Dr. Mari-Ann Da Silva and Dr. Anais Herbert are two wildlife veterinarians, both originally from Europe (Denmark and France). Wildlife is their passion and they have worked all over the world and most recently for about three years in Namibia.
”We were at a point when we wanted to start our own business so we decided to set up a veterinary clinic and getting ourselves known in the local community”, Mari-Ann Da Silva tells us.
Now they have a Veterinary Practice which includes a small animal clinic in Tsumeb in the north of Namibia.
Wild animals, cats and dogs
In this part of the world, wild animals are found on private game farms. As these farms are fenced, it is necessary for the farmers to manage the animal populations to avoid inbreeding and problem animals.
”Whenever these animals need attention, we need to immobilize them in order to get to them”, Da Silva says.
Sometimes farmers will have migrating animals on their farms, such as elephants and lions. If these decide to stay then they may cause problems and the vets will go and relocate them. There are no zoos in Namibia.
Currently, Marana Vets has very different clients. At the clinic, they have cats and dogs and on farms they see game animals.
”We are trained wildlife veterinarians and we have the authority to purchase Schedule 5 drugs which are the drugs needed to immobilize wildlife”, Mari-Ann Da Silva says.
In Namibia, only registered wildlife veterinarians are able to get these drugs.
Offer what the clients want
When I ask what are the most important things to have a cost-effective clinic, Da Silva has one answer: To offer what the clients want and need.
”No use in having fancy techniques and equipment if clients are not interested or cannot pay. It is very expensive to open a clinic.”
Marana Vets use Provet Cloud, the first user in Africa.
”The best feature to it is the fact it keeps all patients and clients in one place so we have easy access to clinical information”, Mari-Ann Da Silva says. “Another very positive feature is the fact that we are able to amend the species list to add all our African wild animals. And finally, we cannot forget the prompt and efficient help that we get from Provet in order to optimize our utilization of the programme.”