Dr. Josie Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. After spending her freshman year of undergraduate study at Smith College in Massachusetts, she completed a Bachelor degree (major in Psychology, minors in Biology and Chemistry) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her education continued at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, she went on to complete an internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.
Most recently, Dr. Hamilton has endeavored to become certified in small animal veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (based in Reddick, FL). She became interested in Chinese Medicine and practicing acupuncture for her veterinary patients after an injury left her in chronic pain and with decreased range of motion in her neck. When western medicine failed to resolve the pain and stiffness she experienced, Dr. Hamilton turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture and herbal supplements have been the only thing that has given her long-term, significant relief, and allowed her to get back to the activities she loves to do. Although western medicine is the backbone of her practice, Dr. Hamilton also offers an eastern medical (or integrated western and eastern) approach to her patients for various disease processes.
Dr. Hamilton’s special interests include Fear Free™ veterinary visits, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and acupuncture, animal behavior, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, nutrition, shelter medicine, and pathology. Being Fear Free™ certified, Dr. Hamilton is acutely aware of the stress veterinary visits can cause for patients. She takes extra care and time with your four-legged family members, as well as utilizing positive reinforcement and occasionally sedation (only if necessary), so that they have the most pleasant vet visits possible.
We were visiting from out of town with our new puppy who digested something wrong! Within 24 hrs his health declined. I called a few vets that all wanted me to come in or couldn’t get me in. But Southgate gave me clues to watch and advise them once I saw the warning signs they immediately got me in. Dr. Hamilton was calm, assuring and precise. We did eventually have to do explorative surgery but we felt positive of the outcome that our puppy would come home alive! He did! We will always be grateful! And now my mom and my sister are going to start taking their pets there. South Gate has integrity and honesty! Thank you!