Dr. Martell grew up on a small diversified livestock operation outside of Hudson, Colorado. Dr. Martell graduated High School from Weld Central High School and proceeded on to receive degrees in Animal Science from Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University. During his undergraduate education, Dr. Martell also pursued farrier sciences culminating in accreditation with the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) as a Certified Farrier in 2007. Dr. Martell obtained a Master’s of Agriculture from Colorado State University in 2009 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2015.
Dr. Martell continues to shoe horses using the AFA’s best practices for both healthy and diseased hooves alike. Continuing education in farrier sciences for Dr. Martell includes clinics, contests, and pursuit of the best practices for normal and diseased hooves. For Dr. Martell, lameness is best addressed from the ground up with a holistic approach. Dr. Martell’s strong background in both farrier and equestrian sciences has offered equine clients a unique perspective on topics ranging from lameness to nutrition and dentistry.
Cattle are also a passion for Dr. Martell as he maintains a small cow herd with the help of his family. During his time off, Dr. Martell appreciates the trials and joys that beef production brings. Dr. Martell is persistent in his gain of cattle knowledge by attending beef industry symposiums and conventions. Additionally, Dr. Martell enjoys the experience in the beef production industry for resources and networking that it brings his clients.
Even though cattle and horses have been two areas that Dr. Martell has concentrated on throughout his life, experiences during his tenor in veterinarian school prompted Dr. Martell to gain a wider scope of knowledge. Dr. Martell appreciates the diversification gained of his large animal repertoire including small ruminants and swine.
When not working, Dr. Martell enjoys all aspects of the great outdoors including camping, fishing, archery, and horseback riding with his wife Kristen. Together, they manage the cow herd of about 20 head of mama cows, 9 head of personal horses, and a dog, Aspen.