In 1991, Dr. Kirk T. Smith joined Amesbury Animal Hospital, 24 years after its founding by Dr. Robert A. Marston and Dr. Thomas C. Candee in 1967.
Dr. Smith’s inspiration came to him in a man he never officially met. His grandmother told him stories of his late grandfather, a man from rural Pennsylvania who had been a vocational and agricultural science teacher, and how he would have loved to pursue veterinary science if he had only had the chance. Passionate about animals and science himself, and just as eager to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, Dr. Smith admits that maybe, “veterinary medicine is in my genetic code to some degree.”
As a veterinarian, Dr. Smith says that these two things are combined with the mission of figuring things out and that getting the right answers has always been a motivation – but it wasn’t until later in his career that he realized that helping provide answers for the pet owners was one of the most important things veterinarians do in their professions.
While Dr. Smith’s journey to becoming the co-owner of Amesbury Animal Hospital may not have been an inspired and perfect plan, he’s proud of the way that he and co-owner Dr. Bastien were able to dream and plan for the new facility in 2014.