Meet Our Friendly Lodi, CA Veterinarian Office Staff
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our Lodi veterinary office is the incredibly friendly and inviting atmosphere. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you & your pet the best possible experience during your visit. Learn more about our team below.
Hunter Harris, Owner
Hunter Harris, owner and son of founder Dr. Buck Harris, has been around animals all his life. He started out cleaning kennels for his father and has been working for many years as a veterinary technician. His easy-going and level-headed approach sets the tone for the environment at Harris Veterinary Hospital. "Now that my parents have retired the everyday operations of the hospital has passed on to me," he said. "I'm here for my technicians when they need an extra hand."
His focus is on maintaining the level of veterinary care that Dr. Harris established in 1952. "I take pride in running the business my father started so many years ago," Hunter said.
Hunter shares his home with his family, wife Robin and their daughter Kaitlyn, and also Tahoe, their lab, a poodle named Vegas and an American shorthair cat named Jasmine. When he's away from the hospital Hunter spends time with his family, as well as boating, biking and trap shooting. Hunter hopes that Kaitlyn will follow in the footsteps of her father and grandfather and one day run Harris Veterinary Hospital.
Jim Jones, DVM
Dr. Jim Jones joined Harris Veterinary Hospital in January of 2008, and became a practicing veterinarian after receiving his DVM from the University of California, Davis, in 1979.
When asked what he enjoys most about his work, Dr. Jones is simple and direct: "The variety and the people."
He earned his Bachelor's Degree, also from the University of California at Davis, in Agricultural Economics and Business in 1975. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Dr. Jones has a professional interest in equine veterinary medicine and has traveled the world as an equine specialist. He has also traveled extensively as a consultant for animal agricultural projects in several countries.
Dr. Jones shares his home with several rescued dogs and cats and enjoys traveling, water sports and snow skiing.
Delisa Thorns, Technician & Practice Manager
Delisa Thorns is a veterinary technician and also serves as the manager of the practice. She keeps busy checking the patients in and prepping them for surgery, assisting Dr. Jones during surgery, heping the animals recover after a procedure, performing x-rays, drawing blood, administering vaccines and checking our clients out of the hospital. "I understand that these animals are part of a family, just like my animals are part of mine," she said about why she cares about animals so much. Delisa has worked at the practice since 2002 and has worked with animals for the past 16 years.
When asked what she likes most about her job, Delisa said, "Just working with animals all day. If you have a stressful moment, you can sit down with a cat in your lap and things just seem better."
Delisa spends a good deal of her spare time with her pets; in addition to Garin, a Rottweiler, and China, a domestic short haired cat, she has three horses – Firebug, an Arab/Quarterhorse, and two black and white Paints, Storm and Taboo. She enjoys just packing up her trailer and heading up to the hills for a day of riding. Delisa is also president of the local Sheriff's Posse.
Nicky Reeves, Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician Nicki Reeves began working with us in 2008 and has been working professionally with animals since 1994. She assists in surgery, helping animals recover after surgery, checking clients in and out and answering client calls. She has a very easy-going personality and just naturally enjoys working with animals.
"I have worked in a spay and neuter clinic and then went into a full veterinary practice," Nicki said. "After that I worked in our local emergency hospital."
As for working at Harris Veterinary Hospital, Nicki said, "This hospital is a family. It's like working with my best friends."
Nicki has has a small managerie at home that includes 17 horses, nine dogs, four cats, two goats and a parrot. She spends her time away from the hospital horseback riding and gathering cattle with her friends.