78 Photo Essay: Martin Roberts

Words by Terrell Manasco | Images by Blakeney Clouse

Martin Roberts should have been a juggler.

He’s been remodeling a house for months, he was just married last summer, and he’s been burning the midnight oil for his recent vet clinic opening. 

Taking a break from tooling around the house, Martin plops down on a sofa, accompanied by three stalwart companions: Townsend, an English bulldog, Rugby, a French bulldog, and Katie, a German shorthaired pointer. “The connection you get with a dog is amazing,” he says. “A dog loves you, regardless. It doesn’t matter what you do, when you walk in the door, he’s happy to see you, he’s off the couch, jumping on you. It’s crazy the amount of love these guys give you.”

Ask Martin about his time in Ireland and a smile peeks through his thick, red beard, which actually makes him look rather Irish as well. While studying at the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, he lived on the Emerald Isle for four years and relished every moment. “The people are awesome,” he says. “Being exposed to European cultures really opened my eyes to a lot of different things.”

For the better part of a year, Martin has been renovating his and Sarah’s house with his father-in-law, Wade O’Mary. Since they began remodeling last January, he says they’ve made considerable progress. “We gutted most of the inside,” Martin says. “We repainted it, redid the electrical and water, and we’re hopefully getting the outside painted next month so it doesn’t look like a Great Depression house anymore.

”If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Martin has also been converting an Oak Hill Road office into the location for his new business. The Jasper Veterinary Clinic, a dream of his since vet school, is now open to serve dogs, cats, and the orphaned furbabies of RUFF Rescue—the animal rescue of which Martin is vice president. “We’ve been remodeling for the last month and a half, revamping the inside, and we’ve installed a surgery room,” Martin says. “There’s a lot of moving parts. It’s like throwing five darts at the wall and hoping they all hit the bull’s-eye. I’m excited to do what I want to do and what I think veterinary medicine needs here.” 78



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