Stone Oak - San Antonio, TX (210) 930-8383

503 E Sonterra Blvd Suite 102

San Antonio, TX 78258

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James Giles, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

On The Job

Dr. James Giles is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who spent 18 years as a military veterinarian serving across the globe, including a year in Afghanistan. His final position with the military was as Chief of Surgery for the Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. Dr. Giles grew up raising and training German shepherd dogs, and it was his experience with their medical conditions and an overall love for animals that drew him to veterinary medicine.

Dr. Giles is experienced in a variety of surgical procedures. He enjoys arthroscopy and laparoscopy and is particularly interested in orthopedic and neurologic conditions in working dogs, especially surgical management of degenerative lumbosacral stenosis. While serving as a military veterinary surgeon, he became experienced in performing endodontic repairs and advanced dentistry. He also introduced the use of negative pressure wound therapy for use in military working dogs and treated the first dogs in combat with this modality. As a surgical resident, his research involved biomechanical analysis of suture anchors and suture materials.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Master of Science, Veterinary Biomedical Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Off Duty

Dr. Giles’ wife is also a veterinarian, and they have two children. The family volunteers with local church activities, overseas missions and the Fisher House Foundation. Other favorite pastimes include outdoor activities, endurance fitness events and traveling. The furry members of the Giles household are Lucy, a golden doodle, and Mia, a poodle.

Select Articles and Publications

Giles JT. Role of Human Health Care Providers and Medical Treatment Facilities in Military Working Dog Care and Accessibility Difficulties with Military Working Dog Blood Products: AMEDD at War, Lessons Learned 2001-2015. AMEDD Journal, Apr-Sep 2016.

Brglez B, Giles J, Mann K. The Army Animal Care Specialist: Past, Present and Future. AMEDD Journal. Jan-Mar 2013.

Giles JT, Coker D, Rochat MC, Payton ME, Subramarian V, Bartels KE. Biomechanical Analysis of Suture Anchors and Suture Materials in the Canine Femur. Vet Surg, Jan 2008: (37):12-21.

Giles JT, Rochat MC, Snider TA. Surgical Management of a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst in a Cat. J Am Vet Assoc. 2007 Mar 1:230 (5):686-689.

Giles JT, Durck DO. Medical Civic Action Program in Kosovo. J Special Operations Medicine. Spring 2001 (1): 50-53.