Dr. Jim Ward grew up in Aurora, in southeastern Indiana, near Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a lifelong fan of the Reds and Purdue. He graduated from Purdue University in 1976. Upon graduation, he began working at the Allisonville Animal Hospital with Dr. Everett Fleming, who founded the practice in 1957. Dr. Fleming built the foundation upon which the practice is built today. Dr. Ward is thankful for all the experience and knowledge Dr. Fleming patiently passed on. Dr. Ward bought the practice in 1989.
Mrs. Ward, Dot, an R.N. at St. Vincent Women Hospital since ’78, was instrumental in the design and decoration of the new Allisonville Animal Hospital. It was built by Shamrock Homes, and the practice was moved in August 2000.
The Wards have three boys, Josh and his wife, Anne and daughters Brooklyn and Claire. Nathaniel is in construction development in central Indiana, married to his wife, Shelly, and has one son named Tommy. Christopher and his wife Brittany have three young children named Griffin, Adrian, and Gabriel. All have been active in sports, especially baseball, golf and soccer. The Wards have five dogs: Sadie, Mylo, Twinkles, and Bruce. They also have one cat named Marge.
In his free time, Dr. Ward enjoys spending time with all of his grandchildren.