VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

Columbia Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Nancy Kelso

    Medical Director
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    The Kelso family was one of the first dozen families to move into Columbia in 1967. Dr. Kelso graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and then received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. ...
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  • Melchus Davis Jr.

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Tennessee

    Dr. Davis joined our VCA family in October of 2012.  He has 18 years of experience in the field of veterinary medicine as a small animal practitioner, working predominantly with canine and feline ...
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  • Tiffany Englander

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Dr. Englander joined our VCA family in July 2013.  She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from The Colorado College in 2007.  ...
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  • Lynn Facemire

    Associate Veterinarian
    Board Certification: DABVP
    Veterinary School: Purdue University

    Dr. Lynn Facemire was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Cincinnati and received a bachelor degree in chemical engineering. She worked for pharmaceutical ...
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  • Alison Strauss

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Purdue University

    Dr. Strauss joined our VCA family in 2004.  She was born in Annapolis, MD and raised in the Midwest.  Dr. Strauss earned her veterinary degree from Purdue University ...
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  • David Tayman

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Michigan State University

    Dr. Tayman started his career at Michigan State University, where he graduated with honors in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan ...
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at 410.730.2122

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please contact one of the following Emergency Hospital's immediately:

Emergency Animal Hospital of Ellicott City
10270 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Emergency Veterinary Clinic-Catonsville
32 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

VCA Veterinary Referral Associates
500 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877