Small Animal Medicine Outpatient Clinic

Welcome to the Outpatient Clinic

The Outpatient Clinic offers first opinion and emergency veterinary care to dog and cat owners from the surrounding areas. Final year veterinary and paraveterinary students consult, diagnose, treat and manage patients under the direct supervision of qualified veterinarians. The clinic strives to provide the highest quality treatment for our patients in the context of its function as a general practice clinic. The clinic is responsible for the initial management and stabilisation of all emergency cases. Complicated medicine and advanced surgical cases are referred to the small animal medicine and small animal surgery clinics in the hospital. 

What do we offer?
  • Diagnostic procedures such as routine blood tests, radiographs and ultrasound, with access to specialist radiologists if required. 
  • Small elective surgical procedures.
  • Isolation facilities for infectious diseases such as canine parvo virus enteritis, canine distemper and feline respiratory infections (“snuffles”). 
  • Inpatient wards for patients requiring in-hospital treatment and post-operative management. These wards are monitored 24/7 by students under supervision. 

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Contact details

Section Head: Prof Johan Schoeman
Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8095
Email: [email protected]

Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH)
OVAH Building 4-71
University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Campus
Old Soutpan Road (M35)
Onderstepoort, Pretoria
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Meet the team

Dr Liesel van der Merwe

BVSc, BVSc(Hons), MMedVet(Med)
Senior Lecturer: Small Animal Internal Medicine

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8325
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0465-4816

Dr van der Merwes’ main research focus thus far involved the clinical diagnosis, prognostication and treatment of canine spirocercosis as well as some involvement in transfusion medicine. Currently she is working on evaluating the outcome and efficacy of various treatment approaches in canine parvoviral enteritis. Dr van der Merwe aims to directly assist clinical decision making in practice with her research.  

Dr Joe Hanekom

Lecturer: Outpatient Clinic

Tel: +27(0) 12 529 8016
Email: [email protected]
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3773-3243

For his PhD degree, Dr Hanekom’s research is on the clinical and epidemiological investigations of Orbivirus infections in domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). For his research he investigated dogs as an atypical host of the African horse sickness and bluetongue virusses. His interests are varied and lie in the epidemiology of diseases in small animals, cross-species infections and the intersect of human and animal health. 

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