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Dr. Jamie Peyton to Lead Integrative Medicine Service

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Dr. Jamie Peyton, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Jamie Peyton has joined the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as chief of the Small Animal Integrative Medicine Service. Board certified in Emergency and Critical Care, Dr. Peyton also brings with her a wealth of knowledge and training in multiple aspects of integrative medicine.
Following graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 2004, Dr. Peyton completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University. She then came to UC Davis for a three-year residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. As an emergency and critical care specialist, Dr. Peyton instituted two intensive care services at multi-specialty referral small animal veterinary hospitals in Northern California. She also developed a small animal emergency and critical care residency program. During this time, she continued to investigate additional therapies for pain control, increased mobility and patient quality of life. When her own dog developed osteosarcoma, she found that combining radiation therapy and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture, helped improve her dog’s cancer pain and quality of life. This experience changed her focus to continue to promote integrative medicine and a new career path was forged.
“Integrative medicine is about combining conventional medicine with complementary therapy to provide a whole patient approach,” said Dr. Peyton. “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.”
Dr. Peyton has since continued her studies at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and became a certified veterinary rehabilitation therapist at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has gained membership into several integrative medicine associations, including the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
“We are excited to have Jamie join us,” said Dr. Jane Sykes, director of the VMTH’s Small Animal Clinic. “Her experience in integrative medicine is a great addition to an already talented team. We look forward to her leadership skills expanding that service to serve our rapidly expanding client base.”  

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer