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We are committed to following all safety measures possible to keep pets, clients and staff safe as we go forward in this crisis together. The following precautions for health and safety measures include:

  • Curbside services for all scheduled appointments, payment transactions, all food and medication pick-ups. Please be advised that we will be continuing to conduct our services curbside only (clients will be permitted inside of the building for a scheduled euthanasia, permitting clients follow guidelines that we discuss at the time of the scheduled appointment).
  • Virtual appointments through our new mobile application Pet Pro Connect. Please download this prior to appointments to help us communicate to better serve you and your pet’s needs.
  • Before you arrive, submit the online forms located on our website.
  • CDC health guidelines are being followed by our staff for the safety of all.

We are continuously striving to implement new ways to better serve you during these uncertain times. We thank you for your patience and loyalty as we work together to care for your beloved animal companions.

Call us at 989-893-4549


In 1956, Bay Animal Hospital was founded as a single doctor, mixed- farm & small animal practice. 

Over the last 60 years, Bay Animal Hospital has provided the Great Lakes Bay region with exceptional veterinary care. 

In the years of 2007 & 2008, the building underwent major construction to allow the practice to expand & grow in terms of our clients, doctors, & staff. Our hospital has now become a multifaceted, advanced, & dynamic medical practice. 

Bay Animal Hospital has grown to a S I X doctor practice, with a staff of thirty-two compassionate & incredibly talented team members. 

We provide comprehensive medical services for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, & various pocket pets. 

Over the last six decades much has changed in veterinary medicine, but our team’s commitment to providing compassionate, honest, & quality care has been our constant foundation. 

We are grateful for the deeply rooted relationships we have fostered for many generations with our clients & their pets, & look forward to all to many additions to our Bay Animal family.


Our Mission

At Bay Animal Hospital, where care & compassion come first, it is our mission to provide our patients with the very best care that modern veterinary medicine has to offer. 

We are dedicated to educating our staff & clients on a continual basis to always provide the best possible care for all pets. 

 Our doctors & staff value every client & patient, as if they were part of our own family.

Essexville Veterinarian | Bay Animal Hospital | (989) 893-4549

637 West Center Road
Essexville, MI 48732

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Meet the Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Bruce W. Francke
    He enjoys all aspects of the canine and feline medicine with a particular interest in dermatology and internal medicine; including endocrine disorders and cancer medicine. His vision for Bay Animal Hospital is to provide our patients with access to state of the art medicine right here in our small town and treat our clients with compassion and honesty.
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  • Steve P. VanOchten
    He obtained a Bachelors in Science from Michigan State University. Also receiving his doctorate of veterinary medicine from MSU in 1995. He is a general practitioner with special interest in surgery, internal medicine and preventative care. He is a current member of the MVMA, AVMA, and SVVMA.
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  • Megan Tomich
    After graduating she worked at a mixed animal practice near her hometown in Ohio for a few years before moving to Michigan with her family. Dr. Tomich has a special interest in preventative and shelter medicine, soft tissue surgery, and the human-animal bond.
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  • Hanna Vecsernyes
    Dr. Hanna Vecsernyes is a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Although first a loyal Spartan, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, and also cheers for Maize and Blue. She was raised on a small farm in rural Michigan and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, canoeing and kayaking. She currently lives in Bay City with her rescue dog Nessa.
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  • Hilary Busch
    After 11 years of practicing at M-20 Animal Hospital in Midland, Dr. Busch moved to Bay Animal Hospital full time in 2017 to provide care in the town she calls home. Her special interests include, but are not limited to, dermatology, internal medicine, surgery, preventative medicine for both dogs and cats. Her goal is to provide valuable communication so pet owners are better prepared to serve the needs of their pets.
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  • Kayla Wade

    Dr. Wade is from South Carolina, but has lived in the Midwest for the past 6 years. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and is excited to become the newest member of the Bay team. She lives in Midland with her husband, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. When not working, she enjoys cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks, hiking, running, and skiing. 


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "They have always taken extremely good care of my animals. When one of our cats got extremely ill they were the only ones in town that had the capability to do what she needed to have done. They will always have my gratitude and my business for that reason."
    Kati-Lyn Raymond
  • "Bay Animal Hospital has been so great with our little Luna girl. We just picked her up today from being spayed and the care that this hospital provided for our little girl was amazing. We are so lucky to have the doctors and staff at Bay Animal Hospital taking care of Luna! If you are looking for a vet for your four-legged family member, look no further!"
    Nolan Rogers
  • "I can't say enough nice things about BAH. the ladies are so sweet and accommodating and they truly love your animal. and it shows. every time. thanks for taking such good care of Ollie this year."
    Jay Glysz

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