Dr. Kathleen Hayes grew up in southeastern Massachusetts, making her one of those wacky Northerners. She received her undergraduate degree in 2005 from the University of Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Animal Sciences. An animal science degree prepares graduates for more than 500 different types of careers, including research and veterinary medicine. In Dr. Hayes’ undergraduate years, she enjoyed snow skiing, volunteering for a wildlife rescue, and working as a technician for a small animal hospital. After graduation, she also worked in laboratory science with macaque monkeys and beagles.
Dr. Hayes graduated in 2011 from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she furthered her love of small animal medicine, with a special interest in feline medicine and feline behavior. She also developed a love of hiking with flocks of sheep and eating haggis, which is the national dish of Scotland. It is a savory dish generally made up of lamb, spices, oats, onions and sheep pluck (heart, liver and lung).
After graduation, Dr. Hayes made her way back to the United States and began her journey south, first working in emergency medicine in Pennsylvania and then at a large, advanced small animal practice in New Jersey. She moved to the beautiful city of Raleigh, North Carolina, for some well-deserved warm weather! She enjoys spending her free time with her partner, Tony, his two great kids, Allie and Matthew. They have a small herd of cats: Kiwi, Phoebe, and Schmeckie (he came with the name). They also have a Shih Tzu named Sadie who rarely but occasionally does get ganged up on by the cat herd. Dr. Hayes also loves football, and she is a Patriots fan. We try not to hold that against her, though.