VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

David Tayman, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, 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 State University in 1969. Dr. Tayman became owner and president of Columbia Animal Hospital in 1974 and sold the practice in 2005 to VCA, where he then became the medical director of both the Hickory Ridge and Centre Park locations. He has also been the owner of four other animal hospitals. The animal hospitals are certified by such distinguished associations as the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Tayman is a member of the Howard County Board of Health; is involved with the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, was a board member of the Howard County Hospital Foundation, and a member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was also President of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association in 1986. Dr. Tayman has received numerous awards during his career including Best Small Business Person of the Year Howard County 2001, Best Veterinarian of the Year Howard County, and the Most Charitable Business of the Year Howard County 2001. Dr. Tayman is also responsible for developing the PetSafe Program for Howard County and for starting the Mutt Mitt public health program (a system of stations around the county for pet waste disposal). In veterinary school Dr. Tayman learned his practice philosophy, from Dr. Wade Brinker, "Treat each pet as if it were your own".


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