All our staff are enthusiastic, dedicated to providing high quality, loving care to your pet and committed to continuously seeking to improve their knowledge and skills as well as striving for the best management practices.
Dr Sue Willetts BVSc
Dr Sue qualified at Onderstepoort in 1986 and worked in a mixed practice for a few months before moving to the Northern Cape for two years. After another year in small animal practice, she and Dr Dave took over the vet practice in Bromhof. Three years later they moved to Bolivia in South America, to work as missionaries until opening the clinic in Ruimsig. Dr Sue appreciates the value of alternative treatments as an adjunct to conventional veterinary medicine and has a particular interest in pet wellness. When not at the clinic Dr Sue enjoys being in her garden or walking her dogs in the park.
Dr Dave Shipster BVSc
Dr Dave qualified at Onderstepoort in 1986 and after a two year stint in the Northern Cape, spent some time in mixed animal practice on the West of Johannesburg before taking over Bromhof Vet Clinic. Three years later they moved to Bolivia, where, among other things Dr Dave was called on to help poor rural farmers with their animal health needs. This ended with their return to South Africa and the eventual opening of Ruimsig Vet Clinic. Dr Dave takes care of most of the administrative details of running the clinic and enjoys interaction with pets and owners alike! When not in the clinic, one is likely to find Dr Dave outdoors somewhere, watching his sons play sport or on his mountain bike on some dusty trail.
Dr Dave & Dr Sue have three sons who are involved in the life and activities of Ruimsig Vet Clinic, making it a truly family business!
Our friendly and efficient front staff receive ongoing product training and are able to help you choose the correct diets and other accessories for your family pet from our practice shop. Reception duties are shared between Graham, Matt, Ben and Steph.
Graham has just completed his Masters Degree in Theology and serves in the Local Church. His passion is to play drums which he does at every opportunity that he can. Graham spent his whole school career in an international school in Bolivia where he and his family were living at the time. He enjoys playing soccer and coaching sport and is an armchair enthusiast of a number of international sports including rugby. He has a soft spot for animals and can often be seen playing with one of the cats or dogs.
Matt joined the staff in November 2018 and has been here ever since, he studied with Graham and has known the Shipster family for many years. His main role is to welcome clients as they enter the premisis and help them where possible, whether that be with getting pet food, carrying heavy bags out to the car or keeping them company while they wait for their consult. When not in reception Matt helps out around the property where needed.
PA to the Doctors
Ben has just completed his matric year and has decided to take a gap year to decide on where his passions for the future lie. Until that time, he continues to help out at the vet where he can, whether its doing admin, helping out in the hospital or finally being able to drive around for the clinic, Ben does everything with a smile on his face.
Steph has recently joined the Ruimsig Veterinary Clinic team in 2019, and as her role suggests, she assists the Doctors in the Clinic wherever possible. She also helps out with admin work when not in the clinic as well as with reception when needed. She is very passionate and hands on when it comes to animals; having poodles of her own.
Calvin has been a long serving member of the Ruimsig Veterinary Clinic Staff and is a "jack of all trades". Whether it be assisting in the hospital, cleaning the ward or fixing things around the property, Calvin is more than happy to help out wherever needed.
Edgar is responsible for the clinic parlour and has completed an Advanced Grooming Course with Distinction from 'Fluffs and Tuffs'. He spends most of his time at the clinic making sure that your beloved fur children look good and feel great.
Austine's main role at the clinic is to help out in the hospital and the ward; to make sure that the Doctors have all that they need for surgery so that everything goes smoothly as well as take care of patients while they are either arriving for surgery, recovering from surgery or being discharged from hospital. He is a vital part of the team here at Ruimsig Veterinary Clinic.
Pholo loves animals of all shapes and sizes, he takes them for walks, makes sure that the boarding camps are clean and pet friendly and often helps out in the parlour where he can.