Antoinette assists us with animal treatments two days a week and works in a veterinary nursing capacity at Tygerberg Animal Hospital for the rest of the week. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006 at Onderstepoort and completed her Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner course (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee in 2012. When she entered the animal physical rehabilitation profession, she initiated and worked in the physical rehabilitation department at Tygerberg Animal Hospital. We value her depth of knowledge and experience, specifically with post-surgical cases.

Antoinette’s Story

Since I was a little girl, I was completely obsessed with all animals and drawing them. It was no surprise that I ended up practicing veterinary nursing and physical rehabilitation. I have always experienced a strong affinity with animals and it feels like my heart swells up when I interact with them. My current combination of working as a veterinary nurse twice a week & rehab therapist twice a week is offering me the perfect balance. The integration of the two compliments each other beautifully. Being part of such an exceptional team at APR is very special & brings me immense joy.

I am always greatly entertained by the diversity of the personalities I come across in both animals & humans in my work.

- Antoinette Smit

On the other work day of the week, I indulge my artistic nature. I particularly enjoy drawing & painting animals & beloved pets. To capture the essence of a beloved creature is very special to me. I feel so privileged in my work to have the opportunity to assist with the healing process. The ability to use my eyes, my brain & my hands to facilitate this process is such a blessing! It is an honor to be trusted by clients to work so intimately with their companion animals. Deep bonds are created. I am always greatly entertained by the diversity of the personalities I come across in both animals & humans in my work.

Being part of such an exceptional team at APR is very special & brings me immense joy.

- Antoinette Smit

My own doggies at home were strays that were brought in at the Tygerberg Animal Hospital where I work. Psymon is a Havanese according to Google & he 100% fits the profile.
He is a fluffy, silky black & white cloud that either floats or bounces along. He is simply delicious with his gentle, human-like brown eyes, that make me feel like melted dark chocolate from within. Psymon loves to lie on the couch for hours & watch the world go by. He doesn’t like loud noises or eating the same food everyday. Psymon may be small but he has a sensitive, yet enormous old soul. I believe he is my protecting luck dragon, like Falcor from “The Neverending Story”. He also loves playing with a ball & his brother Jake.

Jake is a small crossbreed between a wired haired Dachshund & Jack Russel Terrier. With his orange brown & white scrub brush coat, he looks like a sucked off mango pip & he simply makes me dissolve with his loving, open & honest energy. He is my smallest best friend in the world. His piercing amber-like eyes & light brown nose adds to his unique flavour.
He is the ultimate lap dog & simply loves his king size extra length bed that he generously shares with his humans. Jake is happiest when he is running full speed, & it always brings a smile to his face. Jake loves terrorizing Psymon just for the fun of it & his mischievous terrier nature shines through!

The love I have for these two canines is beyond my comprehension & I don’t really have the words to explain it.
It feels like they came & found me at the hospital knowing I would take them home. Their familiar souls feels like home to me & I will always find comfort in being around them.

Dogs really speak to my heart on a level that feels like a fire from within, they bring about a love that makes me kind of emotional.