Who We Are


Dr Mark Verseput BVSc (Hons)


Specialist interest in exotics including snakes, iguanas and bearded dragons to name a few.

Mark_BW editedI was born in Johannesburg and have been here ever since. I was educated at Bryanston High School and qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort in 1985. I then did 2 years military service and completed an honours degree in small animal medicine in 1987.

I  joined Craighall Veterinary Hospital in 1987 as an assistant veterinarian and am now the senior partner at the practice. My special interests are in small animal medicine and surgery and exotic pets, especially reptiles. I have been married since 1986 and have 2 daughters and a son. My hobbies include hiking, birdwatching, fishing, yachting, golf and soccer.

Dr Neil Shackleton BVSc (Hons)


Neil with glasses_BW editedI qualified from Onderstepoort in 1987. I joined the ‘Village Veterinary Clinic’, Parkhurst in 2000 where I became a Partner and moved to Craighall Veterinary Hospital in 2006 when we expanded the business.

I am married and we have a son and a daughter. I have a keen interest in fly-fishing and a great love for the outdoors.

Dr Caron Elton BVSc


Specialist interest in small animals including hamsters, rabbits and chinchillas.

Caron with Puppy_BW editedI qualified from Onderstepoort in 2005. I began working at Rynfield Vet in Benoni before going to the UK to work at Companion Animal Care in Cambridge. It was there that I obtained a lot of experience treating Rabbits.  I then returned to South Africa and worked in Jeffreys Bay before starting at Craighall Vet in 2007.

When I am not working I’m either mountain biking or doing yoga.

Dr Hayley Gibbs BVSc


Haily_BW editedI qualified from Onderstepoort in 1989 and started at the Mount Croix Animal Hospital in Port Elizabeth shortly thereafter.  While I was there I did quite a fair amount of work for the Oceanarium and was fortunate enough to watch the birth of a dolphin as well as help in the rehabilitation & release of the penguins after the oil spill.

I then worked in England for about 4 months, but decided that South Africa was where I wanted to live and returned to Port Elizabeth. In January 2003 my husband was transferred to Johannesburg and I was pleased to get out of small town living. After arriving in Joburg, I worked as a locum, mornings only, so that I could spend time with our two sons.

It took me about 3 – 4 years before joining Mark and Neil at ‘The Village Veterinary Clinic’, Parkhurst and then when Craighall Veterinary Clinic was refurbished I became a permanent half-day vet and Partner. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that I love, which occupies my mornings and affords me quality time in the afternoon to spend with both my sons.

Dr Shona Elliott BVSc (Hons)

I was born in Virginia, Free State and attended primary school at St Agnes, Welkom. I moved to Johannesburg at the start of high school and attended St Dominics, Boksburg. I qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort in 2004, and completed my honours in 2010.

I joined Craighall Veterinary Hospital in 2008 after working in the UK for a few months. My interests lie in small animal medicine and surgery. My hobbies include running, gym, going to the bush, traveling around our beautiful country and taking my “overweight” dachshund for walks.

Dr Samantha Garner BVSc 


I grew up in Wendywood, Johannesburg. I did a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Witwatersrand and then went on to Onderstepoort and qualified in 2000.

After spending some time working in the UK, my husband and I moved to Mpumalanga where I did mixed practice (mainly horses and small animals).

We moved back to Johannesburg in 2008, and I have been working in small animal practice since then. My passion is small animal medicine and surgery.

When I am not working, I am usually walking my dogs, enjoying time away in the bush, renovating houses or having dinner parties with friends and family.


Sister Catherine McCarthy DVN

Sister Catherine_BW editedI qualified in 2011 as a veterinary nurse. I received the award for ‘Best Veterinary Nursing Student of the Year’ and also received an award for anaesthetics.

At Craighall she I am responsible for running the show in the background and amusing my colleagues with my dry sense of humour. In my spare time I like to redecorate my home and wrangle with my three naughty dogs!

Sister Catherine Rissik DVN

Sr CatherineI was born on the 28th of July 1994 and have always lived in Johannesburg.  I have two older brothers , the oldest is now enjoying his second year of being a qualified vet down in Cape Town. My other brother is a final year vet student at Onderstepoort.

I matriculated in 2012 and went straight on to study Veterinary nursing. I qualified in 2014 and am now experiencing life as a working adult. I have always had a great compassion for animals and have always had them in my life – and this I guarantee will never change!


Hermione Bowring

Hermione PhotoI started off in the advertising department of a Real Estate Corporate before travelling overseas for a while. After returning to South Africa I then spent ten years working in the Quality Assurance field of Pharmaceuticals before joining Craighall Veterinary Hospital in 2006.

I am married to Roger and we have a teenage daughter and son as well as a home filled with animals!


Shirley Lyons, Pedie Scott-Lyon, Nicole Hollenbach and Michelle Smith

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