Bruce W. Francke, D.V.M. - Practice Owner
Dr. Bruce Francke is an Essexville-Hampton native & Garber High School graduate. Bay Animal took care of the many pets in the Francke household growing up. Bay Animal Hospital helped inspire both Dr. Francke & his brother Dr. Brad Francke to become Veterinarians.
He has been practicing here since 1993 & is a current member of the Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Council. Dr. Francke is a past recipient of the Bay County Humane Society's Humanitarian of the year award!
He enjoys all aspects of the canine & feline medicine, with a particular interest in dermatology & internal medicine, including endocrine disorders & cancer medicine.
His vision for Bay Animal Hospital is to continue to provide patients with access to state-of-the-art medicine, right here in our small town, & to always treat clients & patients with compassion & honesty.
Dr. Francke & his wife Leslie have two children, Kara & Tyler, two granddaughters, Marissa & Parker, four dogs--Stella, Bailey, Chewy, & Poppy, & a horse-- Eddie.
Steve P. VanOchten, D.V.M. - Practice Owner
Dr. Steve VanOchten is a Veterinarian & practice owner of Bay Animal Hospital. He was born & raised in Essexville. 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 & preventative care. Dr. VanOchten is a current member of the MVMA, AVMA, & SVVMA.
When he is not working, he can be found with his family-- his wife Cynthia, their son Jameson, daughter Jordan & their Havenese-- Stuart. He enjoys sports, being outdoors, hunting, & being involved with his kids' extra circular activities.
Megan Tomich, D.V.M.
Dr. Megan Tomich grew up in rural Southeast Ohio, & 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 for a few years before moving to Michigan with her family.
Dr. Tomich has a special interest in preventative & shelter medicine, soft tissue surgery, & the human-animal bond.
She resides in Midland with her husband & their four children. Their pet family includes three cats, thirteen chickens, and two dogs-- Molly & Rosie.
In her spare time she enjoys boating, gardening, reading & attending her children's various activities.
Hanna Vecsernyes, D.V.M.
Dr. Hanna Vecsernyes is a Michigan native & 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, & also cheers for maize & blue. She was raised on a small farm in rural Michigan.
Dr. Hanna is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, canoeing & kayaking. She spends her spare time with her husband & their son James. Together they have a rescue dog named Nessa, along with three cats-- Elmer, Maggie, & Gandalf.
Hilary Busch, D.V.M.
Dr. Busch was born & raised in Bay City. She is a 1996 graduate of Bay City Central, a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, & also received her Bachelor of Science degree at MSU in Physiology in 2000. In addition to her schooling, Dr. Busch was on MSU's Equestrian Team.
Dr. Busch provided our team relief veterinarian services starting in 2006, & officially joined our practice in 2017. Before her time here, she practiced for eleven years at M-20 Animal Hospital.
Her special interests include, but are not limited to dermatology, internal medicine, surgery, & preventative medicine for both dogs & cats. Her goal always, is to provide valuable communication to pet owners, therefore they are better prepared to serve the needs of their pets.
Dr. Busch is a member of the AVMA, MVMA & SVVMA. She resides in Bay City with her husband John, their 3 kids-- Drue, Stella, & Jack, & her pets include their Brittany-- Porter & cat-- Pickle.
She is very active, enjoys various sports & playing music. When she's not out running with Porter, 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 & has been an incredible asset to our team since joining our team that same year.
Without a doubt, her passion in veterinary medicine is surgery. Aside from seeing appointments four days a week, she dedicates an entire day to scheduled surgeries for everything from a routine spay or neuter, to an eye enucleation or foreign body removal.
She resides in Midland with her husband & their son George, & together they have two dogs, Jacob & Bo, & five cats, Belle, Casper, Maui, Sabrina, & Tormund.
When not working, she enjoys cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks, hiking, running, & skiing. Dr. Wade has been to Disney over TWENTY times!