Dr. Mark Verseput
Dr. Mark Verseput - BVSc (Hons)
Dr Mark Verseput joined the Craighall Animal Hospital (the old name of the current practice) in 1987 after two years of military service post-graduation and never left.
His vision, and business and veterinary acumen have been largely responsible for what the practice is today.
During his student years, Mark bred reptiles as a hobby. This sparked a lifelong special interest in reptiles and exotic pet medicine and surgery. Mark was one of the first veterinarians in Johannesburg to specialise in treating reptiles and other exotic pets.
Mark also holds an honours degree in small animal medicine and is board member at the South African Veterinary Council. Mark is an intuitive diagnostician and an excellent surgeon. The ‘plastic surgeon’ perfectionism in his surgery is legendary.
Mark is married with three children and his hobbies include bird watching, hiking, fishing and golf.
Dr. Hayley Gibbs
Dr. Hayley Gibbs - BVSc
Dr Hayley Gibbs is a very experienced general practitioner who has worked at Craighall Vet since 2003. Hayley started her working life as a vet in Port Elizabeth where she was employed in a mixed practice working with everything from dogs and cats to penguins and dolphins at the Oceanarium.
Hayley had a brief stint in the United Kingdom but gladly returned to South Africa and relocated to Johannesburg with her husband. After a few years working at Craighall Vet, she joined Mark and Neil to become a partner in the practice.
Hayley has a loyal following of clients to whom she is extremely dedicated. She is a very caring ‘mother-bear’ to her (almost) grown-up sons and takes the same approach to her patients and clients. Hayley is a clinically sharp and practical veterinarian, who will ‘tell it like it is’. Hayley showers her patients with love and is always willing to go the extra mile.
When not working, Hayley can be found watching sport, preferably when her sons are playing.
Dr. Neil Shackleton
Dr. Neil Shackleton - BVSc (Hons)
Dr Neil Shackleton grew up in Mpumulanga and qualified from Onderstepoort in 1987. Neil has an honours degree in equine medicine and a financial diploma through Damelin College.
Neil began his career working in mixed practices with both small animals and horses. He has worked in the United Kingdom and spent four years as a veterinarian for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League from which he gained a great deal of his extensive surgical experience.
Thereafter, Neil joined Mark at Craighall Veterinary Hospital, and has been a partner for 15 years. Neil is a very experienced general practitioner with a special interest in ultrasonography. Neil is a very thorough diagnostician and a practical veterinarian who takes his time with his clients and his patients. He is responsible for managing the staff at Craighall Vet and his clients, patients and staff members know that he has a very poorly disguised soft heart!
Neil is married with two children. He loves fishing, running, horse riding and eating sausage rolls… a usual form of bribery at the practice!
Dr. Caron Elton
Dr. Caron Elton - BVSc
Dr Caron Elton qualified in 2005 and started work in her home town of Benoni. She then moved to Cambridge in the United Kingdom and this was where she gained her first experience in rabbits and small mammals. After returning to sunny South African shores, she worked in Jeffrey’s bay before joining Craighall Vet in 2007. Caron is the youngest partner in the practice but that doesn’t stop her from getting things done!
Caron is passionate about creating a pleasant, welcoming and low-stress environment in the practice, for clients, staff and most importantly our patients! She was personally responsible for all the fabulous recent upgrades to our facilities. Caron has a special interest in small mammals especially rabbits. She has also completed post graduate honours level courses in small animal ophthalmology, radiology and ultrasonography. Caron is gentle in her care, keeps up with current medical trends, strives for best practice, and never gives up on her patients.
When not working, Caron can be found hanging out with her cat Bella, travelling the world, skiing, hiking or doing yoga.
Dr. Shona Elliott
Dr. Shona Elliott - BVSc (Hons)
Dr Shona Elliot was born and raised in the Free State, moving to Boksburg in high school. She qualified from Onderstepoort in 2004 and began her career in a very busy small animal hospital in Boksburg, where she was exposed to every possible case under the sun!
She also worked for a brief period in the United Kingdom before joining Craighall Vet in 2008. Shona completed her honours in small animal medicine in 2010. Shona’s special interests lie in small animal medicine and surgery, as well as ultrasonography and ophthalmology. She is an excellent surgeon and has a very logical diagnostic and treatment approach. Shona is very well-rounded in her practice and everyone’s go-to vet, including most of the staff, which says something about her knowledge and standard of care!
