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.

puppy getting weighed

Meet Our Team

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

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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.

Dr Ryan Beizavi

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.

Jessica Franchini, DVM

Coming soon…

Our Manager

Lauren Nail, Practice Manager

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. Her strong skills and dedication to the team have lead to a promotion to Practice Manager. 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.

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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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