Dr. Jan K. Strother received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, but her work in the veterinary field began years earlier. Prior to entering veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary technician: serving as the hospital and nursery director at Lion Country Safari south of Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1970's and at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas from 1975 to 1978.
After graduation, she opened North Alabama Cat & Bird Veterinary Clinic in Hartselle, Alabama, in June of 1987. She opened and operated a second clinic in Huntsville, Alabama, from 1991-1996. In 1999 Dr. Strother had a new clinic in Hartselle constructed and moved her practice into the new facilities in 2000. She is currently the founder and hospital director for the four-doctor clinic, seeing companion animals, birds and a wide variety of exotic pets.
Since graduation, she has also been actively engaged in leadership roles with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA).
Dr. Strother has been a member of the AVMA since 1986, and she served on the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) as Alternate Delegate from Alabama. She was also elected to the Council on Public Relations in 1994 serving a six year term, and she was Chair of this committee in 1999.
Dr. Strother served as president of the ALVMA from 1997-1998. In addition, she was chair of the ALVMA Public Relations Committee from 1989-1997, and currently serves as chair of the ALVMA Human/Animal Bond Committee.
In addition, she is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Association for Veterinary Family Practice, the North Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association. She was elected a member of the National Academies of Practice in 2010.
Dr. Strother has also won a number of professional awards. She was the ALVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2002, won the ALVMA Service Award in 1991 and 1993, and received the ALVMA Auxiliary Service Award in 1993.
Dr. Strother is a frequent speaker on veterinary health care topics and has been a guest on Good Morning America, the Today Show, FOX Pet News, and many other radio and television shows to discuss pet health issues.