Dr. David Walker
Dr. David Walker, or as he prefers to be called ‘Doc’, Dave, or David, graduated from Cornell Veterinary School in 1968. He began his career with the Hussy Vet Hospital in North Conway, where he was a large and small animal vet for 35 years. After a career-related back injury in 2003, Doc was out of action for 1.5 years and miraculously recovered to resume the devotion to his clients at the Fryeburg Vet Hospital, where he continued to practice until June, 2016. At that time he made the big decision to join his cherished friend and prized student of 8 years at Fryeburg, Dr Kate, at her newly established True North Veterinary Hospital. Dave is proud to proclaim “Kate is the best young veterinarian I have seen in my, now, 48 years of practice. She truly is a clone of me, and I am honored and elated to join her and the rest of my former Teammates as a part of her New Team.”
Doc and his wife of 50 years, Linda, continue to live in the same house they built in Birch Hill some 45 years ago. Their kids, Kristin, Kevin, and Scott, are now adults themselves, living close by, and are the proud parents of Dave and Linda’s 5 grandchildren.
Now in the twilight of his veterinary career, Dave spends his well-earned spare time pursuing his long-time hobbies of carpentry, flower gardening, baseball, and Basset Hounds. His true passion is baseball, and now, after a 48 playing year career as a catcher, he coaches JV baseball at Kennett High School as well as Cal Ripken youth baseball and women’s adult softball in Fryeburg. His license plate “BULLPEN” is symbolic of his specialty in baseball coaching.
Doc recently lost his beloved and faithful Basset pal of 11 years, Dewey, ironically, due to an on-going back problem. Dave’s Bassets have always been an extremely important part of his life, and he has just recently found a new friend, “Mr. Pickles”, a 1.5 year old retired show champion from the same kennel who blessed him with Dewey. Mr. Picles absolutely adores Doc, a match made in heaven.