Andrew (Andy) Duke is a life-long resident of Mobile, Alabama. After completing veterinary school at Auburn University in 1975, he returned to his home town and opened a mixed animal practice. His first office was leased from a human dentist, who challenged his knowledge of dentistry, mentored him and gave him a belt driven bench engine and taught him to “drill and fill”. In 1977 Dr. Duke began participating in organized veterinary dentistry.
In 1989 Dr. Duke qualified and passed examination to become a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Seeking to further his education in dentistry, Dr. Duke completed a course of study for a human dental assistant at Faulkner State Community College from 1988 to 1997 and passed the National Dental Assisting Board. He has completed an alternate pathway residency at Dallas Dental Service with Doctors Bob Wiggs and Heidi Lobprise.
A member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since its beginning, Dr. Duke has served twice on the Board of Directors. As a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, he has served as program chairman, President and board member. In 2002 Dr. Duke was recognized by the Academy for proposing and organizing the Equine Track for Academy Fellowship. He was further honored by the Academy as Fellow of the Year in 2006. He has participated in all but one of the Veterinary Dental Forums either as a participant, speaker and four years as assistant laboratory coordinator. He has done independent research in canine dentistry, and is a published author in peer reviewed journals.
Music and camellia cultivation are Dr. Duke’s two major avocations. His primary instrument is baritone saxophone, but he enjoys doubling on tenor sax, bass and auxiliary percussion whenever needed. Big band jazz is Dr. Duke’s preferred musical outlet and he has played in several professional bands. He is a charter member of the Mobile Pops Band and has played every season for 36 years. Extra pleasure and relaxation are found with his collection of camellias, primarily Camellia japonica cultivars, but he does have a few Camellia sasanquea and hybrids. His special interest is heritage varieties. This includes those that were developed more than 50 years ago. The American Camellia Society.
In 2012 Dr. Duke and his son Cullan started an oyster farm in the Mississippi Sound, north of Dauphin Island. The company, The Mobile Oyster Company, is selling its first year of production to area restaurants and individuals under the trade name, Isle Dauphine Oysters. Use the above link for more information.