James qualified as a vet in 2011 from the Royal Veterinary College, London, with a combined degree in veterinary science and medicine. He has always been fascinated by wildlife, and during his undergraduate studies had the opportunity to work with a range of unusual species, through externships with the Zoological Society of London and research conducted on primates in UK zoos and in Africa. After graduation he worked in a small animal practice in Devon, where he was able to develop his skills in small animal medicine and surgery, whilst also seeing a large caseload of birds, reptiles and the occasional zoo animal. Most recently, he gained his Masters degree in Wild Animal Health from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College. This included clinical work at London and Whipsnade Zoos and a return to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he studied causes of infant mortality in mountain gorillas. James is looking forward to starting at the Village Vet Maida Vale practice, and working with all of the clients and their animals. He devotes much of his time outside of work to research he is currently conducting with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, but in his spare time enjoys anything and everything to do with music, skateboarding and travelling.