Vivid mem­o­ries of mon­goose

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AF­TER dab­bling in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try, later be­com­ing a meat in­spec­tor and then mov­ing on to bio­di­ver­sity man­age­ment, the City of Cape Town’s newly re­tired chief vet has a vast ar­ray of mem­o­ries.

Dr Elzette Jor­dan worked for the city for 26 years.

“I have al­ways been an an­i­mal lover, but be­ing a vet was not my first choice as a ca­reer. I was in­volved in the pub­lish­ing world af­ter I ob­tained my BA Hon­ours in Phi­los­o­phy from Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity,” she said.

Jor­dan qual­i­fied as a vet at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria in 1988.

She started out in the city as a vet­eri­nary meat in­spec­tor at the Mait­land abat­toir in 1990. When this was closed down, she joined the bio­di­ver­sity man­age­ment branch.

Some of her best mem­o­ries in­clude work­ing with birds of prey, mon­goose and cara­cal.

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