Many old friends, loyal customers, and family members of longtime Jasper Veterinarian Dr. Royce Smathers turned out on Friday to wish him well as he heads into retirement. The gathering was held at Lakes Area Veterinary Clinic on Highway 190 West where Smathers has practiced for the last three decades.

Dr. Smathers partnered with his old Texas A&M Veterinary School classmate, Dr. David Fain, to open Fain & Smathers Veterinary Hospital in July of 1989. The two were members of the Texas A&M Class of 1980, and Fain was already in private practice here after opening Fain Veterinary Hospital in 1982.

Dr. Fain retired in January of this year, and the clinic is now being staffed by Dr. Dusty Taff (DVM/Oklahoma State), Dr. Lori Fain Coleman (DVM/Texas A&M), and most recently Dr. Holly Wolfe (DVM/Ross School of Veterinary Medicine).

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