THE remarkable service of Dr Tony Gedye to the Wonthaggi, Phillip Island and Inverloch Veterinary Clinics was recognised at a special staff gathering at the RACV Inverloch Resort recently.
This year Tony has notched up 35 years of continuous service to the practice.
Tony joined the practice in 1982 after graduating in Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne.
The practice was owned by the late Dr John Crawford at this time.
Tony subsequently purchased the practice with Dr Mark Mackay in 1984.
Tony has been integral to the development of the practice over this period including the construction of the Wonthaggi Clinic at its current site in White Road in 1992.
Although stepping down as a partner of the practice at the end of 2015, Tony continues to work with the practice.
Colleague David Beischer highlighted Tony’s great compassion toward animals and people and his willingness to go the extra mile when it comes to patient comfort.
He recounted an instance in 2005 when South Gippsland experienced a dusting of snow across the region.
“After attending a sick cow that was consigned to a freezing snow covered paddock, Tony later returned to the farm, armed with a gas powered patio heater from his home that was set up next to the cow.
“Cow care in the practice reached a new benchmark that day!”
Mention was made of the wonderful support given by Tony’s wife Else and their family over this period.
“In recognition of the 35 years of support – an award titled ‘Big boots to fill’ depicting a scaled farm boot crafted from ironbark wood was presented to Tony, symbolising the enormous contribution that he has made to our practice and the great affection that all our clients and staff have for him.”
In response, Tony gave some reflections of his experiences with the practice and also acknowledged the crucial support of his wife Else and family over the 35 years.