About us


Our History

Avimune (Pty) Ltd was established in 1995 following a management buyout of the Golden Lay health and biological services division.

Avimune’s goal has always been to render a comprehensive poultry veterinary health service to the South African poultry industry. Between 1995 and 2005 the practice grew to become the largest poultry veterinary practice in South Africa. As time passed, it became apparent that new business opportunities existed in the animal health and food industries, and a separate business entity should be formed.

In 2005 the laboratory and vaccine production units were separated from the specialist poultry veterinary practice as Deltamune (Pty) Ltd. Avimune’s preferred laboratory service provider is Deltamune, an ISO 17025 accredited company.


Meet the Avimune Team

The Avimune team is made up of 8 Veterinarians and 3 Support staff and is the premier poultry veterinary practice in South Africa.

Shahn Bisschop
Dr Shahn Bisschop (CEO)
Dr Shahn Bisschop joined Avimune as a consulting veterinarian and director in late 2010, and in 2012 was appointed as CEO of the company.Read More >
DrFrankTravers
Dr Frank Travers (Director)
Dr Frank Travers joined Avimune as co-owner in 1995 and served as CEO of Avimune between 2005 and 2010, after Deltamune was formed from the original parent company. He is still a director of the company.Read More >
Hannes Swart
Dr Hannes Swart (Director)
In 1995 Avimune (Pty) Ltd was incorporated, under the leadership of Dr Hannes Swart, as a management buy-out of the Golden Lay Laboratory and experimental facilities. He served as Managing Director of Avimune from 1995 until 2005.Read More >
Henry Aitchison
Dr Henry Aitchison (Director)
Dr Henry Aitchison joined Avimune as a consulting veterinarian in 1997 after spending two years as “in house” veterinarian for an integrated poultry production company. In 2005 he became a director of the company.Read More >
Marie Oosthuizen
Dr Marie Oosthuizen (Director)
Dr Oosthuizen’s career started at the Poultry Reference Laboratory, Onderstepoort, as a clinical assistant after qualifying as a veterinarian in 1994. Dr Marie Oosthuizen joined Avimune as a consulting veterinarian and director in October 2012.Read More >
Fanie Buys
Dr Fanie Buys
Dr Fanie Buys joined Avimune as a consulting veterinarian in 2000 after spending 20 years as a production veterinarian, first with Festive Farms and later with Earlybird Farms.Read More >

Dr Petrus Poolman
Dr Petrus Poolman joined Avimune in July 2017. He completed his BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria in 2011. After graduation, he has been a consultant and in-house veterinarian with a wide range of exposure to the poultry industry.Read More >

Dr Justin Benade
Dr. Justin Benade has been a consulting veterinarian at Avimune since July 2016. He has 8 years of poultry experience.Read More >

Support Staff


TeamPhoto_Tracey-Lee-JansenTracey-Lee Jansen
Practice Manager
Abinaar SekuduAbinaar Sekudu
Post Mortem
TeamPhoto_BrendaPotgieterBrenda Potgieter
Administration