Dr. Jim Gill, DVMFounder & Chief of Staff
Education: DVM – Louisiana State University
Interests: General Medicine & Surgery, Skin & Ear Disease, Preventative Medicine and Wellness, Dentistry, Ultrasound Imaging, Orthopedics, Laser Therapy, Internal Medicine
Dr. Gill’s passion to become a veterinarian was present as a youngster. As to why he became a veterinarian, he says, “I’ve always had a special desire to help animals. It was when I was in the 7th grade that I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian when a local veterinarian came to my school for career day. Veterinary medicine is about people and pets. As a pet owner myself, I truly understand the special bond people have with their pets. One of the cool things about being a vet is being able to make a difference in both a pet’s life and the lives of the people they are connected with. It’s a real special feeling to accomplish that.”
“My passion for veterinary medicine and drive for excellence has continued through the years. I regularly attend seminars in all aspects of veterinary medicine & surgery, management, and customer service. I visit other veterinary practices and network with other successful veterinarians, so I can bring the best in veterinary medicine to our clients and patients.”
Dr. Gill graduated from High School in Indianapolis, Indiana where his successes as a swimming athlete enabled him to attend Louisiana State University on an athletic scholarship. While obtaining his undergraduate education at LSU, he held several school swimming records, was a 4-year letterman, and national-level competitor.
After graduating from LSU Vet School in 1982, Dr. Gill and his wife Vicki fell in love with North Carolina and moved here. He has been practicing in the Gastonia area since that time. In 1987, after the retirement of Dr. Jim Hughey, Dr. Gill founded Wilkinson Animal Hospital. The practice started with 3 staff and has steadily grown ever since. In 2002, the dream of building an ideal facility to serve clients and patients became a reality with the grand opening of the new hospital.
Recently, Dr. Jim has become quite involved in competitive swimming in the realm of the US and World Transplant Games, where he holds 4 world records. He received a life-saving organ (kidney) donated from his sister in 2003. The purpose of the Transplant Games is to promote the success of organ donation and the vital need for more organ donors.
He lives in Gastonia with his wife Vicki, his dog Cherokee, and cat Hilda. His daughter, Katie and son, Spencer are all grown up and leading successful lives. He likes reading, studying, exercising, traveling, gardening, and helping people.
Dr. Jim is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Effective Management Association of Charlotte, Southern Piedmont Veterinary Association, and the American Heartworm Society.
Dr. Kristen Virgin, DVMVeterinarian
Education: DVM – Louisiana State University
Interests: Internal Medicine, General Medicine & Surgery, Exotics and Avian Medicine, Laser Therapy, Dermatology
Dr. Virgin grew up in the foothills of Maine. It was there that she had her first inclination to be a veterinarian. “In the 3rd grade, my grandmother gave me James Herriot’s All Things Wise and Wonderful, which I read for a book report and loved. After reading other books in his series, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I had many pets which were my often my best friends growing up. I even had a pet crow named “Gabby” that hung around the farm. When I was a kid, my cat, Simon even got me over my fear of thunderstorms.”
She studied hard while gaining practical experience working with several different veterinary practices while in high school and college. After completing her undergraduate studies with a BS in Biology, she went south to Louisiana and attended veterinary school at LSU. She focused her education on small animals, birds, and exotics. During her studies, she completed an externship in a practice that treated small animals as well as exotic and zoo animals.
“After graduating with my DVM from LSU in 1998, I found a position with Wilkinson Animal Hospital and I’ve been practicing here ever since. I still see new things that challenge me every day. I like the good atmosphere here, and I like working with a team of competent, well-trained staff and we have great clients.”
Dr. Virgin likes the challenge of keeping up with all the latest knowledge in veterinary medicine and bringing it to our practice. There’s never a dull moment with the variety of types of patients she treats, which include dogs and cats, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles, and other exotics.
She likes reading, listening to music, watching movies and traveling to new places, hiking and fishing. She is a connoisseur of new foods and cuisines. She has a dog, Gonzo and an African Grey Parrot, Oliver.
Member: American Veterinary Medical Association, Southern Piedmont Veterinary Association and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Kim Moore, DVMVeterinarian
Education: DVM – Ohio State University
Interests: Nutrition, Natural Healing and NRT (Nutrition Response Testing), Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Orthopedics, General Medicine & Surgery, Laser Therapy, Special Interest in Surgery
Dr. Kim Moore has been practicing in Gaston County since 1984 and has over 33 years of experience in helping improve the lives of pets and their people.
“I was always helping animals,” explains Dr. Moore, who grew up on a farm. “From the age of 10 or 11, I knew I had a special purpose to help pets and become a veterinarian. I excelled in science in school, and, with that interest, I decided to pursue veterinary medicine.” Many who have experienced working with Dr. Kim have noticed his gift of animal magnetism. Dr. Kim explains, “Most pets respond to my touch and seem to sense that I am there to help them get well.”
Dr. Kim also likes helping people. “Being a veterinarian gives me an opportunity to help people through improving their pets’ health.”
Dr. Moore’s interests are surgery, orthopedics, exotics, and holistic and herbal medicine. “I’ve always been excited about learning new things, so I can continue to practice a high standard of care.” Recently, Dr. Kim became one of around 20 veterinarians in the country to complete Advanced Clinical Training in the holistic modality of Nutritional Response Testing (an alternative approach to healing allowing the body to heal itself).
“I like working at WAH because the staff have the same high ideals of optimum care for the patients and service for the clients that I have always strived to achieve, and the practice is organized such that it can be achieved.”
He lives in Gastonia with his wife Ellen. His four sons, Ryan, Drew, Jordan and Greg are all grown up and leading successful lives away from home. He has been active in Boy Scouts and, along with his sons, was the designer of the famous “pumpkin chunkin” catapult, “Roman Revenge” (ranked 2nd in the world) for the World Championship competition. His catapult is the only catapult ever built to record multiple throws over 3000 feet!
Dr. Moore is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, NC Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He currently has 2 cats, but has had many, many pets over the years.