Welcome to Dr Erika Senekal

‘All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within’ –Horace FriessIMG_20140511_155146_edit_edit

As with the change of seasons in nature, I have arrived at a new one in my life. ..
I was born and raised in Florida, Gauteng. I have never been a fan of the city, but we were privileged enough to go to the family farm in the bush veld during holidays and weekends. There we would play and explore, ride the horses and swim in the dams,hike and camp. I have always had a burning desire to live on a farm with wide open spaces, have horses and be able to go into the veld and just sit…absorbing everything.

After high school it was Onderstepoort. My wonderful parents, still in Florida, and two brothers were there all of the way supporting me in everything. My eldest brother passed away in 2009. The other one lives in Bloubergstrand and it’s so great to have him so close by. After I graduated in 2008 I decided to do locum work.
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The big plan was to maybe go overseas sometime, but first start in Cape Town and work my way through the country, work in all the small and isolated places, back to the bushes where I would settle…that was the idea. So I took the road to Hermanus, with a few crates and my beloved staffie, Diego. This is where we would kick-start the journey. I worked at a few different mixed-and small animal practices in WP and moved a lot!

Long story short, I went back to lovely Limpopo in 2012 and did some game work there. I also have a huge interest and admiration for wildlife. After a year the west-coast life style was calling me, so I moved back. Another year later and I joined TAH in the middle of the cold-rainy winter.
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So, I adopted another two pets over the years, Maraai (a pug X) and Chavez (black cat). Also just to make sure I don’t move again soon, I’ve met my amazing boyfriend who is a dairy farmer. I have always loved being part of a mixed practice where not one day is the same as the previous. Working outside and getting dirty always brings a smile to my face. I am enjoying every moment of the countryside and its people. What a great opportunity to be working with experienced, wise vets. I look forward to develop and learn from experiences every day and to contribute to TAH.

I am so blessed and thankful for all I have. What a great career we have and the chance to mean something to someone every day. Exciting times and opportunities are on the horizon for us all like the blooming flowers in the veld…
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‘The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.’ –Anne Frank

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