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Tickle-Blagg Animal Hospital History


In Memoriam Dr. Jack Tickle

Andrew Jack Tickle, DVM of San Marcos was the founder of Tickle-Blagg Animal
Hospital. Jack was born in Ballinger, Texas to Cora and Herbert Tickle on
Nov. 18, 1924. Jack grew up on the family ranch in Concho, Texas and
graduated from Millersview High school in 1940. He then attended Texas A&M
to study veterinary medicine and married Bobbie E. McChristial. He served
in the US Army and Navy during WWII. Jack graduated from A&M in 1949 with
the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. From 1949 to 1950, he worked in
Mexico with the US/ Mexican effort for Aftosa (Foot and Mouth) eradication
as a Veterinary Inspector. He then joined Green Valley Cattle Company in San
Marcos in 1950. Dr. Tickle established Tickle Animal Hospital in 1954 on
Highway 80 after a miraculous recovery of bloated cows in the wheat field
behind the current building. In the 50's, Highway 80 was a gravel road and
townspeople would come to the hospital on horseback for treatment of all
their farm animals and pets, including jaguars, lions and other exotic
animals. The building has been remodeled and added to during the 1960's and
1970's. He retired in 1993 at the age of 68 and passed away
June 14, 2017 at the age of 92.


Tickle-Blagg History

Tickle-Blagg Animal Hospital has been proud to serve San Marcos, Texas for
many decades and is the oldest veterinary hospital in Hays County. In the
50's, Highway 80 was a gravel road and townspeople would come to the
hospital on horseback for treatment of all their farm animals and pets,
including jaguars, lions and other exotics animals. The building has since
been remodeled and added to during the 1960's and 1970's.
In 1949, Dr. Jack Tickle graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary program and
spent a year with the Mexico/US cooperative program to eradicate Foot and
Mouth disease in hoofstock before the disease spread to the US. He then
started in Hays county as a large animal veterinarian with Green Valley
Cattle Company. After several years working with JD Cummings, he founded the
current location of Tickle-Blagg Animal Hospital in 1954 after a miraculous
recovery of bloated cows in the wheat field behind the current building.
Dr. Robert Blagg joined the team in 1987. He hails from San Angelo, attended
Texas Tech then graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary Medical School. After
moving to San Marcos, he worked with Dr. Tickle to provide small animal
expertise and care, then purchased the hospital in 1994 for Dr. Tickle's
upcoming retirement. Dr. Angela Jordan joined in 2005 to help Dr. Blagg on a
part time basis with providing small animal medicine and surgery. In 2017,
she joined Tickle-Blagg Animal hospital full-time to help with the growing
pet population of San Marcos and surrounding areas. The hospital has been
through many transitions through the decades and continues to embrace new
technology with the newest solar energy panel addition. Tickle-Blagg Animal
Hospital vows to evolve with the local community needs and always provide up
to date veterinary medicine.

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Monday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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  • "Absolutely love this vet! We are are first time dog owners and always want to do the best by our dog. The vet we were at before made us feel like we were bad dog parents, when in fact we were just unaware of certain aspects to owning and caring for dogs. Tickle-Blagg makes sure to give their advice as a learning opportunity, and doesn't make us feel like we've been judged. I highly recommend this vet!"
    Zac W.
  • "15 years with tickle-Blagg, and I would never think of going elsewhere. When a vet calls you and talks personally to you after a visit, you know you have found the best. It is always a pleasure to visit with the front desk, the assistants, and both doctors.Tickle-Blagg is the very best clinic I have found in all the years of owning pets."
    Patty F.