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James R. Cook Jr.

Dr. Cook


James R. Cook Jr.

Board-Certified Neurologist

Primary Practice Location: SCAN-Clearwater

  • 1977: DVM; The Ohio State University

  • 1977-1978: Associate Veterinarian, Westside Animal Clinic, Columbus, OH

  • 1978-1979: Internship, Veterinary Hospital for Special Services, Mt. Kisco, NY

  • 1979-1983: Neurology Residency, University of Georgia

  • 1983-1984 Instructor in Small Animal Clinics, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Georgia

  • 1984-1990: Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Services, Purdue University

  • 1984-1990: Staff Neurologist, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Purdue University

  • 1988 – Phd Conferred, Neurophysiology, University of Georgia

  • 1990-2011: Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, Animal Medical Clinic, Cooper City, FL

  • 2011-2017: Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A highly-regarded neurologist and neurosurgeon, Dr. Jim Cook has more than 40 years of experience in the field. He received his Phd in Neurophysiology from the University of Georgia after he earned his DVM from The Ohio State University. A board-certified neurologist for more than 30 years, he has a special interest in spinal surgery and MRI interpretation. Today, he is not only a well-respected neurologist and neurosurgeon, he is also a sought-after thought-leader. Dr. Cook has authored and co-authored more than 30 referred veterinary and human journal articles, textbook chapters and research abstracts in some of the world’s most well-respected industry publications. He has also presented on a wide range of topics at the local, state, national and international stage. A native of Marion, Ohio, he spent most of his young life in LaRue, Ohio. He moved to Florida in 1990 and married his wife Kathy, a retired middle school teacher in 1993. They have lived in the Sunshine State for close to 30 years and currently reside in Clearwater, Fla., where they enjoy frequent visits from their grand-dog Lola, a rescue mutt from the Everglades.

Meet Dr. Cook!

Dr. Cook is one of SCAN's neurologists and neurosurgeons at our Clearwater, FL location. He is here to share his veterinary background, his hobbies, and walk you through his examination process.

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