Shona is married to a specialist veterinary surgeon and they have two beautiful young girls. Shona has recently taken on a part-time position to spend more time with her girls. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, running, going to the bush, travelling, photography and taking her ‘overweight’ dachshunds for a walk!
Dr. Samantha Garner
Dr. Samantha Garner - BVSc
Dr Samantha Garner grew up in Johannesburg and first studied a BSc in Zoology and Botany at the University of Witwatersrand before completing her BVSc at Onderstepoort in 2000.After graduating she worked in the United Kingdom and then moved with her husband to Witbank where she worked with horses and small animals, owning her own equine practice for a time. She realised that small animal medicine and surgery was her passion and has been working with small animals since moving back to Johannesburg in 2008. Sam completed an honours level course in ultrasound and stays abreast of new developments in the field by regularly attending continuous professional development events.She is the newest veterinarian in our Team, and already has a strong following of clients, some who have followed her from her previous practice. Sam is highly dedicated and caring to her patients and their owners, often coming in on her off duty days or hours to ensure her patients are receiving care to her very high standard.She is knowledgeable, skilled and motivated with a loads of energy and commitment for her work. Sam is full of fun; always laughing and making irreverent jokes that could make a grown man blush! When not working Sam can be found walking her dogs in the Delta, escaping to the bush, renovating houses or hosting lively dinner parties with family and friends.
Dr. Kirstin Dinham
Dr. Kirstin Dinham - BVSc
Dr Kirstin Dinham qualified in 2013 from Onderstepoort. She started her working life in Bloemfontein and subsequently joined Craighall Vet in 2014 for some months before her itchy feet took her to the Eastern Cape and the United Kingdom. Kirstin returned to Craighall Vet in 2017 and is happy to be back amongst the great team and clients at the practice.Kirstin particularly enjoys small animal surgery and ultrasonography and is studying towards her Certificate in Advanced Practice through the University of Liverpool. She also enjoys welfare work and was responsible for the organisation and fundraising of two sterilisation days in Etwatwa township. Kirstin has a special interest in exotic pets, especially small mammals and birds, and attended an international exotics congress in Romania in 2017.She has also recently completed two post graduate externships with well-known exotic veterinarians; including a European diplomate in avian medicine in Paris, France. Kirstin is always learning and striving to be a better vet. Kirstin will go out of her way for her clients and is very caring and dedicated to her patients, often coming in out of hours to check on them.Her personal approach to practice is that ‘less is more’ and is averse to medical or surgical over-intervention and over-prescription in a body’s natural mechanisms of healing. When not working Kirstin can be found running, cycling, travelling or spending time with her two bearded men; her boyfriend Gareth and their scruffy little rescue dog called Rubbish.
Sr. Catherine McCarthy
Sr. Catherine McCarthy
Catherine matriculated in 1997 and then completed a BA degree in Pyschology and Communications at RAU. Thereafter she continued her studies doing an additional BA degree in Live Performance at AFDA. She then spent a number of years working and gaining experience in the entertainment industry as an Actor's agent.
Catherine then made a career change and went on to study veterinary nursing at Onderstepoort, receiving the award for 'Best Veterinary Nursing Student' and graduated in 2011.
She joined our team in 2012 and is a dedicated nurse who prides herself in quality nursing care at all times.
In her spare time Catherine loves to decorate her home and bakes delicious and decedant treats for her colleagues to enjoy. She adores her two dogs, Molly and Isabel.
Sr. Catherine Rissik
Sr. Catherine Rissik
Catherine graduated from Onderstepoort in 2014 and joined Craighall Veterinary Hospital in 2016.
Catherine is an absolute animal lover and works with great compassion from the heart.
Catherine's hobbies include reading, painting and listening to different types of music. She is also currently learning to speak different languages including German, Swedish and Dutch.
Sr. Cassey Ure
Sr. Cassey Ure
Cassey first joined us in 2011 and left us 2 years later to persue experience working at the Johannesburg Zoo as well as the laboratory of the University of Witwatersrand.
She returned to our team in 2016. Cassey is an extremely dedicated veterinary nurse with a specific interest in wildlife and exotic animal medicine.
Cassey is married to Duncan and they share their home with a variety of animals and reptiles.