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James M. Ray, DVMDr. Ray is the Chief of Staff at Spartanburg Animal Clinic, joining us in March 2013. He 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.

Dr. Ray finds edifying and celebrating the bond between owner and pet one of the most gratifying aspects of being a veterinarian. Dr. Ray particularly enjoys mentoring young veterinarians who are just starting their career. Another aspect of veterinary medicine he finds particularly rewarding is the constant source of continuing education.

When not at the clinic, Dr. Ray enjoys hiking, river sports, woodworking, and motorcycling. He has two daughters. The oldest is married with three children and working as a missionary in Uruguay. The youngest is married and is a public historian. At one time, Dr. Ray owned 18 horses, three dogs, three cats, and two goats.