The Fish Hoek Veterinary Clinic has been faced with some challenges this year.
Sine, who was with us for 2 years, left in late January to move closer to her boyfriend in the northern suburbs. Understandably she was not prepared to commute and has taken a position at Vet-Clin Table View.
We struggled to fill her position, a problem suffered by many other clinics across the country in the current climate, for a number of reasons. 2016 is the first year of community service for vet graduates and as such 100 new graduates did not enter the workforce. In addition many vets who may otherwise have returned home have chosen to remain in the UK to take advantage of the exchange rate. Up till last month the few applicants we interviewed were not of a standard that we would be comfortable with them in the clinic on a long term basis.
Then very sadly Gavin decided that he was going to be leaving as well. He has been a wonderful asset to the practice and we will miss him a great deal. As some of you know, his partner, Sarah, has been struggling to obtain a work permit for the last year and as such may need to return to the UK. Gavin wanted to be in a flexible enough position that he could return with her if necessary at short notice. As such he will be looking short term contracts around Cape Town and Gordon’s Bay where his parents are situated.
We have been looking for high quality candidates for the last 5 months as the clinical duties have been covered by a number of locums we know and trust.
The good news is we have found an extremely capable and well loved vet who will be returning from Ireland to take the on the role of head vet/branch manager in September. Jean Russell has been working in small animal and equine practice for the last 15 years and is very excited about joining us in continuing in a tradition of high quality clinical and surgical care.
In addition, Leone de Klerk, a specialist-level small animal surgeon will be taking up the other permanent role from 1 June. We will send biographies and an invitation to meet both vets as and when they are settled.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and ask for your patience as we navigate this challenging time. Our main concern, as a team, is to maintain and nurture the long term relationships we have built up with those in our community and continue in our ongoing commitment to providing the best veterinary care possible. We love looking after your pets and look forward to doing so in 2016 and beyond.
If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to call Sue on 083 225 1866 or leave a message with Belinda, Liz Joan or Marlene and Sue will call you back.
77 Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, 7975
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