What is Pets at Play?

Pets at Play is a veterinary company that is dedicated to animal behaviour and the growth of science-based animal behaviour in South Africa

We provide veterinary behavioural consultations to clients and their dogs or cats. We also assist clients wanting to expand their animal family with pet selection consultations.

We also assist veterinarians with advice on behaviour cases and provide continuing professional development (CPD) on topics relating to veterinary behavioural medicine and animal welfare.

Our consulting room is located in Windmeul in the Cape Winelands however we also offer video consultations as well as in person consultations at TAH Belville.

Who we are

Dr Pypers

Dr Aileen Pypers

Dr Aileen Pypers is the owner of Pets at Play Veterinary Behaviour Consultancy. Aileen graduated in 2010 from the University of Pretoria and completed an honours level module in clinical behaviour medicine in 2013. She also has a Diploma in Higher Education from Stellenbosch University and is currently enrolled in a Masters in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law through Edinburgh University. Her strengths include well-developed communication, planning and organisational skills, with a passion for educating and motivating people. She lives with her husband in Windmeul and in her spare time she dances and crochets. Find Aileen on Linkedin

Dr Laura McIntyre

Dr Laura graduated as a veterinarian in 2014 and worked in private practce in Nelspruit until relocating to Ceres in 2021. She did a post graduate course in Veterinary behavioural medicine with Dr Quixi Sonntag in 2015 and opened her own veterinary behaviour consultancy, Just Nuisance, in 2017. She has worked for a pro-life welfare organisation for dogs and cats, providing her with invaluable experience with rescue animals and their complexities.

Dr Laura is friendly, engaging and has excellent communication skills. She will be seeing patients once a month at our consulting room in Windmeul in order to reduce the waiting time for appointments.

Dr Trish

Dr Patricia Mills

Dr Patricia Mills has been a practising small animal veterinarian for 15 years. She has always had a special interest in behaviour and completed the Veterinary clinical behaviour medicine course through the University of Pretoria in 2013. Animal behavoiur medicine has been included in her daily work when treating patients with other medical conditions as well as in helping pets with specific behaviour problems. Dr Mills is passionate about engaging with pet owners and assisting them to manage behaviour problems in their pets.

She lives with her husband and their three boys in the Natal midlands.

Dr Trish assists with our online consultation service which is ideal for feline cases as well as canine patients who are unable to attend in person consultations in Windmeul. 

Facebook Reviews

positive review  Dr Pypers was incredibly helpful, patient and experienced, and her advice is concise, thorough and easy to follow, and caters to your pets specific personality and needs. You can tell she genuinely cares. Thank you so much

Daoyi Roodt Avatar Daoyi Roodt
July 13, 2020

positive review  Dr Pyper has a really compassionate and empathetic approach and she engaged with our dog without causing anxiety or fear. She was extremely helpful in assisting us in understanding him and her advice and intervention was exactly what was needed. Dr Pyper is really skilled and brilliant at what she does. She balances science, intuition and behaviour interpretation perfectly. She really loves and understands animals and we can’t recommend her enough.

Claudine Griffiths Avatar Claudine Griffiths
January 26, 2020

positive review  Dr. Pypers was able to assist with both environmental changes and suggestions, as well as medication to help with our cat Dagny who was displaying some misplaced aggression. She provided excellent follow-up and checked up on our progress. Dagny has improved and is much happier. She was very friendly and helpful and our cats were at ease with her, and they don't usually take to strangers.

Chris Rae Avatar Chris Rae
September 24, 2019

positive review  Excellent service. Dr. Pypers was very professional, experienced and helpful. Gave us great insight into our situation and tools to help us cope and improve the situation we are facing with our dogs.

Naomi Grasman Avatar Naomi Grasman
June 28, 2019