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Dr. James M. Hamilton


Originally from Ohio, Jim was an equine enthusiast from a very young age and operated a boarding stable on the family farm. After earning his bachelor's degree and doing post-graduate studies at Ohio State, he earned a doctorate from the University Of Georgia, College Of Veterinary Medicine. He then joined a sports medicine practice at Belmont Park in New York working exclusively with thoroughbred racehorses- he remained there until 1992.

Dr. Hamilton now resides and practices in the Sandhills as a partner in Southern Pines Equine Associates with Dr. Tom Daniel. The practice provides complete medical and surgery services to the rapidly growing horse community in southern North Carolina. Dr. Hamilton is the author of "Equine Emergencies on the Road", published by Blue Green Publishing. "Equine Emergencies on the Road" is a glove compartment manual on prevention and treatment of enroute illness and injury of horses. This manual is on the United States Pony Club's "must read" list for 1995. His interest is in equine sports medicine, especially respiratory, orthopedics and diagnostics. In 1997 he became involved in the AVMA's Disaster Response Program as Team Commander of VMAT-3 (

Hamilton is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Academy of Veterinary Disaster Medicine, and a past member of the United States Pony Club's National Safety Committee. In 1998, work done to help the state veterinary association (NCVMA) organize a disaster plan earned Jim the "Veterinarian of the Year" award. The disaster preparedness work done in North Carolina has led to the creation of NCSART, NC State Animal Response Team and serves as a model for what a state can do to protect its animal population ( In 2002 Jim accepted the position of Vic President of the organization assisting Dr. Tom McGinn, who, in addition to the Presidents role, is the Assistant State Veterinarian for North Carolina.

In 2002, the American Association of Equine Practitioners formed a taskforce to address the issue of equine in disasters and named Dr. Hamilton as the Chair. This group hopes to guide the AAEP in the role it should play in responding to as well as mitigating disasters affecting the equine population.

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Dr. Thomas M. Daniel, Jr.


Dr. Tom DanielA native Floridian, Tom returned to the University of Florida for his Veterinary Degree after receiving his B.S. from Duke University. He then completed a private practice internship at Apex Veterinary Hospital in southeastern North Carolina in order to gain some practical sport-horse and pleasure-horse experience. From 1989 to Present, he has made his home in Southern Pines, NC, first as the sole practitioner of Pinecrest Equine, and now as a partner in Southern Pines Equine Associates with Dr. Jim Hamilton. He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

During the time that he has practiced in Southern Pines, his focus has concentrated primarily on Sport-Horse medicine, but he also includes broodmare management and alternative therapies among his areas of interest. He completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course and has integrated the Eastern approach into his practice with some very exciting results. He feels that the complexity of syndromes experienced by the various disciplines of the sport-horse requires a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches that are being offered in his veterinary practice with James Hamilton. In the summer of 2000, Dr. Daniel received the great honor of joining the U.S. Equestrian Team as the team veterinarian for the 4-in-Hand World Championships held in Germany. That team went on to finish 6th overall- the best finish for the U.S. Team since 1990.

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