Written by Dr. Christine James
Edited by Tanishia Jeboda, Senior Editor for BlackDVM Network
Original Date Posted: November 5, 2020
Among the colleagues and clients of Dr. Christine James, there is no doubt that her dedication, energy, and passion for veterinary medicine is extraordinary to say the least. Not only is she great with animals, but her love for people is just as moving and significant to everyone she encounters. Find out more about the incredible journey of Dr. Christine James with the information she has shared with us below!
Name and Veterinary School attended?
Christine O James, DVM, MS. Tuskegee University c/o 1998
What inspired you to pursue veterinary medicine?
My story may seem similar to others, in that I decided very early to become a veterinarian. Our puppy became very ill and died. I learned that there were doctors for animals and researched in the encyclopedia about veterinarians. In that resource, I found pictures of people who looked like me who were veterinarians and attended Tuskegee University. That was when I decided on my career and where I would attend college.
What is the favorite part of your day?
I am happiest when I can educate a family caring for their pet- whether it is all the first-time pet owner's questions or working together to keep an older pet comfortable or stable.
What are your interests in veterinary medicine?
I enjoy soft tissue surgeries and internal medicine.
Tell us a little bit about your journey.
I graduated high school and began my undergraduate studies at Tuskegee University at the age of 16. After completing my undergraduate studies, I applied to and was accepted to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee. During my first year I gave birth to my first daughter and took time off from school to focus on her. I returned to Tuskegee after one year and restarted the veterinary curriculum while single parenting my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. There were many challenges I faced while attending medical school and parenting. I worked diligently to obtain my degree and began working in private practice. I also owned my own practice for a few years early in my career. I am currently working for Banfield Pet Hospital as a Chief of Staff and recently obtained a Master’s degree in management and leadership. I am looking forward to what else is possible in my career.
Anything else you would like to share?
For the past 2 years I have participated in Spayathon for Puerto Rico. I have enjoyed volunteering my time and talents to help the people and pets in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. It reminds me of why I became a veterinarian- to help people and their pets.