Jim Kramer brings together the best of two very different worlds: He is both an accomplished professional speaker and humorist and a practicing veterinarian for almost two decades. Blending compassion and wit with a healthy dose of irreverence, Jim helps us to widen our vision, take ourselves less seriously, and to lighten our load through laughter.

A talented and creative presenter, Jim often includes songs and poetry in his presentations. Drawing upon his nearly two decades of experience as a veterinarian and observer of human and animal nature, the themes of Jim’s talks include Harnessing Humor, Dealing with Adversity, Learning from Animals and Nature, Personal Leadership And Practice Management. Having dealt with personal losses in his own life, and being in a profession where death and loss is an occupational hazard, Jim has developed a special interest in the application of humor in adversity. Jim is married to a  veterinarian. He and his wife Ann are raising their two sons along with an assortment of adopted animals. He is the author of a book entitled A Gift from Rex: – Guiding Children Through Life and Loss published by Beavers Pond Press Inc. in Minnesota.

Jim is a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association, and of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor. He also is Past President of NSA Nebraska and the Nebraska Veterinarian Medical Association.

Jim and his wife Ann are partners in a small animal veterinary practice in Columbus, Nebraska, where in addition to providing routine small animal care, they serve as an area referral center for orthopedic and soft tissue disorders. Theirs is one of the elite group of veterinary hospitals accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Jim graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1982 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.


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Dear Dr. Kramer,

Just a note to thank you for being with us at our 100th Anniversary Summer Conference. I appreciate the time you took to get to know our members before the banquet.  I believe it really made a difference in your performance.

I have had many comments for folks attending the banquet about how much they enjoyed your style of entertainment. They thought it was great having a fellow veterinarian tell humorous stories they could relate to.

Thank you again for being with us. I wish you much success in future engagements.

Most sincerely,

Mollies Rasor
Executive Director

Meeting Trends

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed hearing you. Your ability to combine animals and music to create and tell the stories of your past is truly entertaining. You are a gifted speaker with an important message. Please let me know if I can ever assist you. Thanks again,

Barb Green
Sales manager

The Gentle Doctor

Move over Baxter Black. There’s another veterinary humorist on the scene – one who weaves contemporary wit with a plain spoken formula on how to achieve success…” That humorist/philosopher is Dr Jim Kramer.

Phyllis Peters

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