Randwick Equine Centre was established as a single-man practice in 1951 by Dr Percy Sykes. Percy introduced not only his great clinical acumen into equine practice in the Sydney area, but also made the use of the stomach tube, standing castration and the application of laboratory aids in racehorses commonplace. The one-man practice was forced to expand to service a rapidly growing clientele.
The practice grew rapidly in the 1960's, commencing with a laboratory and stabling. In the 1970's the practice established itself with a purpose built hospital at Church Lane, Randwick. The practice had grown to 12 veterinarians who now covered the entire city and some provincial tracks, four stud farms on the perimeter of the metropolitan area and a large number of spelling farms.
The practice always maintained itself on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology, introducing endoscopy, ultrasonography, xero-radiography and arthroscopy when these techniques became available.
By 1988 the practice had outgrown the original site and a purpose-built hospital and clinic was erected on the periphery of the William Inglis and Sons sales complex in Randwick. P.E. Sykes and Partners had now become Randwick Equine Centre, comprising a facility offering two surgical suites and an accredited nuclear medicine facility together with over 27 loose boxes. In conjunction, a further building with office space and a purpose-built laboratory was purchased.
In the 1990's the clinic had come to encompass not only the latest equipment but also expertise of the highest levels, with specialists in medicine, surgery and anaesthesia joining the practice. An internship programme was established and has proven invaluable in training young equine veterinarians in a hospital environment.
Into the new millennium Randwick Equine Centre has flourished both in number of support staff and veterinarians, with an expanding referral base in both medicine and surgery. The practice has entered this era with the introduction of laser surgery, ultrasound assisted surgical procedures and the advancement of arthroscopy (key hole surgery) beyond the common joints. We have entered the digital age with both computed radiography and a digital nuclear scintigraphy unit now fully functional.