James graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 and then spent four years in mixed practice before leaving for a stud season in Victoria, Australia with Dr John Hyland, specialist in Equine Reproduction. On his return to the United Kingdom he joined Dr Jonathan Pycock at Equine Reproductive Services, a first opinion and referral private equine practice based in Yorkshire.
During the Southern Hemisphere stud seasons he has worked for Hamilton Veterinary Services, New Zealand and as a consultant stud veterinarian with Dr Lee Morris at EquibreedNZ and Dr Erick Klaui at The Flying Dutchman Australia. In 2009 in association with Balinmore Stud and AI Centre he set up a stallion semen freezing unit.
In 2010 James was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University involved in teaching certificate candidates. He has lectured on the international stage and has published peer reviewed material on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peripartum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours and persistent endometrial cups. James also contributes widely to the popular press with articles on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer and embryo freezing.
In 2013 James purchased Dr Jonathan Pycock’s Equine Reproductive Services business and is now a director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK) Limited, a busy first opinion and referral equine practice based in Yorkshire.
Rossdales Periparturient Mare Course 2019
16th – 18th January 2019