Dr. Pieter de Villiers

Hello there. My name is Pieter, also known as “Dogtor Pete,” and I am a veterinarian from sunny South Africa. I graduated in 2019 from Onderstepoort, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, in South Africa, and am currently practicing as a companion animal veterinarian in Vanderbijlpark, which is about an hour’s drive south of Johannesburg.

My first solo surgery (ovariohysterectomy)

I grew up on a farm with many animals, including cows, sheep, horses, pigs, and the occasional field mice and rats. I’ve always had a passion for working and playing with animals, and if you were to find me, I would have probably been far out in the field equipped with my gumboots, a stick, and a Dachshund by my side, looking for other smaller critters to befriend.

10 year old me and my doggo Snoekie

I’ve always been involved with many sports (although I wasn’t really good at any), cultural activities, committees, and leadership roles throughout my school years. At the end of high school, I graduated as the valedictorian and embarked on the exciting (and somewhat terrifying) journey of becoming a vet.

Valedictorian awards with my brother and mother

I won’t lie; vet school has been a tough 6 years over so many different aspects! It humbled me; it challenged me, it made me want to quit, it made me want to cry. But most importantly, it shaped me into the strong person I am today. I have met so many awesome and intelligent people worldwide through all the organizations that I’ve been part of and was privileged to travel to over 24 countries and counting. Traveling has opened my eyes to so many things, and I really came to appreciate and respect the different cultures, languages, and landscapes around the world.

My mates and I during our fourth year in the pathology lab

I also have a powerful drive and entrepreneurial mindset. So, 6 months after graduating from vet school, I started a YouTube channel explaining difficult symptoms and diseases in dogs in easily digestible and informative videos. Another 6 months after that, my wife and I started this blog to help increase our reach.

The birth of “Dogtor Pete”

We both believe our calling is to help educate and help pet owners worldwide with factual and accurate information regarding the most common questions and concerns we receive at the vet clinic. We hope to build this brand into a full-time business to upscale our knowledge and expertise in the field to reach even more people all over the world.

My beautiful wife and I who met at vet school

I would consider myself a very chilled, down-to-earth, friendly guy who loves making dad jokes (although I am not a dad yet), and probably my biggest bucket list goal in life is to visit at least 80% of the countries in the world! 😉

My final year at vet school

If you want to connect with me, you can find me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together on this website, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at petvettips.dr@gmail.com.