Dr Gee Tawfik
Gee was born in the seaside city of Alexandria, Egypt. He grew up playing along the Nile and enjoying the balmy weather. In between being the best raquet ball player in the district (or so he says) Gee attended the University of Alexandria and completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Sugery degree. Gee was a very lucky man and met Esis in the mid-80's and they were married in 1986. After the birth of their first child Miriam, Gee and Esis moved to Brisbane for Gee to complete the final three years of Veterinary Science at Queensland University to qualify with an Australian veterinary degree. After graduation, Gee started work at Trafalgar in 1990. The country life appealed to the Tawfiks, and they added to their family brood by 4 more children. They have Miriam, Elizabeth, Marcus, Daniel and Ellie, beloved dog Harriet and grand-puppies, Spence, Pierre and Ruby
Gee's hobbies include volleyball, reading, walking and volunteering as a church youth leader.
Gee feels the best thing about a small country town is the sense of belonging and loyalty, and the most enjoyable part of being a vet is the sense of achievement and pleasure of saving the life of an animal.
Dr Jared Waddell-Smith
BSc BVMS (Hons)
Jared joined the Trafalgar and Newborough Veterinary Centres in February 2009. Originally from a small community near Burnie in north-west Tasmania, he travelled to Perth, WA to complete a combined Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree at Murdoch University.
Dr Waddell-Smith enjoys the variety which comes with working in a mixed practice, with skills as diverse as medicine, surgery, equine and cattle work, and even running some of our puppy schools. He is a firm believer that a trip to the vet clinic doesn’t have to be scary for our pets, and his steady manner is well-received by many patients.
He shares his home with two cats Stuart and Matilda and you may spot him walking the streets of Trafalgar with his Aussie Bulldog Rumples.
Dr Kerrie Piper
BVSc(Hons) MANZCVS(VetPharm & VetBehaviour) CMAVA
Kerrie grew up on a small farm in Nicholson and studied Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. She started work with the Trafalgar Veterinary Centre in early 2005. Kerrie has always had an interest in animal behaviour and had previously completed studies in dog training. With this background, Kerrie established our Puppy School which continues to thrive.
Kerrie completed further study in veterinary behavioural medicine in 2010 and has since been admitted as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in both the Veterinary Pharmacology and Behavioural Medicine Chapters.Kerrie shares her home with her human family as well as her border collies, Binx her cat and a small group of guinea pigs.
Caitlin graduated from Melbourne University in 2017 with her classmates Alinda and Jackson. She grew up in Trafalgar and lives on a small property with her family Just out of town.
At University, she had a keen interest in production animal medicine, exotic/wildlife medicine, surgery and conservation.Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys fishing, hiking and trips to the city. She has two dogs at home, a poodle x called Louie and a miniature schnauzer x called Benson as well as a small flock of chickens.
Dr Jackson Chuo
Jackson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 and decided to begin his career in mixed practice in Trafalgar. He is particularly interested in cattle medicine and small animal surgery. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping and playing badminton.
Dr Alinda Zhang
Alinda grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne but decided to move to Trafalgar after discovering her passion for mixed practice and the country during vet school. In her spare time, Alinda enjoys exploring the outdoors with friends (when it’s not too hot) and trying her hand in crafts such as pottery.
Jo-Anne has long been associated with the veterinary industry; after leaving school her first job was with the Dandenong Veterinary Centre for around 5 years. After raising a family, she started work at the Trafalgar Veterinary Centre in 2001. Jo-Anne has a passion for native animals, having been caring for 25 years and being a licensed carer for over 17 years. Of the many pouch young she nurtures, wombats are certainly among the favourites.
Outside of work she leads a busy life running an orgainc beef property at Fumina South with her husband Martin. Together, they have four children Daniel, Jenna, Chris and Mark; a Clydesdale cross 'Noah', a whippet 'Jindi', and a corella 'Fergus'.
Dental and Surgical Nursing
Sandra grew up milking cows on her parents' dairy farm at Tanjil South rearing calves for 25 years. She has also enjoyed previous work in the hospitality industry, gaining her Certificate II in Commercial Cookery. Sandra started working with us in early 2007.
Sandra has two children, Shelly and Trent and shares her home with Omi and Mini the poodle mix dogs. Sandra's hobbies including cooking, baking (which we love!), reading and tennis.
Bron joined the Trafalgar Vet team in early 2011 and has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Box Hill TAFE. She enjoys learning every aspect of her nursing role and takes pride in finding homes for our adoption kittens. Bron didn't grow up on a farm but is keen to learn more about caring for large animals and is also intrigued by the variety of different wildlife and cases seen throughout a days work at the centre. Bron is excited to develop her career as a vet nurse through our veterinary centre and to further her studies to nurture her interest in the veterinary industry to become a valued member of the work team.
Lee commenced working at the clinic in 2005, initially as a night clinic nurse. Lee very soon learnt the ropes and became one of our regular ongoing nurses.
Lee is currently studying Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Box Hill TAFE and is always keen to learn more about disease treatment and management.
Lee has grown up with a range of animals, both large and small. She lives in Trafalgar with her husband Andrew, children Makayla and Alex, Mini Fox Terrier Rivers, two rabbits, a blue tongue Wallace and a flock of chooks.
David joined the team originally as a volunteer in 2014 and then as a permanent nurse in 2015. He grew up on a hobby farm in Darnum helping his parents raise a range of animals from sheep and cattle to guinea pigs and lizards.
Many school holidays were spent going horse Trail Riding with his family and friends; often helping as a relief team to help set up yards and then tend to the horses upon arrival. His hobbies include volleyball, boxing and surfing (in the warmer months anyway!). He has two pets, a beautiful Labrador named Maddie; and a ginger rescue cat called Ronin.
Rhiana has always dreamed of working with animals from a very young age. She has completed her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing and has a passion for both small and large animals and a special interest in emergency care and wildlife work. Rhi shares her home 2 horses, 2 dogs, 3 cats and 3 rabbits..