Dr Gerhard Steenkamp
Dr Gerhard Steenkamp is one of the world’s top veterinarians, with a special interest in dealing with dental, oral and maxillofacial (face and jaw) patients. He lives in Pretoria, South Africa, where he’s also a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. His work has taken him all over the world and even featured in a film about a dentally challenged lion that has been seen by 12 million people and won a prestigious Bronze Award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
A trained veterinary surgeon, Gerhard’s international work has seen him tend to a wide range of animals, everything from a small bat to a six-ton elephant. His busy work schedule sees him performing around 500 surgeries a year – with activity including scaling and polishing teeth, jaw and cancer surgeries and root canals and teeth extractions.
His passion for wildlife and zoology has also resulted in his national and international involvement in various conservation programmes relating to rhinos, cheetahs, lions, leopards and of late, chimpanzees. A renowned expert in his field, Gerhard has also authored and co-authored in excess of 20 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 30 international conference papers over the last 15 years.
Gerhard often works closely with another veterinarian to ensure the safety of his procedures for all concerned - fellow senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Dr. Adrian Tordiffe. Adrian’s areas of special interest are wildlife anaesthesia and non-infectious diseases of carnivores. Adrian has also accompanied Gerhard on his national and international travels since 2009 and been the anaesthetist for a variety of his patients, mainly elephants.
Gerhard is married to Sonja, an oral pathologist and prolific researcher in her own right, who provides unstinting support for all his endeavors. Together they have two young children, Natanya and Marinus.