Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs 8am to 8pm
Fri 8am to 6pm
Sat 8am to 4pm
Sun 9am to 12pm
Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs 1pm to 5pm
Fri 4pm to 8pm
Sat 9am to 1pm
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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.
Paula Prestia, DVM
A native of Severna Park, Dr. Prestia received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and History from the University of Virginia. After working at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins and the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Prestia switched gears and earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include ophthalmology and internal medicine.
Dr. Prestia lives in Arnold and shares her home with her four cats (Jimmy, Carter, Lucy, and Lilly) and her mixed breed dog Grace. In her free time, she studies American Sign Language and enjoys gardening, cooking, photography, swimming, boating on the bay, and cheering for her beloved Wahoos!
Bay Country Veterinary Hospital’s Staff
Nancy has been providing exceptional service to Bay Country's pet patients and their owners since 1978. She enjoys aerobics and gardening in her spare time. She lives with her husband, their rescue dog and several rescue fish.
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 family since 2009. She lives with her husband, David, and their four cats.
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.
Christina has been a member of the Bay Country family since 2006. She previously worked for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and has a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Maryland. She lives in Annapolis with her husband, two dogs and cat.
Stephanie came back to our Bay Country family in October 2012, after having temporarily relocated to Pennsylvania. She's been a Vet Tech since 2005 and enjoys it very much. She also enjoys family time with her husband, daughter, dog, cats, and ferret. Stephanie has a special love for our (sometimes misunderstood) bully breeds.
Lindsay joined the Bay Country family in 2005 and is the Administrative Supervisor. She graduated from Stevenson University in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in biology. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and playing on social sports teams. She lives in Crownsville with her family, and three little dogs.
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.
Sarah recently rejoined the Bay Country team in 2014, after having her daughter Gabrielle. Sarah lives with her husband, daughter, their three cats and a rabbit. In her spare time, Sarah loves to spend quality time with her family.
Michaela 'Shay' Moeller
Michaela 'Shay', joined the Bay Country family in June 2014 after retiring from her military career. Shay has two children and a dog named Niyah. She enjoys riding and competing in the dressage ring when she's not working on her car or busy rescuing animals.
Amber joined the Bay Country family in May 2014. She has four children and two dogs. In her spare time, you can find Amber spending time with her family or at a ballfield cheering on her children.