Ever since she can remember, Jamie Hoad has always had a love for animals. She grew up right outside of Rocky Mount’s city limits where she helped take care of her family’s goats and dogs—as well as the occasional cat and rabbit. As Jamie got older, she knew she wanted to turn that passion for animal care into a professional career.

Jamie got her start at Hicks Animal Clinic in Rocky Mount, which has received the Rocky Mount Telegram’s “Reader’s Choice” award for best vet clinic in the city. During her four years at the facility, Jamie provided care to a substantial number of small animals first as a kennel assistant and later as a veterinary assistant. She went on to complete Penn Foster’s certified veterinary assistant program and also earned an Associate in Applied Science in Equine Technology from Martin Community College—the only community college in North Carolina to offer a program in the field.

Armed with hands-on experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm, Jamie decided to put her animal care skills to use by establishing her own pet-sitting business in the Twin Counties area. Over the last few years, she has watched Lazy Days Pet Sitting Service grow significantly as satisfied clients have continually referred their friends and family members to the business for excellent in-home pet care.

Although she has considerable experience in the field, Jamie believes that learning about proper animal care is a lifelong, never-ending journey. She has completed the Pet First Aid certificate program administered by the American Red Cross and has also earned a certificate in Equine Nutrition from the University of Edinburgh. When not busy taking care of clients’ dogs, cats, horses, birds, and/or rabbits, Jamie devotes much of her time to continuing education. She has completed several courses in small animal and equine health from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the non-profit parrot welfare organization Phoenix Landing, and various veterinary hospitals.

In her free time, Jamie serves as a medical team volunteer at the SPCA of Wake County. She and her husband Ryan are the proud pet parents of a five-year-old English Foxhound named Japp as well as an English Spot mix rabbit named Henri and a cat named Lola.

Liz, Jamie’s Lab-Pointer mix

Japp, Jamie’s English Foxhound

Jamie and Henrietta, her English Spot mix rabbit