Dr Mark Dittberner (South African)
Mark qualified from Onderstepoort in 2002 and went straight into an equine practice in Johannesburg. After working there for 4 years he went to the bush to start a wildlife masters in 2007.
He worked in various National Parks around SA including Kruger, Marakele, Goegap, Tankwe, and Addo and was responsible for TB testing in buffalo, and the relocation of various animals including giraffe, rhino, wildebeest, lions and hyenas. Mark also did capture and dehorning of rhinos and collaring of lions, elephants and baboons.
Mark was involved in 2 research projects - the first involved darting lions in Kruger and comparing the prevalence of TB in lions in the North and South of the Park. His second project was to determine if the addition of the enzyme hyalase to routine immobilising agents would reduce the knock down time in wildebeest.
With his Masters completed, Mark returned to equine work in JHB for a year before moving to KZN in 2011 and joining the Baker McVeigh team in Summerveld.
Mark is also on the SAEVA Racing Subcommittee and enjoys playing squash and fishing with his kids in his spare time.