Dr Mags

Very few people know at the  age of  7  exactly  what they want to  do  for the rest of their lives. Growing up in Namibia and  being  exposed to  animals and wildlife  from  an early  age she  knew that  she wanted to dedicate  her life to helping  animals.   After  finishing  school in  Windhoek she completed her 1st year  BSc at  the University of Stellenbosch with  honors  before transferring to  Onderstepoort  at  the University of  Pretoria.  After  qualifying  she went to practice in  the UK  to gain invaluable experience, working with specialists such as  Dr  Richard  Bleckman  (Winner Vet of the Year Award 2000)  where she  gained  insight into complementary medicine and specialist surgery. She then  took  charge of a  branch practice for a large 1st  opinion referral  group. It  was   here  that  she  gained   experience  in  advanced  techniques  such  as laparoscopic spays  and cardiac ultrasound. 

Her dream  however,  was  to move  back to  South Africa and open  her own  practice to  offer  the  same  high  standard  of  veterinary  care in  Cape Town.  She moved back in 2011 with her Border Collie Shaka, rescue cat Dylan and  husband  Andrew.  Sabie and Shumba (more Border Collies) then joined the family and a short while later Garfield (another stray kitten). The family then further expanded with first son Kieran and very recently Aidan.
"I love what I do. There is nothing more rewarding than working with and helping animals every single day. I am very lucky that my passion is my job."


Dr Claire

Dr Claire Gray  grew up  in  Port Elizabeth  where  her love of animals  began early in life. Claire attended the University of Pretoria and graduated with a BSc  in   Veterinary  Biology  and  a  BVSc  in  Veterinary  Medicine  from  the Onderstpoort Faculty of  Veterinary Science in 2015.   After graduation she completed  her  Compulsory Community Service (CCS) year in Stellenbosch working  in  export  control  and  with  various  welfare societies. During this time,   she  was  able   to  offer  her  services  to  those  communities  in  need assisting  with  over  500  sterilizations,   mass   vaccinations  and  providing medical  treatment to  ill and  injured dogs and cats.  This was followed by a year  of  work  in the UK in  small animal private practice where she had the opportunity  to  work  with many highly skilled veterinarians with access to specialized  facilities  and  the  latest  treatments  in  veterinary  medicine. 

However South Africa was still home, and Claire returned to Cape Town in  2017 to   join the team at Briza Veterinary clinic.  Claire enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.  Her family golden labradors Lexi and Jessie live in St Francis where they enjoy breach walks, boat rides and sleeping on the couch. When not working Claire can be found drinking coffee, watching Masterchef, hiking and spending time on the beach. 


Janine

My boyfriend  and I moved here from Johannesburg four years ago to start our life together. Two years later we adopted our girl Mia, a beautiful Calico kitty  and  she  stole our  hearts.  I've only  had  dogs in  my  life so Mia was my first experience living with a  cat. I find  her  so  captivating and I can  sit and  watch her for ages. I soon began reading  up  all  about  cats  and  their antics, as animal behaviour has always been an interest of mine. Mia inspired me to follow that  path, and  a few months later, I began working for Briza Veterinary Clinic.

I love my job! I’m learning so much and every day brings with it something new. I feel so fortunate to have found my place here with the Briza family


Maxwell
Never  a  dull moment  in  the  grooming  parlor at Briza.  Maxwell  has  been working at the clinic  for just over a year and his primary role is kennel hand and groomer.  Although the parlor is normally  full  of dogs,  he had  his work cut out for himself with these 2 lambs from Elkanah House school who came in for a wash and pamper.  
'You never know what is going to happen from one day to the next. It keeps my job really interesting, and I enjoy working with the animals'.