Dr. Alayson Phelps grew up in semi-rural Illinois and graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Animal Science. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine (Pomona, CA) in 2008. She was a member of Phi Zeta (veterinary medicine honor society) and received the Pfizer Veterinary Specialty Team Award for excellence and proficiency in Internal Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA in 2009 where she not only treated dogs and cats, but also avian and exotic pets.
Dr. Alayson joined VCA EMPAH in July 2009 and became Medical Director in July 2010. She has a special interest in integrative medicine, behavior, exotic medicine, and still enjoys emergency and critical cases. Recently, Dr. Alayson became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). In her free time, she enjoys exploring Oregon, working on various DIY projects around her home, and sampling all the excellent local beer from the Pacific Northwest.