Large Animal Medicine & Surgery, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Hayter grew up in sunny Clearwater, Florida. Her love for animals and passion for medicine started at a young age, influenced by her mother who has worked in multiple facets of human medicine, and her father who is a human physician and grew up ranching with his family in west Texas. She solidified her interest in large animal care while earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science at University of Georgia, assisting in both equine and bovine research projects, learning equine reproduction skills, and spending many hours riding along with an ambulatory equine veterinarian. She then went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Animal Sciences at University of Florida, where she focused on beef cattle reproduction, mainly in the area of zinc supplementation and its effects on fertility. She concurrently earned a Master’s of Public Health in Environmental Health, for which her special project centered on antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella enterica Typhimurium. Between this and veterinary school, she spent time as the Livestock and Forages Extension Agent for University of Florida in Duval County. This is where she truly solidified her love for field work, finding any opportunity to work with clients on their homestead and helping to boost the productivity of ranchers, producers, and farmers in northeast Florida.
Sydney earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After this, she received further training via an internship at Brandon Equine Medical Center in Brandon, Florida, where she was able to hone her skills in sports medicine, lameness, and emergency/critical care management.
Sydney enjoys running, yoga, pure barre, and spending time being active outdoors with her two dogs, Bertie and Dave, as well as reading with her two cats, George and Streeky. While most of her training is in equine medicine and surgery, she maintains a passion for ruminants large and small and enjoys caring for the small friends too!