Vet of the year
This passionate vet spends all her spare time (and more) to improve the welfare of not just animals, but also the millions of orphaned children in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
“I am so blessed to have these passions. My life is all about animals and children and I would not have it any other way,” says the petite woman who has just given birth to her second son. She is cuddling a puppy on her lap and dishing out treats to others in order to keep them busy so we can chat.
Le-Anne received the veterinary excellence award for her love and compassion for animals and the large amount of community and welfare projects she is involved in.
“I had no idea that I was even a candidate for the award. “The first I heard about it was when I received a phone call, informing me that I must attend the awards evening. I am so humbled by the award and feel undeserving of such an honour,” she says shyly.
This wife and mother works extremely hard. As the owner of both the Broederstroom Veterinary Clinic in Hartbeespoort and the Bromhof Veterinary Clinic in Randburg, she dedicates personal resources and time to community projects such as working with Animal Allies to treat and sterilise dogs and cats in Katlehong and Zandspruit. Together they have sterilised over 600 animals in the last two years, all at no charge to the public.
She also does work for Boston Terrier Rescue, Border Collie Rescue, Barking Mad, Monkey Rescue, and once a year takes a team to Lesotho for an outreach project to treat animals and support an orphanage there. She is also involved in the management of a team in the process of establishing a village for orphaned and vulnerable children in Lanseria.
On top of this, Le-Anne and her team recently started a partnership with the vulture rescue centre, VulPro and do surgical repairs on wing and leg fractures, giving the vultures a chance to be released into the wild again.
I am so blessed to have these passions. My life is all about animals and children and I would not have it any other way.
“What can I say? I am just so passionate about it all and somehow there is always time. I especially love working with Animal Allies. This animal welfare organisation does it all differently. Instead of taking away neglected animals and rehoming them, they educate and follow up. They have permanent health technicians in townships who educate, advise and treat. The past year we sterilised 180 animals. We do about two per week. It is a blessing working with this lovely group of people. They are doing such great work.”
Her outreach work in Lesotho is just as close to her heart. “I got involved as a student and have been doing it ever since. Last year we treated 12 000 animals. However, we don’t only go for the animals, there is an orphanage in the area and we do outreach work there as well.”
She feels very strongly about orphans and their plight. “There are currently about 2.5 million orphans in South Africa and the number increases on average with 10 000 per month. I am part of the management team setting up a LIV Village for orphans in Lanseria. This is currently my most pressing goal. The Village will home approximately 1 000 orphans.”
How does she keep her passion alive? “It is really not easy because there is a lot of heartache. But there is nothing else in the world that I want to do. I did want to be a jockey when I was seven but my father told me there was no way. I asked him what I should be and he told me to become a vet! I grew up with horses and animals and loved it and it just made sense. I am so blessed…”
She spends all the time she can spare with her husband, two sons and ten dogs. “I have such a supportive husband and luckily he is just as passionate about animals. All ten our dogs are rescues from the worst kind of backgrounds. However, my husband has now called a halt to more additions for the time being,” she laughs.
“I have a wonderful life, I love what I do and have a supportive and loving family. I am so lucky and all this is my way of giving something good back.”