Dr. Jim has a strong interest in small animal orthopedics and performs Bone Plating Fracture Repairs, Anterior Cruciate repairs, Medial Patella Luxation Repairs, Triple Pelvic Osteotomies to prevent hip dysplasia along with many other procedures. Dr. Jim also participates in general small animal veterinary practice.

Dr Jim is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a Past President of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and has served as Public Relations Committee Chair and on the Board of Directors for several years. He is a long-standing member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Jim has traveled widely as a professional speaker and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. He has an interest in Blues Music and especially Blues Harmonica playing and has produced a CD called the Big Dog Blues Review.

Dr. Jim is the author of: A Gift From Rex: Guiding Children through Life and Loss published by Beaver’s Pond Press in 2001. His articles have appeared in Veterinary Practice News, The Veterinary Business Journal Of The United Kingdom, Real Healthcare, AAHA Trends Magazine, Off Lead Magazine and Farm Progress Magazines. Jim has been a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics Magazine now called Vetted and is a long-standing member of the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board.

Dr. Jim earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After graduation Jim joined his father in veterinary practice in Fullerton, Nebraska, his wife Ann joined the practice following her graduation from the ISU Vet School in 1983. Ann and Jim started the Columbus Small Animal Hospital April 1, 1996.

Dr Jim is a member of Peace Lutheran church where he served as “Joyful Sound” Children’s Choir director, and longtime member and chair of the Evangelism Board. He also has played and sang with the Contemporary Worship Team and currently sings and plays bass and harmonica for “His Song.”   

The Kramers are co-founders of Animal Compassion Foundation a non-profit foundation that gives help to animals and hope to troubled people through animals. The Kramers have two sons, Will and Dan along with an assortment of rescued animals.