Moya Animal Outreach was conceptualised back in 2008 when Dr Jacqui de Villiers-Rodmell initiated a veterinary outreach project in the rural parts of the independent homeland area then known as the “Transkei”. During this 3 week period over 650 animals were treated, making a significant impact on the local community. She then got involved in local outreach projects in Hout Bay, The Cape Flats and up the west coast of the Western Cape. The idea of setting up a non-profit organisation for veterinary outreach work was created and the word MOYA was chosen.
“Moya” means wind, breath and/or spirit in many African languages. The outreach work would therefore help wherever the wind blew it and/or the Great Spirit guided it.
Initially we will help animals in need in our local community, which comprises predominantly, of residents in Kurland Village. We wish to make veterinary care available to this community by establishing a permanent primary health care programme in Kurland Village. This will be initiated with a Fun Dog Show to be hosted in Kurland Village early next year. A responsible ownership program will be implemented and all domestic animals and their owners will be registered on our central data capture system. For this reason we will be micro-chipping animals at registration so that we have a permanent identification system.
It is our goal to have 100 animals registered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and sterilised every 6 months. In the long term we wish to establish a permanent clinic in the community to service the welfare of the animals in need.
We will continue to work alongside PAWS (Plett Animal Welfare Services) and Bitou Horse welfare and give veterinary assistance where possible.
Next year there will be another outreach project to the same area in the Transkei, as it was recently identified that this area has not received veterinary attention since our last visit in 2008. A “bank” of volunteer vets and vet nurses will service additional outreach projects as they develop.
Moya Animal Outreach is in support of the “Humane Education Project” (see humane-education.org.za) and would like to see this implemented into curriculums in all surrounding schools. It is through empathy that we can understand each other’s needs and animals are great teachers. Studies have shown that there have been significant reductions in the number of abuse cases reported in both animals and people, where the Humane Education Project had been integrated into the school curriculum. Pupils also attained higher school grades. Humane education is usually defined as the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for living things.
The Moya Animal Outreach NPC was registered on 03/09/2015, registration number 2015/317815/08. The founding directors are as follows:
Dr Andre Reitz went to Grey College in Bloemfontein with Jacqui’s uncle, Noel de Villiers, and has remained a close family friend. He qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort (OP), University of Pretoria, in 1967and started practising as a mixed animal vet in the Garden Route in 1970 – he has been practising in this area for almost 50 years! His main interest is in cattle practise but he has a wealth of experience in all species. He currently owns the Beacon Isle Vet Shop.
Dr Daryl Hunt qualified as a vet from OP in 1996. He then worked and travelled in the UK and abroad for the next 5 years and returned to South Africa after completing a veterinary acupuncture course. His main interest is in small animals but in 2007 he decided to broaden his interests and spent a year working at the Johannesburg Zoo. He then returned to Cape Town with his life partner Cindy, a veterinary nurse. During this time he was the first opinion veterinary surgeon at Mdzananda clinic that provides animal healthcare support to Khayelitsha, an impoverished township just outside Cape Town for 2 years, completed a post graduate diploma in sustainability and then most recently was appointed as the first opinion vet at the Cape Animal Medical Centre, before moving to Loredo to join Jacqui in vet business partnership at The Crags Vet in July 2014. He now owns a farm in Loredo South, where he lives with Cindy and their two children Eden and Eli.
Dr Susan de Witt qualified as a vet from OP in 2000. After completing a long stint in the UK she returned to South Africa and took ownership of Fishhoek Vet Hospital in Cape Town. In 2013 she completed an MBA, then spent 3 month in the UK Cabinet office doing an internship in social investment and finance. She is currently working for the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business, UCT. Amongst other things the organisation evaluates education focused NPOs.
Dr Jacqui de Villiers-Rodmell qualified as a veterinary nurse (with distinction) in 1994 and went on to study veterinary science and graduated as a vet from Onderstepoort in 2001. She then went to live in Cornwall for most of the time until 2013, when she moved to The Crags with her husband Andy and three children Daisy, India and Devon, stopping off in Hout Bay, Cape Town and the Transkei, a few times in between. She has spent a great deal of her veterinary career doing animal welfare work for various organisations. In 2009 she did an internship at specialist equine hospital, Drakenstein Vet Centre, in Franschhoek. In July 2014 she took over The Crags Vet Clinic in partnership with long standing friend, Dr Daryl Hunt. She is the founding member of Moya Animal Outreach.