To be a globally recognised veterinary centre leaving animals, humans and the planet in a better state than we found it in.
We aim to achieve our vision by providing advanced and innovative veterinary care, promoting education and research and practising in an ecological, sustainable and conservation focused manner. Our holistic approach to veterinary medicine places equal importance on Animal, Human and Environmental health in an effort to improve the planet for the long term. We are excited for you to be a part of this exciting vision!
Dr Luca Mendes Bio
BSc,BVSc, MVetSci Cons. Med.
After graduating from the University of Pretoria in 2012, Luca spent three years working in Dubai, the UK and other rural parts of South Africa before joining Dr Fowlds at Ikhala Veterinary Wildlife Services in 2015.
While working, he completed his Masters in Conservation Medicine through the University of Edinburgh. He has a strong passion for mixed practice as well as multi-disciplinary topics such as One Health and Conservation.
His vision is to be part of a truly diverse clinic in which the veterinary work is complemented by training and education programmes, specialised veterinary support, research and community engagement,all with the additional aim of encouraging sustainable utilisation of our natural resources and the conservation of endangered species.
Dr Emily Baxter Bio
Emily graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2013. She was drawn to Africa by its incredible wildlife and spent 9 months volunteering for Ikhala Wildlife Veterinary Services and Amakhala Game Reserve. She returned to the UK to work in a mixed animal practice for 18 months, treating everything from mice and snakes to cows and horses. She rejoined the Ikhala team in 2016 and decided to settle in this beautiful part of the world.
She has developed an intense passion for working in the wildlife veterinary industry and is now looking forward to working with an even wider variety of species with the Ikhala Veterinary Clinic.
Dr William Fowlds Bio
The Fowlds family have lived and been educated in the Grahamstown area for six generations. Will worked in small animal practice in the UK for 5 years after qualifying before returning to the Eastern Cape in 2002 to pursue his passion for wildlife and conservation. Apart from living his dream ofworking with wild animals amidst the incredible bio-diversity of the Albany area, he also travels extensively abroad raising awareness and support for our threatened wildlife.
Will is passionate about the contribution that this veterinary team can bring to the people and animals of this area and is proud of the diverse skills and commitment we have assembled here.
Natalie Morley Bio
I have always had a huge love for animals and wanted to save every single one I could. Especially cats!
Having always had a passion for horse riding, some of my best memories are riding through the pineapple fields in Bathurst and the beaches in Kenton.
After so many good memories in the Eastern Cape, I decided to move back to Grahamstown to be with my now husband.
This year, I have registered to study as an Animal Health Technician and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of animals and veterinary medicine.
Luyanda Zani Bio
Luyanda joined Ikhala Veterinary Clinic at the beginning of 2018 as a general assistant. However, his potential was clear from the start and Luyanda is now training to obtain his Diploma in veterinary nursing. Luyanda is a key member of Ikhala and no matter what, you can expect him to help you with a big smile on his face!
Anje Liebchen Bio
I am originally from Cape Town. I moved to Port Alfred in 2017 with my family. Since a child I have always had a passion for animals. I used to own a variety of animals from rats, mice, fish, rabbits, cats and dogs. At the moment I have 4 dogs.
In my spare time I volunteer at charities or animal welfares. I joined Ihkala Veterinary Clinic in April and look forward to working with an amazing team. I have recently moved to Grahamstown with my Fiancé. In the future I would love to extend my knowledge further by studying Veterinary Assistant.
Candice Momberg Bio
I qualified as a Vet Nurse from Onderstepoort at the end of 2008. Originally a Joburg girl, I worked at a busy referral hospital in Bryanston for 8 years, where I gained a lot of experience in medicine and surgical cases as well as ICU nursing.
With a keen interest and love of wildlife, especially the fight against rhino poaching, I joined the Ikhala Veterinary Wildlife Services team in May 2016. I am looking forward to being back in small animal practice while also doing wildlife - best of both worlds.
In my free time and weekends I enjoy photography, socialising with friends, visiting family in Port Alfred and generally spending time in the outdoors especially on the beach.
Dr Danny Fernandes Bio
Having grown up and been schooled in the Western Cape, Danny attended the University of Stellenbosch, obtaining his BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology in 2011. After spending a year and a half traveling and working in New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa, a desire to combine a love for animals and the environment with the hands-on approach of veterinary medicine meant a return to university, going on to graduate with a BVSc from the University of Pretoria in 2018.
After working in the Eastern Free State/Northern Drakensberg area, Danny joined Ikhala at the beginning of June 2020. The privilege of being in a position where his daily actions can have a far-reaching positive impact is something Danny cherishes, and hopes to continue to carry with him in a life and career dedicated to animal welfare and conservation.