Dr Hayes graduated from Bristol University in 1998 and entered mixed practice in Carmarthen, Wales, before obtaining her RCVS small animal surgery certificate and pursuing an internship in Alberta, Canada. After a period working as an ER doc she completed a residency in small animal emergency in critical care, a PhD in Epidemiology, and a residency in small animal surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario. She then worked in private practice in Pennsylvania before undertaking her current position as surgery faculty at Cornell University. Her professional interests include study design and data modeling, disease scoring and error analysis, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. She is married with two children, and enjoys fly-fishing and gardening in her spare time.