By Floyd Ingram
Veterinarian James Boyer has repeatedly tried to cut back his work at Boyer Animal Clinic in Houston, but the owners of his patients won’t let him.
Boyer has been taking care of local cattle and pets since he moved to Chickasaw County in 1966 and continues to treat animals from his office on Highway 8, west of Houston.
Boyer’s specialty is large animals, and it was a 1,600-cow dairy farm that initially brought him to the area fresh out of vet school at Auburn University. As the dairy industry dried up, Boyer moved to treating beef cattle, horses and small animals.
Boyer said treating family pets is different from handling the medical needs of a farm operation, but he has always tried to bring a personal touch to both branches of his business.
“I enjoy treating the pets of some of my older clients, especially those where I have known them and their animal for years,” he said. “I also have two farms that I have been treating their cattle for five generations. I have six clients who I have been treating their herd for four generations.”
Boyer also is an adviser for herds across the nation and has been busy this year dealing with stressed cattle in Texas and Oklahoma. He has a reputation for helping develop animal husbandry programs for cattle operations and is routinely a speaker at national farm consulting seminars.
Locally, Boyer still treats cats and dogs, but he doesn’t treat gerbils, snakes or small rodents.