The Trafalgar Veterinary Centre is proud to support a variety of community events.
We proudly sponsor the Tanjil Art Show and are major sponsors of the Trafalgar Victory Under 12 Boys Soccer Team. In addition, in appreciation of the community support of our business, we sponsor local schools, sporting clubs, churches, farmer groups and charities such as the Pink Ribbon Breakfast. We invite you to read on about the additional activities we take pleasure in participating in.
Battle Of Trafalgar Pet Parade
The township of Trafalgar celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar each year. Trafalgar Veterinary Centre is in charge of coordinating and running the Pet Parade. Over the years we have seen our Pet Parade grow from a small gathering into a huge community event. Our major sponsors Hills Pet Nutrition, Merial Australia, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Provet donate some lovely raffle prizes and show bag fillers to give away on the day. Competition events held each year include the Cutest Pet, Best Trick, Simon Says Obedience for Owners, Most Unusual Pet, Biggest and Smallest Pet and the Egg and Spoon Race. Each year we expect as many as 50 pets of all different shapes, sizes, species and breeds to make their way into town to celebrate the human animal bond. Every entrant receives a show bag packed full of useful goodies. All money raised is donated to our local native bird rehabilitation shelter.
The Pet Parade runs each year in October and we welcome all to enter, as well as spectators who pop down and watch the fun and games.
Our vets assess wildlife delivered to our clinic free of charge. If the animal is able to be saved with complete function, we will treat it as necessary and then had him or her on to a licensed carer for rehabilitation. Some of our success stories include a currawong who survived a horrific leg wound, underwent amputation and was successfully released. A falcon with a broken wing underwent surgical pinning and was later released with 'perfect balance' during test flights. A multitude of wombats, including Shrek and Scarlet who became famous case studies at Healesville sanctuary following initial first aid by our very own vets.
Wildlife Victoria can be contacted on 13000 WILDLIFE (1300 094 535) and found at www.wildlifevictoria.org.au.
Help for Wildlife can be contacted on 0417 380 687. If you are interested in becoming a wildlife carer, please contact the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
We work in conjunction with the shire to help return lost pets to their owners. If you happen to find a lost animal, you should first call your local shire. If the shire is unable to collect the animal from you then you are welcome to notify us and we can assist you in caring for the animal until owners can be notified. There is no charge to you when you bring a lost animal in for us to scan it to detect a microchip. Lost animals needing urgent veterinary attention out of hours will be seen by us at the clinic with no charge to you.
The staff are welcoming of work experience students. We see a lot of year 10 students who think the veterinary profession may be for them. We also have provisions for TAFE and VCAL students as well as university students at any stage in their veterinary or science based degree.
Vets are available to discuss relevant issues with schools and study groups. We education young people about responsible dog ownership, as well as pocket pets (rats, guinea pigs, ferrets etc). Dr Kerrie Piper has also attended after school organisations to discuss and demonstrate the benefits of dog ownership.
Monthly veterinary articles are published in the local newspaper the Traf News. Back issues of the newspaper can be found at http://trafnews.com/#backissues.