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04.17.13

Dr. Billy Martindale

Dr. Billy Martindale

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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