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 7 spoilt dogs and one you will meet when you visit the practice, 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.  At home there is a menagerie of lizards, spiders, guinea pigs, doves, pigeons and chickens. 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 , 1 cat, 1 dog and 2 birds. In her spare time she enjoys exercising,  loves gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Shonak Parbhoo

Dr Parbhoo hails from Middelburg, Mpumalanga, where he completed his Veterinary community service before relocating to Johannesburg. In June 2021 he then moved down to Durban where he joined our team at RinaldoRiverside Vet. While his great patience and deep compassion quickly won over animals and owners alike. His even-tempered nature and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty make him a valued member of our team. He is also very committed to the continued development of his knowledge and skills which ensures that he is always growing and advancing in the care that he provides. Outside of work hours he enjoys indulging his passion for boxing, hiking, wildlife and playing the tabla.

Dr Rozanne Buitendach

Dr Buitendach qualified in 2016 from University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort. She then completed 1 year of community service in Limpopo and worked in a private practice for 2 years in Nelspruit.

She moved to Umhlanga in 2020 and joined our practice as a locum in February 2021. Dr Roz thoroughly enjoys working with cats and dogs although she does have an interest in larger animals. 

In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach and dancing. 

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.

Madelein Jooste

Madelein studied at Onderstepoort in 2010 & 2011 for Vet Nursing. In 2012 she went onto studying as an Animal Health Technician and received a diploma and qualified in 2020.

In 2013 Madelein started at Rinaldo Vet as a receptionist and Hills Puppy School Trainer.

In 2021 when the two practices malgamated, she was able to follow though with her passion as a Animal Health Technician. 

Madelein is passionate about all animals from big to small. She will go to the end of the world to help where she can. She loves to be with family and friends. From morning until night she is working with animals,  pet sitting, dog walking, vet nursing and pup training.

You may notice her beloved dog Zena when you visit the practice. Zena comes to work on a daily basis since she was rescued at 18 days of age. 

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. 


Reception Staff

Amanda, Shaelene, Cheryl and Belinda 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 her daughters have competed at National Level. 


Shaelene Casals

Shaelene started as a paramedic in Nelspruit for 5 years. After moving to Durban in 2019 she joined our Pets Cafe Team in La Lucia Mall. In 2021 when Riverside Vet malgamated to RinaldoRiverside Vet, Shaelene was very happy to be offered a position as receptionist as this enabled her to get to see the medical field but with animals. Shaelene has a passion for animals and people. She has 5 dogs and 2 birds of her own and in her spare time she is often found offering her assistance whether it is work or personal to anyone in need. 



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Belinda Hammond


Belinda is a born and breed Umhlanga local. She started her working life in the hotel industry where her love of working with people grew. 

In 2021, Belinda joined our team. She will welcome you with her vibrant, chatty personality either on the phone or in reception.  

Her son, Mat, is her pride and joy. Her non-talking companions consist of 3 rescued dogs, a horse and 4 birds. 

In her spare time she can be found at the stables riding her horse or enjoying time with the family.

Ntokozo Ndube

Ntokozo joined our team in January 2020. He loves animals and is very eager to learn the exotic side of veterinary. You will see Ntokozo throughout the clinic assisting Kerry and Elsa, ensuring the clinic is hygienically clean, neat and tidy. 

We are thrilled to have such enthusiastic staff on our team and am sure you will enjoy their smiles and eagerness to assist when you come in. 

Victor Mthembu

Victor is a highly experienced and knowledgeable animal handler who has been in the veterinary profession for 31 years. He worked at Ebenezer Veterinary Clinic for a number of years before joining us in November 2019. He is very excited to learn about the exotic side of veterinary care. 

You will meet his smiling face in reception or in consultation lending a helping hand where ever he is needed. Victor 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. 

Nkosi Shezi

Nkosi worked at Rinaldo Vet since 2015. In 2021 Riverside Vet malgimated with Rinaldo Vet and he was happy to join our team. Nkosi enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field, he can be found assisting in consults and theatre which he finds very interesting.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. 

Ernest Hlangane

Ernest has been with Rinaldo Vet since 2002. He joined our team in 2021 when we malgamated the two veterinary practices. He enjoys assisting in reception, keeping the practice neat and tidy and is always willing to lend a hand when needed. 

After work hours he enjoys relaxing and spending time with family.



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.

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102 Umhlanga Rocks Drive
Durban North,


Business Hours:

Monday - Friday
08:00 - 18:00


08:00 - 12:00





Public Holidays


Consults by appointment

Contact Us

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031 563 6565


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031 2678000

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