Doctor Shawn Wayment is a nationally recognized and published expert in the sporting dog community. He is a contributing author to stideaway.com and appears in many bird dog related magazines and blogs. Doctor Shawn knew at the early age of seven that he was afflicted with an obsession for bird dogs and horses and that becoming a veterinarian would be his life-long passion. After graduating from high school in Preston, Idaho, however, his passion for our country came first.
He joined the army as a medic/EMT for the 82nd Airborne Division where he was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and spent some time in the Sinai Desert in Egypt. After completing his tour in the army, Doctor Shawn enrolled at Weber State University where he served as the Natural Science Senator and was honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the Department of Zoology. Doctor Shawn enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in the fall of 1993 to finally realize his dream of becoming a veterinarian. While in veterinary school, he was involved in the research program and was an active member in the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). He was also involved in research associated with neurotransmitters that affect the gastrointestinal tract, and his original plan was to continue with an active career in veterinary research.
However, he enjoyed the interaction with clients and their animals so much during his senior year, that he abandoned the idea of being in a lab and decided to go into private practice. Doctor Shawn graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1997. He was inducted as a member of the National Veterinary Honor Society (PHI ZETA) for being in the top ten percent of his graduating class. Doctor Shawn joined a mixed animal practice in Walla Walla, Washington in the summer of 1997 where he enjoyed practicing mixed animal practice for 2 years. He moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in January of 1999 to join a companion animal clinic. In March of 2003, he founded the Animal Care Center of Castle Rock with Dr. Brooke James. Doctor Shawn is involved with many of the 4-H groups in Castle Rock, and he enjoys volunteering his time for the Douglas County Fair each fall. He has a special interest in the animal-human bond, and he enjoys being a part of the happiness that animals bring to owners and their families lives. He has a special interest in canine reproduction as well as the health and nutritional aspects of the canine athlete. Doctor Shawn’s emphasis is on the care and comfort of the patient. His calm demeanor also offers solace, understanding, and empathy to the owner.
He is owned by an English setter (Gretchen), an English setter (Cinder), a field bred English Cocker (Ellie) and two wild but wonderful cats (Stripes and Belle). When not practicing medicine, you will find Doctor Shawn in the outdoors where he spends a majority of his free time standing in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains’ rivers and streams with a fly rod in hand or chasing his crazy bird dogs over hill-n-dale with his best friend and companion, Karen Wayment.