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Ian Heyns | BSc Agric BVSc

February 18, 2015

Ian joined MVS July 2019 as part of our equine team

In 1977 Ian graduated from University of Natal, South Africa with a BSc Argric, he then attended Pretoria University graduating in 1982 gaining his BVSc.

For 15 years Ian owned and operated a mixed animal practice in Mooi River, Natal, SA which included intensive and extensive beef, sheep and horses. 1990 – 2000 saw Ian working exclusively on TB stud farms in Natal including three seasons in the Northern Hemisphere in Turkey. Followed by spending 2003-2017 as the stud vet in The Cape for numerous studs including, Drakenstein Stud & Wilgerbosdrift & Maine Chance Farms.

Ian built and was the managing director of the Drakenstein veterinary clinic, now named Vetscape in 2007.

He also was also successful in breeding on his own account owning a thoroughbred stud in Paarl, Cape Town which bred a Grp 1 winner named Seal.

Ian then relocated to NZ 2018 with his family.

Outside of practice Ian enjoys spending time with family, running, squash and touring the wild country in SA and now NZ.