James Michael Heitmann
Posted April 02, 2008
2008 Outstanding Alumni
Dr. James Michael "Mike" Heitmann '72
Dr. James Michael "Mike" Heitmann,'72, is a widely respected
large animal practitioner, focusing on equine medicine in Katy,
Texas. He was a surgical intern at Colorado State University from
1972 to1973, after which he became a Large Animal Clinical
assistant professor at Texas A&M University College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, from 1973 to
With significant education and experience behind him, Dr.
Heitmann moved to Katy, Texas and became the co-owner of Katy
Veterinary Clinic where he focused on the equine side of the
practice. He significantly expanded the clinic's large animal
clientele, and decided to form his own clinic in Brookshire, taking
the equine clientele with him. With the consent of his partner, he
established the Katy Equine Clinic in 1982. The clinic soon became
the only facility in the area offering surgery, medicine, and
24-hour service for large animals. Dr. Heitmann's clinic receives
referrals from all over the Houston Metroplex area and has
developed a pristine reputation in the community.
Dr. Heitmann is an active member of the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association (TVMA), and has served as a chairman of the Equine
Practice Committee. In 1981, the TVMA honored him with the Equine
Practitioner of the Year Award. He is a member of the Houston Large
Animal Practitioner Association and has served as their President.
In addition, he is an active member of the American Association of
Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and has served as a member of the Horse
Show Committee for that organization.
Dr. Heitmann is very active in his local community, where he
serves as a mentor for Katy Independent School District students in
the Professional Advancement through Career Education program; he
donates cattle to the Waller County 4H and FFA, and supports County
Extension Service field days.
Dr. Heitmann attended Texas A&M University as an
undergraduate on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. He
juggled playing on the varsity basketball team and attending the
College of Veterinary Medicine, and was named Most Valuable Player
in the SWC Champs in 1969 and Most Valuable Player and Captain in
1970. He later graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine,
with honors, and was inducted into the Texas A&M University
Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Heitmann currently lives in Hempstead on his ranch,
Horsegate, where he and his family raise and show American
Gray Brahman cattle. He and his wife, Alice have four very
successful sons: Michael, Chris, Eric and Lee.
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