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Meet the Doctors: Dr. Sydney Gillam

Sydney-Gillam

I have always been passionate about animals, and becoming a veterinarian is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. The most rewarding aspect of my work is the opportunity to educate clients about their first pet. I especially love to see puppies and kittens, and share my passion for training and socializing. Annual exams are a great opportunity to discuss the benefits of how to keep your pets safe and healthy, and I also enjoy preventative care.

During a typical day at the clinic, I see 10-15 pets and clients throughout my shift. On Mondays, I spend the morning working with Dr. Yao performing surgeries. On Thursday mornings, I observe Dr. Yao during her surgeries. I also communicate with our clients each day about labs and surgeries. I joined Sierra Veterinary Clinic as an intern in August 2017. After passing the California license exam, I was hired as a full-time veterinarian in November 2017. Prior to joining the Sierra family, I worked at Erickson Veterinary Hospital during college as a kennel assistant.

I grew up in Rocklin and Redding, California. After studying Animal Science and agriculture at CSU Chico, I completed my veterinary education at University College Dublin, Ireland. During that time, I was Vice President and member of the Veterinary Business Management Association and President and the founding chairwoman of the European Veterinary Business Alliance.

My husband Ryan and I recently moved to Galt. Ryan grew up in Rocklin and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He currently works as a software quality assurance tester for a tech company in Elk Grove. He enjoys playing video games and tennis. I’ve created a rule that I can’t join these activities because I’m dangerous around sports and easily frustrated with the video games. We have a 6-year-old tuxedo cat named Oni—he is part dog and is nicknamed the panther by my friends because he is so large.

Away from the clinic, I enjoy reading, dancing, and horseback riding. I’m a competitive ballroom dancer, and also love cross country running. Ryan and I are both Catholic, and currently looking for a church in the area. My great grandfather encouraged my interest in ancestry, and I am currently working on building our family tree in his memory.

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Guest - Ginneil Jennings on Sunday, 28 January 2018 19:48

Welcome to our area , galt is a great small town . We have a 3 yr. old black lab. That is our love ?Layla is her name . Hope you will enjoy working for Sierra Veterinary Clinic. D.&G. Jennings

Welcome to our area , galt is a great small town . We have a 3 yr. old black lab. That is our love ?Layla is her name . Hope you will enjoy working for Sierra Veterinary Clinic. D.&G. Jennings
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Saturday, 11 July 2020

With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet!

However with the safety of our clients, patients and employees in mind, our lobby will be closed until further notice. Veterinary services will remain available during our normal business hours with a few adjustments to how we receive you and your pet, including:

Appointments & Medication/Food Pickup

Upon arriving at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle and contact us via phone @ 209-477-4841 to let our team know you have arrived. A team member will then meet you at your vehicle to escort your pet inside for the appointment and/or deliver any products you need to pick up. Payments can be made over the phone, from your vehicle.

We ask that no one who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus enter the facility at this time.

Refill Requests

To submit a medication or food refill request, please contact us via phone, email or online refill request form. We will contact you when your refill is ready and deliver it to your vehicle upon your arrival.


Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for helping us keep our community safe!

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