Dr Christo Delport

Christo grew up in Africa – during his primary school years he could often be seen with a chameleon on his head or a snake bulging under his shirt.  He would wake up some mornings to the chirping of chicks hatching in the incubator next to his bed.  He spent long hours roaming the African bush enjoying the sights, sounds and all the surprise encounters out there.  Dogs, cats, birds, cattle, sheep, reptiles, elephants, giraffes, lions and the sound of hyenas at night were all part of his “normal”.


One thing led to another and he qualified as a veterinarian in 1991 after marrying his wife Marzelle –  a veterinary nurse at the time.  He started working as a government veterinarian but soon got permission to have his own veterinary practice on the side.  Christo and Marzelle also started breeding parrots which turned into a commercial operation with 300 adult African Grey parrots.  Christo eventually left the government service to divide his time between running his practice and breeding parrots for the export market.


The Delport family moved to Adelaide in 2007 where dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, kangaroos, koalas and the sound of a Southern Boobook at night are all part of their “normal” now.  Christo and Marzelle have three children, two born in Africa and one in Australia.


Since arriving in Adelaide, Christo has been working in small animal practice.  A large percentage of his patients are of the scaled and feathered kinds – he loves the feel of a snake curling around his arm or looking deep into a cockatoo’s eyes – doing those things he has been doing for as long as he can remember! Christo is interested in both the medical and surgical side of treating his diverse case load. He is especially excited to be part of the team at Gawler Animal Hospital where all kinds of different skills are available in a state of the art facility to ensure that patients receive the best possible treatment whether they are furry, feathered or scaly.


So what does Christo do when he isn’t treating animals?  You will find him with either a paint brush or a camera in his hands.  He loves painting wildlife including Australian birds and African animals using his own photos as reference material.


And who rules the roost at the Delport household? An Australian Crested Pigeon called “Veertjie” (means little feather) – he was a fauna rescue case that went home for just the weekend and has never left since…


11 thoughts on “Dr Christo Delport”

  1. Well I am 100% relieved to discover Dr Cristo has moved to a vets not too far from me. Will be bringing my dogs to this surgery from now on.

  2. Hi there, it sounds as though Dr Christo is a great exotics & small animal vet – so I’m just wondering if he knows much about treating guinea pigs? I have a couple myself, but I’m also looking for someone to do a short talk on them at Roseworthy as part of the Companion Animal Special Interest Group (CASIG).. If this is something he may be interested in I would love to hear from you!
    Cheers, Lily

  3. We have a family of 4 birds and have been seeing him as our Avian vet for the last 17 years. We trust him with our feathered babies 🐥
    He is a lovely person both professionally and personally and happy to follow him to this vet .

  4. Congratulations to The Gawler Animal Hospital! You have definitely scored one of the most caring and dedicated vets around.
    What Dr Christo Deloitte doesn’t know he finds out with determination and doesn’t stop until he has the answers he needs for the very best course of treatment for his clients.
    Such a wonderful resource for everyone in the area.

  5. He is a great vet goes beyound for any animal wouldnt trust any one elae with my girl gawler vets u have a new customer

  6. Hi. I have been seeing Dr Christo Delport for about 10 amazing years, however, not at this wonderful practice. I am a very proud Eclectus Parrot 🦜owner. Unfortunately It’s a lot further away, then the previous Practice, we once proudly seen him at. I would truly drive hours, to ensure my pets see Dr Christo Delport. I can respectfully, highly recommend this incredibly dedicated & loving Avian/Vet to everyone else. Dr Delport has not only saved the life of my Ekkies once, but twice. He’s been amazing with my male Ekkie Ollie. Who unfortunately has serious liver disease & anytime I’ve ever had concerns, he has treated Ollie, with the very best care imaginable. Also I’m so thankful he’s also saved the life of my female, who become egg bound & was in a very critical condition. Dr Delport is so compassionate about all of our pets & is extremely gentle. My male Eclectus adores him & my female Miranda, is typically feisty with anyone else, except me. However she also finds a calm within Dr Christo Delport. I highly recommend Dr Delport to everyone. Also I’m in big Parrot groups & so many different bird owners, especially see Dr Christo & all of them hold high respect for him. We will be seeing you soon at this beautiful new Practice✊🏻👆🏼👆🏼♥️♥️♥️♥️🙌🏻🦜🦜


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