Words by Thomas Ingle | Images by Justin Hunter
Do you have a passion that’s been with you since childhood? For Martin Roberts, that passion revolves around his love for animals.
Martin was born in Forestdale, Alabama but moved to Jasper at the age of four and has been here ever since. His journey into the world of veterinary care began at the age of 16 when he started working at Jasper’s Animal Hospital.
“My first job as a teenager was thanks to Sonny Springer, and I worked there until about five years ago,” Martin recalls.
Martin graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a degree in Animal Science. He then pursued his veterinary education at the University College Dublin in Ireland, earning his veterinary degree in 2014.
After returning to the United States, he continued working at the Animal Hospital for four more years. Then, in August 2018, he made a significant career move by leaving the Animal Hospital. In November 2018, he opened Jasper Veterinary Clinic (JVC).
His return to Alabama also led to him reconnecting with his now wife, Sarah O’Mary Roberts.
“My best friend used to hang out with Sarah and her friends in Tuscaloosa. I started joining him when I moved back to Jasper,” Martin explains.
Eventually, Martin started spending time in Tuscaloosa on his own, creating a close friendship with Sarah. Martin and Sarah’s friendship lasted for just over a year before they decided to start dating. Sarah soon moved back to Jasper to be with Martin, and they tied the knot in June 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, Lillian, in February 2023, and they have four pets: Katie (German Shorthaired Pointer), Townsend (English Bulldog), Rugby (French Bulldog) and Frank, their stray/rescue cat.
Looking ahead, Martin has plans to expand JVC and hire another veterinarian. He also hopes to relocate the clinic to a larger facility, furthering his dedication to the welfare of animals and the community he serves. WL
Learn more about Jasper Veterinary Clinic by visiting jasperveterinaryclinic.com.