Thanks to a successful 30-year career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Jay has a plethora of touching stories. His favorites, however, involve meeting young families who raise their children with pets. He loves watching the families create unique bonds that stay with them for life; much like the wonderful memories he has for his first dog, Rags. When Rags was diagnosed with diabetes, Dr. Jay remembers how a compassionate doctor helped add years to the dog’s life, allowing him to remain an important part of the family. Through that process, Dr. Jay decided to be a veterinarian.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1983, he gained extensive surgical experience at the Animal Emergency Center of Lake County, where he focused on trauma surgery and wound management. Since opening the Animal Hospital of Woodstock in 1991, Dr. Jay has pursued specialty interests in ultrasound, completing a five-year commitment to advanced ultrasound training, endoscopic diagnostic procedures and laser surgery, for which he has acted as a national laser surgery consultant.
Outside the office, Dr. Jay enjoys spending time with his family, writing and pursuing outdoor sports such as hunting, hiking, camping and fly-fishing. He also remains an active member in the community by participating in his church and the Woodstock Rotary Club.