Sugar Land veterinarian helps pets
By Theresa D. McClellan
For The Star
Dr. James Leighton Cox of Sugar Land is truly your neighborhood veterinarian. The Alabama native graduated from Auburn University and learned of an internship in Houston from a college friend in 1982.
He had already taken a job in South Carolina but his Houston boss was so impressed with his three month stint, he kept calling every month to find out when he would return. Cox accepted the offer and started in January 1983 working with Dr. Sonny Tutt at the Beechnut Animal Clinic in Houston. He worked eight years with his mentor before deciding to create his own practice, the Sugar Creek Animal Clinic, 14015 Southwest Freeway.
That was in February 26 years ago. Cox who moved into the Sugar Creek subdivision in Sugar Land has no plans soon to leave the neighborhood or the business. “I’m getting to that age where people ask me am I considering retirement. But I love my job, I’m sill excited about my job. It doesn’t feel like work,” said the 59-year-old vet.
He has known since he was 6-years-old that he wanted to take care of animals. He grew up on a small farm with pigs, cows cats and dogs. He worked for a vet in his hometown in the ninth grade and throughout high school.
“It’s a challenge. My patient cannot tell me what’s wrong. I never know what’s gonna walk through that door. It may be shots, been hit by a car, fighting disease. I love it,” he says with that slow drawl. His friendly staff, all animal lovers as well, give visitors warm greetings.
One day office manager Teresa Williams found a four-day old kitten in the trash. Williams and the staff bottle fed it till it was old enough to be adopted. Then Cox, who was smitten, made it part of his family that included a wife, two children and two golden retrievers. They named her Wendy because she was found on a Wednesday.
The business has changed since he started. One thrill is that there is more technology to help.
There was a time he would have to wait at least 24 hours for the return of lab work. Now he can do diagnostics within 15 minutes in his office and start what needs to happen to make the patient better.
“Almost all my clients I consider my friends. I enjoy talking and its nice to visit with people and feel like you have a connection on more than just a business level. Another reason I love my job,” he said.
The clinic is taking new clients and is open Monday through Friday.
For more information see their website at www.sugarcreekanimalclinic.com or call 281-242-9070.