Boone veterinarian, Dr. David W. Linzey, was recently named 2016 North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
“I am truly grateful for receiving this award in recognition of many years of service and contribution to the veterinary profession in our state,” Linzey said.
Dr. Linzey graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and subsequently practiced at a mixed-animal facility in Taylorsville for 8 years before transitioning to small animal/emergency practice in the Hickory area in 2002.
Linzey and his wife, Debi, relocated to Boone in 2005 to establish the Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic of the High Country offering the first after-hours emergency pet care service in the area which became a full-time 24/7 emergency & critical care facility in 2009. The hospital is now located on Highway 105 South and is currently undergoing an expansion to accommodate the growing business which will house the general daytime practice as well as a canine and feline boarding facility with a large, wooded outdoor exercise area.
Linzey’s other accomplishments include volunteer work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota and assisting in the operation of the only full-service veterinary hospital on the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos island community.
He has served extensively with the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) in various capacities including as president of the organization in 2011-12. His current position with the NCVMA is as Continuing Education Coordinator where he plans all conferences for the group that provides ongoing education for North Carolina veterinarians.
He continues to work closely with the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine to plan continuing education conferences and other outreach programs. Outside interests include hiking, camping, backpacking, beekeeping, homebrewing, travel and woodworking.