EMAIL: [email protected]PHONE: +27 (0)21 975 0708Address:10 De Villiers Drive, Valmary Park, Durbanville

Team Leader Dr Bernice van Huyssteen


The Cape Exotic Animal Hospital is a hospital dedicated to the general wellbeing, medical and surgical needs of exotic pet species and wildlife. The clinic has been purpose built and offers both a primary and referral service. It is the first hospital in the Western Cape dedicated entirely to the care of birds and exotic animals, with a team of dedicated and skilled veterinary staff. We also treat injured wildlife, and work with a number of wildlife organizations such as Cheetah Outreach and the Two Oceans Aquarium to ensure the optimum veterinary care for their animals.

We believe that all animals, no matter their size or monetary value, are deserving of the same high standard of care usually enjoyed by cats and dogs. All of us at CEAH have a special love for furry, scaled and feathered creatures, and we love the fact that no two days at the clinic are ever the same!

Whether it is a dental check up on your rabbit, a neuter for your guinea pig or a health check for your rat, we will be happy to assist wherever we can.


Dr Bernice van Huyssteen

Dr Bernice grew up in the beautiful Overberg and Boland, and as a child would forever be carrying home every strange creature she could find!  Not surprisingly she ended up becoming a vet, after first receiving a Research and Genetics degree at the University of Stellenbosch. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Melbourne, Australia, before heading to sunny Sydney for a few years. There she completed an Internship in Surgery at the Animal Referral Hospital, and worked in general small animal and exotic practice before returning home to the Cape. She has been working exclusively with exotic pets, birds and wildlife since 2014. Her home is filled with two bunnies, a furry dog named Teddy, an assortment of recovering wild animals and one very understanding husband.


Dr Willemien van Wyk

Dr Willemien graduated at Onderstpoort in 1997 with a BVSc and BSc (hons) in zoology. She spent a couple of years doing small animal work in the UK before completing an MSc in wild animal health at the university of London and London Zoo. In 2001 she returned to South Africa, first as assistant and later as owner of the Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic in the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic hosital. She left the practice in 2007 to raise her children and moved to the beautiful Western Cape, where she enjoys working with penguins, pet birds, primates and all creatures wild and wonderful.


Dr Karli Du Preez

Dr Karli grew up in the tranquil coastal town of Stilbaai. She completed her degree in Veterinary Sciences (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria in 2017. Dr Karli currently shares a home with two intelligent rats, an lively crested gecko and a gentle Pitbull Terrier. She has a fondness for reptiles and small gritters.

Veterinary Nurse

Sr Brigitte Böhmer

Sr Brigitte qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from the University of Pretoria in 2007. After acquiring several years of experience in small- and mixed animal veterinary practices, she decided to pursue her interest in exotic patient care by joining the Cape Exotic Animal Hospital at the beginning of 2017.  She is the mom of two Meyers Parrots and a cat called Emile.

Hospital Coordinator

Ms Auberi Courchay

Ms Auberi Courchay immigrated to South Africa with her parents approximately 20 years ago from France. Her love for animals began when she lived as a child in a small French country village where her neighbours were cows and horses. She has since acquired a degree in the field of zoology (2010) and worked on numerous research projects with different types of animals. Recently she graduated with a Masters in animal sciences from Stellenbosch University where her interest in animal health was sparked. Taking a break from research and academics she decided to join CEAH to gain some hands on experience with all her favourite animals and plans to further her education in animal nutrition and animal therapy techniques in the near future.

Client Liaison

Ms Tracey Groenewald

Ms Tracey Groenewald has spent a large portion of her life being a loving foster mom to many dogs and cats, as well as running a doggy day care and boarding facility from home for 7 years. With the care and general well-being of animals being of utmost importance to her, she acquired a diploma in animal psychology and worked for a period of time at an animal welfare organisation in the adoptions department. She then went on to work as a receptionist in a cat and dog veterinary clinic, acquiring a number of invaluable administrative skills. However, exotic animals have always peaked her interest so she decided to join the team at CEAH to be able to learn and experience as much as possible about exotics, whilst taking on an administrative position ensuring a high standard of client communication and liaison.

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