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.