June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

Contact Information


  • DVM, Michigan State University
  • PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, Michigan State University

Dr. James Averill earned his Bachelor of Science in veterinary science and his DVM at MSU. He then went on to complete a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Large Animal Clinical Sciences at MSU.

Averill spent more than a decade working for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the majority of that time as the state veterinarian, and later, as deputy director. In addition, he was the pandemic influenza deputy coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health, as well as adjunct faculty for the College and advisor to the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association at MSU.

As interim director of the VDL, Averill provides leadership and administrative oversight for all activities in the VDL. This includes upholding and facilitating the mission and vision, promoting the standards of excellence within laboratory sections, and adherence to AAVLD quality principles. He works closely with faculty, staff, students, customers, the general public, and the media, as well as CVM colleagues. In addition, he represents the VDL with state agencies and with national and state associations that promote public and animal health.