Dr. Thayer was born in Michigan while his father attended Michigan State, he grew up in Taiwan, Australia, and Maryland. It was while living in Australia that he discovered his love for animals and his fascination with their diversity.
Dr. Thayer graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991 with a degree in Animal Science. He then attended veterinary school at Virginia Tech where he graduated with a DVM in 1995. After veterinary school, he completed a 1-year small animal internship in veterinary emergency medicine and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Following graduation, Dr. Thayer worked for about 7 years in Emergency/Specialty veterinary hospitals. Following the birth of his first child, he changed to small animal daytime practice as the hours were more conductive to raising children. He became a stay-at-home dad for a few years after the arrival of his third daughter. Dr. Thayer has been married to his wife Dena, a local plastic surgeon for over 20 years. They have 3 beautiful school-age daughters.
In his spare time, Dr. Thayer enjoys woodworking, photography, playing the banjo and meditating. Dr. Thayer’s family has an English Pointer, a lab mix rescue, 2 indoor cats, 3 mice, a rat, 2 turtles, 2 leopard Geckos and tropical fish.