Dr. Sheelagh Higgerty, BA (Natal), BVSc (Hons) (Pret)
Sheelagh qualified at Ondesterpoort in 1980 and started her career in a small animal practice in Johannesburg. She then moved to the Cape where she joined an equine practice in Ceres, primarily involved in reproduction. Returning to Johannesburg, Sheelagh started Crowthorne Veterinary Clinic in 1990 and is the sole owner. Originally based in Crowthorne, the clinic is now based on the edge of the Beaulieu Estate in Main Road, Kyalami, where Sheelagh’s magnificent ox wagon can be seen.
Sheelagh is an FEI Official and Treating Veterinarian in six disciplines, show jumping, dressage, (including para-dressage), driving, eventing, vaulting and reining. She is Chairperson of the SAEF’s Veterinary Commission, Chairperson of the South African Equine Veterinary Association Sport Horse Committee and National Head Veterinarian in South Africa for the FEI.
Apart from her extensive experience with horses and small animals, Sheelagh also treats cattle and sheep. Sheelagh has a particular interest in diagnostic imaging.
Crowthorne Veterinary Clinic is a member of IVPD
(Institute of Veterinary Practice Development).
In her spare time, Sheelagh enjoys carriage driving and has won numerous accolades in the driving discipline, including winning the Avis Driving Derby twice and several South African Driving Championships.