James D. Meister, DVM
Sports Medicine, Surgery

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Dr. Jim Meister grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA as an undergraduate, and swam butterfly for their nationally-ranked Division One swim team. While living in Virginia, he was able to finally begin a lifelong dream of riding and jumping horses. After graduation, he pursued his ambition to become an equine veterinarian by attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University, currently ranked 3rd in the United States. After graduation, Dr. Meister moved to Chicago with his wife Linda and began his equine career.

After getting several years experience under his belt, Dr. Meister opened his own business in 1997. His goal was to provide the finest level of care possible to all his patients by embracing new techniques, procedures and equipment as they became available. The practice has continually grown in scope and quality, and currently serves riders, trainers and horses that have competed nationally and internationally. Dr. Meister travels throughout the region, as well as to Europe, Florida and other states for his clients.

As a rider himself, Dr. Meister understands the impact that having a lame or sick horse has on the people involved, and this has dictated his approach to medicine. His goal is to help the owner reach their goals with each horse, whether the goal is international competition or a healthy pasture pet. As a horseman, his approach is to view the horse in the context of its job and how to help the horse perform that job as effectively as possible. He utilizes the resources of Prairie Equine Veterinary Clinic to provide a rapid diagnosis, followed by a treatment plan to bring the horse back to it purpose as soon as possible.

Dr. Meister actively competes in eventing and show jumping, and is active with the Fox River Valley Hunt. He lives with his wife, 2 sons and a menagerie of pets in Barrington Hills.