Dr. Doig turns love of horses into multi-faceted career

by Elaine Knepp, intern at Indiana Grand

Dr. William Doig is one of the local veterinarians in Shelby County. His family moved to Shelby County when he was just two and it is where his passion for animals grew substantially. He attended grade school through high school at Waldron Jr. /Sr. High School and furthered his education at Purdue University. His incredible background of education lent him the tools to get him where he is today. Dr. Doig is a man of many assets and contributes so much to the local community.

Dr. Doig currently owns a veterinarian practice that is located in Waldron, Ind. He has 42 years of veterinary practice under his belt. Prior to the opening of his Waldron clinic in 1979, his practice was located in the town of Shelbyville. He decided it was best to move the practice closer to his home roots in Waldron.

In addition to his Waldron clinic, Dr. Doig also works for Indiana Grand Racecourse. He was asked to join the original Indiana Downs track team when the track opened in 2002. It wasn’t easy obtaining this caliber of a veterinarian. Initially, he declined the position on several occasions. However, Indiana Downs was reluctant to let him go because not only did he have veterinarian experience, he also had prior experience in the racing industry.

Dr. Doig eventually agreed to work an 18-day Standardbred meet and the rest was history. He has now worked with the race track for 15 years as the facility has evolved into Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.

When asked what his purpose was at the track Dr. Doig stated, “I’m here to protect the horses.” When further questioned about his job, he responded, “Animals are easy to talk to, it’s the human aspect that makes it difficult at times.” Dr. Doig’s positive outlook at the track is that, “every day is different and new,” which helps to fuel his equine passion.

Horses are not Dr. Doig’s only passion. He and his wife of 40 years own a farm where they raise show-cattle which compete all across the United States and in Canada. They also have a son and daughter-in-law as well as two grandchildren. The eldest grandchild is two and a half years old and helps around the vet clinic. The youngest is just two months old, but is sure to follow in the steps of the older sibling.

Because of Dr. Doig’s incredible contribution to the wellbeing of horses and other animals alike, he was asked to join the Indiana Board of Animal Health, Equine division, by Indiana’s current Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Mike Pence. Dr. Doig still holds his position on the board, ensuring the betterment of animals and people alike.