About Us

Caring Vets. Healthy Pets. Serving Baltimore since 1950.

About Us

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center, also known as EMRVC, has provided animal care to Baltimore, Maryland since 1950, nearly 70 years! Conveniently located between Essex and Middle River, our clients come from all across the Baltimore region for our wellness, preventive, and surgical care for cats and dogs.

Our state-of-the-art hospital features multiple full-time veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, compassionate assistants and a caring support team. Our mission is providing your pet quality care throughout its life. We serve with with equal parts courtesy and professionalism, and have a deep respect for the human-animal bond. Our bigger team equates to better care, better medicine, and better surgery. 

We proudly serve our community with the following partners:

Pets for Patriots

Pets for Patriots helps veterans adopt at-risk shelter animals.

Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless is a nationwide organization that provides care and food for homeless pet owners. Let us know if you’re interested in donating food!

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) is a non-profit organization that has run the city’s shelters since 2005. EMRVC has worked with BARCS since May 2011 to help treat cats and dogs in need of care. Read about the touching case of Freckles, a rescue dog EMRVC saved after a horrific car accident.

EMRVC Friendly Staff with Puppies
EMRVC Dental Procedure

Meet Our Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Essex Middle River Veterinary Center in Baltimore, Maryland!

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Angelica is a Veterinary Assistant at EMRVC. She has been with us since April 2018. She has 3 cats; Sadie, Selene & Hermes and 2 dogs; Salsa & Macy. Outside of EMRVC, Angelica spends her free time making crafts. She enjoys putting her own creativity into projects and bringing them to life. She loves spending time with her cats saying that it always brings her joy. She loves going to concerts and taking road trips with her friends.
Erica is a senior Client Service Representative at EMRVC who has been working here since 2017. She has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Trigger. Outside of EMRVC, Erica enjoys baking cookies. She loves to try new recipes. I also loves to go on long walks or hikes with her husband and their dog. We loves to travel and hopes to make it to all 50 states on day.
Karen is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians and has been at EMRVC since 2015. She has 2 cats Sadie who is 15 years and according to Karen "only loves me and will bite ya if you're not quick!" and Ciara that she adopted from EMRVC and Karen says "she's really a lab in a tortie's body!" Outside of EMRVC, Karen enjoys running - she will be running her first marathon this fall.
Lauren holds many titles at EMRVC. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician as well as Inventory Manager and Technician Supervisor. She has been with EMRVC since November 2010. She has 3 cats; Percy, Bruce and PIckles and 1 dog; Louie. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Bryon and her kids Emma and Owen.
Liz is a Client Service Representative at EMRVC. She started here in February 2019. She has 4 dogs; Ella, Essie, Max and Ivy. Outside of EMRVC Liz enjoys going to school, hking and yoga.
Marcus is a Veterinary Technician at EMRVC since 2013. He as 3 dogs; Bruno, Charlie and Sassy and two cats' Tiva and Indy as well as a step-dad to a tuxedo cat named Neil Catrick Harris. Outside of EMRVC, Marcus enjoys hiking with dogs, camping with dogs, kayaking with dogs, running with dogs, everything dogs!!
Megan is a Client Service Representative who has been with EMRVC since 2018. She has 2 cats; Lala and Blue. Outside of EMRVC, Megan enjoys reading and video games.
Meghan is a Registered Veterinary Technician with EMRVC since June 2018. She has a tuxedo cat named Neil Catrick Harris and a step-mom to  cats Tivy and Indy and dogs; Charlie, Bruno and Sassy. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys Running, water sports, snowboarding and going anywhere she can bring dogs!
Sharmaine is a Veterinary Technician at EMRVC who has worked there since 2017. She has 3 cats; Pax Puffin, Okja and Bento. Outside of work she enoys trying to find a hobby with her husband and cat napping with her cats.
Jenn is our Client Service Manager as well as Social Media Champion and OSHA Coordinator. She has been with EMRVC since October 2010. She has a zoo of pets including 4 dogs; Emma, Sophie, Sami and Freddy. 3 cats; DJ, Elsa and Fluery and a turtle; Knoxx. Outside of EMRVC, Jenn enjoys performing in the drumline of the Hanover Lancers, watching the Yankees, Cowboys, anything Penn State and the Hershey Bears. She also enjoys going to amusement parks and concerts.
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Our Veterinarians

Joseph C. Zulty, DVM

Dr. Zulty, Chief Medical Officer of Essex Middle River Veterinary Center, has been practicing for 32 years. He was born and raised in Baltimore, and earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1981. He then attended The Ohio State University, where he received his DVM degree, graduating Cum Laude. He returned to Baltimore for his residency in comparative medicine at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine. He began working at EMRVC in 1993.

When not at work, he’s usually found running the local roads and trails. He also snowboards, and volunteers in Latin America or Southeast Asia with GeoVeterinary International, Inc. He shares his home with his wife, his youngest child and two dogs, Scout, and Puma — a three-legged rescue from Peru.

Anne Hicks, DVM

Dr. Hicks hails from across the Chesapeake Bay, in Cambridge, Maryland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Maryland College in 1985, than attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA for her DVM in 1993. She worked at Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital and Anne Arundel Animal Hospital, before arriving at EMRVC in 1995. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 29 years.

She shares her home with her husband and two children. They share their home with two dogs, Coco and Milo, and a cat named Mr. K.

