Our Vision

To be a globally recognised veterinary centre leaving animals, humans and the planet in a better state than we found it in.

Mission Statement

We aim to achieve our vision by providing advanced and innovative veterinary care, promoting education and research and practising in an ecological, sustainable and conservation focused manner. Our holistic approach to veterinary medicine places equal importance on Animal, Human and Environmental health in an effort to improve the planet for the long term. We are excited for you to be a part of this exciting vision!

Dr Emily Baxter
Emily graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2013. She was drawn to Africa by its incredible wildlife and spent 9 months volunteering for Ikhala Wildlife Veterinary Services and Amakhala Game Reserve. She returned to the UK to work in a mixed animal practice for 18 months, treating everything from mice and snakes to cows and horses. She rejoined the Ikhala team in 2016 and decided to settle in this beautiful part of the world.

She has developed an intense passion for working with wildlife and exotic animals and all other unique animals South Africa has to offer. Emily is the Practice Principle for Ikhala Veterinary Clinic and is ambitious about making the clinic an even more friendly, caring and eco conscious place.

Dr William Fowlds
The Fowlds family have lived and been educated in the Grahamstown area for six generations. Will worked in small animal practice in the UK for 5 years after qualifying before returning to the Eastern Cape in 2002 to pursue his passion for wildlife and conservation. Apart from living his dream ofworking with wild animals amidst the incredible bio-diversity of the Albany area, he also travels extensively abroad raising awareness and support for our threatened wildlife.

Will is passionate about the contribution that this veterinary team can bring to the people and animals of this area and is proud of the diverse skills and commitment we have assembled here.


Dr Lynne was born on the 5th generation Galpin family farm outside of Kenton on Sea, schooled at DSG, and has now returned to her Eastern Cape home after many years of practice at a busy veterinary clinic in Johannesburg. Lynne has more than 25 years of experience with small animals and has a passion for beekeeping, all things Honey (including mead making and honey judging)! Also a qualified PADI divemaster, Lynne’s love of the ocean is almost paralleled by her great loves of family, cats, the Labradors Wallis and Finn, Animal and Ocean conservation, and Life itself.

I qualified as a Vet Nurse from Onderstepoort at the end of 2008. Originally a Joburg girl, I worked at a busy referral hospital in Bryanston for 8 years, where I gained a lot of experience in medicine and surgical cases as well as ICU nursing.

With a keen interest and love of wildlife, especially the fight against rhino poaching, I joined the Ikhala Veterinary Wildlife Services team in May 2016. I am currently working as both Dr William Fowld’s Veterinary Nurse as well as supporting the clinic and helping treat small animals – best of both worlds.

In my free time and weekends I enjoy photography, socializing with friends, visiting family in Port Alfred and generally spending time in the outdoors, especially on the beach.


I am originally from Cape Town. I moved to Port Alfred in 2017 with my family. Since a child I have always had a passion for animals. I used to own a variety of animals from rats, mice, fish, rabbits, cats and dogs. At the moment I have 2 dogs.

In my spare time I volunteer at charities or animal welfares. After joining Ikhala in April 2019, I have expanded my knowledge of animal health widely and graduated with a diploma in veterinary reception.

I have always had a huge love for animals and wanted to save every single one I could. Especially cats!

Having always had a passion for horse riding, some of my best memories are riding through the pineapple fields in Bathurst and the beaches in Kenton.

After so many good memories in the Eastern Cape, I decided to move back to Grahamstown to be with my now husband.

I am currently registered with the South African Veterinary Council as a student Animal Health Technician and will be graduating in 2022. As practice manager I hope to ensure great service, happy staff and a wonderful environment for every person that sets foot in the clinic.

I was born and bred in Grahamstown/Makanda. I come from a big and very diverse family. I have 6 brothers and sisters and we are all artsy. I have always loved animals,  and my pets are my family too.
I enjoy dog walking, spending time on the beach (my favourite place in the world), cooking, horse riding and I am particularly interested in natural health and well-being.
I joined Ikhala as a receptionist in September 2020 and look forward to growing my knowledge and one day, studying further.
Luyanda joined Ikhala Veterinary Clinic at the beginning of 2018 as a general assistant. However, his potential was clear from the start and Luyanda is now training to obtain his Diploma in veterinary assistance.
Luyanda is a key member of Ikhala and no matter what, you can expect him to help you with a big smile on his face!
Courtney Bunge
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