About Us


About Us

 

Dr Peter Rogers and his team at Provet Wildlife Services have been dedicated to the health and safety of our treasured wildlife and domestics in the greater Hoedspruit area for over 20 years.

The start of our journey is in 1995 when Dr Rogers registered Provet Wildlife Services as a private practice, and practiced privately in his free time, while he was employed by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. The next thrilling step was taken in 2001, where he began working from the small practice in Kampersrus, mainly focusing on wildlife but, also attending to the many companion animals and livestock in the surrounding area. Soon the need for a larger and more accessible practice prompted Dr Rogers to move the practice to Maroela Park in the town of Hoedspruit in 2003.

Another veterinarian was appointed to care for the companion animals in 2005, so that Dr Rogers could focus more on his wildlife work. In 2006 the Provet Wildlife Services and Animal Hospital moved into the custom-built practice at the present location, 17 Raptors’ Safari Junction in Hoedspruit.

Provet is a fully registered animal clinic and the hospital boasts modern equipment and services, such as:

  • anaesthetics
  • blood analysis machines
  • digital x-ray
  • ultrasound
  • dental instruments

We have facilities to handle big and small, these walls have seen it all!

We're here for you, and we look forward to your visit!

Our Vets

Dr Peter Rogers

Dr Debbie English

Dr Peter Rogers

Who is Peter Rogers?

With over 30 year's experience, Dr Peter Stewart Rogers is considered one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world. He specializes in the capture and veterinary care of some of South Africa's most endangered species, including the southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African elephant, cheetah, African wild dog, African Lion, Temminck's ground pangolin and many other species.

After qualifying at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in 1984, Peter spent his first three years working in private practices in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, building up experience in the veterinary care and treatment of companion animals, horses and livestock. In 1987 Peter was employed by the then Natal Parks Board - now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife - where he built up vast experience in the capture and care of wildlife, specializing in the white rhino, black rhino, African elephant, Cape buffalo, nyala and the like.

He worked tirelessly in protecting, translocating and treating the wild inhabitants of Hluhulwe-Imfolozi, Mkuze, Ndumo and Ithala game reserves, as well as private reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring Swaziland, up to 1995. Peter was part of a team responsible for hand-rearing and relocating an orphaned white rhino heifer, Lahliwe –‘ The Rejected One’- from Umfolozi Game Reserve to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in October 1992. Lahliwe was paired up with a young bull from Longleat Zoo in England, named Ronny. Ronny had been brought back to South Africa and was looking for a mate! This was when Peter met the owner of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Mrs Lente Roode. Unfortunately, both young rhinos were poached about a year later.

In 1995, Peter entered the next chapter of his exciting career as a wildlife veterinarian, when he was employed by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

Peter was presented with the exciting and daunting challenge of successfully raising captive bred cheetah cubs. For a few years prior to his arrival, the cheetah cubs had been either dying at birth, or within the first few days thereafter. Peter and an expert team of veterinary specialists from the University of Pretoria got together and soon solved the problem. The cheetahs were found to be suffering from a vitamin E deficiency and a food supplement was formulated, which was added to their diet. Soon great success was celebrated in the successful rearing of captive bred cheetah cubs.
 
 
Peter registered his private practice in 1995 and practiced privately in his free time, while still employed by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. He pursued the next thrilling step in his career in 2001, when he went out on his own, working from his small practice in Kampersrus. He focused mainly on wildlife but, also attended to the many companion animals and livestock species in the surrounding area. Soon the need for a larger and more accessible practice prompted Peter to move his practice to Maroela Park in Hoedspruit. He employed another veterinarian to care for the companion animals in 2005, so that he could focus more on his wildlife work. In 2006 the Provet Wildlife Services and Companion Animal Hospital moved into the custom-built practice at the present location, at 17 Raptors Safari Junction in Hoedspruit. Provet is a fully registered animal hospital and the hospital boasts modern equipment and services, such as anaesthetic, digital x-ray, ultrasound and blood analysis machines.

