Following graduating from the Veterinary School at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Jim spent a few months in general practice on the East coast of England before taking a position in the West Midlands doing National Hunt horse racing, show jumping and general equine practice. After a few years he transferred to the equine practice of Crowhurst & Partners in Newmarket, England to develop stud experience under the watchful eye of such veterinary icons as Fred Day and Twink Allen. After three years the opportunity arose to come to Australia to the practice of the then recently deceased Murray Bain. Instead of returning at the end of the stud season Jim remained to eventually become a partner in the Scone Veterinary Practice. While there, his contributions to the local industry included founding Scone Horse Week and being one of the original underwriters of the famous Scone Mare and Foal statue. While at Scone, he achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination.
Continuing study and a passion for clinical research led to a Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination and registration as a Specialist in Equine Reproduction. Leaving the large practice in Scone, Jim established the Equine Reproduction practice at Jerry’s Plains. While the practice continues to become one of the most specialized practices in the country, a commitment to animal care has led to the continuation of general practice in Jerry’s Plains to serve the local community.