Dr. Peyton moved around a lot as a child, but regardless she knew she loved animals and wanted to work with them one day. Her family eventually ended up settling in Florida and it gave her the perfect opportunity to own a dog furthering her love for animals even more. When her dog got severely ill, Dr. Peyton found her passion through being able to be there for her four-legged companion as she did not respond to treatment and eventually had to be put down.
Education and Experience:
As an undergrad, Dr. Peyton went to Auburn University majoring in Zoology. As she attended school, she did community outreach for the local zoo, worked at a dog kennel, interned at different veterinary clinics when she had the chance and took care of family farms, taking many other opportunities as they came her way. After graduating in 2004, with a degree in Zoology and a DVM, she continued on to to complete a one year internship in Small Animal Medicine Emergency and Surgery at Texas A&M University. From there, Dr. Peyton moved onto the University of California Davis, where she now practices, for a three year residency. When her own dog was given the ultimatum of limb amputation, Dr. Peyton looked for alternatives that would keep her dog comfortable through illness. From that experience, she became interested in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine for animals to better help them with their ailments. Her main focus now is finding new alternative ways for owners to help their loved furry friends be more comfortable while going through therapy.
From Dr. Peyton on the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine news page: “Integrative medicine is about combining conventional medicine with complementary therapy to provide a whole patient approach. [...] I was inspired by this philosophy and wanted to learn additional modalities to help my patients not only leave the hospital earlier, but live a more comfortable life afterwards.”
Words of Wisdom:
Dr. Jamie Peyton gave us some important advice that we could all use from time to time including…
- How do you know if it’s for you unless you try it? You never know what you will like and what you will absolutely hate unless you experience it for yourself.
- Push yourself, but always put your academics first.
- Keep an open mind to whatever life throws at you because nothing is set in stone.
- Learn everything you can and find what interests YOU; turn that into a passion that you are willing to wake up in the morning for.
- Most importantly, realize that no one takes the same pathway to become a veterinarian, find out what works for you and do not give up even when it gets hard.