Dr. James Ponder is a native of northern California and was raised in Monterey until moving to Davis to complete his education. After receiving his BS in Zoology at UC Davis, James Ponder completed his Master’s research on the feline nutrition project that determined the taurine requirement for cats. The subsequent addition of this nutrient in the higher quality diets has prevented blindness in countless cats. In 1985 Dr. Ponder graduated from the most respected veterinary school in the world, U.C. Davis.
James and his wife, Mary Ann, moved back to their home turf in 1986 and purchased Romie Lane Pet Hospital in Salinas in 1987. In addition to general practice and medicine, Dr. Ponder has a strong interest in pain management, orthopedics, lameness, and surgery. In 2000 he became the first vet in Salinas to become certified in veterinary acupuncture and successfully treats small animals and horses with the addition of that modality. He has also had extra training in behavior and his continuing education covers a wide variety of up-to-date research and surgical skills.
Dr. James Ponder passed the ownership of his beloved hospital to the new Clinical Director, Dr. Heart Dominguez, in May 2020.