Our Staff


Dr. Johan Wessels
B.Sc.agric., B.V.Sc.

Dr. Johan is co-owner and senior veterinarian with a special interest in large animal work. He has a B.Sc. agric degree in dairy science followed by a B.V.Sc. veterinary degree from Onderstepoort. He worked as a vet in the UK for three years before settling down in Parys in 1995 when he bought Parys Animal Hospital. He works mainly with cattle (beef & dairy), sheep, horses and game.

Dr. Brigitta Wessels

Dr. Brigitta is co-owner and senior veterinarian with a special interest in small animals. She is married to Dr. Johan and also spent three years in the UK in small animal practice before settling down in Parys. She is also the practice manager.

Dr. Lelané Janse van Vuuren
B.Sc.vet.biol., B.V.Sc.

Dr. Lelané joined the team in 2010 and has fast become a popular and indispensable member of the practice. She has a special interest in complementary medicine and breeding of dogs.

Dr. Jan Fouche

Dr. Jan is the newest member of our veterinary team in 2023. We are excited to have him in Parys. He is interested in farm animals: Cattle, horses, sheep and goats.

Our vets' pets


Dr. Johan’s wild child, young and full of enthusiasm English Pointer


Rabb is Dr. Johan’s latest puppy and bred from Lexi. He is our crazy child who greets each and every one with great enthusiasm…. naïve, playful and insists on attention.


Another retired old man of the Wessels family, English Pointer. You will be missed so much boy.


Dr. Brigitta’s retired loyal follower and walking friend English Pointer. RIP Meister, you will be dearly missed.


Dr. Brigitta’s retired fun child and cheeky accessory. Unfortunately he has passed away recently; rest in peace, Pokkels.

Hospital Assistants

Lynri Grobler

Lynri is our dedicated veterinary assistant in theatre, consulting rooms and kennels, keeping your pets happy and cared for under veterinary supervision.

Willemien Landman

Willemien is our dedicated assistant in theatre and the kennels, caring for the nursing needs of your pets under supervision of our veterinary team.
Willemien was sadly involved in a car accident in December 2021 and has not been able to work since then. She has been let down by the state medical system.

If you feel the need to reach out to help her and her children, please contact reception on 056 811 2114.

We have a Backabuddy fundraiser for Willemien to get the surgery she needs. Please click in the link to make a donation.


Our friendly reception staff is headed up by Melanie and Alta, our senior receptionists who have been with us for many years. Ananka and Irené make up the group and add a youthful attitude to the team. All reception members receive training and supervision for you to receive the best possible service.

  • Melanie also assists with debtor and creditor queries.
  • Alta handles all stock and laboratory queries.
  • Ananka is the main receptionist at Parys Vet Shop and will assist you with the Parys Hills Puppy School.
  • Irené is receptionist at the practice and Parys Vet shop.
  • Ananka and Irené will assist you with the Hills Pet Slimming Programme.

Melanie Wessels

Alta Strydom

Ananka Deyzel

Irené Bezuidenhout

Practice helpers


Our friendly ladies are our dedicated cleaning staff. Elsie is dedicated to theatre and instrument cleaning. Mirriam and Agustinah keep our facility here as well as at Parys Vet Shop neat clean and tidy.


Our helpful gentlemen assist with the maintenance needed to keep the practice running efficiently. Lawrence is the master of our gardens and driver. Abram is our kennel man, farm animal assistant and back up hospital assistant. Johannes is our newest staff member and fills all the gaps.