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.