Dr. James Holt
Vice President of Agriculture, Agrotechnology & Food Security
- CHAIRMAN OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ANIMAL HEALTH & DIAGNOSTIC COMMISSION
- MEMBER OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S “ONE HEALTH” TASK FORCE
- VISIONARY STRATEGIST FOR THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S ”ONE HEALTH” MANDATE, WHICH PRIORITZES THE CRITICAL INTERSECTION OF HUMAN HEALTH, ANIMAL HEALTH AND SOIL HEALTH.
Dr. James (Jim) Holt serves as chief veterinarian for Keystone Farm Future, overseeing the induction, preventative care, diagnostics, and critical care and ensuring top quality animal healthcare for client herds under the management of KFF. Dr. Holt’s love for animals began at an early age, as he has been an avid horse rider since he was 9 years old. While riding Hunters and Jumpers, the highlight of his riding career was when he rode in a Grand Prix at age 16.
Dr. Holt completed his undergrad in 1986 from the Gettysburg College and then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1991. Upon completion of his education, he was hired on to the Morgantown Veterinary Clinic, a mixed equine/bovine practice that serviced Northern Chester, Lancaster, and Berks Counties.
In 1993, Dr. Holt opened his own mixed practice called Brandywine Veterinary Services, which he still runs today. He has served on the board and executive committee of the PMVA. The PMVA awarded Dr. Holt the Animal Welfare Advocacy Award in 2015.
Dr. Holt is chairman of the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission (AHDC); chairman on the AHDC’s One Health Task Force; board member and past chairman on the board for The Parkesburg Point in Parkesburg, PA; and committeeman on the Animal Health and Regulatory Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Dr. Holt also serves as veterinarian for New Holland Sales Stables in New Holland, PA, working predominantly with cows and horses. The rest of Dr. Holt’s time is spent in a more typical mixed large animal practice, including horses, dairy and beef cattle, as well as other large animal species.