Durbanville Animal Hospital

Operating Times

Dr Mendelsohn started a small personal practice in Valmary Park which has steadily grown into a 2 hospital, 6 veterinarian practice over the last 25 years. At first there were only two, Dr Mendelsohn and Michael Mpushe his assistant. Nowadays, our Durbanville hospital has 3 veterinarians, 1 nurse, a practice manager, 2 receptionists and 2 kennel assistants. We have enjoyed a low staff turnover as most have arrived and stayed, culminating in what we have today, which is a highly motivated and caring team that delivers an outstanding level of veterinary care.

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Durbanville Animal Hospital Staff

  • Dr Ivan Mendelsohn


    I have been at the practice for 25 years. Recently a "new baby" arrived, an ultrasound machine, which has opened up a whole new world in diagnostics for me and our patients. When I am not working I enjoy hiking, birding, photography and going into the bush. I especially enjoy spending time with "Tumi" and "Neo" my two Golden Retrievers.

  • Dr Maryke Thomas


    I joined the Durbanville Animal Hospital in April 1994. I enjoy doing surgical procedures and have been co-ordinating the Fisantekraal Animal Welfare "Spay Days" for the past 9 years. At home I run a busy household with a teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat. I have a special interest in complementary veterinary medicine and acupuncture.

  • Dr Elzette Rossouw


    I qualified at Onderstepoort in December 2001. I started my career in the "Windy city" (Port Elizabeth), but after 3 years managed to upgrade to the "Mother city" (Cape Town) and joined Durbanville Animal Hospital in June 2007.

    In my daily job, first prize is obviously dealing with my furry patients. Second prize is being in a job where no day is ever the same. Last but not least, third prize is, that even if you read a textbook twice, some cases will still surprise you by being the exception to the rule!

  • Jane

    Practice Manager

    I am the Practice Manager for the Durbanville and Goedemoed Hospitals and I also keep an eye on

    The Corner Vetshop. I have been with this practice for 20 years and have watched its growth from a one-man practice to two hospitals with six veterinarians.

    At home I grow bonsai trees, garden, read and enjoy my cat, Zorro and my dog, Dixie.

    Any extra time and money is spent on travelling, usually to bird and animal watch.

  • Belinda


    I started working at the Durbanville Animal Hospital in July 2006. Previously, I worked at the Animal Welfare Society for 7 years. My biggest passion is animals (although I am terrified of moths!). I am owned by two bulldogs, Chaos and Cosmo. Chaos comes from a "backyard breeder", which might explain why my KUSA bulldog puppy now looks like a Staffie Cross! Cosmo was rescued from Animal Anti-Cruelty. I strongly support adopting an animal from one of the many rescue centres.

  • Shirley


    The dog in my life is Jack Daniels (JD for short) an 11 year old Staffie. I have been blessed with 4 other children, my wonderful daughter and her husband and two cutest grand-daughters, my awesome son and two lovely step-daughters. My family and friends are very important to me. The highlight of my life thus far was being privileged to swim with dolphins in Port Elizabeth , feeding and interacting with them and nurturing rescued baby turtles as therapy after heart surgery. I have been at the practice just over 6 years and thoroughly enjoy my reception shifts after having been in the corporate world for many years.

  • Caroline

    Veterinary Nurse

    I started working at Durbanville Animal Hospital in November 2012, after a career in Equine Nursing.

    My love for small animals started about 3 years ago when I left the Equine hospital to study Veterinary nursing. Since then I have developed an amazing passion for small animals.

    After finishing my studies at Onderstepoort I adopted a kitty, who was a stray at my first job. His name is "Stitch" and recently I adopted a stray doggie, "Missy". Missy lived on the streets for most of her life and it took a very kind and caring group of people about a year to catch her.

    With my animals, my house finally feels like a home!

  • Michael

    Kennel Assistant

    I have been working at Durbanville Animal Hospital for 26 years. I started out with Dr Mendelsohn and have watched the practice grow steadily. I have 3 pets of my own. Makaviti is an 14 year old cat who arrived as a stray at the hospital. I also have 2 dogs Rover and Layla. I enjoy watching soccer, boxing, tennis and rugby.