Jamie with her dog Maple

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 several 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.

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 referred their friends and family members to the business.

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 rabbits, Jamie devotes much of her time to continuing education. She is a Certified Pet Sitter who 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.