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SCVMA PROFILE

JIM BELL

Dr. Smith worked five years as an associate veterinarian in Hermosa Beach, then bought into Country Hills
Animal Clinic in South Torrance in 1985. He owned the
practice until he moved to Colorado, when he sold it to
a younger veterinarian he had brought in as a partner
five years earlier.
He and his wife, Christine, met and married while
students at the University of Arkansas. They have two

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daughters - Janine, who lives in Lakewood, and Jennifer,
who lives in El Segundo. Both work at Emerald Health
Services. Janine is expecting their first grandchild.
Dr. Smith has always enjoyed working with wood.
" When we moved to Westcliffe, one of the first things
I did was build my dream woodworking shop. Christine
calls it the 'Garage Mahal.' " Among his wood shop projects: custom split bamboo fly rods and custom wooden
trout fishing nets. " I'm really proud of my bamboo fly
rods, " he said. " It's an original art form. "
He also is an avid traditional archer and makes his
own longbows and custom wood arrows. He built a
greenhouse on the back of the garage which heats the
shop in winter and keeps him and Christine supplied
with tomatoes year around. He is an avid hunter and
fisherman and, at 68, an enthusiastic hiker.
He celebrated turning 50 by climbing California's
14,497-foot Mt. Whitney - highest peak in the contiguous 48 states - in a day hike that started at 1 a.m.
and covered 23 miles, up and back. Dr. Smith repeated
the hike each of the next seven years, ending when he
moved to Colorado.
In Westcliffe, he has volunteered as a member of the
Custer County Search and Rescue unit and with Outdoor Buddies, an organization that takes young and
handicapped people on hunting and fishing trips.
Dr. Smith remains an appreciative fan of SCVMA.
" I'm sure there are other areas of the country which
provide excellent opportunities for career development
but none better than SCVMA, " he said. " Even though
I missed rural life, I have no regrets about my veterinary
career in Southern California. " P

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - April 2021

Pulse - April 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - April 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - April 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - April 2021 - SCVMA Profile
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Pulse - April 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - April 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - April 2021 - Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
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Pulse - April 2021 - Medical Leeway
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Pulse - April 2021 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - April 2021 - Tools for Success
Pulse - April 2021 - Angel Fund
Pulse - April 2021 - Dear Tabby
Pulse - April 2021 - The RVT
Pulse - April 2021 - Industry Insights
Pulse - April 2021 - Quick Reference
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Pulse - April 2021 - AVMA Diplomates
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