will enable Dr Peter Guy to enhance his knowledge and skills of veterinary surgery with hands-on guidance from Dr Michael Gray.

Dr Conrad Prins BVSc

Dr Conrad Prins qualified as veterinarian from Onderstepoort , University of Pretoria in 1999 . After practising for about 18 months in mostly the South-East of England , he returned to South Africa in October 2000 to join Panorama Veterinary Clinic .

He became co-owner of the practice in 2002 and together with Dr Michael Gray developed the practice to the referral centre that it is today.

Dr Prins is heading the general practice and apart from general clinical duties , very much involved in the business development and administration of the practice.

Clinically , Dr Prins still enjoys the small animal surgery.

Dr Bianca Achtzehn BSc, BVSc

Dr Bianca Achtzehn was born and raised in Durban, and completed her Veterinary Degree at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, in 2012. In 2013 she completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital. She moved to the Cape Town and started working at Panorama Vet Clinic in 2014.
Her interests is primarily in small animal medicine, but she also enjoys soft tissue surgery.

Dr Adri Smith BSc, BVSc

Dr Adri Smith qualified from Onderstepoort in 2013. She enjoys small animal internal medicine as well as soft tissue surgery.
Adri grew up on a farm in the Free State, but she’s been calling Cape Town home since 2015.

Dr Johan Venter BSc, BVSc

Dr Johan Venter qualified from Onderstepoort in 2011, he has a passion for small animal surgery and enjoys working up medical cases. He is the proud pet parent of 2 Saluki hounds and a domestic shorthair kitty. He is originally from Bloemfontein but has absolutely fallen in love with Cape Town. In his spare time he enjoys searching for and restoring antique furniture.

Dr De La Rey Brugman BSc, BVSc (Hons)

Dr De La Rey Brugman qualified from Onderstepoort in 2009 and moved back to his hometown Nelspruit where he became the state vet and later joined a private practice. He met his wife there, and they moved to Cape Town with their two furry German Pointers, Roxy and Kubu.
Caring for animals is his passion, and he has a special interest in companion animal medicine in which he has obtained a honours degree.
In his free time, he likes to explore the trails around Cape Town on his mountain bike, and also enjoy spending time on the shooting range.

Dr Chris Van den Heever BVSc

Dr Chris Van den Heever grew up on a farm in Southern Free State near the small town of Bethulie.  He successfully completed his studies in 2003 as vet. Dr. Chris worked in UK for 1 year, after which he return to South-Africa and worked in Bloemfontein for 5 years.  In 2009 Dr. Chris started at the After Hours Clinic and since April 2019 switched over to the day staff.  He has a special interest in medicine cases and loves Boston Terriers!

Dr Ezit Malan BSc, BVSc

Dr Ezit Malan and her husband has moved down to Cape Town all the way from Gauteng.  In 2011 she completed her BSc. Honors in Zoology and obtained her veterinary degree with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2016.

Dr. Malan enjoys both general surgical and medical cases.

Nurses

Sr Carmen Goddard (Dip.Vet.Nur.)

Sr Kimberley Cox (Dip.Vet.Nur.)

Sr Lauren Henshilwood (Dip.Vet.Nur.)

Sr Michelle Jordaan (Dip.Vet.Nur.)

Sr Sam Tombs (Dip.Vet.Nur.)

Sr Marna Meyer (Dip.Vet.Nur.)