Jim grew up on a farm, went to school in Dubbo, then studied Veterinary Science in Sydney, graduating in 1990. He started his vet career in a mixed practice in Armidale NSW, and eventually married one of the clients. After a stint in the UK, he worked in Taree for a couple of years before moving to Canberra in 1998.

These days he mainly works with small animals but lives the farm life with his family, including two children, a range of pets and cattle on a small acreage.

The family pets include Jack the Border Collie, Emily the Cattle Dog x and a pair of cats named Kat and Kim.

Outside farm work, Jim’s interests include gardening, travel, reading, photography, golf and bushwalking.