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Gary L. Wilkes was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama alongside his two younger sisters. His father worked as a radio broadcaster while his mother focused on caring for the children. Dr. Wilkes developed a love for animals and science at a very young age. Dr. Wilkes' grandfather owned a country store and lived on a small farm on the outskirts of Dothan. Being around all of the animals on the farm was a major influence on his life.These animals ranged everywhere from rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, and even opossums. By the time Dr. Wilkes was a young eleven years old, he had made his mind up that he would be a veterinarian one day.

Throughout his childhood education, he maintained this desire and made great strides in order to achieve his goal. After completing high school, Dr. Wilkes attended a community college in Florida for two years before being accepted into Auburn University. Once at Auburn, he applied and was accepted into their prestigious veterinarian program (one of only two in the South at that time). While at Auburn, he had all the comforts of home in the form of his high school sweetheart Margaret, whom he married in 1969. Dr. Wilkes graduated from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1972.

Upon graduation, Dr. Wilkes and wife Margaret moved to Augusta, Georgia. After completing a 1 year internship at Highland Animal Hospital, Dr. Wilkes was hired on by Highland Animal Hospital's owner Dr. H.G. Blalock. In 1977, Gary purchased an office building that is the current location of Westside Animal Hospital . He chose the name Westside Animal Hospital after a popular television show at the time called “Westside Medical”. It also happens to be located on the western side of Augusta. Dr. Wilkes main focus when he opened the practice was to create a more family and pet friendly office. 

Dr. Wilkes and his wife, Margaret, have three children: Scott, Tara, and Chad. All three children are married and have children of their own; thus totaling eight grandchildren. Dr. Wilkes loves having his family out on his horse farm, Stonewall Farms, in Harlem, Georgia. There are eight horses, three dogs, two cats and a pig named Daisy. On the weekends, there’s a good chance you would catch his grandson Wilkes riding through trails on a four wheeler.  One might also find Dr. Wilkes granddaughter Emmalaine trotting her pony around the property. Aside from being devoted to his family, Dr. Wilkes is also a valued member of the community. 

He has served as the secretary/ treasurer of the Georgia/Carolina Veterinary Association for twenty-five years and an AVMA member since 1972. Dr. Wilkes is also a long-time member of the National Hills Lions Club, The American Cancer Society, and former chairman of the St. Joseph Foundation, Inc. Dr. Gary Wilkes was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Lions Club in 2012. He is an active member of Harlem Baptist Church in Harlem, Georgia. He is also highly involved in the Belle Meade Hunt which is located in Thomson, Georgia. He has shared the role of Master of Fox Hounds (the person responsible for the success of the Hunt as an organization) for the past ten years.  

Dr. Gary L. Wilkes has been caring for the pets of Augusta for more than 40 years and enjoys the challenges of veterinary medicine. As always, Dr. Wilkes is grateful for the opportunity to help others

Dr. Dustin Hawkins, D.V.M.

Dr. Dustin Hawkins was born and raised in Evans and Appling, Georgia. Like most young boys in the country, he always had his dog by his side and grew up with a love of nature and animals. While enrolled at Georgia Military College and later Augusta State University, Dr. Hawkins worked full-time as an automobile mechanic and later as a veterinary technician in Augusta. Dr. Hawkins then went on to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (GO DAWGS!). After receiving his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hawkins came back to the CSRA to serve his hometown. He currently resides in Evans with his wife, their young daughter and their 13-year-old Himalayan cat.

Dr. Ruth McNeill, D.V.M.

Dr. McNeill is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She started working for Westside Animal Hospital in 2004. 


Office Hours

Monday8:00 am5:30 pm
Tuesday8:00 am5:30 pm
Wednesday8:30 am12:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am5:30 pm
Friday8:00 am5:30 pm
Saturday8:30 am12:00 pm
Day Morning Afternoon
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