Our History

Our history

  • 1949Established

    The Trafalgar Veterinary Centre was originally a one vet practice established in 1949 by Dr Wes Southgate.
  • 1979Branch Clinic at Newborough

    Dr Wes established a branch clinic to the Trafalgar Centre in Newborough in 1979 – the Newborough Veterinary Centre was initially located in Boolarra Avenue, Newborough. Wes was joined a few years later by partner Dr Peter Carter. Peter later went on to work for the CSIRO, leaving Wes to employ a series of associates.
  • February 1984Dr Peter McCourt purchased the Centre

    Dr Peter McCourt purchased the Centre and was joined.
  • Dr Gee Tawfik joined in 1990

    Current owner Dr Gee Tawfik joined Peter in 1990 and in July 1991 became Practice Co-Owner. Over the next decade, the clinic expanded and a 3rd Veterinary Associate joined the team and we have continued to expand with the team now consisting of 5 veterinarians.
    We have been fortunate to have wonderful veterinarians who have commenced their professional careers with us including - Derek Harms, David Wilson, Andrew Lewis, Fiona Anderson, Catherine Fitzgerald, Jess Gillespie, Rebecca Champion and current team as of 2019: Jared Waddell-Smith, Kerrie Piper, Caitlin Youde, Alinda Zhang and Jackson Chuo
  • 1997 Expansion

    The clientele base expanded further and together Drs Peter and Gee oversaw building expansions to the clinic. Commencing in 1997, the Trafalgar Veterinary Centre grew to accommodate an additional consulting and treatment room, a new chemical storage room, a larger and more modern waiting room and newer, larger kennel facilities.
  • 2004Relocation & Surgical service

    In 2004 the Newborough Veterinary Centre relocated to Monash Road in Newborough from its previous home on Boolarra Avenue. In February 2005 the Newborough branch extended its trading hours from 2 - 4pm to 9am - 4pm, allowing a surgical service to become available to our Newborough and Moe clients.
  • 2005Employed a fourth practicing vet

    In 2005 Trafalgar Veterinary Centre employed a fourth practicing vet, Dr Kerrie Piper. That same year saw the introduction of Trafalgar and Newborough Veterinary Centres’ Puppy School.
  • 2009Dr Jared Waddell-Smith

    Dr Fitzgerald’s departure to the UK in 2006 saw Dr Jessica Gillespie join the four vet team. Dr Gillespie has since moved away to undertake further study, with Dr Jared Waddell-Smith joining us in 2009.
Trafalgar Veterinary Centre is open from 8:30am to 6:30pm Mondays & Thursdays and 8:30am - 5pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Saturdays we open between 10am to 12pm Saturdays. Our Newborough branch hours are from Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm. We also hold Puppy Preschool most Tuesday nights from 6.30 to 7.30pm at our Trafalgar Clinic. The clinic also offers an after hour service for EMERGENCIES concerning any species with emergency consultations conducted from the Trafalgar Centre.