Dr. Jillian Mills is a California native, earning both her BS and DVM degrees from the University of California, Davis. Following graduation, Jillian completed a one-year internship at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. She returned to Northern California after completing a three-year residency program in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through Michigan State University (MSU), under the direction of Dr. Duncan Peters. During her residency, Dr. Mills traveled to Northern Michigan during the summer months, the Coachella Valley during the winter months, and spent the remainder of the year in Lexington, Kentucky. She has since relocated to Southern California and continues to travel to Thermal, CA in the Coachella Valley during the winter.
While completing her board-certification program at MSU, Dr. Mills focused on in-depth musculoskeletal and radiologic examinations. She acted as an official veterinarian at the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit (Desert International Horse Park) and at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, and was invited to work as an on-course veterinarian at the Rolex (Land Rover) Kentucky 3-Day Event. Since then, Dr. Mills has returned each year to Lexington, KY to work at the CCI 5* eventing competition.
Prior to veterinary school, Jillian worked for both the UCD Center for Equine Health and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) department of radiology. At the VMTH, Jillian conducted CT, MRI, nuclear scintigraphic and radiographic exams, which further supplemented her knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal imaging.
Dr. Mills understands the need for both a traditional and integrative medical approach, and has completed advanced training programs in both equine acupuncture and equine rehabilitation. Additionally, she is an active member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) as well as a FEI permitted treating veterinarian.
Jillian Mills DVM