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Characters you will meet


Lizzie – our surgery cat – came to us as a homeless kitten in 2013. She is not much of a “ratter ”as she sleeps in the kennels at night and is on reception duty during the day. However she does torment the local lizard population , which are now all tail-less.

Dr Clare Savage – qualified from UZ in 1986, went and wrote UK exams so also registered as a member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and then joined Chisi Vet in 1987.

She was initially mentored by Dr Ev Cock, then by Dr Vicky Johnston before taking over the practice in 2000. She has sat on the Veterinary Council for 10 years and also worked for the Veterinary Association and Wildlife Group for many years. She is still involved with the ZVA hip dysplasia panel and with fund –raising for VAWZ.

Her empathy and love of animals is obvious, devoted to her job and the clientele/patients that support Chisi Vet. Downtime is always spent out of town in the bush and wildlife areas.


Dr Tapfuma Mhuri,(alias Taps) - Father of 4 children.

Qualifed from UZ in 2000 and brought his experience and skills from SPCA and the 24 hour vet to Chisi Vet in 2004. He is known for his gentle and compassionate nature and his quiet efficient running of the practice.

He sits on the committee of VAWZ and generously donates his time to welfare cases.


Dr Whisper Kuwenyi – part-time veterinary surgeon – he has been helping at Chisi vet since before he qualified and is now a very competent, hard working part of the Chisi Vet team - he fills in to allow others to take leave.

When not at Chisi Vet, he is out doing work for VAWS and also doing a part-time economics degree.


Dr Georgie Fraser – married to Paul and guardian to 8 fur kids – 6 cats and 2 dogs plus 1 tortoise.

Qualified in 1994 from UZ and also holds a Royal College registration in UK. She has only worked in small animal practice since graduating. She spent a few years teaching small animal medicine and clinics at UZ.

For the Council of Veterinary Surgeons, she is involved in yearly surgery inspections and exams for foreign vets wanting Zimbabwean registration. She joined Chisi Vet in 2008 and has been the regular locum when one of the others is away.

  Val Dempster – known as the “cat lady”of Harare as she has literally raised and homed hundreds of orphan kittens. She was our full time receptionist since 2000 and then went to the UK for medical reasons. Sadly she passed away on the 9th of March 2019. 
Robyn Joughin

Robyn Joughin – has recently stepped in to help run reception.

She has a long history with Chisi vet, having worked here from 1990 - 2006. Her nursing background is put to good use in monitoring of hospital cases, drug ordering and follow-ups on patient welfare.

Her chatty, cheerful character welcomes clients through the door and she makes it her business that they and their precious pets are well looked after.

Karen Henderson – part-time receptionist and helps our book-keeper in debt-collecting. She is also a part time employee of Pam Golding estate agents. Mother to 4 beautiful daxies.
  Lyn Spong – part-time receptionist and long –time client.Has often helped us out over the years by taking over one of our waifs and strays – she has 6 cats.
  Marianne Hallet – our patient meticulous book-keeper – hidden away in an office at the back of the surgery – she only comes in twice a week for 2-3 hours, rest of her work done from home.

David Nyamhani – our most experienced animal handler. He has been with Chisi Vet since the start.

Now retired from Chisi Vet but is working in South Africa. The gentle but firm way in which he holds animals is noticed by pets and clients alike.

  Mishek Mananganzira – joined Chisi Vet in 1992 – an experienced , hard working assistant who resides at the surgery and is willingly available for afterhours emergency calls.
Phineas Kamombe

Phineas Kamombe – joined Chisi Vet in 2001 – we call him the animal whisperer as he has an amazing understanding of body language and animal communication. He successfully trains dogs in his spare time.

He resides at the surgery and is available for afterhour emergencies and in-patient monitoring which he does willingly, no matter what time he is called

Edward Fongisi Edward Fongisi – joined Chisi Vet in 2004 – the professor – good at keeping our theatre running, with packing and sterilizing surgery kits and checking on the anaesthetic machine.
  Tichaona Nyatsoka (Titch) – our most recent new member of staff – joined us in 2012 – already very competent at his job – always with a smile.