J.I. Ingram qualified (MRCVS) in Edinburgh in December 1895 and came to South Africa as an officer in the Army Veterinary Division of the British forces during the Anglo-Boer War. After the cessation of hostilities he joined the Veterinary Division of the Transvaal Department of Agriculture in November 1902, where he served until his retirement in May 1928. He obtained a Diploma in State Veterinary Medicine in 1921. For some time he was stationed at Pietersburg and was mainly responsible for the eradication of East Coast Fever in the Northern Transvaal. He published a short review of animal diseases in 1911.