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

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. James

Safety Tips for Summer Activities with Your Dog

Swimming, boating, camping, taking long walks in the woods – summer invites us to do a variety of activities with our companion animals until the weather turns broiling hot. Whatever fun we have planned with our pets, here are safety tips for summer fun to make sure...

Dehydration In Animals

Dehydration in animals is potentially life-threatening. More than just thirst, dehydration is medically defined as low circulating blood volume. Many factors contribute to dehydration in animals. Veterinarians consider patient and environmental factors along with...

Lilies, Xylitol and Chocolate: Common Toxins Seen in the Emergency Room

Poison Prevention Week, which occurs during the third week in March each year, has inspired us to discuss three of the most common causes of toxicity-related incidents we see in CARE’s Emergency Room. We believe that awareness is instrumental in prevention, so take a...