About Us

At Umgeni Veterinary Clinic we have a reputation for friendly professionalism, diversity of skills, and unwavering compassion and care for our patients and customers. We are proud to be a pet care destination of choice.

Dr Lee Pachonick and Dr Margie Roach are the permanent Veterinarians at the Practice. Both qualified at Onderstepoort in Pretoria.

Dr Pachonick BVSc
After graduating from Onderstepoort, Lee joined a mixed practice on the South Coast for several years. She was appointed State Veterinarian at the Allerton Laboratory in 1995, a position she held for seven years. During her tenor, she headed the sections of Parasitology and Serology, specialising in sheep and goat diseases.

To further her experience, Lee freelanced at various veterinary clinics in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands before opening her own practice in 2004.

Lee’s veterinary focus is with small animals and further champions the community and youth pet care educational programmes.

Dr Margie Roach BVSc (Hons) MSc
Margie first worked at a mixed practice in the Free State and later in Port Elizabeth. She joined the Westville Veterinary Hospital gaining extensive experience in companion animals over a period of eighteen years. She relocated to Hilton in 2009 to work for the Howick Veterinary Group and joined Umgeni Veterinary Clinic in February 2012.

She has an interest in birds and exotic animals and volunteers her services at Free Me.

Ros, Janice and Shelley are the Veterinary Nurses, also having qualified at Onderstepoort. They assist with x-rays, anaesthetics and medical procedures and are available to offer professional advice on pet care, nutrition or puppy training.

Rosh, Nicky and Jaimee-Lee are the alternating receptionists and front office enthusiasts. Having attended numerous accredited courses in pet nutrition, they are able to assist Customers in selecting an appropriate feed or over the counter preventative medications.

The back office is driven by Tokkie, our Administrative Assistant together with Percival and Regina who are responsible for animal handling and general duties.

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