Martin Dunton Copland was born in South Africa, but his family moved to Norseman in Western Australia when he was 8 years old and, after a series of moves, ﬁnally settled in Bunbury.
After graduating from Bunbury High School, Martin followed his older brother into veterinary science at the University of Sydney. He graduated in 1966 and began veterinary practice in Taree on the NSW coast.
In late 1967, Martin decided to travel to Britain via his native South Africa. Coincidentally, foot and mouth disease broke in the UK and he quickly found himself immersed in the FMD eradication campaign. He returned to Western Australia in 1969, setting up a mixed animal practice at Waroona in the south-west. During this time he met and married his wife Joy.
Martin moved to New Zealand in 1973 to take a position at Massey University lecturing in large animal reproduction and returned to Australia in 1977 to join the South Australian Department of Agri- culture as the Regional Veterinary Oﬃcer at Naracoorte in the south-east of the state. He was part of the operational face of the national Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Program and under his management the Southeast region successfully completed the eradication ahead of time and within budget.
By 1980, Martin had taken a position as a veterinary pathologist in the government veterinary laboratory in South Perth. He found his professional niche in veterinary pathology and when he returned to South Australia in 1984 it was to work as a clinical pathologist, and later Chief Pathologist, in the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science and then VETLAB, the South Australian government veterinary laboratory, when it split from the IMVS.
In 1994 he joined a private veterinary laboratory in Adelaide and, except for a brief period when he returned to government employment, he continued to provide high-quality clinical pathology ser- vices to South Australia’s veterinary practitioners until his death.
Throughout his career, Martin was an active member of the Australian Veterinary Association. In WA he served as secretary of the state Division and ﬁlled many roles in the SA Division, including president in 1995. He was also president of the SA Hindmarsh Branch for 3 years. Martin regularly attended and enjoyed Small Animal Practitioner Branch and Rural Veterinary Practitioner Branch meetings. He was an invited founding member of both the Epidemiology Chapter and the Cattle Medicine Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
Martin had an interesting and varied career and always considered himself to be very fortunate in loving his work. Outside of work, his interests were also varied. He was an intervarsity level hockey player, he attained the rank of Major in the Citizen Military Forces and pursued his passion for long-distance motorcycling. More recently he and Joy completed many 4-wheel drive trips into the heart of Australia. He was also a keen technophile and a very early adopter of computers both at home and in the workplace.
He was an intelligent man with deep conviction and dedication. He had ability and a sense of purpose combined with a wonderful sense of humour that made him a pleasure to work with. His strong family values and deep love for his wife and daughters were para- mount and his generosity of spirit embraced all around him. He will be dearly missed.
Martin died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep on the 5th October. He is survived by his wife Joy, daughters Linda and Lily and his brother John.