Dr. Jane Barber

Jane Barber

Dr. Jane Barber has devoted her whole life to the well-being of animals.She set her sights on becoming a veterinarian when she was just eleven. She did just that and a whole lot more. After eight years to become a veterinarian, she went on to nine more years of specialty training in behavior and theriogenology (reproduction and neonatology). She spent so many years in school that she did not settle down to marry and start a family until she was forty. Dr. Barber and her husband, Scott Nephew, have two “tall, dark and handsome” sons, Preston and Jonathan. She is active instate, national and international professional organizations and in the Lake Norman community in which her family resides. Dr. Barber believes that 60 is the new 30. In her 60’s, she became licensed to teach Zumba when her instructor fell ill and could no longer teach the class. She still teaches the class today. Fascinated with cetaceans, she (also while in her 60’s) went on an excursion to swim with humpback whales in the middle of the ocean. Her work as a veterinarian is her passion; she loves it and her patients. Each day spent in service to her fur friends and families is her joy and privilege.

Dr. Jane, owner of Veterinary Specialties at the Lake, shares her clients“Life is great, pets make it better” philosophy.  She takes an empathetic and nurturing approach tocaring for these important members of our families. As a youngster, she was a magnet for the stray and injured, in addition to having a houseful of pets of her own.  She also loved horses and her mother often threatened to “move her bed down to the third stall on the left.”

At just 11 years, a young Jane decided to dedicate her lifeto our four legged friends.  She set  her goal to someday become a veterinarian, and she never changed her mind.  When the time came, she attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1982.  Dr. Jane spent the next five years in James Herriot fashion, treating everything from pocket pets to 1-ton draft horses.  In 1987, Dr. Jane was invited to return to UGA for an advanced clinical training program in Veterinary Behavior and received a Master’s degree in 1991.  She then moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN for a residency and PhD graduate program in Theriogenology (reproduction).  In 1993, Dr. Jane was awarded diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists.

Dr. Jane currently serves on the Board of Directors for theSociety for Theriogenology, is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the North Carolina Academy for Small Animal Practice, a member of the Society for Theriogenology and a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

Dr. Jane may have left academia for private practice, but she never lost her love of teaching.  She gives continuing education programs to both general practitioners and breeders.  In 2003, she contributed 3 chapters to the veterinary reference book Small Animal Theriogenology, Margaret V. Root-Kustritz (Ed.).  And she served as co-chairman, in addition to speaking at the small animal program at the 2004 Society for Theriogenology Annual Meeting. In 2005, Jane presented the small animal reproduction program at the Western Veterinary Conference, and in 2006 did the same at Central States Veterinary Conference.  Also in 2005, she opened up an AKC-approved semen cryopresevation center.  In 2006, she was elected to a 3-year term of service on Board of Directors for the Society for Theriogenology.

She is committed to providing the highest quality care for her patients.  Every aspect of patient care, from the routine visit to intensive care hospitalization, is designed to minimize stress and maximize comfort.  For example, she encourages owners to bring their pets by for frequent “happy visits” so they will think of the hospital as a fun, not scary, place to visit.  Because of her background in education, Dr. Jane explains diagnostic findings fully to her clients, showing them microscope slides, radiographs or ultrasound images. She welcomes your questions because she knows that a well-informed client is better equipped to care for and maintain the health of their pet.

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