Strubens Valley Animal Hospital
Please book an appointment online, or contact us at011-679-1136/7
Monday to Friday
07:00 to 19:00
08:00 to 13:00
17:00 to 18:00 *
Sundays & Public Holidays
10:00 to 12:00 *
17:00 to 18:00 *
* Subject to after hours surcharge.
We are a full-service companion animal hospital providing premier veterinary health care in a professional and compassionate environment.
Vet Healthcare Checkup
Palliative / Geriatric check-ups
Weight-loss and obesity clinic
Out-patient and In-hospital care
Preventative Health Care
Prescription food sales
Diagnostics & Procedures
In-house laboratory and diagnostics
X-Ray and Ultrasound on-premises
Spay and Neuter
Soft tissue and Orthopedic surgery
Dental extraction, polish and care
Pet Care & Advice
Primary Health Care
Palliative / Geriatric Healthcare
Dietary and Nutritional
Tick, flea and worm control
Vision & Core Values
At Strubens Valley Animal Hospital we aim to provide excellence in veterinary care by practicing a high standard of medicine and surgery. Strubens Valley Animal Hospital has been an integral part of our local community for many years, and we strive to build trust and a long-lasting relationship with each of our customers and their pets. We understand the special bond between pet and owner and treat each pet as we would our own. The well-being of your pet is always the top priority of our team, comprising of four competent and knowledgeable Veterinary Surgeons, compassionate Kennel Assistants and welcoming Reception and Admin staff.
We undertake to:
Show empathy and kindness
Work with devotion and enthusiasm
Embrace synergy and teamwork
Show respect to our clients and co-workers
Conduct ourselves in a professional and ethical manner
Communicate with honesty and respect
Be progressive and self-improving in our thinking
Maintain a healthy, clean environment
Visit us in store
To get premium food sales and accessories in our vet shop, and make use of our lost and found service.
Meet the team
Our dedicated team of vets, receptionist and kennel staff, will provide a most proficient service.
Dr. Darshak Singh
Otherwise known as "Sharky", Dr Singh joined the Strubens Valley Animal Hospital team in January 2023. After completing his BVSc in 2007, Dr Singh has honed his skills both nationally and internationally. Initiating his career in his native province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he then moved on to Essex, UK where he practiced as a Sole Charge Veterinarian, before returning home to South Africa in 2012. Dr Singh has since practiced in various local hospitals, his last service of 10 years being in a Specialist Hospital, with his journey finally leading him to Strubens Valley Animal Hospital. Whilst Dr Singh practices all aspects of animal healthcare and Small Animal Surgery, his core focus and skills lie in Small Animal Dentistry. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for almost 10 years and they have two boys, one Miniature Schnauzer, one Bull Mastiff and a rescue cat. Dr Singh and his family spend their time enjoying the comfort of their home, be it with a simple board game or supporting the greatest soccer team in the world, Liverpool, and off course, fitting in a round of golf where possible.
Dr. Robert Fouché
BSc Animal Science 2010
Dr Robert Fouche, best known as "Dr Rob", joined the Strubens Valley Animal Hospital team in February 2023. He completed his BSc Animal Science in 2010 and graduated from Onderstepoort (OP) in 2015. He started off his career as a State Vet, assisting under privileged communities in Bloemfontein. He later returned to Gauteng where he has been based for his most recent years. Dr Rob has a keen interest in surgery, particularly, orthopaedic procedures. Happily married to his high school sweetheart for almost 20 years, they are proud dog parents to a mischievous lab-spaniel cross. Dr Fouche and his family spend time together outdoors, overland travelling, birding and wildlife photography.
