Meet Our Team

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


Dr. Francke

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

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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.

Megan Tomich


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.

Hanna Vecsernyes



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.


Kayla Wade, D.V.M

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 &  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!

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Hours of Operation

Monday

7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Tuesday

7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Wednesday

7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Thursday

7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Friday

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Monday
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed