Our Vision

To be a globally recognised veterinary centre leaving animals, humans and the planet in a better state than we found it.

Mission Statement

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!

Our Team

Dr Luca Mendes

Dr Luca Mendes Bio

Dr Luca Mendes

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

Dr Emily Baxter Bio

Dr Emily Baxter

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

Dr William Fowlds Bio

Dr William Fowlds

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.

Dr Annie Mears Bio

Dr Annie Mears

Annie graduated from the University of Nottingham, in the UK, in 2016. After volunteering with Ikhala Veterinary Wildlife Services for 6 months, Annie returned home for 18 months to work in small animal practice whilst awaiting her South African Visa. During this time, she also developed an interest in small animal medicine and emergency critical care and locumed at several small animal hospitals.

In January 2018 Annie returned to work for Ikhala Vet Clinic and Wildlife Services which allowed her to develop her passion for conservation and wildlife and also return to her first love of equine practice.

In her free time Annie helps manage the Eastern Capes first Equine Anti-Poaching unit, enjoys horse riding and the fantastic outdoor lifestyle the eastern cape has to offer.

Annie currently has two SPCA rescue dogs, Benji the three-legged Jack Russel, and Fran a beautiful Africanis, three guinea pigs and a beautiful cat named Alfie.

Dr Lisa Graham

Dr Lisa Graham Bio

Dr Lisa Graham

Lisa graduated from Nottingham Veterinary School (UK) in 2015 having previously completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She worked in small animal practice across the UK and in Malaysian Borneo. She came out to volunteer with Ikhala in 2017 while completing a post-graduate certificate in Ecology with Oxford University. The veterinary qualification was always intended as a path into conservation and now Lisa heads the research side of the Ikhala wildlife veterinary services as well as working with Amakhala Game Reserve ecology unit, where she has been digitising the wildlife monitoring.

Lisa wears numerous “hats”: vet, researcher, ecologist and fundraiser; and is passionate about them all and their hopeful contribution to conservation. She’s proud to be part of such a dedicated and caring team.


Luyanda Zani Bio

Luyanda Zani

General Assistant

Once I had matriculated at Mary Waters, I continued with my studies and completed my Semi-Skilled Artisan Welding certificate as well as Human Recourses at the East Cape Midlands College in Grahamstown.

I currently work at Ikhala Veterinary Clinic which I started at the beginning of 2018 as a general assistant, which includes assisting Dr’s in theatre for all types of operations, kennel management, a driver and any sort of assistance when needed.


Natalie Morley Bio

Natalie Morley

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.


Anje Liebchen Bio

Anje Liebchen

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

Candice Momberg

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.

Luvuyo Nzanzeka Bio

Luvuyo Nzanzeka

Luvuyo grew up in Grahamstown and has always loved living here. Attending primary and high-school in Grahamstown he has always had a passion for working hard and learning. He hopes that by working for Ikhala Vet he can learn more on a daily basis and improve his skill set. He loves working with animals and is particularly fond of dogs and everything about them. When not working, he is looking after his brother's son or enjoying time with friends.