Dr. James Reynolds

“I want to help feed the world”

Dr. Reynolds chose to pursue veterinary medicine because, he states quite simply, “I want to help feed the world.”  After more than a decade of working in private practice and referring many cases to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Dr. Reynolds became a clinician and researcher at the school’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, California.

“UC Davis has always enjoyed the reputation as the finest veterinary school in the world”, making the school his first choice for obtaining his professional degree. Just after earning his DVM degree, Dr. Reynolds also completed the Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, which introduced him to epidemiology and population medicine. “It exposed me to veterinarians from other countries, and many of the faculty had worked on animal health projects throughout the world. I knew that was what I wanted to do.” 

While a California-native, Dr. Reynolds’ career choice has allowed him to travel and work in a wide variety of places including Madagascar, Tunisia, China, Turkey, Armenia, Mexico and Lithuania. Dr. Reynolds said that livestock production is a key way of raising the standard of living in rural areas and when done appropriately, complements other food production systems. 

In his free time away from the rich smell of the dairy, Dr. Reynolds enjoys reading world history and most of his time revolves around my family and the activities of his two daughters.