Iconic beef-cattle veterinarian Al Abdulla passed away on May 27 in Amarillo, at the age of 82.

A Texas native, Abdullah graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. He also was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army and served as a tank commander at Fort Knox, Kentucky, according to an obituary from Horizon Funeral Home in Dalhart.

Abdulla helped found the Academy of Veterinary Consultants in 1970, and served as the academy’s vice president in 1973 and president in 1974.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, the Children's Home, 3400 Bowie Amarillo, Texas 79109, or the charity of choice.

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