Dr Cindy van der Westhuizen grew up in the small town of Nigel in Gauteng, South Africa. She attended Laerskool Tini Vorster and then Hoërskool John Vorster , before going on to study her BCs Biological Science an the University of Pretoria from 2005 to 2007. Cindy then studied for her BVS Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort from 2008 – 2012.
After being a Locum Veterinarian throughout Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, Cindy decided in 2013 to open the Welgelegen Animal Clinic in Nigel, Gauteng. Having grown up in Nigel, she is very passionate about the town, it’s community and people.
Dr van der Westhuizen’s special interest lies in small animal internal medicine and herd health.
Michelle grew up in Tzaneen Limpopo and went to hoërskool Ben Voster. She studied Veterinary Nursing at Onderstepoort and qualified in 2015. From Jan 2016 to Feb 2022 Michelle worked in Marble Hall, a small farming town, at Loskop Dierekliniek. It was a mixed pet practice that also worked a lot with wildlife. She moved to Nigel to be closer to her family who live in Heidelberg and Pretoria. Michelle joined our team in 2022 – we are very happy to have her as part of the team. Her interest lies in all small animals and horses.
Christin Brits grew up in Nigel in Gauteng, South Africa. She attended Hoërskool John Vorster in Nigel, before going on to study her BSc Geography and Environmental Studies from 2016 – 2018. Christin previously worked with at Sondela Nature Reserve as a Captive Animal Caregiver and Manager in 2019. She is currently studying and will be a qualified Veterinary Technician at the end of 2023! Christin’s special interest lies in Great danes, Cattle and Wildlife.
Amanda Wessels is the friendly face that greets all the patients and clients that come through the Welgelegen Animal Clinics’ front door. Amada has been with Welgelegen Animal Clinic since 2016.
Before joining the team at Welgelegen Animal Clinic, she owned her own horse riding school for 12 years. Amanda also has a big family including many many dogs that she has rescued, and continues to rescue.
Amanda’s first love is horses, closely followed by her rescues.
Johannes Matlala has been with Welgelegen Animal Clinic since 2017.
As our resident dog handler, Johannes is responsible for taking the patients for walks, bathing them when necessary, cleaning their cages and ensures that they are fed and watered.
Johannes has a great love for any dog with spots!
Assistant Dog Handler | Gardener
Andile Mokaudi joined Welgelegen Animal Clinic in 2023.
He assists our resident dog handler, Johannes, with taking the patients for walks, bathing them when necessary, cleaning their cages and ensures that they are fed and watered. Andile is also responsible for keeping the Clinic’s gardens – especially Dr Cindy’s white roses in tip top shape.
Andile is passionate about pitbulls!