COVID-19 Announcement 


Our number one priority at Bay Animal Hospital is the well-being of our clients and our staff. 

 We are actively monitoring and adjusting our protocols to ensure that we are following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID -19.  we are remaining open during our normal business hours at this time , but have closed our lobby to the public, all services will be conducted curbside. 

 we urge all CLIENTS to follow all CDC guidelines concerning hand washing and social distancing.  Please be patient with our staff as wait times may increase as we take extra precautions to disinfect all commonly touched surfaces after every patient visit.  We want to keep protecting our staff so that we can continue to serve you. 

 When arriving for an appointment, you will  be asked to remain in your vehicle while a team member retrieves your pet, this will help eliminate an overcrowded lobby.  If you are visiting to pick up medications or food refills you will be asked to stay in your vehicle and a team member will assist you THROUGH the transaction curbside.

 To help alleviate traffic in our practice, we are encouraging our clients to utilize our Online Store.  We have also recently launched a new app called petpro connect that will be replacing our pet portals.  This app will allow you to submit appointment requests, prescription refill requests, allows you to ask us non urgent questions, and view your pets medical records all in one place.  Please continue to monitor our social media for continued updates on any changes that we may have to make. 

 Due to the overwhelming high demand in medical supplies we may find it necessary to delay any non-urgent appointments or procedures if needed.

 As COVID-19 continues to impact our community we will remain diligent at following all guidelines as they develop.  If you need any immediate assistance to care for your pets daily needs, such as a shortage in food supplies, please contact us during business hours and we will direct you to references.

In 1956 Bay Animal Hospital was founded as a single doctor, mixed- farm and small animal practice. For over 60 years, Bay Animal Hospital has provided the Great Lakes Bay region with exceptional veterinary care. In the years of 2007 and 2008 the construction to our practice allowed us to expand and grow our hospital to become a multifaceted and dynamic medical practice.  Bay Animal Hospital has grown to a 6 doctor practice with a staff of nearly 30 compassionate and highly talented team members. We provide comprehensive medical services for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and pocket pets. Over the last 6 decades much has changed in veterinary medicine, but our team’s commitment to providing compassionate, honest, and quality care has been our constant foundation. We are grateful for the deeply rooted relationships we have fostered for many generations and the new friendships we add daily to our Bay Animal family.


Our Mission

At Bay Animal Hospital, where care and 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 and clients on a continual basis on how to provide the best possible care for all pets. The doctors and staff value every client and 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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  • 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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