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 3 veterinarians, 2 nurses, 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. I have a keen interest in ultrasonography and internal medicine.

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 two cats, Winnie and Melo, and enjoy cooking, hiking and reading in my free time. My special interests are soft tissue surgery and dentistry.

Dr. Virginia Samiec – Veterinarian

I graduated from Vet School in Vienna in 2010. I worked in a specialist small animal clinic in Switzerland before moving to South Africa in 2016. After passing the SAVC registration exam, I worked in a Lowveld mixed practice for 2 years. I moved to Durbanville with my 2 dogs to join Vets Who Care in 2018. My passion is surgery and horses.

Sr Janet – Vet Nurse

I have been an animal lover, especially dogs, all my life. I currently have 4 little dogs, 2 girls and 2 boys, known as 'The Banger Boys' and the 'Ya-Ya Sisterhood'. I qualified 30 years ago and have experience in welfare and private practice. I love my job as much today as when I first qualified.

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.

Regan – Kennel Assistant

I started working at Durbanville Animal Hospital in 2016 after years of working in pet shops. I have 2 beautiful dogs, Lucy and Sheba, 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 2 pets of my own, 2 dogs Base and Mini. I enjoy watching soccer, boxing, tennis and rugby.