Dr. Martin was raised on a dairy farm in Hays County just south of Austin. He grew up with all types of livestock and there were always lots of dogs and cats around. Fred always enjoyed working with animals and decided to become a veterinarian when he was twelve years old. He was a member of the Future Farmers of America in high school and served as president of the Chapter for two years. He was awarded a Lone Star Farmer Degree his junior year in high school for outstanding achievement.
Fred entered Texas A&M College in 1959. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Company Commander of A-3 Veterinary Company. He is a member of the Class of 1963 and graduated with A Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation and served in the Army Chemical Corps for three years. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service and discharged from active duty as a captain in 1967. He returned to Texas A&M on the G.I. Bill and enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as president of his class. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1971 and moved to Austin to practice.
In 1974 Dr. Martin established Manchaca Road Animal Hospital in South Austin. His special interests in practice are small animal surgery and preventive medicine. He enjoys spending time with his family, ranching, woodworking, golf, hunting and fishing.