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About Stage Road Animal Hospital

Stage Road Animal Hospital was founded by James R. Pearce, DVM in 1974. Dr. Pearce graduated from UT – Knoxville in 1968 (College of Agriculture) and Auburn University in 1972 (College of Veterinary Medicine.) Dr. Pearce has been caring for athletic dogs, Greyhounds and field trial dogs since 1974 providing them with crucial treatment such as canine ACL surgery . His special interest in orthopedics (bone implants and cranial cruciate ligament repair) has allowed him the opportunity to do TTA surgery, which he has been doing since 2008.  Dr. Pearce has performed several thousand bone surgeries involving implants since 1974, primarily on greyhounds. Dr. Pearce became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice Specialty in 1982. We accept referrals from veterinarians in Arkansas, Mississippi, as well as those who need dog ligament surgery in Tennessee.

James R. Pearce, D.V.M.

Present Title and Affiliation: 
Stage Road Animal Hospital, P.C.
4359 Stage Road
Memphis, TN 38128


  • Martin High School 1964 – – Martin, TN
  • University of Tennessee 1964 – 1967 – -Martin, TN
  • University of Tennessee 1967 – 1968 – – Knoxville, TN
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Manufacturing and Production Pre-Veterinary Medicine Curriculum
  • Auburn University 1968 – 1972 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Post Graduate Training:

  • Resident Intern – AU 1972
  • Externship – Miami, FL 1972
  • Basic Orthopedic Course – Ohio State University 1984
  • Advanced Orthopedic Course – Ohio State University 1985
  • AO/ASIF Internal Implant Course – Davos, Switzerland 1987
  • Biomedtrix Total Hip Course-Mississippi State 1997
  • IMEX External Fixation Course-Univ. of Georgia 2003
  • Slocum Enterprises TPLO Course – Eugene, Oregon 2002
  • Kyon TTA – Chicago, IL 2007
  • Kyon Cemetless Total Hip Replacement Course – Orlando, FL 2008
  • Kyon International Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Seminar – Boston, MA 2009
  • IMEX External Fixation/Hybrid Course-Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa-2011


  • USDA – Farmer’s Home Administration
  • Student Trainee – 1966 -1968
  • USDA-FHA Assistant County Supervisor – 1968 Morgan and Anderson Co. /TN
  • Auburn University – Resident Intern 1971 – 1972
  • Practice Externship – North Miami Beach, FL 1972
  • Associate Surgeon for Needham Animal Hospital – Wilmington, NC 1972 – 1974
  • Founded Stage Road Animal Hospital – Memphis, TN 1974
  • Board Certified by American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-Specialty Companion Animal Practice in 1982
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioner (ABVP) – Public Relations Chair 1983
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners- Regent for Canine and Feline Specialty – Council of Regents 1984 – 1988
  • ABVP – Vice President 1989
  • ABVP – President-elect 1990
  • ABVP – President 1991 – 1993
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Accredited Hospital 1980 – 2004
  • Area Director 1985 – 1987

National/International Presentations/Seminars:

  • 1984 – AAHA Meeting – New Orleans, LA
  • 1985 – AAHA Meeting – Phoenix, AR
  • 1985 – AVMA Meeting – Las Vegas, NV
  • 1988 – 1997 Western States Veterinary Conference – Las Vegas, NV


  • 1985 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 187, No. 9, Pages 951 – 952. Amebicmeningoenphalitis caused by Acanthamoeba castellany in a dog – J.R. Pearce, BS, DVM, H.S. Powell, DVM, MS, F.W. Chandler, DVM, PHD, and G.S. Visvesvara, PHD, Stage Road Animal Hospital, 4359 Stage Rd., Memphis, TN, 38128, C.E. Kord Animal Disease Laboratory, Nashville, TN, 37204, and the Divisions of Host Factors and Parasitic Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA, 30333
  • 2001 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 219, No. 2, Pages 194-196. Macracanthorhynchus ingens infection in a dog – James R. Pearce, BS, DVM, ABVP, Charles Hendrix, DVM, PHDS, Neil Allison, DVM, DACVP, Jamie Butler, BS. From Stage Road Animal Hospital, 4359 Stage Road, Memphis, TN, 38128, Dept. of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 36849 and C.E. Kord Animal Disease Laboratory, Dept. of Agriculture, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN, 37220

Sponsored Internships:

  • Auburn University 1983 – 1992
  • American Association of Veterinary Clinicians – Cincinnati, OH 1987 – 1991

Honors and Awards

  • UT – Martin 1967 – Hughes Scholastic Award for the Highest Scholastic average for UT –M School Year of 1966 – 1967
  • UT – Knoxville – President’s award for the Highest Scholastic Average in the graduating class for the College of Agriculture for UT – K school year 1967 – 1968
  • UT – Knoxville – Alpha Zeta Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society
  • Auburn University – Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society
  • Borden Award 1972 for the Highest Scholastic Average in Graduating Class
  • Upjohn Award 1972 for Graduating Student Most Proficient in Small Animal Medicine


  • Aviation
  • Private Pilot License 1986
  • Commercial License 1988
  • Twin-Engine Rating 1990
  • Instrument Rating 1990
  • A&P Mechanics License 1996
  • Instructor Rating 2000
  • Seaplane Rating 2003

Dr. Kay Jobe, B.S., D.V.M

Dr. Kay Jobe, B.S., D.V.M. became an associate veterinarian at Stage Road Animal Hospital in December of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Mississippi University for Women and her D.V.M. degree from Mississippi State University.

Before Dr. Jobe joined us here at Stage Road she was the Owner/Veterinarian of Eastbrook Pet Hospital from 1988-2008 and at McNairy County Animal Clinic from 2008-2014. We believe that she has become a valuable member of our staff and a very welcome one as well.

The staff at Stage Road Animal Hospital does not have a high turnover. Most of the staff here has been here for many years and no one plans on leaving. We all love our jobs and enjoy working with each other. When you come to Stage Road Animal Hospital, you will notice a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. We all are animal lovers, have our own pets, and enjoy helping and treating all pets that come into the clinic.  We understand how your pet is part of your family and we treat everyone like they are a part of ours. Everyone at SRAH are experienced and trained by the Doctor himself. You will feel comfortable with the staff at SRAH.