VCA Pets First Animal Hospital

Jamie Mays, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Tennessee


After attending Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Dr. Mays graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2007. VCA Chancellor in Fredericksburg hired her shortly after graduating where she flourished under their experienced mentorship. With six plus years of experience under her belt, Dr. Mays decided to take on the more challenging roll of Medical Director and transferred to VCA Pets First in Richmond, Virginia at the beginning of 2014.
Dr. Mays has a passion for small animals including exotic pocket pets. She has an interest in Dermatology, especially pets with chronic puritis (itching). She also has an interest in helping owners and pets deal with behavior problems. The most rewarding part of her job is getting to know clients and their pets and facilitating the growth of the human animal bond through the years. Her goal is to be an advocate for the pet which means doing her best to keep them healthy, as well as being there for them when they are sick.  Currently Dr. Mays lives with three dogs, three cats, and she has a small hobby flock of Ancona and Muscovy ducks.

When Asked Why: “I love animals, love people, and love science. Veterinary medicine was the perfect way to combine all of my passions. I have a job I am excited to go to every day.”


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call one of the following emergency hospitals:  

Dogwood Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (804)716-4700

Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (804)353-9000