Dr. Hays grew up on a farm in Kentucky, and attended veterinary school at Auburn University. He met his wife, Brenda, while at school and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Since graduation, he has owned 5 different veterinary practices in central Kentucky, and taught at a veterinary technician program at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Besides his small animal clinics, he also developed an equine practice which he was involved with for 35 years in central Kentucky. He moved to Florida in 2014 and has been with Banfield ever since. He was at Lake Mary for a year and then opened up a new stand alone Banfield in Heathrow, FL. He and his wife moved to Tavares in March 2019, at which time he transferred to Lady Lake Banfield.