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Dr. Billy Martindale was raised on a dairy farm in Valley View,
Texas and learned the value of a hard day's work from an early age.
Dr. Martindale received a Bachelor of Science degree from East
Texas State University and then moved to College Station after he
was accepted into veterinary school. Prior to his graduation from
the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968, Dr.
Martindale worked part time at Loupot's Book Store to support his
wife and infant daughter. Upon graduation, Dr. Martindale
immediately began his practice career in Denison with Dr. W.N.
Porter. The original hospital was purchased from Dr. Porter
in 1975, and in 1980, Dr. Martindale constructed a new building to
house the Animal Hospital of Denison. In 1996, the practice was
recognized as an American Animal Hospital Association affiliated
hospital. Because of the original practice being established
in 1941, he is especially proud of it being recognized by the Texas
Veterinary Medical Association with the Texas Heritage Practice
Award. Dr. Martindale expanded his veterinary practice to include
exotic animals through a contract with a local game reserve in
1994, and he purchased the Morton Street Animal Hospital in Denison
in 1996, and added it as a satellite practice location and animal
adoption center, the Happy Hearts Pets Shelter. In 2008, Dr.
Martindale joined other local veterinarian colleagues in forming
the Grayson County Animal Emergency Clinic which serves Grayson and
adjoining counties with small animal emergency care.
Cooperation and fellowship with colleagues has always been
important to Dr. Martindale, so service to the veterinary
profession through organized veterinary medicine has been a natural
activity for him. Dr. Martindale is a founding member of the
Grayson County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Martindale
has also actively served his profession on a state wide level for
many years, holding every executive office in the leadership of the
Texas Veterinary Medical Association, highlighted by a year as TVMA
President in 2004. Dr. Martindale is also very proud to be a
Lifetime Member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Not being content to end his service to the veterinary
profession at the state level, Dr. Martindale served as the
alternate delegate from Texas to the American Veterinary Medical
Association from 2006-2009 and as delegate to the AVMA from Texas
from 2009-2012. Dr. Martindale was recently elected in 2012
to serve on the AVMA Council on Education, which serves as the
accrediting body for veterinary colleges in the United States and
around the world, and he continues to serve in this role today.
Dr. Martindale is also active in his community, serving as an
elder and Bible teacher at Park Avenue Church of Christ, as a
member of the Denison Rotary Club, and as a member of the Denison
Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by
the Denison Rotary in 2006.
After over 40 years of veterinary practice, Dr. Martindale has
sold his interest in his veterinary practice to Dr. Chad Cruce and
is enjoying some time in semi-retirement. He continues to
live in Denison where he and his wife, Linda, enjoy time with their
seven children and eighteen grandchildren, his hobbies of cooking,
golfing and travel, along with participating in ministry activities
at their church.
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