Who We Are

Durbanville Animal Hospital was founded in 1986 by Dr Ivan Mendelsohn with Michael Mpushe as his assistant. What started off as a small personal practice in Valmary Park steadily grew into a 2 hospital, 5 veterinarian practice. Dr Mendelsohn retired in 2016, after 30 years of dedication to the practice. Nowadays, our Durbanville hospital has 2 veterinarians, 1 nurse, a practice manager, 2 receptionists and 2 kennel assistants. Our highly motivated and caring team strive to deliver an outstanding level of veterinary care.

Hospital Location


4 De Villiers Dr,
Valmary Park, Cape Town,
7550, South Africa


33°50’32.9″S 18°38’55.0″E


021 975 7242

Operating Hours

Shop and reception times

Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:30
Saturday 09:00 – 12:00

Consultations by appointment

Monday to Friday 08:00 – 09:45
16:00 – 18:15
Saturday 09:00 – 11:45

Emergency times – no appointment

Saturday 17:30 – 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 10:30
17:30 – 18:00
Public Holidays 10:00 – 10:30
17:30 – 18:00

Our Team

Dr Elzette Rossouw – Veterinarian

I am the mother of 2 cats and 2 unruly Jack Russells. I have been with the team since 2007 and despite all the grey hair gained I love the privilege of really getting to know my patients and walking the road with them.

Dr Alet Engelbrecht – Veterinarian

After qualifying in 2003, I worked in the UK for 8 years, gaining valuable experience in veterinary science, as well as pursuing my love for backpacking and travelling. I have a cheeky cat, Winnie, and enjoy cooking, hiking and reading in my free time.

Jane – Practice Manager

I’m the Practice Manager for Durbanville and Goedemoed Animal Hospitals and I also manage our retail store, The Corner Vetshop. I have been part of the growth of this practice for 23 years. At home I garden, read and walk my dog. Holidays are for travelling.

Belinda – Receptionist

I started at the Durbanville Animal Hospital in 2006 after 7 years at Animal Welfare Society. I share my life with Jade, the cutest Bulldog in the entire world. My biggest passion is animals, although I’m terrified of moths and birds.

Shirley – Receptionist

Grandmother to 5 gorgeous grandchildren with another soon to arrive – absolute joy! I am an avid sports fan and also enjoy baking and crossword puzzles. My 9 years spent on reception at Durbanville Animal Hospital have been awesome, assisting our wonderful clients and their precious pets.

Hester – Marketing and Receptionist

I started working for the Vets Who Care group in 2012 and am enjoying every minute of it! I have a zoo of my own, a senior kitty named Gadget, 2 busy doggies, Bienkie and Bella and two cheerful budgies, Pietie and Blondie.

Regan – Kennel Assistant

I started working at Durbanville Animal Hospital in 2016 after years of working in pet shops. I have a beautiful German Shepherd, Lucy, and am adored by the cats in my neighbourhood.

Michael – Kennel Assistant

I started working at Durbanville Animal Hospital in 1986 with Dr Mendelsohn. I have 3 pets of my own, Makaviti the cat who arrived as a stray at the hospital, and 2 dogs Base and Mini. I enjoy watching soccer, boxing, tennis and rugby.