Ryan Ashkon Beizavi, DVM

Dr. Beizavi grew up in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region. He attended undergraduate near home — earning a bachelor’s in biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester — then attended Ross University of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his veterinary education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He first worked at Banfield Pet Hospital, and came to EMRVC in 2013.

Dr. Beizavi’s professional interests include diagnostic imaging, geriatric care, and dermatology. He spends his free time working out, golfing, kayaking and playing online games with friends. He has three cats and two dogs.

Heather Preston, DVM

Dr. Preston is originally from Anne Arundel County, south of Baltimore. She graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2008. She then received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, and came to EMRVC that same year. Her professional interests include feline medicine, dentistry, and surgery.

Dr. Preston spends her free time enjoying city life, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and doing yoga. She has a pair of cats named Penguin and Pigeon.

Shawn Budge, DVM

Dr. Budge was born and raised in Carroll County, Maryland. He graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and later completed additional coursework at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his DVM degree from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 2017, and has been working at EMRVC ever since. His professional interests include pathology, surgery and neurology.

Dr. Budge and his wife enjoy running together, traveling the world, spending time with friends and family and cooking at home. The couple have two dogs: A black and white rescue called Winston (seen in photo); And, a golden-doodle called Bailey.

Wesley Leggett, DVM

Dr. Leggett was born and raised in western North Carolina around Asheville. He attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington for undergraduate where he received a bachelors degree in marine biology. He then received his DVM from The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and came to EMRVC following graduation.

His professional interests include surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, and cardiology. In his free time, Dr. Leggett likes to waterski, workout, hike with his Golden Retriever, and restore old automobiles.

Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Lauren Nail, Veterinary Technician Supervisor and Inventory Supervisor

Lauren knew she wanted to care for animals from a young age. Growing up in rural Harford county, Maryland, she began horseback riding at age 8, and learned dog obedience training in her local 4-H. She attended historic Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she received a BS in biology. A few years later, she obtained her degree in veterinary technology from the Community College of Baltimore County.

Lauren has been working at EMRVC since 2010, and has proven herself as a technician and a leader. Her specializations include surgery, anesthesia, emergency care, and nutrition. When not at work, she spends time with her husband, children, and animals. She has three cats named Percy, Pickle, and Bruce, and a dog named Louie.

Karen Harkins, Veterinary Technician

Karen grew up on in Forest Hill, Maryland in a family of dairy farmers. Her favorite childhood memories include playing with all the animals on her uncle’s farm: horses, cows, pigs, goats, dogs, and cats. She has been in the veterinary profession for a decade. She received her degree in veterinary technology from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2015, where she is now an assistant instructor teaching diagnostic imaging and clinical lab.

When not at work, she’s most likely running, preparing for an upcoming race. Her fur family includes two cats. Sadie is 15, and Ciara, who just turned one, was adopted as a drop-off stray at EMRVC.

Meghan McLellan, Veterinary Technician

Meghan grew up in Virginia in a house full of pets—dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits, horses, and even a cockatoo. Her family’s veterinarian would make house calls, and it was watching him work that inspired Meghan to enter animal care professionally, too. She received her degree in veterinary technology from Community College of Baltimore County in 2018.

When not at work, Meghan loves being outside: Snowboarding in the winter, and water sports in the summer. She’s also a runner. She has a tuxedo cat named Neil Catrick Harris, and is step-mom to two other cats and three dogs.

Our Manager

Tanya Andrews, Practice Manager

When she was five-years-old, Tanya Andrews got a cocker spaniel named Stormy. Her love for this new best friend became a lifelong passion for animals. Her first job, at 15, was as an assistant at a local veterinary practice. After college, she obtained a license to practice as a veterinary technician and went to work at a practice in Northern Maryland. She excelled so much on the front lines that her former bosses promoted her to management. In 2010, she brought her passion, drive, and experience to EMRVC.

Tanya believes she has the best animal care team in the business, and revels in providing the support they need to care for Baltimore’s most beloved pets. When not at work, she does energy work, and spends time with her family and friends. She also loves hanging out with her two dogs, Cali and Ryder.

Our Client Service Leaders

Erica Shaw, Client Service Representative

Jenn Myers, Client Service Manager

Our Veterinary Technician Team

Marcus Stader

Meghan McLellan, RVT

Karen Harkins, RVT

Lauren Nail, RVT

Michelle Laughrige

Sharmaine Morre

Our Veterinary Care Assistants

Taylor McKenney

Angelica Castillo

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Our Facility

We take pride in our facility: Our walls are freshly painted, our lighting is cheerful, and every surface is tidy and clean. You are welcome to relax under the tall, wood-paneled ceilings in our waiting room and refresh yourself with some water. Enjoy plenty of art, learn more about pet care, and view our welcome board for all the pets visiting that day! And, because we care about our four-legged guests’ comfort, we recently installed soft, textured floors throughout our facility. Feel free to come by for a tour!

Our Facility

Reception Desk

Waiting Area

Main Entrance

Pet Care Area

Surgery Suite

We have multiple examination rooms, so your pet won’t wait long for its appointment. And, as a full service clinic, we own the latest state of the art equipment for performing diagnostics, medicine, and surgery. We even take nail trims seriously—our doggie lift helps alleviate stress so your pet can literally hang out while getting pampered. Plus, we aren’t shy with treats. Our goal is to make every animal’s visit as pleasant as possible.

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