Our team of dedicated and compassionate staff will be taking care of all your pets veterinary care and preventative health care needs. Our staff take great pride and enjoyment in their job and we strive to live up to our motto “We Care “.
Dr Bruce Kinghorn BVSc
Dr Bruce Kinghorn graduated from University of Pretoria – Onderstepoort in 1990. Bruce then spent a year travelling overseas and working in various practices in England. Two years were then spent in practice in a large vet hospital in Cape Town.
In 1994 the move to Durban was made and Bruce acquired Riverside Veterinary Clinic in Durban North. In 1996 the
Sunningdale Clinic was opened and in 1997 he bought La Lucia Veterinary Clinic from Dr Sean Murphy.
Pets Cafe in the La Lucia Mall was opened in 2005 and in 2006 Sunningdale Vet Clinic was merged with La Lucia Vet. Bruce is passionate about practice management and has attended numerous courses in this field. He also has a special interest in small animal soft tissue surgery.
Bruce has two daughters Emma and Robyn. The whole family loves participating in sport and Bruce is crazy about running, cycling and swimming and has represented South Africa at the World Duathlon Champs. 2013 was not a good year with two cycling accidents with many clients believing this was a “sign”! Bruce is back on the bike again training hard !
Dr Elsa van Biljon BVSc
Dr van Biljon qualified in 1993 at Onderstepoort . 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 small animal work and has a special interest in exotic medicine. She has two lovely children, Sebastian and Feya , 1 cat and 2 dogs. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, loves gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Dr Rosena Fish BVSc
Dr. Rosena Fish qualified from Onderstepoort, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in 2001. She spent 3 years in the UK working as a Vet at various different practices.
She returned to SA in 2005 where she took up a position at Sunningdale Vets and La Lucia Vets. From the end of 2006 she started locuming again working between Durban North and Kloof.
Since 2008 she has been living in Salt Rock with her family and locuming between local practices and La Lucia.
She has 3 children, 2 dogs and a tabby cat. Her hobbies include camping and walking.
She enjoys working with dogs and cats and the relationships that are formed when dealing with a patient as it grows from a puppy/kitten to a senior citizen.
Practice Manager / Receptionist
Nikki de Freitas
Nikki joined La Lucia Veterinary Clinic in February 2012 as practice manager. In 2017 she joined our receptionist team after Eleanor sadly retired. Nikki 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 at the clinic, PAWsitive Puppy School.
Nikki is proud mom of 3 sons. Her love for animals is apparent at home where she has 5 dogs, 3 cats and a bird.
Pam and Nikki are the lovely ladies you get to speak to over the phone. As part of our ongoing service delivery promise, Pam and Nikki receive continuous product training on all our premium pet products stocked in our practice shop so they will help you with nutritional advice and over the counter products for your family pet.
Pam started working at Sunningdale Vet in 1997 for Dr Kinghorn. She then joined La Lucia Vet when Sunningdale merged with them.
Pam loves interacting with clients and is often seen hugging and kissing the dogs and cats that come in. In her spare time she loves spending time with her granchildren and thoroughly enjoys making cards sewing and baking. This is the lady that makes the delicious fudge you often see for sale on the counter.
Kennel and Hospital Assistants
Selby has been with La Lucia Vet since 1987. He took an interest in animals at a very young age and thoughroughly enjoys working and being around them. He assists with the behind the scenes activities, making sure the hospital and cages are always clean and giving the vet assistance with the patients.
Selby is the father of 5 children and in his spare time he enjoys his photography.
Eric has been working with Dr Kinghorn since 1997. He is very compassionate towards animals and is always willing to lend a hand. Eric assists the vet and ensures the hospital is clean and the patients are comfortable. He enjoys being in the front shop checking our stock, making sure the shelves are tidy and helping clients with their food.
He is a dedicated Christian and enjoys being in his garden and doing handy work around his home.