Dr. Carien vd Merwe
Born and raised in Roodepoort, Gauteng, Dr Carien van der Merwe completed her Bachelor’s in Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria and graduated as a veterinarian in 2019. Following her graduation, she completed her Compulsory Community Service (CCS) year in 2020 in Frankfort, Free State, then commenced working in private practice. Carien knew she wanted to become a vet since grade 5, initially interested in wildlife (Steve Irwin being her inspiration). During her studies Dr van der Merwe soon discovered her passion for small animals. As a vet her job incorporates many roles. What Carien most enjoys is providing owners with knowledge on primary animal health care, laying down the foundation for a happy, healthy life for her patients, living the quote: "be the change you want to see in the world." Dr Carien is surrounded by her many pets, each having their own special place in her heart. When not running around the clinic, you can find Dr Van Der Merwe behind the lens of her camera – whether in her back yard or in the Kruger National Park. She also enjoys writing poems and binge-watching series. Always hard at work, Dr Carien!
Dr. Kirsten Houston
Dr Kirsten Houston completed his BVSc and graduated from Onderstepoort at the University of Pretoria in 2020. He spent his year of Community Service (2021) applying his skills at Thaba Nchu, Free State. Dr Kirsten joined the Strubens Valley Animal Hospital team in 2022. He hails from Kokstad, Kwa-Zulu Natal and believes that his exposure to a wide variety of animals in this small, farming community is the driving force to his career ambition of being a veterinarian. Kirsten says that the reward of being of service to his patients, serves as an affirmation of his career choice. Whilst he has a keen interest in medical work ups and enjoys soft tissue surgery, Dr Kirsten's key underpinning is to bring healing to his patients in all aspects of his medical expertise, and in turn, bring comfort to their "parents". His love and dedication to animals extend beyond his work. He and his partner, a practicing veterinarian too, are proud parents to a German Shepard, Ares. When he's not a vet, he enjoys the outdoors and is an avid sportsman.
Admin & Reception
Taking good care of you and your furry friends
Mirinda Corthing serves as the Lead Administrator at Strubens Valley Animal Hospital. With approximately 49 years of professional financial and administrative experience, Mirinda’s role can be best described as the “operational heartbeat” of our organisation. Typically found buried in a ledger, or ticking on a calculator, Mirinda is our go-to for all matters office related. Her love for animals is key too, to her learned contribution to the Strubens Valley Vet family. She has four Pekingese of her own, who she refers to as her “beloved children.”
For the last 16 years Adora Maddison has been the face of Strubens Valley Animal Hospital. Employed in 2007 in the position of receptionist, Adora has since expanded her role to include client relations. Adora lends to the practice manty years of experience in the customer service environment, having worked both in corporate and art fields. Adora's contributions to the team, in co-ordinating and scheduling all aspects of the medical services of the hospital, managing and directing client bookings and all other matters in the administrative functions, has made her a pillar within the hospital. As a mother, nurturing and supporting both the "2-legged" and "4-legged" variety are second nature. When not galloping around in the hospital, Adora can be found cooking, painting and crafting.
Teresa van der Merwe
Teresa van der Merwe joined the Strubens Valley Animal Hospital Team in 2022. With an ever-friendly face and positive attitude, Teresa carries an immense love for animals, mostly the four-legged fluffy ones, but her bearded dragons are equally dear to her. With extensive experience in the customer services industry, Teresa is poised to represent the hospital and its core values and vision from the moment you walk through the door. Her love for and patience with animals is clear with Teresa often being seen cuddling and comforting our little patients, making sure that a relationship of trust starts at our front door. Teresa has undoubtedly positioned herself as an integral part of the Strubens Valley Vet family, many times exceeding her duties to ensure your babies are well cared for in our care driven environment.
Ensuring premium care for your pet
All three our Kennel Assistants: Daniel, Chris and Polite, come with a wealth of experience and dedication to our patients. Entrusted with elements of supportive animal care, their very basic commitments are to offer individual alertness, maintain cleanliness and sanitation, walk and exercise your pets, monitor our patients, all whilst being compassionate and attentive. These three gentlemen are an integral part of our patient care.
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