James graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 after which which he 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, James joined Dr Jonathan Pycock at Equine Reproductive Services, a private first opinion and referral 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, James set up a stallion semen freezing unit. In 2010 he was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University. James lectures regularly on the national and international stage and has published peer reviewed material on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peri-partum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours and persistent endometrial cups. He also contributes widely to the popular press with articles on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer and embryo freezing. James continues to perform practice based research utilising the most current techniques in equine reproduction and has a particular interest in Doppler ultrasonography, stallion management, the late term pregnant mare, ovarian pathology and orthopaedic disorders of the foal. James is currently lead consultant at Equine Reproductive Services.