Meet Our Team

Bruce W. Francke, D.V.M. - Owner

Dr. Bruce Francke is an Essexville-Hampton native and Garber High School graduate. Bay Animal took care of the many pets in the Francke household and helped inspire both Dr. Francke and his brother Dr. Brad Francke to become veterinarians. He has been practicing here since 1993. He is a current member of the MSU CVM Alumni Council and a past recipient of the Bay County Humane Society's Humanitarian of the year award. 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. Dr. Francke and his wife Leslie have 2 children, Kara and Tyler; 1 granddaughter, Marissa; 4 dogs, Ruger, Chase, Stella, and Bailey; and 2 horses, Eddie and George.

Steve P. VanOchten, D.V.M. - Owner


Dr. Steve VanOchten is a Veterinarian and practice owner of Bay Animal Hospital. He was born and raised in the area. Dr. VanOchten has been a member of the Bay Animal staff since 1996. 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. When he is not working, he can be found with his family; wife Cynthia, son Jameson, daughter Jordan and Havenese Ozzie. He enjoys sports, being outdoors and being involved with his kids activities.

Megan Tomich, D.V.M.

Dr. Megan Tomich grew up in rural southeast Ohio and is a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 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. She lives in Midland, MI with her husband and their 4 children. Their pet family includes 3 cats, 13 chickens and their dog, Molly. In her spare time she enjoys boating, gardening, reading and attending her children's various activities.

Hanna Vecsernyes, D.V.M.

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.

Dr. BuschHilary Busch, D.V.M.

Dr. Busch was born and raised in Bay City. A 1996 graduate of Bay City Central and a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Busch also received her Bachelor of Science degree at Michigan State in Physiology in 2000. In addition to her schooling, she was on the Michigan State Equestrian Team. Dr. Busch is not entirely new to Bay Animal Hospital, as she has provided them relief veterinarian services since 2006. 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. She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and SVVMA. Dr. Busch lives in Bay City with her husband John, their 3 kids Drue, Stella, Jack, their Brittany/Lab mix Arthur and feline Pickle. She is very active, enjoying various sports and playing music. When not running with her canine companion she can be found on the sidelines cheering on her active kids.

Kayla Wade, D.V.M


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. 

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