About Us

Welcome to the longest standing veterinary practice in White River!

Jana Ehlers: I was born in 1984 and grew up in Nylstroom, Limpopo. I matriculated in 2002. In 2006 I obtained a BSc. Biotechnology - Genetics degree where after I went to Onderstepoort and qualified as a veterinarian in 2011. I moved to the Lowveld in 2011 and joined the White River Animal Hospital team. I have a special interest in small animal medicine and anaesthesia and adore cats. My hobbies include mountain biking and trail running.

Bennie Pienaar: I was born in 1967 and grew up in Machadodorp. I matriculated in 1985 at Belfast High School. I graduated from Onderstepoort in 1991. The following year I joined the defence force and was stationed in Bushbuck Ridge. August 1992 I joined White River Animal Hospital. I have a keen interest in general surgery. My hobbies include adventure biking and sport. I am married to Nelia and we have two lovely children, Beon and Carolien.

De la Rey Brugman: I was born in 1984 in Nelspruit and grew up in the lowveld. I matriculated in 2002 from Nelspruit High School. In 2005 I obtained a BSc. degree in Veterinary Biology followed by a Veterinary (BVSc) degree in 2009. From 2010 to 2014 I was a State Veterinarian at the Mpumalanga State Veterinary Service. I joined the White River Animal Hospital team in 2015. My special interests include Wildlife and Ophthalmology. Mountain biking and sport shooting are my hobbies.

Philip Whitfield: I was born in 1952 and grew up in Zeerust. I matriculated in 1970 from Potchefstroom Boys High School. Spent a year in the Air Force after which I went to Onderstepoort, graduating in 1977. In 1978 I joined Dr. Blackie Swart’s practice in Nelspruit which quickly expanded to a five man practice. In 1980 we bought the practice in White River – a sleepy little village with a cricket pitch in the middle and a dirt road to Sabie. For ten years I practiced on my own, and in 1992 Dr. Bennie Pienaar joined the practice and we started a satellite clinic in Hazyview. My special interests include general surgery and wildlife. My hobbies are fishing and golf. I am married to Nerina – we have three children and two grandchildren.

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