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Vet school's Martin injured

By Jeffrey Douglas

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 13 - November 21, 1996

Robert A. Martin, professor of surgery and director of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), was severely injured on November 11 during a fall sustained while deer hunting.

Martin sustained spinal-cord damage and is paralyzed from the chest down, according to a press report. He is hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

"The thoughts and prayers of all of us in the regional college and throughout the university community are with Bob and his family during this extremely difficult time," said VMRCVM Dean Peter Eyre. "We all look forward to his successful convalescence and return to the college."

Martin joined the college in 1983 and was appointed VTH director in May 1993. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Eyre has appointed former VTH Director Gregory Troy acting hospital director in Martin's absence.

"Dr. Troy has the wisdom and experience to deal with the hospital enterprise," Eyre said in a memorandum. "I am extremely grateful to him for stepping into this challenging role at such short notice."