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Meet The Team

Dr Anuska Viljoen BVSc(Hons) VetMFHom MRCVS MCIVT

Dr Anuska Viljoen

Anuska trained as a conventional Veterinarian in South Africa and qualified from Onderstepoort in 1993.  She completed a post graduate Honours degree in Medicine, Anaesthesiology and Clinical Pathology in 1995, while running an animal welfare hospital for the PDSA in Soweto. Mid 1995 she decided to move to the UK to gain international experience as a Veterinary Surgeon.  She soon became interested in complimentary medicine, after witnessing how homeopathy could help conditions where conventional medicine no longer had much to offer.  In 2000, she became a Veterinary member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in the UK.  She is also a Licentiate member of the International College of Crystal Healers (2003) and passed her Veterinary Acupuncture Exams in 2004.

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Dr Ernst Arndt - BVSc (Hons) BVSc – conventional veterinary medicine

Dr Ernst Arndt

Ernst studied at the University of Pretoria and qualified as a Veterinarian in 1985.  For 15 years, he gained valuable experience as a locum vet for various clinics in Pretoria and Centurion, before joining the pharmaceutical industry. He was appointed as country manager for a multi-national company, and from 2002 to 2015 he worked in Peru, India, Japan and South Korea.

During his time in India and Japan, alternative veterinary practices were gaining in popularity.  It was here that Ernst first began to realise how successfully these modalities could be integrated with conventional veterinary care.  He moved to the Garden Route in 2016, eager to return to hands-on clinical work, and joined the Simply Vets team where he could further explore the fascinating world of integrative animal health care.

Ernst lives in Knysna with his wife and two dogs.  During his spare time, he enjoys motorcycle touring, golf and plays a mean game of squash.

Cindy Smailes - Veterinary Technician

Cindy Smailes

With over 30 years’ experience within the veterinary industry, Cindy joined Simply Vets in 2011.  She has completed courses in Ethology (the science of animal behaviour) and Animal Communication and currently works as a Veterinary Technical Assistant and Receptionist at Simply Vets. Our patients are naturally drawn to her and she makes them feel right at home.

Cindy has a lively home in Sedgefield, which she shares with her partner, three dogs, three cats and three parrots.  In her downtime, she loves swimming, fishing, dog training and reading.

Megan Lee Jones - Shop Assistant

Megan Lee Jones

Passionate about animals and retail, Megan loves working at the Simply Vets shop, where she assists customers with their pet food purchases, natural remedies, as well as all sorts of pet essentials.   Megan joined Simply Vets in 2016 and has seven years’ experience in retail, including previous vet shop experience.  She has also worked as a receptionist at veterinary practices in Cape Town.

Megan currently lives in Knysna with her daughter and four cats.  She is an absolute bookworm and also loves spending time in nature.