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Friday, 8am - 6pm
Saturday, 8am - 4pm
Sunday, 9am - 12 noon
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Meet Bay Country Veterinary Hospital’s Dedicated Veterinarians & Staff
Gene Bauer, DVM
Dr. Bauer was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and then raised in central New Jersey. The Shenandoah Valley lured him back for his college years, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. After spending summers working for a local veterinarian, he was excited to gain entry to, and ultimately graduate from, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He chose Maryland as a perfect place to settle, in part due to its proximity to friends and family.
Dr. Bauer has been practicing at Bay Country since 2004 and lives in the Crownsville community of Herald Harbor. He shares a home with his significant other, Sarah, and their Italian Greyhound, Spanky. Be sure to wave if you see them running in the neighborhood! Dr. Bauer’s special practice interests include challenging skin cases and soft tissue surgery. When he’s not at the office, he enjoys camping and hiking with Sarah and Spanky, a round of golf with friends, and rooting for the Hokies!
Samantha Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received an undergraduate degree in animal science. She then attended Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1999.
Dr. Smith has been with Bay Country Veterinary Hospital since graduation. When not working, she enjoys riding and competing in dressage with her three horses. She resides in the local community of Herald Harbor and is owned by four dogs, three cats, and an assortment of other small animals.
Kristy Bennett, DVM
Dr. Kristy Bennett is a Maryland native, having grown up in Columbia. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned a BS in Animal Science, after which she graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Bennett joined Bay Country Veterinary Hospital in February 2013 with almost 12 years of practice experience. Her special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine.
Dr. Bennett has a rescued red-tick coonhound, Jack, a long-haired cat named Luna, and a pampered Thoroughbred-mix named Willow. In her spare time, she enjoys music, books, friends, and traveling with her husband.
Bay Country Veterinary Hospital’s Staff
Nancy has been providing exceptional service to Bay Country’s pet patients and their owners for more than 33 years. She enjoys aerobics and gardening in her spare time. She lives with her husband, two rescue dogs, and a Siamese cat.
Rachel graduated from Wilson College with a degree in veterinary medical technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008. She has been a member of the Bay Country team for two and a half years. She lives with her husband, David; cats, Toby, Whiskers, and Charlie; and her rabbit, Evie.
Kate is a college graduate with a degree in criminal justice. She owns three boxers, and manages her own barn in Annapolis. Kate enjoys helping both people and animals.
Cheryl is a new member of the Bay Country team. She enjoys the daily interaction with pets and their owners. She is committed to providing clients with quality service and education to keep their pets healthy. She lives in Annapolis with her two cats, Loki and Puck. In her spare time she enjoys reading, music and spending time with family and friends.
Victoria has been with Bay Country since January 2013. She works both as a Receptionist and as a Vet Tech and is pursuing a pre-veterinary degree at AACC. Victoria loves to spoil her cat Kristofferson and enjoys cooking, watching movies, and volunteering at local animal shelters.
Susan Lechner is new to the Bay Country team but has worked with animals for many years. She shares her home with her husband, three children, four dogs, two cats, two horses, and a variety of transient critters. She has fostered over 300 puppies for the SPCA and is very passionate about rescue/adoption and spaying/neutering. When not caring for animals, she enjoys camping and spending time with her family.
Christina has been a member of the Bay Country team for more than five years. She previously worked for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and has a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Maryland. She has two dogs and a cat.
Amy is a new member of the staff. She is currently pursuing a two-year degree in biology at AACC. She has a dog, a cat, a turtle, and a farm full of critters.
Ashley is a high school graduate. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree from AACC. Ashley has 5 cats and a dog at home, but loves all animals.
Emilie St. Landau
Emilie has an associate’s degree in veterinary technology and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician for three years. She has been with Bay Country Veterinary Hospital for more than a year. She has two dogs, two horses, a parakeet, and a 12-inch Oscar fish named Mayer.
Lindsay joined the Bay Country family in 2005 and is both a Vet Tech and Receptionist. She graduated from Stevenson University in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in biology. She has three dogs at home.
Janet has been the Hospital Administrator at Bay Country since 2004. Her previous experience includes 15+ years of management roles in human hospitals, where she was never licked in the face by patients. She has three grown children and three little dogs, Simon, Alvin, and Theodore.
Megan is a new member of the Bay Country team. She lives in Glen Burnie with her husband and two dogs. She graduated from AACC with a degree in photography. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling and taking pictures.