Matt Carriker (Doctor Mathew Lee Carriker, born October 23rd, 1986) is an American veterinarian and YouTuber. He is the founder of three YouTube channels: DemolitionRanch, Vet Ranch, and OffTheRanch. He occasionally refers to himself as the King of the “Demolitia” (a portmanteau of “Demolition” and “Militia”), the name he has given to his DemolitionRanch fan base. He practices veterinary medicine at Fair Oaks Ranch Veterinary Clinic.
Early life and education
Carriker practices veterinary medicine at Fair Oaks Ranch Veterinary Clinic in Boerne, Texas. He also is the owner and founder of Bunker Branding Co, which manufacturers and sells merchandise, embroidered clothing, and apparel printing for Carriker's YouTube channels, other YouTubers, and various businesses.
In 2011, Carriker started his YouTube channel, DemolitionRanch, as a veterinary student. The channel began with him and friends using a GoPro to record themselves shooting guns. Since then, it has grown a fan base of millions of firearms enthusiasts of all ages. Video topics include firearm reviews, penetration experiments, and what Carriker terms "redneck science" involving the damage created on various objects by different ammunition types.
Carriker bought the veterinary clinic from his father, Dr. Lee Carriker, who also graduated from Texas A&M as a vet and appears in occasional Vet Ranch videos helping homeless animals.
Carriker founded Vet Ranch, a non-profit organization, in February 2014. It is a group of veterinarians, including fellow Texas A&M graduate Karri McCreary, who treat animals from high-kill shelters and the street. Medical expenses are raised through donations and advertisements on the Vet Ranch YouTube channel. Most animals come from San Antonio Pets Alive, which also helps find homes for animals after they are treated.
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