Our Team

Dr John Tasseron BVSc ( Pretoria )

Dr Tasseron studied at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort and obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 1995.

After qualifying he went overseas and worked in private practice in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia for almost a decade, gaining a wide range of medical and surgical experience in species ranging from dogs and cats, horses and goats through to more unusual patients like lions, gazelles, falcons and camels!

He was privileged during his time working in Saudi Arabia  to be able to travel around the Middle East. He also took a year off work in 2002 and spent 6 months travelling through Southern and East Africa.

In 2004, a yearning to return home brought him back to South Africa and for a year or so he did locum work. He ended up settling in Durban, working for the Umhlanga Veterinary Hospital and for the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic.

In 2011 he bought the Durban Veterinary Clinic from Dr Steve Burrows.

He is married to Sr Candice and they have a blind Labrador called Lulu (who can often be seen on her bed behind the reception desk) and a cat called Tau. Dr Tasseron enjoys canoeing, visiting our country’s lovely game reserves and enjoying the outdoors in his spare time.

Sr Candice Tasseron BSc ( Reading ), DipVetNurs ( Pretoria )

Sr Candice has a Bachelor of Animal Science degree from the University of Reading (United Kingdom) and a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort. After finishing her studies in 2011 she worked at a mixed small animal and wildlife practice in Pretoria before moving to Durban to work at a specialist referral practice in Waterfall. She joined the Durban Veterinary Clinic in 2013 and has been a vital part of our team ever since.

Veterinary nurses monitor anaesthetics, administer medications and anaesthetics under veterinary instruction, set up drips, apply wound dressings and bandages, perform laboratory tests such as blood profiles, urine and faecal tests, assist during surgery and care for hospitalised patients. Having a qualified veterinary nurse is a big asset for our practice and enhances our levels of patient care.

RECEPTION STAFF

Raecine Leaver

Raecine is our afternoon receptionist and has been with us since the beginning of 2018. She came to us after a few years of working at another veterinary clinic and has an interest in animal behaviour issues.

Nki Bohmer

Nki is our morning receptionist and joined us in 2019 after having worked at another veterinary clinic for over 10 years.

KENNEL STAFF

Sibusiso Dlamini

Sbu has been working for us since 2013. He keeps our premises clean and tidy, helps with restraining and lifting patients, sterilising instruments, feeding patients in hospital, developing x-rays and assisting the vets in all tasks.

Mxolisi Mkhwanazi

Mxolisi is the other half of our two man kennel staff team and has been with us since 2020. He keeps our premises clean and tidy, helps with restraining and lifting patients, sterilising instruments, feeding patients and assisting the vets in all tasks.

LUCAS THE PRACTICE CAT

Lucas joined our team by accident in 2012 when he was found as a tiny stray kitten and brought to the practice.  With his confident personality and cattitude he quickly made himself a part of the team. Please watch that he does not jump into your vehicle – he once got into a customer’s car and went home with her! He can often be found asleep in the waiting room or performing important quality control testing of the cat beds we have for sale.