Meet the Team

Dr Mia Farr - Veterinarian

Dr Mia Farr BVSc


Dr Mia Farr qualified in June 2000 from Onderstepoort. From there she worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Botswana. She has a keen interest in animal welfare and has spent 7 years working at various animal welfare societies where she developed an interest in surgery.

In her search to improve her skills as a vet she enrolled and completed a certificate in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Florida. She is passionate about integrating her skills as a western medical practitioner with complementary medicine such as acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Dr Rene De Villiers - Veterinarian

Dr Rene De Villiers


After I qualified as a Veterinarian, I moved to Klerksdorp and had my own Practice there for 28 years. I then got the opportunity to Work in England for 14 years as a veterinarian. I moved to Hermanus in 2018 and practiced there for another 2 years and today I am incredibly happy to be a part of the Animal Matters Veterinary Hospital Team.

Ilisca Van Wyk - Receptionist

Ilisca Van Wyk

Theatre Assistant

My name is Lisca, and I've always wanted to work with animals since I was little. I've been doing volunteer work since the age of 7 at various animal welfares. I love giving advice and helping animals wherever I can, because they are my passion. My biggest dream is to become a veterinary nurse one day.
Ilisca Van Wyk - Receptionist

Inke Taljaard


I have always loved animals from a very young age and it became my passion as I have grown older. It's a dream come true for me to be involved with animals every day and assist where I can. I am proud to be part of the team.
Jenise Looyen - Receptionist

Jenise Looyen


My passion for animals started at a very young age, from nurturing baby birds to saving drowning ants. My passion grew for horses and dogs even more so, I grew up on a plot of farm animals and I have a very strong passion for animal well being and know this would be my career focus. I Qualified as an Equine Bodyworker in 2014. As a teenager I used to volunteer at Wildlife Sanctuaries as well as numerous outreach projects. Working at Animal Matters is a dream come true as I would like to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse.

Fredrick Bowa - Kennel Assistant

Fredrick Bowa

Kennel Assistant

I have always loved Animals and when the opportunity of working at a Veterinary Hospital came up, I knew I had to grab it with both hands. I started working at Animal Matters in 2019 and have not looked back since.

Ilan Samuel - Practice Manager

Ilan Samuel

Practice Manager

Ilan is Dr. Mia’s partner. in some ways a generalist, from flower farming in Kenya and running his own export company, working as a commercial pilot, to building irrigation schemes. His new job is keeping Animal Matters running as efficiently as possible, allowing the rest of the team to dedicate their time to all things veterinary.