2017-03-29 / Front Page

Longtime veterinarian Dr. Jim Alexander dies

By Roy F. Chalker Jr. and Diana Royal


Dr. Jim Alexander hands the business over to Dr. Sarah Ford in 2008. Dr. Jim Alexander hands the business over to Dr. Sarah Ford in 2008. Dr. Jim Alexander, who took care of this community's pets - from cats and dogs to hamsters and even elephants, died at the age of 79. He was our own "Dr. Dolittle" for over 40 years in his practice at Burke County Animal Hospital.

Dr. Alexander came here in 1966 when he bought the business from the late Dr. Hugh Scott. He practiced here until 2008 when he sold the clinic to Dr. Sarah Ford.

When he retired, he told the story of the time he had to sew up an elephant while the circus was in town. "They told me it would be still," he said, recalling the climb up the ladder to reach the wound. "He was still, but I was shaking."

Known for his compassion for both pets and their owners, many animal lovers have shared stories of his small acts of kindness that made the pain of loss easier to bear.

As the only veterinarian in town, he often found himself on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. His retirement gave him more time to spend fishing, gardening, traveling and attending dog shows.


A young Dr. Alexander in the 1970s. A young Dr. Alexander in the 1970s. See Dr. Alexander's full obituary

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