Meet Our Staff

Dr Jean-Michel Desfontaines

Dr Desfontaines qualified from Onderstepoort in 2011. In 2012 he completed a Small Animal Internship at the Onderstepoort Academic Hospital. In 2013 he took part in KZN outreach program assisting in mass sterilizations in rural areas. Jean-Michel was part of the Sherwood Emergency Clinic team for 2 years, working night shifts to help animals in need of emergency care.

In his free time, he takes to the waters and loves to fly fish. He enjoys trail riding, jamming on the guitar and loves the outdoors.

Jean-Michel is married to his beautiful wife Bronwyn. Dr Bronwyn Keys is a member of the Veterinary staff of Summerveld Equine Hospital. They have five dogs, Grace, Lucy, Penny, Didi and Boytjie and their treasured cat, Nombi.

Dr Kirsten Fowles

Dr Fowles joined the team at Gillitts Veterinary Hospital in 2013. Kirsten grew up in Durban North and qualified from Onderstepoort in 2002. She worked in a mixed practice in Hartebeespoort Dam for one year and then returned to Durban.

Kirsten is married to Richard, has 2 children, Luke and Faith, 2 dogs and a cat.

Kirsten does Cross-fit to keep fit and loves to read when she has spare time.

Sr Chantal Robinson


Sr Robinson is our veterinary nurse. She graduated from Onderstepoort in 1996 and has many years of nursing experience. Her dedication and professionalism is a huge asset to our team. Chantal has worked in England, and with the Howick and Westville veterinary hospitals. She takes a special interest in veterinary dentistry and surgery.

Other interests include canoeing and reading. Chantal has 2 young children.

Toni Crosley

Veterinary Technician

Toni Crosley is our veterinary technician.

Our Admin Ladies

Our awesome administrative staff are always ready to assist you with your queries.
Vanessa Caine, Allison Tomlinson, Joan De Bruyn and Cherylann Gainsford handle reception duties. Samantha Wilcock is our hospital administrator.

Our Assistants

Our excellent assistants, Victor Gumede, Innocent Nene, Jabulani Mthembu and Sandile Mathonsi, make your pets' time at the clinic a very happy one. They are all genuine animal lovers and brilliant at the work they provide.
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