The Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic is a high end, purpose-built veterinary facility offering equine ambulatory as well as hospital facilities for equines and small animals. DVC was founded by Dr Ian Heyns in response to a need for top level surgical and diagnostic facilities. Major players in the South African Thoroughbred breeding industry lent their support to the project by generously donating the equipment and buildings. DVC offers first opinion companion animal, as well as referral equine veterinary services. Since its inception in 2006, DVC has gone from strength to strength and now includes a dedicated team of 8 vets covering a wide area including Franschhoek, Robertson, Ceres, Piketberg and George. We are privileged to host the Equine Workshop as part of the World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology in September 2012.
DVC boasts cutting edge diagnostic technology including ultrasound, on site lab, digital radiology, high speed treadmill and video-endoscopy. We offer advanced medical workups for colic, poor performance, weight loss, sick foals, etc. Our resident vets and nurses provide 24-hour intensive care to critical patients.
DVC surgeons routinely perform all manner of emergency and elective surgery including colic operations, arthroscopy, upper respiratory tract surgery, ocular and dental surgery etc. Surgical specialists in certain fields are made available for some procedures.
DVC provides comprehensive ambulatory breeding services to a number of major stud farms in the Western Cape. We also cater for smaller breeders, offering ultrasound scanning, semen collection, freezing and insemination; as well as embryo transfer.
Office tel: 021 8670700
River Valley Veterinary Clinic is a satellite branch of DVC situated in Kerkstraat, Robertson. The clinic services the veterinary needs of equine stud farms in the area, and caters for small animal veterinary requirements. It is manned by Dr Robin Moore, Dr Ben Smit and Dr Adi Grazier. Available services include an equine ambulatory service, in- house consultation for small animals, onsite blood laboratory, ultra-sound and digital radiology.
DVC offers two 12-month internship positions starting in January each year. We provide intensive practical training in equine ambulatory practice, anaesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, reproduction and general equine medicine and surgery. This is an excellent opportunity to convert theoretical knowledge into practical, marketable skills. Our aim is to facilitate the transition of new graduates into confident, capable equine vets.