Pioneering equine vet Ben Martin dies at 68

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Dr Ben Martin
Dr Ben Martin

Pioneering equine sports medicine and surgery specialist Ben Martin has died in the US after a long illness at the age of 68. 

Dr Benson (Ben) Bennett Martin, Jr., VMD, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, died March 18. He spent all of his 34-year veterinary career at New Bolton Center, the large animal hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet).

Martin was born in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Fairfield Prep, and served in the United States Navy in Vietnam. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, and in 1980, was awarded his VMD from Penn Vet. After completing an internship and a large animal surgery residency, Martin became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Martin had a long and distinguished career as a faculty member at New Bolton Center, specializing in equine sports medicine and serving as the Director of the Jeffords High Speed Treadmill facility and the Equine Performance Clinic. During the majority of his career, Martin was an integral member of Penn Vet’s Admissions Committee and enthusiastically mentored many veterinary students. He retired from the faculty as an Associate Professor of Equine Sports Medicine in July of 2014.

Martin was the consummate horseman, having grown up in the horse business. He worked in Thoroughbred racing for his uncle, Hall of Fame trainer James W. Maloney, and later at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in the show horse world. Martin traveled throughout the world, but chose the north shore of Kauai and Hanalei Bay as his second home. With his friends and family, he explored the island and what it had to offer to its fullest, sailing to Niihau, hiking, kayaking the NaPali, making lasting local friendships, and absorbing the culture.

Ben Martin was the eldest of six children, and is survived by his brothers, Bruce and Robert Martin, his sisters, Eve and Laurie Martin. A third sister, Anne Miserocchi, preceded him in death. His partner, Dr. Ginny Reef, New Bolton Center Chief of Sports Medicine and Imaging, remained by his side until his last day.

 

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