Penfold - Veterinarian - Pretoria, GP, South Africa

Miles Penfold

Pretoria, GP, South Africa

Services

Veterinarian

Summary:

Small animal practitioner with specific interest in surgery. 10 years experience. Experienced locum. Please see my LinkedIn profile: za.linkedin.com/in/milespenfold

Work History

Post graduate student

University of Pretoria, faculty of veterinary science, Onderstepoort

February 2012 - February 2012

I am currently studying towards a Masters degree in Companion animal surgery.

Director

Philadelphia Project

January 2010 - January 2010

Miles serves as a member of Philadelphia's Board of Directors. He is primarily involved with supporting Philadelphia's leadership development programs.

Veterinarian

Cape fo Good Hope SPCA

January 2010 - June 2010

Completed the educational computer library for in-house training.

Veterinarian

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

January 2009 - December 2009

I stepped down as senior veterinarian to pursue funding projects for the training syllabus and make space for Dr Roelof Van der Merwe to bring his expertise into the almoning arena and mobile clinic units. Almoning was successfully implemented within the society.

Senior Veterinarian

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

January 2008 - January 2009

Animal Cops South Africa was filmed on site. With the invaluable help of Dr George Birch we continued with building a full training syllabus for animal welfare assistants (AWAs). Trained 60 people over the year to pass their various veterinary tests as inspectors and AWAs. Began motivating for a review of the almoning system. A system that screens clients to ensure they qualify for welfare services.

Veterinarian

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

February 2007 - July 2010

Working at one of the largest and busiest welfare’s in the southern hemisphere was an incredibly challenging, rewarding and at times frustrating experience. It afforded me the opportunity to gain insights into politics, funding, people and pets like no other place I have ever worked.

The hospital had 40 full time employees including 3 full time vets. It had 220 cages running at 70%+ occupancy rates. We received referrals from private practice, other welfares, mobile clinic cases, inspectorate cases, strays and owned animals. Our front end staff averaged 119 non vaccination patients per day, the surgical case load averaged 42 procedures over a 5-6 hour operating period and the medical case load averaged 30 new cases hospitalised per day. Our intensive care unit housed 34 animals at a time and was often full, as was our isolation facility which had 4 wards of 9 cages each, allowing us to isolate distemper, parvo, snuffles or kennel cough, and coccidial cases.

Apart from the usual clinical work, the vets trained all the staff, from the animal welfare assistants to the theatre orderlies. We wrote reports for court cases and acted as witnesses for animal cruelty prosecutions.

I worked with dogs, cats, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, birds, seals, porcupines, otters, wild birds, snakes and baboons. I performed 3887 surgical procedures (excluding procedures performed under sedation or with local blocks) including 222 orthopaedic operations. I corrected a PRAA, diaphragmatic hernias, performed all sorts of skin, jaw and rib reconstructions, removed various types of bullets, multitudes of tumours, sterilised close on 2900 animals (excluding sterilisation campaigns) and trained vets and students in surgery from various countries around the world (Switzerland, Germany, UK, Scotland, Canada, Australia, America, Zambia, South Africa). Being the last port of call ensured a large and diverse surgical case load.

Senior veterinarian and hospital manager

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

February 2007 - January 2008

I Spear-headed the implementation of a structured management system within the hospital. This involved written job descriptions, management and treatment protocols and training for the hospital (40 people), as well as re-equipping of theatres, wards, clinics, pharmacy and laboratory to exceed required veterinary standards.

