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The Crags Veterinary Clinic
Welcome to The Crags Vet Clinic, on the N2 just outside Plettenberg Bay. This little veterinary clinic with the big heart opened in January 2012 and has grown from strength to strength with huge support from the local community.
The Crags is a very cosmopolitan farming community with people from all walks of life choosing to settle in this most beautiful part of the Garden Route. The Crags Vet Clinic has therefore also had to be multifaceted and we offer a full range of services to our clients.
Dr Laura Snyman
Owner and primary Veterinarian
Laura qualified at Onderstepoort in 2003. She has been working in the area since 2004 with regular sojourns to the UK where she gained invaluable small animal experience. In 2007 and 2008 she undertook to complete her Honours Degree in Small Animal Medicine. This meant flying to Pretoria every 6 weeks but was well worth it as she got to discuss cases with the best brains in the country.
In 2007 she married local Farrier, Hannes Snyman, and they set up home in The Crags with three welfare dogs , Sebastian, Chablis and Penelope and three rescue cats, Larry, Chuck and Pilchard. In 2010, their first son, Angus William was born and he brings them great joy each and every day. In 2012, three horses joined the clan, Smokey, Olivia and Century and so now the family farm is full.
“I love living in the Crags – not only for its beauty but also because of the close community spirit. I am a small town girl and I love it – I could never live in the City – we are so lucky to be surrounded by fynbos covered mountains and beautiful beaches every day of our lives”
Dr Magdalena Braum
Magdalena was born in Tanzania, studied veterinary science in Poland and began her career working as an Equine Vet in Newmarket in the UK. Before long, Tanzania called her home and she has spent the last 10 years working in the national parks of Ruanda/Uganda and Tanzania doing research on their endangered Mountain Gorillas. She has recently joined The Crags Veterinary Clinic as her family has moved to the Crags. She has a special interest in wildlife medicine (she also worked for two years at CROW in Durban), equine medicine and surgery and canine behavior and will soon be offering dog training courses locally. She is a very dynamic and passionate vet and we are very excited to have her associated with our clinic.
Mrs Vicki Notley
Vicki grew up in Malelane in Mpumalanga before ending her schooling in George. She has worked for many local businesses and has extensive public relations and accounts experience. She married Tertius Notley from Cape Pine in 2008 and they were blessed with a daughter, Adenette, in 2009. She has lived in The Crags for 8 years and hopes to be here for many more. Vicki is always keen to help the clients to the best of her ability and will make sure to stock the vet shop with whatever is preferred by our clients. She is also a great animal lover, with three cats, Shlobi, Nemo and Nandi and two delightful Labradors, Daisy and Duke. She spends a lot of time in nature with her pets.
Ms Thuli Ngqakavu
Kennel and Hygiene Manager
Thuliwas born in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape and moved to the Garden Route in 2003. She had been in the veterinary channel for 5 years before joining The Crags Vet Clinic. She has extensive experience in handling of small animals and is in charge of the disinfection of our clinic. She is also responsible for the sterilization of surgical kits and general clinic cleanliness. Her nursing skills are well developed and she is more than capable of helping Dr Snyman with Hospital cases.
We offer many veterinary services to our clients in the Crags and from Plett, including:
- Small animal and Equine Consultations
- Medical Work ups
- Digital Radiography
- Small animal vaccination and sterilization
- Dental treatment for dogs and cats
- A fully stocked vet shop
- Farm visits and House calls done daily.
- Nutritional Advice
- Geriatric and Behavioural Consultations for Companion Animals
- Stress management in Cats
- Wildlife and Exotic animal consultations and medical treatment.
- Darting of small game for rescue and rehabilitation organisations.
Ask the Vet…
If you would like to send us an email by filling in the ‘General Enquiry’ below, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our veterinarians are available for routine consultation between 08H30 and 13H00 daily.
Special afternoon appointments can be made by prior arrangement.
Mummified infant baboon
Here at The Crags Vet Clinic we frequently receive phone calls from the local wildlife authorities. Our joined experience with wildlife health, veterinary research, rescue and rehabilitation dates back to 1999, and at least on my part, it is by far the most favorite part of my work!
