Dr. Jim Crago
Jim Crago was born in Wabash, Indiana and spent his childhood in Ohio and Pennsylvania before his family moved to southern California. He graduated from High School in the little town of LaVerne, CA in 1967. He left California to start his college education in McPherson , Kansas. Like many students his interests changed several times over the next few years ranging from music, Industrial Arts, Forestry and then Animal Science. He attended McPherson College, Northern Arizona State University and then Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Once he set his mind of entering Veterinary School, all his efforts were focused on obtaining that goal. He first obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry in 1973. He entered the Veterinary School immediately following graduation and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in June of 1976 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He practiced for a year in Orange City, Iowa in a mostly large animal practice caring for cattle and hogs while gaining much experience. Dr. Crago then bought a mixed animal practice in West Point, Iowa where he became very active in the community. During this time he served on the City Council, both as a councilman and mayor. He joined the volunteer fire department and worked as a certified paramedic in the evenings and weekends. Currently he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the East Central Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and attends the First Christian Church.
A career change was in store for him which allowed him to work as a Veterinary Medical officer with the Food Safety Inspection Service for a little over 5 years. Most of the time was spent in northern Iowa or Minnesota in numerous meat packing facilities. The desire to return to private practice led him to his present ownership of the Crago Veterinary Clinic here in Jefferson City. He has been busy with operating the business since May 1999. He loves seeing and taking care of his many patients and getting to know their owners.
He has been married for almost 22 years to his wonderful wife Melba. Together they have a total of 5 children and 12 grandchildren. “Life is so very awesome when it comes to our family. We enjoy getting together with them, going out to eat, and spending time with our friends at church. As many already know, in Oct, 2010, Melba was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She is doing very well with the chemotherapy treatments and we are grateful for her continued progress. The support and prayers we receive from all of our friends, family and clients is greatly appreciated”.
If anyone is interested, they can follow her status on her CaringBridge website at: www.CaringBridge.org/visit/melbacrago
For the past 6-7 years Dr. Crago has pursued his interest in Radio controlled Helicopters with a great amount of enthusiasm. It gives him the opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy being outdoors doing something he loves. With working five and half days a week year round, time is precious. He spends it working in his yard, his work shop and flying every chance he can.