Veterinarian Dr. Jim Adams

Dr. Jim Adams

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Jim Adams dreamed of being a veterinarian after reading James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” and is grateful now for the gift of serving the community as a veterinarian for over 38 years. His highest calling is helping people by caring for their animals.

Jim has deep roots in this area having been raised in Winston-Salem, N.C. and spending youthful summers on his extended family’s diversified farm in Russell County, Virginia.

Jim attended North Carolina State University where he was a member of the NC Fellows Leadership Development Program and was actively involved in student government. Most importantly, it was at NC State where he met his wonderful wife of over 40 years, Lisa.

He graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, and then moved to Virginia and joined a large animal practice with a primary interest in bovine herd health. He joined Carroll Veterinary Clinic in 1986 and continued to work primarily with large animals for the next 20 years while developing his small animal skills in this rapidly growing mixed practice. He was a founding partner of Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic in 2000 and continues to split his time between what are now two very busy companion animal practices. He currently serves as the medical director for both practices. His professional interests include internal medicine, endocrinology, dermatology, and emergency practice.

Jim and Lisa have lived in Galax Virginia for almost 40 years where Lisa operated her own independent CPA practice until her recent retirement. They are avid outdoors people, enjoying hiking, road and mountain biking, alpine skiing, travel, and cooking together. Jim has a passion for mountain climbing in the Pacific Cascades with his adventurous friends and family. He has served for multiple terms on both the Galax School Board and the Galax Planning Commission.

Together, they pursue time with their grown children Kelsey (a school administrator in Henry County) and Charley (a tech executive in Charlottesville) and are so grateful for their son in law Johnny (a bank executive) and Aubrey (an educational software administrator). They are also delighted to enjoy time with their grandson, Wesley James, of Charlottesville.