Debra C. James, DVM

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Debra C. James, DVM

From an early age, Dr. Debra C. James felt the calling to work with animals. She started her career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, providing nursing care to animals. Dr. James decided to continue her education and go on to vet school. She practiced general veterinary medicine for several years prior to becoming an emergency veterinarian. Regardless of role and animal, she has always strived to provide compassionate care to both the patient and the owner.

Throughout her career, Dr. James has worked with many species, including wildlife, pocket pets, exotic animals, horses, farm animals, cats and dogs. She also has a well-rounded perspective of animal care. “I feel that my background as a Licensed Veterinary Technician gives me unique perspective on the care and needs of my patients,” she says.  When she’s not working, Dr. James volunteers with the Girl Scouts as a co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.


  • Associate of Applied Science, Natural Resource Conservation, Finger Lakes Community College
  • Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology, Medaille College
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Center of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee
  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, Arboretum View Animal Hospital


Emergency and critical care, diagnostic imaging, theriogenology and neonatal care


Husband David and daughters Zoey and Violet


Chili Bean McMurphy, a Boxer, Spike and Elsa, both Bearded Dragons and Gilly, the Betta Fish