Dr. James Q. Knight served in the U.S. Army, later pursuing veterinary medicine and graduating from Michigan State University in 1973. After spending 12 years in Arizona in a mixed animal practice, he relocated to New England where he served as the U.S.D.A. veterinary medical officer for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Dr. Knight then returned to private practice and worked in several small animal practices as well as two nonprofit facilities.
Dr. Knight joined Becker College in September 2002 as director of animal studies programs. Since his arrival, the veterinary technology and veterinary science programs have been reaccredited twice, and he has been instrumental in the creation of the pre-veterinary, laboratory animal management, and the equine studies program concentrations. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has clinic responsibilities, teaches veterinary ethics and companion animal diseases, and directs field trips for students to local animal shelters.
Dr. Knight’s special interests in veterinary medicine include shelter medicine, surgical sterilization of dogs and cats, and animal welfare. He has written a column on pets for the Amherst Bulletin, authored a chapter in a textbook on surgical nursing, and has written a forward for a book about the link between animal abuse and violence to people.
Actively involved in professional associations, he is a past president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and past chair of the Animal Welfare Committee and the Veterinary Technicians Committee. He was the 2005 recipient of the MVMA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Knight is the founder of Link-UP Education Network (now called Safe Pets Safe People), a nonprofit organization of professionals trying to break the link between animal abuse and violence to people, and is a founding member and past board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and a board member of the Afghan Stray Animal League. With a translator and a dictionary at his fingertips, Dr. Knight went to the Middle East in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to serve as a consultant to the Kabul University Veterinary School. There he was integral in restoring the functionality of the veterinary clinic, which had been out of commission for eight years. Already well-versed in large animal veterinary practice, the clinic benefited from Dr. Knight’s small animal expertise. He also taught surgical techniques and practice to students and faculty there.