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VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

10788 Hickory Ridge Road | Columbia, MD 21044

Call 410-824-1237
Monday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

We're more than an animal hospital! We're the place where pet parents know they can bring their pets for superb veterinary care that sets new standards for quality and kindness. For pets and pet parents alike, a trip to our clinic is an opportunity to see how our neighborly, welcoming staff cares for your pet as if it were their own, and treats you with the friendliness and respect you'd expect from an industry leader. We are a Silver Certified Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and we are committed to a fear free experience for all of our patients.

As a member of the VCA Animal Hospitals network, we are part of a group of over 700 hospitals across the United States that share resources and knowledge. Our highly-trained veterinarians regularly consult with 200+ board certified specialists, and have access to the latest medical training, treatments and technology.

Additional services/information:
New Clients Always Welcome
Emergencies welcome
Prescription/Premium Diet Pet Foods
International Health Certificates
Laser Surgery
Laser Therapy
Digital Radiography
Digital Dental Radiography
AAHA accredited since 1974
Friendly, Professional Staff
Physical Exams
Nail Trimming
Health Certificates
Preventive Medicine
Parasite Control
Some Breeder Services

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VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge
Dr. Kelso and Emily, RVT giving Brandy some love! Dr. Kelso and Emily, RVT giving Brandy some love!
Some of our technicians Some of our technicians
Dr. Kelso performing laser therapy. Dr. Kelso performing laser therapy.
Dr. Kelso performing an ultrasound on a paitent Dr. Kelso performing an ultrasound on a paitent
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Dr. David Tayman
Dr. David Tayman

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 See More 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". Dr. Tayman and his family share their house with two cats, Newey and Kelly, and two dogs, Ollie and Jade.

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Dr.  Nancy Kelso
Dr. Nancy Kelso

The Kelso family was one of the first dozen families to move into Columbia in 1967. Dr. Nancy Kelso graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and then received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. She then attended and earned her veterinary degree from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kelso practiced for ten years in Virginia before See More returning to Columbia and joining the staff of the Columbia Animal Hospital. She enjoys practicing the top-quality medicine and surgery offered at the Columbia Animal Hospital, while maintaining a special interest in reproduction and performance dogs. Away from the hospital, Dr. Kelso is active with her family on a small sheep and horse farm. She breeds Collies and successfully campaigns in dog shows, herding, agility, and obedience trials. Her dogs have won national awards in both show and working competitions.
"I've been told that in pre-school I repeatedly said, 'I want to be a petinarian.' Whether it was through destiny or hard work, I am blessed to have the best job in the world. I deal with the excitement and growing field of veterinary medicine and surgery. I have the daily joy of seeing the world through the eyes of a young, playful puppy or kitten, experiencing the wisdom of a senior pet, and working with the pet parents who share the life of their pets. It's my daily goal to make a positive difference in every pet's life that I have the honor to care for."

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Dr. Tiffany Englander
Dr. Tiffany Englander

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. Dr. Englander earned her veterinary degree The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She then completed a small animal medical and surgical internship in Bowie, MD before joining VCA Columbia Animal Hospital @ Hickory Ridge. In her spare time, Dr. Englander enjoys reading, running, biking, swimming, painting, hiking, and playing with Curtis and Simon, her two chinchillas.

"The best part of being a veterinarian is the ability to strengthen and enhance the special relationship that owners have with their pets. I draw my motivation from the joy of using my scientific knowledge to directly help owners and their pets every single day."

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Dr. Gizachew Kifle
Dr. Gizachew Kifle

Dr. Kifle obtained his Bachelor's degree in agricultural science for Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from George Mason University. Dr. Kifle received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Kishinev Veterinary University in Moldova (former Soviet Union), and served his clinical internship at Louisiana State University. Before returning to general practice five years ago, Dr. Kifle worked as a senior research scientist at various pharmaceutical companies in the areas of toxicology, oncology, and cardiovascular disease, authoring and co-authoring multiple research publications. In his spare time, he loves to be outside: cycling and running. Dr. Kifle resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife and daughter and is often found spoiling his Goldendoodle, Conner.

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Dr. Michelle Myers
Dr. Michelle Myers

Dr. Myers joined VCA in 2001 and has been a wonderful part of our team ever since! She attended University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her degree in 1999. She also has a BA in biology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Myers has completed research on infectious diseases and feral cat colonies, and has a special interest in geriatric and internal medicine. She has four pets of her own at home: her two dogs, Brie and Mei Mei; and her cats, Nufie and Binty. In her spare time, Dr. Myers enjoys traveling, eating gourmet food, strolling through antique shops, and has a great passion for animal rights.

"Some people are defined by their jobs and some aren't. I don't think of veterinary medicine as my job; it's just part of me. I can't turn it off. As long as I can remember, I've had a visceral attachment to animals. I need them, and they need me. And I've known no greater joy than preventing and treating illness in dogs and cats. I'm grateful every day that I get to do this!"

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