Dr. Tyson, DVM
I am one of those people who knew at the age of four that I wanted to be a veterinarian. It was not until many years later that I realized that it was much bigger than a desire or a wish, it was a calling. It is what I was put on this earth to do. I recognize that I was given the gift of communication and connection with animals, and am blessed to be able to apply the knowledge and skills that I have learned to have such a meaningful impact on the lives of animals. As an owner of Veterinary Medical Center, I helped assemble an exceptionally talented and dedicated team that inspire and amaze me every day. What I know for sure is that I am living my authentic life, I have found my place, and that I am supposed to help people and their animals.
Dr. Tyson grew up on a dairy farm in northeastern Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park for undergraduate studies and graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He enjoys the challenges and rewards of veterinary practice and has a special interest in surgery. He joined the VMC team in 1996. He has a passion for gardening, historic restoration, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Dr. Bruce, VMD, DACVIM
Dr. Bruce spent her formative years in New Jersey, Nantucket, and Vermont. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1992 and completed an internship and residency at the University of Georgia. Liz joined the VMC team in early 1999. She is board certified in large animal internal medicine, and has advanced training in small animal dentistry and pain management. She is especially interested in gastroenterology, feline medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice care; but really any internal medicine problem is her favorite. Liz was the Medical Director of VMC for many years, and has now stepped down from that role to focus on other interests, including education and mentorship of the team, and hobbies at home. When she is not working, Liz is with her family (4 and 2 legged), gardening, painting, or kayaking/swimming in the ocean. Given the option, Liz hopes to continue to practice veterinary medicine for many more years, as this is the most fun job on the planet, and only getting better. If it isn’t fun, it’s not worth doing!
Dr. Harris, BVMS
I knew in high school that I wanted to be a veterinarian but I never imagined where that dream would take me. I attended vet school in Western Australia, which gave me the opportunity to work with horses in Indonesia and participate in spay/neuter clinics in remote communities in outback Australia as well as work with owners and their pets in many different situations. I love that my job allows me to look after the well-being of animals, form a bond with my clients as well as help the community. You couldn’t ask for a better career than that!” ~ Dr. Caitlin Harris (nee Hutcheson)
Dr. Harris is a mixed animal (mainly equine) veterinarian who graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia. She is primarily interested in equine dentistry (she is sitting her membership exams in equine dentistry in 2022 for the ANZCVS), medicine, reproduction (especially foals!) and some lameness. Prior to vet school Dr. Harris worked as a veterinary assistant on a standardbred breeding farm. Throughout her veterinary studies she worked in the university equine hospital and at the local thoroughbred racetrack. She has a beautiful daughter and two Labradors that are part of her family; Hank a 7-year-old chocolate lab, and Boh a 8-year-old black lab and a newly acquired horse. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding boating and hiking with her husband, daughter and dogs.
Dr. Beck, DVM
Dr. Beck is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland but has lived in many places and countries ranging from Virginia, Kansas, and North Carolina to Ireland and Grenada where she completed her veterinary degree at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in the West Indies. She is primarily interested in all aspects of small animal surgery including soft tissue, orthopedic and dentistry as well as urgent care, dermatology, exotics and senior pet welfare. In her free time Dr. Beck enjoys running, gardening, traveling (especially to the beach!), caring for her chickens and ducks and spending time with her awesome husband, three beautiful children, four wild dogs, one old cat and one cute little guinea pig.
Dr. Spillane, VMD
Dr. Katie Spillane is a mixed animal veterinarian who joined VMC in 2016. She grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains in Blacksburg, Virginia. After spending many years away from the area for school and work, Dr. Spillane decided to come home to the mid-Atlantic. A lifelong animal lover, horses were her first passion and family pets her favorite childhood companions.
As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, Dr. Spillane pursued a degree in biology, developed a special interest in medicine, and cherished her time as a member and then president of the university equestrian team. Veterinary school was a natural next step, and she obtained her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She spent the next four years in private equine and small animal practices in south Florida.
Dr. Spillane currently has three pets of her own. Izzie is a pit-bull mix who was spayed by a student in the class ahead of Dr. Spillane at the University of Pennsylvania. Izzie loves people and is special because she is deaf. Fiona the cat followed a vet school friend home one day in 2009 and has been helping Dr. Spillane hold down papers ever since. Copper, born in 2014, is a miniature dachshund / beagle mix who has earned the title of household trouble maker – but he is also the cutest member of the household!
Dr. Spillane enjoys working together with clients to maximize their animals’ health. She has a soft spot for puppies, old cats, and horses of every age. Her professional interests range from preventive care and internal medicine to anesthesia and soft tissue surgery.
During her free time, Dr. Spillane enjoys spending time with family and friends, flying airplanes, and riding horses.
Dr. Spillane is now offering relief services at VMC.
Dr. Annand, VMD
Jane dreamed of becoming a veterinarian starting at a very young age. She was strongly influenced by her mother, a horticulturalist who taught her to care for all living things, and her father, an engineer who taught her how all things work. Her grandfather, a large animal veterinarian, taught her what it meant to be a doctor and inspired her to follow in his footsteps.
She found her way to the beautiful state of Colorado for college where she studied Biology and began her journey towards becoming a veterinarian. She landed back home to begin veterinary school at her grandfather’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, in 2014.
Jane and her husband Jonathan (married November 2018) are thrilled to be on the Eastern Shore where they are surrounded by water and close to family. Shortly after buying a home in Denton they adopted a black lab named Kelce to fit the Eastern Shore stereotype. Kelce quickly became an important family member and soon demanded a large river toy, so now you can find him aboard their 17′ Whaler somewhere along the Choptank on Jane’s days off. Jane also has two cats that she absolutely adores, Dave and Banjo. Jane enjoys spending time outside with her dog, fishing on their boat, cooking, gardening, and going to the Delaware beaches to visit family.
Jane has a strong interest in both large and small animal medicine as well as small animal surgery. She is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Veterinary Medical Center family and is looking forward to nurturing strong relationships with clients old and new for many years to come.
Dr. Maltby, DVM