Because of that, we did not even think much about the call from Tsitsikamma National Park last Tuesday about a misshapen primate remains in need of autopsy. Working with habituated research and tourist troops/groups of Primates we had a protocol of autopsying every remains found in the forest. ID was one reason (in case of habituated Primates the individual more than species ID), reason of death another important fact to establish. But then newspapers started calling, asking about Thokoloshe/alien/hybrid found in Tsitsikamma…
The remains looked quite creepy, that is true, but not nearly as creepy as the half decomposed remains of an adult chimp, which look so disturbingly human. It was a newborn female baboon, with umbilical cord still attached to her body. The strangeness of her look came from a combination of few facts: her skull was crushed and teeth de-lined. Teeth looked abnormally big, because all the soft tissue of gums had already decomposed, exposing the parts which would be hidden under gums in a live baboon. Finally, the middle section of the body was twisted and stretched far beyond normal length. How did that happen, some people asked? Well, just have a look at the link to this story from Kruger National Park, which I found on the internet. It is easy to see how the soft body of an infant (some 90% made of water) can be stretched during weeks of being carried in this manner…
Why carry the dead infant, and sometimes for over a month, you may ask? Well, many primate mothers do. They seem to understand that baby is dead. The chimp mothers, for example, usually carry unconscious, but still breathing infant on their chest, but when it dies they transfer it to their backs. Baboons often carry dead babies across their lower back, stretched over the base of the tail – just like you can see on the little photo relation from Kruger National Park. Not every Primate mother that loses her little infant would carry the remains. Some discard the body within minutes/hours after death. Others do not seem to be able to say good bye for much longer, and I have seen infants mummified beyond recognition, still carried around by their mothers or siblings. It is really sad to see, because they do not just carry and defend these little bodies, but they also groom them and chase the flies away, it is heartbreaking to watch.
Mountain Gorilla female Ikerezi carrying the body of her new born son, who died during 2010 respiratory outbreak in Virunga Mountains of Rwanda.
To make story even sadder, outbreak was caused by the human virus, brought to Gorillas by the careless visitors.
Teddy’s story :
Teddy is the friendliest jack russel terrier you can imagine – only a year old. Believe it or not, when you look at this sweet face – he is a boomslang killer!
A few weeks ago, he killed a boomslang – his second! Unfortunately, although we couldn’t find any evidence of a bite, 6 days later he showed signs of bleeding under the skin on his ventral abdomen.
Boomslang venom is anticoagulant – in that it causes consumption of clotting factors. Usually a patient will start bleeding within 24 hours of a snake bite. But the only mark we could find on Teddy was a superficial scratch on the tip of his left ear which was also bleeding freely.
A clotting profile at the local lab confirmed that Teddy’s blood was very slow to clot – and so we gave him a blood transfusion whilst we waited for the anti serum to arrive. 24 Hours after treatment was administered, the subcutaneous bleeding had stopped and Teddy was back to his usual exuberant self.
This case was very interesting for two reasons:
- This was the first boomslang venom case we had ever dealt with – people and dogs are very rarely bitten by these shy snakes.
- Teddy wasn’t actually bitten but scratched and this just demonstrates how potent this venom is Lets hope Teddy has learnt his lesson this time around, or at least, let’s hope no snakes are silly enough to cross his path again.
Thank you to our wholesalers , VetServ PE, who were offered to courier this life saving anti serum to us overnight in order to get it to Teddy as soon as possible.
Terry The Rock Python
Meet Terry – the resident rock python at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. She injured herself and had a large laceration that needed stitching. With owner, Michael Caithness, holding the snake, Dr Magdalena was able to stitch up the muscle and skin so Terry was as good as new. Another day of interesting patients at The Crags Vet Clinic.
We have some interesting patients here at The Crags Veterinary Clinic. Penguins are a regular feature as they are washed up often along our shores with various injuries and often weak with biliary. These little guys are rehabilitated at Tenikwa and once they are back in tip top health, they are sent to Port Elizabeth or Cape Town for release into the ocean. Tenikwa has a specially designed penguin rehab area with a pool to allow these happy feet to swim and play as naturally as possible.
Physical Address: N2, The Crags.
(same turn off as the Crags Superette and petrol station)
Postal Address: P o Box 77 The Crags 6602
Postal Code: 6600
Directions: Take the N2 from Plett toward Port Elizabeth, we are directly opposite the N2 from Bramon wine estate in The Crags
To get in touch during office hours, please call our clinic on 044 534 8038.
Dr Laura Snyman is currently on maternity leave but you can contact Dr Magdalena Braum on 078 164 9471.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for veterinary enquiries or patient follow up.
For general clinic enquiries, please email Vicki on email@example.com
Our vet shop is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Our consult hours are from 8:30 to 13:00 but best to make appointments by calling 044 534 8038 in case the vet is in surgery or on a house call.
Special afternoon appointments can be made by prior arrangement.
Please feel free to post pics of your pets on our facebook page. Its lovely to stay in touch that way.