Sierra Veterinary Clinic

Tips on caring for your pets from the Veterinarians and staff of Sierra Veterinary Clinic in Stockton, California.

Meet the Doctors: Dr. 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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Sunday, 21 January 2018