Jay Harvey has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1971 with a focus on soft tissue and oncologic surgery. He received his DVM from Kansas State University. He went on to complete an internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in small animal surgery at the University of California. He is certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He lives in Ithaca with his wife, two children, and two dogs.