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Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital Staff

Dr Dorianne Elliott

Dr Elliott is the owner of the Clinic and has been working specifically with exotic animals since 2003.

Dorianne has a special interest in surgery but as our most experienced vet is hands on with all our cases. She is one of the few vets in Gauteng qualified to handle and treat venomous snakes.

Dr Elliott lectures extensively both to the undergraduate veterinary students at Onderstepoort as well as to other veterinarians and exotic animal interest groups.

She enjoys speaking on the radio and is often to be heard on 702 as well as other stations educating the public about the responsibilites of owning exotic pets.

Dorianne has kept numerous non-traditional animals including parrots, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, monkeys, chinchillas etc and also enjoys helping with rehabilitation work on wildlife, which the clinic sponsors.

Dorianne keeps a large number of animals, most of them rescues.

Sister Sone' Louw

Sr Sone' Louw qualified as a Veterinary Nursing Sister in 2016 from Onderstepoort.

She is an avid bird lover and has adopted two disabled parrots as well as a disabled Leopard Gecko.

Sone' is excellent with our patients and always goes the extra mile to make them as comfortable as possible while in hospital.

Having a qualified Veterinary Nursing Sister on our team makes a huge difference to the level of patient care that we can offer.

She will often be the person you meet when coming to collect patients or when asking for advice or updates.

Mrs Meisie Malatse

Meisie has been with us since 2003.

She is responsible for the care of our hospitalised patients as well as the day to day running of the clinic.

Meisie makes sure your pets are clean and comfortable during their stay with us, she liaises with owners and reports on your pet's progress and she reports back even the finest details about changes in the patient's condition to the doctors.

She helps with patient examinations, treatments and special supportive care such as fluid administration and assisted feeding.

Meisie has several ringneck parakeets who run around the house and bite visitors.

Mrs Carol Hartzenberg

Carol joined us in 2009 as a part time receptionist and is now our Practice Manager.

She will be the first person to greet you when you enter the clinic.

She will make appointments, co-ordinate bookings between different departments, assist you with financial matters and advise you on food and merchandise sales.

Carol runs the Phoenix Memorial Rescue Centre for primates and wildlife.

This centre caters for abused and abandoned primates and injured or orphaned wildlife.

She has extensive knowledge regarding the care and feeding of exotic animals and also consults on primate behavioural problems.

Mrs Dorah Motileni

Dorah is responsible for the biosecurity of the clinic.

She makes sure all rooms and cages are properly disinfected between patients.

Dorah has attended a special Biosecurity course in this regard.

She is also responsible for feeding our patients and assists with procedures.

Dorah has a ringneck parakeet that she has taught to speak Sotho as well as two tame cockatiels.

Latest News

Common Household Hazards to Companion Birds


Of all the species of birds kept commonly as pets, surely the most popular are the parrots and parakeets.

Due to their outgoing and curious natures, these birds often get themselves into dangerous situations in and around the home.

Any home may easily be made safer for pet birds with a little planning and common sense.

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Posted by Dorianne Elliott on Thursday, April 16, 2015 Views: 16303

Feeding a Green Iguana


There are a large number of foods that can be fed to an iguana. As with people, some foods are really healthy and good to eat as a staple food, some are good in smaller amounts, and others should only be eaten on occasion as a treat.

When formulating a diet for your iguana, compare it to what you know of a healthy diet for people. Marrows, pumpkin and green beans are all very healthy foods and part of a nutritious, balanced diet for anybody.

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Posted by Dorianne Elliott on Thursday, April 16, 2015 Views: 11506