Veterinary Business Management Association Club

Jim DeLano, DVM

Dr. DeLano is a partner at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center, a veterinary hospital that last year cared for more than 15,000 families and their pets. As a veterinary student, Jim co-founded the SCAVMA Scamper a 5K/10K fundraiser that is still being run today. Following graduation in 1987, he headed west to California and worked for 18 months in a high volume low cost practice, followed by a six month stint at the Peninsula Humane Society prior to opening a small animal practice in 1989. The practice, founded with a partner, began as a leasehold improvement and has since relocated twice to its current operating site in a 14,000sf building on 3 acres. The practice currently supports 15 veterinarians and 70 support staff.

Outside of his “practice life”, Jim has been an Iowa State University Alumni Admissions Ambassador, calling on prospective ISU students for nearly 25 years. He currently sits on the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, ISUAA, serving as Chair Elect for the Awards Committee. Prior committee service includes Executive (Vice Chair of Records) Governance, Finance, Alumni Center Oversight, Risk Management (Chair) & Long Term Financial Success (examined organizational structure and revenue generation).Being active in the community is important to the life of many veterinarians. Local activities have included 4H involvement as a group leader of Veterinary Sciences, sitting on school district principal selection committee and spearheading a national fund raising drive to raise monies for a local alternative education school. Jim has sat on the dean selection committee for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.

In 2011 Jim received a two year faculty appointment at UC Davis to serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer in the department of Population Health and Reproduction. In this role, he serves as a mentor/coach for the Veterinary Communications course (VMD400 series) taught to VMI, VMII and VMII’s. He also assists with Veterinary Business course taught to third year veterinary students.

Also in 2011, Jim’s appointment to the Board of Directors of a local community bank, Tri Valley Bank, was approved by the FDIC. “Community banks face many challenges in the current economic climate and I am excited to bring my entrepreneurial spirit and business experience to the board.”In October, 2011, Jim was honored by the Iowa State Foundation for his creative leadership and philanthropic support of Iowa State.