Cape of Good Hope animal Statistics.............................07/08......08/09........09/10

Sterilizations:
Dogs...........................................................................3,053......3,003........3,409
Cats............................................................................1,489......1,384........1,514
Other (Equine, livestock, farmyard).....................................59..........45.............63

Operations (Excl. sterilisations):
Orthopaedic, soft tissue, etc..........................................7,530......6,253........3,722

Hospital Admissions (biliary, infectious diseases, etc.):
All animals.................................................................10,667.....11,917......10,156

Vaccinations; (incl. Rabies):
Dogs & Cats.................................................................9,259......8,876........8,458

Clinics (Animals treated but excl. Vaccinations):
In house clinics...........................................................44,816.....48,347.....37,331
Mobiles.......................................................................1,929........1,253.......1,907
Equines............................................................................20..........134.........201
Livestock & Others..........................................................361..........191............9
Dogs Dipped...............................................................11,018........7,874......8,186
Animals Dewormed......................................................35,279.....34,642.....30,799

Veterinary locum

PDSA Soweto, Midrand Veterinary Hospital

February 2006 - December 2006

I headed up the PDSA in Soweto where I spearheaded the implementation of a structured management system: this involved written job descriptions, management and treatment protocols and training for 20 to 30 people, as well as privately raising funds for the re-equipping of theatres etc. In July 2006 I handed this over to my colleagues and locummed in Midrand in small animal practice till October. After travelling with my sister I then did a brief locum in the UK again before returning to South Africa and full time employment at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Cape Town February 2007.

Veterinary locum

Mixed, Companion animal and Welfare Practice

January 2005 - December 2005

Work in Kareeadouw, the heart of pasture based dairy in South Africa, from February to April 2005 allowed me insight into TB outbreak control and pregnancy testing again, with the usual small animal component and veterinary involvement in the wolf sanctuary. May and June afforded me the opportunity to work at the PDSA in Cape Town where I had had the privilege of working with an excellent orthopaedic surgeon. This provided me with invaluable orthopaedic experience including external fixation placement, pinnings, platings, lag screwing, arthrodesis and ligament reconstruction on most of the long bones. Work in Melkbosstrand in July furthered my companion animal experience. Two months in Birmingham (UK) added to this experience. Three weeks in Ashford (UK) afforded me the privilege of working in a brand new veterinary hospital where I got the opportunity to dive into a decent surgical load again.

Veterinary locum

Large and Companion animal Practice

February 2004 - November 2004

Mixed practice involving first call equine work and cattle, as well as some companion animal and exotic animal work in Beccles in the UK from February to July continued to expand my experiential knowledge base. A 3 month stint in London from July to end October gave me a firm grasp of the UK medical and surgical case load, subsequent locum work into November expanded my knowledge in ophthalmology.

Veterinary locum

Large Animal, Game Capture and Companion animal Practice

February 2003 - December 2003

Small and large animals due to part-time work at the PDSA and private work during the former half of 2003 – while completing my computer programming course in C#. Full-time mixed practice in Zambia during the latter half of 2003 has given me good experience in large and small dairy operations, ranch cattle (includes bull testing), horses – polo, polocrosse (lameness, colics, miscellaneous); sheep, dogs and cats, game capture – boma, transport and darting (kudu, impala, zebra, bushbuck, puku, springbok, giraffe, sable, eland, ostrich, oribi, lechwe), rehabilitation – owls. Locum work in Worcester and Milnerton over December/January has increased my companion animal experience.

Student

CTI Education Group

January 2003 - June 2003

Anticipating the future importance of the internet I decided to enroll in a programming course in C#. Here I learnt the fundamentals of object orientated programming and database design through the use of the Dot.Net platform and Microsofts sequel server database. It has provided me with invaluable insight into software design and how programs work. I have subsequently been able to self teach myself website development.

Private Contractor

Tongaat Hulett

December 1992 - January 1993

During my December school holiday I was commissioned by the Cartography department to map the company sugar estates from Durban to the Tugela River. This involved using aerial photographs and my personal knowledge of the estates to map the boundaries, roads and sugar sidings onto 1:50 000 contour maps.

Projects

To see what I am currently busy with / available for:

Please view my linkedin profile below.

Qualifications & Certifications

Maritzburg College

CTI Education Group

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

University of Pretoria

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