StudentCo Pet Sitter Profile

Name of sitter: Vanessa V

Area: Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria

Note: Vanessa happily looks after pets who are not in her immediate area - driving is not a problem.

Course of study: BSc - Zoology

Approved StudentCo pet sitter since: May 2019


Experience with animals and own pets

"A true friend leaves paw prints on your heart."

Animals of all shapes and sizes simply make my heart happy. Growing up I was always surrounded by all types of animals.

My current animal family includes: Luke the Alsation, Sunshine the goldfish, Snowy and Alaska the mice, as well as my slithering friends, Nagini the ball python and Scarlet the milk snake. However, Luke is my fur-baby. He's a big boy, but that doesn't stop him from sitting on my lap, and he enjoys cuddling in bed during a thunderstorm.

I have been involved in the lives of many other animals too. I love to volunteer at Wetnose, although it makes my heart sore to see so many animals waiting to find a loving family. I enjoy walking the dogs, and giving all of the animals the love and attention that they deserve. I have helped raise plenty of litters of puppies too. I also have experience in looking after the pets of family friends', family members' and strangers'.

I am currently studying BSc Zoology at the University of Pretoria. I hope to make a difference on our planet and save animals, big and small, from more of an inside position.

I am an animal lover, and I can't wait to meet your furkids!


Feedback from References


Reference 1

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

She has been our neighbour for 12 years and has often taken care of our pets when we are away on holidays.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional Notes? Vanessa is extremely reliable and a very trustworthy person. I have watched her grow from a darling, helpful girl to maturing into a responsible, focused young adult.

Reference 2

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Vanessa is well know to us for as long as 5 years. We met Vanessa through our children as they were at the same high school. Vanessa has done a lot of pet sitting for our 2 dogs during the last 4 years.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional Notes? We find Vanessa to be very responsible and reliable. A quite young lady who gets the job done without any stress for us or our animals.

Reference 3

Being part of StudentCo means working with animals. In your opinion, would the above person be suitable for this type of work? Absolutely!

Would you describe him/her as an honest, reliable individual? Yes, I would.

Would you trust this person with your own children, home and pets? Yes, I would.

Please describe how you know this person:

Vanessa was recommended to me by mutual friends.

Please confirm that you are not an immediate family member, romantic partner or close friend of the above person. Confirmed!

Additional Notes? I contact Vanessa because I can see her love for animals. She is trustworthy and honest


StudentCo Client Reviews

Please note that not all pet parents complete our feedback questionnaire - for a full list of any sitter's experience, please do feel free to ask.


Visits with Hanna (Staffie), Jux (Dachshund), Stoffel (Cat), Violetta (Cat), and Frankie (Cat)

My name: Riette Kotze

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Hanna (Staffie), Jux (Dachshund), Stoffel (Cat), Violetta (Cat), and Frankie (Cat)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Vanessa was great and she kept a close eye on the well-being of our pets. She sent detailed updates and raised concern whenever there was something abnormal in any animal. She left a sweet note as well, expressing her gratitude. Thanks so much!

Visits with Laika (Labrador) and Buks (Spaniel)

My name: Helga Schabort

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Laika (Labrador) and Buks (Spaniel)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Thank you for another life saver!

Stay-overs with Rosie (Spaniel) and Petal (Sausage dog)

My name: Zillah Scholtz

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Rosie (Spaniel) and Petal (Sausage dog)

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Vanessa was fantastic. She was loving and caring towards my animals and spent a lot of time with them.

Visits with Padi and Sepi

My name: Renate Kruger

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Padi and Sepi

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Visits with Yasmin and Charlie (Scottish Terriers)

My name: Jana Bouwer

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Yasmin and Charlie (Scottish Terriers)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 2019/07/12 06:41:00

Visits with Nova (Jack Russell)

My name: Karolien Nell

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Nova (Jack Russell)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Was an awesome experience. Would definitely recommend StudentCo to family and friends and also make use of your services again. Would also highly recommend Vanessa and prefer to use her again when we go away or have a function to attend.

Date of Review: 2019/08/19 06:23:33

Stay-overs with 3 Jack Russels and 1 Miniature Doberman

My name: Elzaan Thomas

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): 3 Jack Russels and 1 Miniature Doberman

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: I am extremely impressed with how much effort and love Vanessa put into our pets. I have never come across such amazing service. Vanessa is such a nice girl and wonderful with the pets. The time she puts into making sure they are 100% okay exceeded our expectations! With the updates she sent, we could clearly see our dogs were happy, and very well looked after. I will recommend her and StudentCo over and over again! Thank you for giving us the peace of mind to be able to enjoy a break!

Date of Review: 2019/08/27 08:24:27

Stay-overs with Kevin and Kenako

My name: Danie Botha

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Kevin and Kenako

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of Review: 2019/09/09 15:54:53

Visits with Hanna (Staffie), Jux (Dachshund), Stoffel (Cat), Violetta (Cat), Frankie (Cat)

My name: Riette Kotze

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Hanna (Staffie), Jux (Dachshund), Stoffel (Cat), Violetta (Cat), Frankie (Cat)

Service used: Visits

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Additional Comments: Vanessa is one of the most caring pet sitters. She almost feels like part of the family and our pets adore her. She spends quality time with them and she goes through a lot of trouble to meet our needs. She always leaves the nicest notes to thank us for using her. She is amazing!

Date of review: 9/16/2019 12:50

Stay-overs with Kevin and Kenako

My name: Danie Botha

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Kevin and Kenako

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: This is not the 1st time we have booked with this sitter - we did not have a meet-and-greet as we know each other :)

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of review: 9/17/2019 10:08

Stay-overs with Aragon and Abbey

My name: Yvette

Name of pet sitter: Vanessa V

My pets (breeds and names): Aragon and Abbey

Service used: Stay-overs

My pet sitter was well-presented and well-spoken during the meet-and-greet - I immediately felt comfortable: Absolutely!

While I was away, my pet sitter kept in daily contact. I knew what was going on at my home, and how my pets were doing: Yup - I got detailed daily updates as well as pictures

Upon my return, my pets were happy and well cared for: Absolutely!

Upon my return, my home was presented to me in a clean and respectable state: Yup!

My particular instructions were followed to a T: Absolutely!

I would recommend StudentCo to friends and family: Yes, absolutely!

I was satisfied with my dealings with the admin team: Yes, absolutely

If 1 is terrible and 5 is excellent, please rate your overall experience with StudentCo and this sitter: 5

Date of review: 10/3/2019 6:55