The city of Jasper will soon see a familiar face at a new veterinary clinic in Jasper.Veterinarian Martin Roberts announced last week that he will open Jasper Veterinary Clinic this month to care for …
The city of Jasper will soon see a familiar face at a new veterinary clinic in Jasper.
Veterinarian Martin Roberts announced last week that he will open Jasper Veterinary Clinic this month to care for dogs and cats in Walker County.
Roberts worked for nearly four years at the Animal Hospital of Walker County and has cared for animals at a veterinary practice in Tuscaloosa since January.
Roberts said it was always his goal to have his own practice.
"From day one it's been what I wanted to do," he said. "It was never really in the cards for me to own the Animal Hospital. It was the goal for me at the beginning, but there's a lot of moving parts. It was time for me, before I got any older, to do my own thing."
Roberts knew in middle school that he one day wanted to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, and at 16 years old he started working at the Animal Hospital of Walker County as a vet tech. Roberts credits veterinarian Sonny Springer for giving him his first job and inspiring him to continue pursuing his dream.
He went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Auburn University, and then enrolled in vet school at the University College Dublin, in Ireland.
"There's more of a large animal, small town feel to it," Roberts said of how veterinary medicine is practiced in Ireland. "The small town feel really helps me at home."
Roberts returned home after earning his degree in veterinary medicine and got his first job at the Animal Hospital of Walker County.
When he started working at a vet clinic in Tuscaloosa early this year, he said it was a profound experience.
"I got to see all kinds of cases. I got to do some chemotherapy stuff, see some different surgeries. That, in itself, was eye opening, getting to work with five different doctors," he said.
Now back in Jasper, Roberts has spent the past few weeks preparing to open his own clinic which will offer general services, wellness exams, vaccines, basic surgeries, laser therapy, dental cleaning and more.
"We've got a brand new X-ray machine table. It's digital," Roberts added. "We're hoping to bring ultrasound in the next couple of months."
The clinic will not serve as a boarding facility; however, medical boarding will be offered.
In addition to Roberts' career as a veterinarian, he also serves as the vice president of the Rescuers United For Furbabies (RUFF) board, a county animal rescue. He said RUFF helped to rescue over 800 dogs in the county last year.
"It's just a service that Walker County needs, and it helps having me there because I'm able to help make sure the animals are healthy," Roberts said. "It's a great passion, and it helps me care for the less fortunate."
Jasper Veterinary Medicine will be located at 306 Oak Hill Road in Jasper, across from Collins-Burke Funeral Home, and is set to open between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21, pending inspection.
Clinic hours will be Monday though Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"It's a work in progress right now, but it's going to change a lot in the next two weeks. I'm really excited for everybody to see it," Roberts said. "It's something I've worked really hard for, for about the past year. I'm ready to show everybody what we've put in and get back to practicing medicine."
Roberts is married to his wife, Sarah, and they have three pets, Townsend, Rugby and Katie.