Emily Hays, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Hays was born and raised in Idaho, and came to Colorado for a change of pace and to finish undergraduate school in 1996. She received her BS in Biology from University of Colorado-Denver. While working at a small veterinary clinic as a kennel technician, she realized that veterinary medicine was truly the direction in which she was headed. Dr. Hays went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies (in the southern Caribbean), where she lived and studied for three years. She completed her fourth (clinical) year of school in 2007 at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Before joining the VCA Dakota Ridge team, Dr. Hays worked in general and preventative medicine, rescue/shelter medicine, and spay/neuter surgery. She continues to do part-time and volunteer work in pet overpopulation control, especially focusing on a rural Colorado outreach spay/neuter program, as well as in the non-profit shelter/rescue setting. Dr. Hays lives in the mountains (Bailey, CO) with her husband and step-son. Their home stays crazy and active with 5 rescued dogs (two German Shorthair Pointers, two Frenchies and one Pit Bull) and 4 cats. She enjoys getting outdoors when she can, trying to run the energy out of the dogs and relaxing with a glass of wine and spending time with her family.