Thoroughbred racehorses are valuable animals, much loved by their owners and trainers and as such require expert horsemanship and at certain times - expert veterinary care. Newington Farm is ideally positioned close to such care, allowing around the clock veterinary attendance to our client's horses within a matter of minutes. Our farm is serviced by Gold Coast Equine Clinic - headed by Dr. Charlie McCormack and his team, making weekly visits to the farm or as required attending to our client’s horses.
Dr. Charlie McCormack
BVSc MACVSc – Practice Owner/Principal
Charlie was raised in rural Queensland on the family cattle property at Glenmorgan on the western Darling Downs. He has been involved with horses from a very early age having grown up in the saddle as many country kids do. He graduated from the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in 1997 and worked in mixed animal practices throughout Australia and overseas before completing an internship in equine medicine, surgery and reproduction at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital near Shepparton in Victoria. Charlie moved to the Gold Coast in early 2003 to work for highly regarded racetrack vet Philip Jefferies.
In 2005 Charlie completed his equine surgery exams to become a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2006 Philip Jefferies retired from veterinary work and Charlie purchased the practice and started GCEC. Charlie and his wife Hope live in nearby Benowa with their boys and two hyperactive dogs. Charlie spends most of his time servicing the trainers at the Gold Coast as well as several of the major spelling and pre-training facilities in the Beaudesert region. During Magic Millions sales time, he can usually be found "relaxing" in the Xray repository at the sales complex.
Dr. Jon Lee
BSc (VB) DVM - Equine Vet
Jon graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015. Since graduating he has completed an internship at Randwick Equine Centre. During this time a strong focus of Jon’s work was on lameness examinations, predominately on racehorses.
Jon has a keen interest in radiography, racehorse health and performance. When not working at the clinic Jon enjoys running with his lovable chocolate Labrador Murphy.