Welcome to National Veterinary Clinicians Group Bush Break 2024

Please note The National Veterinary Clinicians Group provides Continuing Education through world-class Continuing Professional Development events. The NVCG strives to bring the latest techniques and advancements in veterinary science to companion animal veterinarians in South Africa.

Date: 11 August
Drinks: 18:45
Dinner: 19:30
RSVP HERE or click on the button below to reserve your spot.
Drinks and dinner for own account




Registration Rates

Registration type Rates
NVCG Non-Member R3840
NVCG Member R3255
Students/Pensioners R2 400
One-day Attendance – Non-Member R2380
One-day Attendance – Member R1730
One-day Attendance – Student/Pensioners R1730
Full Program – Vet Nurse R2 800




Important dates

Super-early bird Closed
Pre-book accommodation before   17 April 2024 (Few bungalows available)
Early-bird rates closes Closed
Standard rates from 01 May 2024
Late rates from 01 August 2024

Dr. Mark Penning

Vice President Animals, Science and Environment

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Dr. Mark Penning oversees animal care and environmental initiatives for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products at our sites around the globe.  Mark is based at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and also leads the teams responsible for Disney field conservation efforts to protect wildlife and wild habitats around the world, and the responsible portrayal of animals and nature in Disney film and television productions.

Mark is a veterinarian by training, with a special interest in wildlife.  He previously served as CEO of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research in Durban, South Africa – a non-profit organization dedicated to marine research and conservation. He has served as President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an organization based in Barcelona representing the premier zoos and aquariums around the world.  He sits on the board of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and is a Trustee of Wild Welfare, a UK-based animal welfare organization.

Dr. Noel Moens

Small Animal surgery

Dr Moens Graduated from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 1991. He completed a residency in small animal surgery and a master of Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He is a diplomate of the American College and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr Moens held a post of assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the University of Prince Edward Island until 2000 when he joined the University of Guelph (Canada). Dr Moens held the rank of  Associate Professor in small animal surgery (Orthopaedics) at the University of Guelph until 2024. He recently left Academia to practice orthopedic surgery in a large private practice in King City Ontario (Canada) .  Active member of the AO North america since 2003. Dr Moens interests and research areas is fracture fixation and implants biomechanics.

Prof. Paul Woods

Internal medicine and Oncology

Paul Woods is Professor of Oncology in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College and founding co-Director of the University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI).  Dr. Woods is a graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College.  He practiced in Owen Sound, Ontario and then completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Master of Science in Veterinary Science (investigating hyperthermia as a cancer treatment) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Woods completed a Medical Oncology Fellowship at Colorado State University.  He was formerly on the faculty at Oklahoma State University.  He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Internal Medicine and Oncology.  Dr. Woods’ research employs novel therapeutic and diagnostic agents and techniques in clinical trials with veterinary cancer patients.

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