Riverside Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Staff

Dr Bruce Kinghorn

Dr Kinghorn, the practice principle qualified in 1990 from the University Of Pretoria , Onderstepoort. He then spent two years practising in a large veterinary hospital in Cape Town where he gained some valuable experience in small animal surgery. In 1994 Bruce moved to Durban where he joined Riverside Vet. In 1996 he took over the practice and in the same year he opened Sunningdale Veterinary Clinic.

In 1997 he took over the La Lucia Veterinary Clinic and since then that is where he is predominantly based. He is kept busy with the running of the two practices as well as our shop "Pets Cafe" in the La Lucia Mall. Bruce has two lovely daughters Emma & Robyn . In his spare time Bruce is a tri athlon fanatic and has also completed a few Comrades as well as a couple of Iron Man events.

Dr Kerry Easson

Dr Kerry Easson started at Riverside Veterinary Clinic in December 2001 after she studied at Onderstepoort from 1997. This was the realization of a dream to become a vet which started when she was 5 years old. She had a childhood filled with all sorts of critters ranging from mice to a horse. Dr Easson is known by many for her knowledge and experience in exotic animals, these include birds, rabbits, rats, reptiles, monkeys and hedgehogs to name a few. Kerry has a big heart and is always willing to help an animal in need. She has 3 spoilt dogs that you will notice when you visit the clinic, Ewa the poodle, who enjoys accompanying her every day to work and participates in the greeting of all the dogs that walk through the door and Miley and Picola which are both chihuahuas that she adopted from rescue organisations.  At home there is a menagerie of lizards, spiders, guinea pigs, doves, pigeons, chickens and Bartholomew the turkey. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, reading, gardening, walking the dogs and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Elsa van Biljon

Dr van Biljon qualified at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in 1993. She then started to practice in the Free State and later moved to Durban in November 1998 where she joined Sunningdale Veterinary Clinic owned by Dr Kinghorn. Since Sunningdale merged with La Lucia in 2006, Dr van Biljon has worked between both of Dr Kinghorn's practices, Riverside and La Lucia Vet. Dr van Biljon has a lot of compassion and empathy with all our clients and their pets She is often requested by clients during sad times for her broad shoulders to cry on.

Dr van Biljon enjoys working with small animals and exotics and has a particular soft spot for her feline patients. She has two lovely children, Sebastian and Feya , 2 cats and 2 dogs. In her spare time she enjoys exercising,  loves gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Sr Nicole Basel 

Sr Nicole qualified as a veterinary nurse at the end of 2017.

She is a strong christian and strives to serve God in every way she can.
Nicole has been given a creative mind and loves doing all sorts of crafts from painting and drawing to crocheting and embroidering. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves spending time outdoors exploring and enjoying nature. Most importantly she has a passion for animals no matter what the shape or size.





Nikki de Freitas

Nikki joined Riverside Veterinary Clinic in February 2012 as practice manager. She is responsible for all of the administrative duties at the practice and is always keen to lend a helping hand in any other area she can assist in. Nikki has always had a love for animals and in December 2013 she opened a Puppy School which is run at the La Lucia Practice, PAWsitive Puppy School. 

Her love for animals is apparent at home where she has a menagerie of pets. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her 3 boys. 


Dee Bennion

Being a client of Riverside Vet for many years, Dee's passion for birds, reptiles or anything out of the ordinary soon won her over in assisting us in her spare time. 20 years later she is still the familiar face you will see in the clinic on alternative Saturdays assisting the vet on duty and giving advice to clients on their pets. Dee's love for helping animals does not stop at Riverside Vet and on occasion she is called on to help in rehabilitating wildlife. Dee has a passion for photography and has won a number of awards for her photographs. She thoroughly enjoys spending her time out in the open, gardening, hiking and anything that enables her to appreciate wildlife and the outdoors.



Reception Staff

Janine and Amanda are the ladies who will greet you either in person or on the phone. We are a practice that enjoys what we do for the benefit and well being of animals. Our receptionists will help you with nutritional advice and over the counter products. As part of our service delivery to you we keep up to date on the training of the premium products and prerequisites that we stock in our clinic

Amanda Kinghorn 

Amanda joined our Riverside Team in 2018. She is also actively involved in Pets Cafe, La Lucia Mall and has been since 2005.

In her spare time she is involved with swimming and KZN swiming officials. She is a FINA Open Water Swimming Certified Judge and both her daughters have competed at National Level. 



Janine Seivewright

Janine has been part of the Riverside Vet Team since 2006. She is the familiar face that many love to see and chat to on their visits. Janine is a proud mother to her only daughter and has a grandson she adores. She is a devoted Christian and not only treasures her family but enjoys spending her spare time cooking up a storm and reading.

Tom Hlope

Tom started at Riverside Vet in 2007. He is an experienced bird handler after working at the bird park for many years. His passion lies with birds and enjoys assisting the vets with the handling of the birds. Tom is responsible for the behind the scene activities which include keeping the clinic, hospital and cages clean. Tom is a proud father of six children. In his spare time he enjoys soccer and listening to music.

Edward Nxumalo

Edward took over from his brother Eugene who many of you may have met in the past. 

Ed is a highly experienced and knowledgeable animal handler who has been in the veterinary profession for 16 years. He worked at Riverside Vet for a number of years before moving to a Specialist Veterinary Hospital in 2011, he is now, in his own words, “back home!”. Ed's passion lies in working with dogs, but he enjoys all animals, and even willingly handles our snake patients, especially the “big ones!”

You'll meet Ed in reception or in consultation lending a helping hand where ever he is needed. Ed is also focused on keeping the clinic clean and tidy and meeting the high standards of hygiene and sterility that are vital in a veterinary practice. He considers team spirit and team work very important and always keeps us smiling with his jokes and wonderful sense of humour. In his own words, he would like to see more african kids learning about animals and their care.

In his spare time, Ed is a soccer fanatic and enjoys listening to music.



Practice Cats

Blue and Amelia

Blue (grey cat) and Amelia (calico cat) have been a part of Riverside Veterinary Clinic since 2012. They both came to us as stray cats. In 2013 Blue was unfortunately run over in our driveway, but after extensive surgery and cage rest he made it through and is still with us, strong as ever. In their spare time Blue enjoys sleeping on our printer or rubbing up against clients at the front desk. Ameila loves sitting on clients laps while they are waiting in reception and will often be found "washing" their arm in delight.



62 Soofie Saheb Drive,
Durban North,

Consultations by appointment

Monday - Friday: 07:45 - 17:45
Saturday: 08:00- 11:45
Sunday: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

Contact Us

Tel: 031 563 6565 / 66

Sherwood After Hours Emergency Clinic:
031 207 1300