James M. Ray, DVM
Dr. Ray grew up in Itasca, Illinois (west of Chicago) before moving to Naples, Florida when he was 15 years old. Dr. Ray graduated with high honors from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, earning a BS degree in Biology. He then went on to pursue his DVM degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His medical interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as feline medicine.
Over the course of his veterinary career, Dr. Ray has been chased by buffalo while working on them during an undergraduate internship in Idaho. (He says that "Buffalo are crazy!") For a time, he was a surgeon for large, exotic cats (tigers, lions, servals, etc.) at a sanctuary in Tampa called the Big Cat Rescue. Through Christian Veterinary Missions, he also taught an outdoor class to veterinary healthcare workers in Haiti on how to spay and neuter.
Kevin Garrison, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Kevin Garrison is the Chief of Staff at Spartanburg Animal Clinic and began working at Spartanburg Animal Clinic in November 2017. He grew up in Downers Grove, Ilinois, a suburb of Chicago; later, his father's job brought him to Spartanburg where he graduated from Spartanburg High School. Dr. Garrison attended the University of South Carolina Upstate before transferring to University of North Carolina Charlotte where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Dr. Garrison worked for many years as Veterinary Technician before attending veterinary school. Earning a DVM degree from North Carolina State University, he practiced in Florida and New Jersey prior to moving back to South Carolina to be closer to family. He lives in Spartanburg with his wife and their two sons.
His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and oral surgery. Outside of work he enjoys exercising, playing guitar, golfing, and he loves to cook.