Selfless service is not a foreign concept for Teresa and Dr. David King ’83 ’87. As a service dog trainer and veterinarian, respectively, the two have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to helping both humans and their furry friends.
Hailing from Garland, Texas, David first stepped foot on Texas A&M University soil in 1979, a suburban kid with a curiosity for biology and a love for animals. Eight years later, he emerged as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a mission to heal people’s beloved pets.
Teresa grew up on a farm in Celina, Texas, surrounded by her large family and livestock. She volunteered with a local veterinarian, who hired her part-time when she turned 16. After graduating from veterinary technician school, she worked for various veterinary hospitals and later crossed paths with David at a clinic in Lewisville, Texas. He recruited Teresa as his vet tech when he opened Crossroads Pet Hospital in 1989. The dynamic duo married soon after, realizing they shared more than just a love for animals. Side-by-side, they helped hundreds of patients during the hospital’s 14 years under their ownership.
Little did the Kings know, when they sold their practice in 2003, they were opening the door for new opportunities that would grow to impact thousands of veterans, first responders and civilians alike.
A Military Motivation
Selling their practice allowed David to use his expertise as a veterinary real estate consultant and Teresa to pursue her passion for therapy dog training. Founded initially as Sundowner Dog Training, Teresa’s new business first focused on personal training and handling for canine sports.