With great sadness, we mourn the loss of Dr. C. Perry Smith. Dr. Perry Smith’s legacy of excellent medical care, community and professional involvement lives on at Trail Animal Hospital.
Dr. Smith grew up on a farm in Dallas, Florida. After attending the University of Florida, Dr. Smith received his DVM from Auburn University in 1964. Following graduation, he was drafted by the U.S. Army where he served as Veterinarian and Captain. He bought Trail Animal Hospital in 1968 from Dr. Stoddard who used the animal hospital as his office and residence. After faithfully serving the pets and clients of our community, Dr. Smith retired in 2008. He enjoyed his work caring for animals and meeting multiple generations of families. Throughout his career, Dr. Smith was active in both the local and state veterinary associations serving multiple positions including president of the state and local VMA. Upon his retirement, he was honored with the FVMA's Lifetime Achievement Award, the single most prestigious award that can be given to any veterinarian in the state of Florida. Since his retirement, he moved to Immokalee, Florida where he owned and managed a 2,500-acre working cattle ranch where 500 head of cattle reside fulfilling his dreams to return to ranching and farming.
On a personal note, Dr. Smith trusted me to carry on his legacy of hard work, excellent veterinary care, community and professional involvement. He was a role model and mentor for me and I hope to continue his legacy, do good and make him proud for the opportunities he has given me. Dr. Marta Lista