The controversial practice of dehorning rhino commenced in 2012 in the smaller private reserves around Hoedspruit. This resulted in a marked decrease in rhino poaching activity. Soon larger private reserves also asked for his assistance in the dehorning of their rhino in an attempt to deter poachers and protect their precious animals.
 


Peter is a highly committed wildlife veterinarian. He is on call 24/7 and nothing will prevent him from rushing to the aid of an animal in distress.
Dr Debbie English

A born-and-bred Lowvelder, from the Kruger National Park, Dr Debbie has an innate feel for all animals - wild and domestic - and she understands the people who make Hoedspruit and surrounds their home.  Her positive and friendly nature is certain to endear her to patients and owners alike in no time at all. After qualifying at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in 2017 - with distinction - Dr Debbie spent her first year practicing as a Compulsory Community Service Veterinarian in Lydenburg; managing controlled and notifiable diseases in the area; issuing movement and export permits; and providing extension, clinical and general services to various animals in the rural and urban communities.

Dr Debbie joined the Longtom Animal Clinic in Lydenburg as the supporting veterinarian in her second year as a qualified veterinarian, where she managed the majority of cases involving small animals, exotics, livestock and certain species of wildlife, which were brought to the clinic for consultations, treatments and surgeries.  Here she honed her skills - diagnosing, treating and managing a variety of medical conditions and diseases; performing routine dental procedures, sterilizations and general soft tissue surgeries; and treating various emergency cases, including trauma, snake bites and poisonings.   Dr Debbie also has a solid background in the capture and treatment of various wildlife species and a thirst for knowledge, which will stand her in good stead in Provet. 

Dr Debbie English joined the Provet Team in January 2020 as our new practice veterinarian, with a talent for surgeries. We are thrilled to welcome her not only to the Provet family, but also to the Hoedspruit family.


Our Veterinary Assistants

Janelle Goodrich

Ashleigh Cary

Sumine Rademan

Janelle Goodrich

Janelle Goodrich has always borne a deep and passionate love for animals. Her career as an ardent veterinary nurse started at a private veterinary practice in Louis Trichardt - also known as Makhado - in 1995. There she started building on the foundation of her vast knowledge and skills by assisting the veterinarians in treating companion animals and livestock.

 An exciting opportunity presented itself in 2003, when Janelle moved to Hoedspruit and she joined Dr Rogers in his private practice, which was situated in Maroela Park in town at that stage. Initially, Janelle assisted Dr Rogers with the treatment and veterinary procedures involving companion animals, horses and livestock.

She fondly remembers a lone bag of Hills' dog food, displayed on a large shelf and how she undertook to launch the vet shop into the thriving, well stocked vet shop that it is today.

Soon this aspiring young woman joined Dr Rogers in the field and entered the exhilarating world of wildlife veterinary services. It was a match made in heaven! Janelle is Dr Rogers' right hand in every sense of the word - did you know that Dr Rogers is left handed? - and wholeheartedly shares in his passion and dedication in their pursuit of providing meticulous veterinary care to our incredible wildlife.

When she isn't chasing after injured rhinos, Janelle loves hand-rearing injured, and orphaned endemic birds. She is fondly referred to as Provet's Bird Lady.

Janelle is a faithful and devoted wildlife veterinary assistant and loves to share her knowledge. Provet Wildlife Services is really honoured to have Janelle on board.

Ashleigh Cary

Ashleigh Cary joined the thriving ProVet Team as an Assistant and Receptionist in 2020. She has been working with animals for all her life having grown up on the edges of a Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape. She followed this passion by studying Animal Science at the University of Pretoria and is currently in pursuit of a Vet Tech degree at UNISA while working at ProVet.

When not at the practice she is found playing hockey or fostering cats and kittens for the Greater Kruger Alley Cat Initiative and is often called the crazy cat lady.


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17 Safari Junction, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
South Africa
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