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Our Veterinarians

Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.

Dr. Megan Bray


Dr. Megan Bray grew up in rural Hot Springs, Virginia with everything from dogs and cats to birds and horses. Her mother worked as a Veterinary Technician in Roanoke for a time, and Dr. Bray was hooked on the world of veterinary care early on in life. For her, no other career path would suffice! Dr. Bray’s passion for animals hasn’t let up since—she’s proud to help the area’s pets and animal owners every day as a veterinarian with the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family!

Dr. Bray attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree—much to the chagrin of her family, who are all University of Virginia fans—and worked in the University’s veterinary school, a local animal hospital, and in a research laboratory during her studies. She was accepted to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine during her senior year, then headed off to veterinary school to earn her Doctorate.

Now a part-owner of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Bray became engaged to her husband—TVC’s very own Dr. Tyler Bray—during her veterinary school career, then joined the team here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic after graduation in 2012. Her husband moved to Westminster the following year to start working with the clinic’s large-animal patients, and they’ve been tending to animals side-by-side ever since! Dr. Bray has particular passions for internal medicine cases and surgery work; for her, nothing beats getting hands-on with a patient to help them feel better. Most of all, she loves meeting new people on a daily basis and getting to watch their pets grow over the years.

Dr. Bray and her husband have three wonderful children: sons James and Thomas, and daughter, Charleston. They also share their lives with two cats—Charlie, whom she rescued during veterinary school, and Whiskey, and two dogs – Raya, a Golden Retriever, and Jetty, an AussieDoodle. When she isn’t spending quality time with her family or tending to pets here at the clinic, Dr. Bray enjoys hiking, cooking, wine tasting, reading, and working on projects around her 1900s-era home.

Dr. Aaron Lucas


Dr. Aaron Lucas has been a problem-solver ever since his early days growing up in rural Luray, Virginia. He’s also had a passion for animals his entire life! For Dr. Lucas, getting to improve the lives of not only pets, but the owners who cherish them, is a dream come true—he’s been a member of the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family since the summer of 2015.

Dr. Lucas attended Virginia Tech to earn his Bachelor’s degree in biology in 2004, and was then accepted into a program to focus on veterinary parasitology research. Next, he headed to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating as valedictorian in 2010 and becoming a licensed veterinarian. After practicing locally and teaching at the veterinary college, Dr. Lucas took a position at a mixed-animal practice back home in Luray for four years before relocating to Sykesville—that’s when he was offered a position here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic!

As part-owner of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Lucas enjoys testing his fine motor skills with delicate procedures, and he’s also fond of helping his large-animal patients—primarily dairy and beef cattle—live healthier lives. Most of all, Dr. Lucas likes forming relationships with the area’s pet and farm owners as time goes by.

Dr. Lucas now lives in Mt. Airy, and when he isn’t tending to pet’s needs here at the clinic, he can often be found in the great outdoors where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Dr. Melissa Earp


When Dr. Melissa Earp’s childhood cat needed veterinary care for an open sore, she and her mother took their pet to the local vet’s office. Young Dr. Earp was practically in tears the entire trip there—when the veterinarian told them that the treatment would be quick and easy, she was overjoyed! The entire experience introduced Dr. Earp to the power of veterinary medicine, and she’s been hooked ever since. Now, she’s a proud member of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’s team of skilled veterinarians.

Dr. Earp grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and worked in a medical billing office for a few years after high school. She received her associate’s degree in surgical technology from Frederick Community College during that time, and began working in the operating room at Carroll Hospital Center to gain crucial hands-on experience in the medical world. Next, Dr. Earp earned her Bachelor’s Degree in biology at McDaniel College while continuing to work in the hospital.

Dr. Earp attended Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to earn her veterinary degree. She lived there until August of 2017, when she moved herself and her four cats to Columbia, Missouri for her final clinical year of veterinary school. Dr. Earp finished her schooling in September of 2018, then returned to Carroll County and joined the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family shortly afterward. She’s been tending to the needs of the area’s pets and animal owners ever since!

Around the hospital, Dr. Earp has a particular passion for surgery and loves the way that even minor surgeries can impact a pet’s health for the better. She’s also fond of helping nervous pets—especially the clinic’s feline patients—remain comfortable throughout their time here at the hospital.

Away from work, Dr. Earp enjoys knitting, baking and cooking, scuba diving—her husband even proposed to her while they were scuba diving at the Epcot Center aquarium!—and spending quality time with her family and pets. She and her husband share their home with four cats: Luna, who loves helping herself to any food that is available; Milton, who has the loudest purr that Dr. Earp has ever heard; and John and Paul, who were adopted back in St. Kitts. They also have a turtle, adopted by Dr. Earp during her time in Missouri, whose favorite pastime is pulling up all of the plants that Dr. Earp adds to his tank.

Dr. Betsy Stiefvater


Dr. Betsy grew up with patient and understanding parents who indulged her habit of bringing home stray and needy animals, including a cat with three legs and one who was blind. At the age of eight, she declared that she wanted to become a vet. Looking back, she’s not even sure that she knew what that meant, but she knew she loved animals and wanted to work with them as a career. Today, more than 25 years later, Dr. Betsy has no regrets about the path she chose!

While attending undergraduate school at Ohio State University, Dr. Betsy took a job as a kennel cleaner for a small animal vet clinic. The doctor there was a wonderful mentor and taught her many things. Once she was in veterinary school (also at Ohio State), she was able to perform more procedures and services at the clinic. After graduation, Dr. Betsy moved to Alexandria, VA to work at another small animal clinic. Having always wanted to live in the DC area, Dr. Betsy relocated to Maryland in 2000, and continued working part time while also raising her family.

Professionally, Dr. Betsy has a special interest in cats. She loves their personalities, and the fact that she has to work a little harder for their affection! She is also interested in pain management in elderly pets. She believes that keeping older cats and dogs comfortable will lead to a longer and happier life with their families.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Betsy is mom to three almost-grown children. She also has six fur babies of her own, including two dogs and four cats. Remy is a pit bull mix with unlimited energy and the ability to jump three feet straight up in the air. Lily is a Shih Tzu who enjoys napping and keeping Remy in line. Domino is a tuxedo cat with the sweetest personality. Trix is a black cat who loves to eat and hang out with Domino. Garfield is (of course) an orange tabby cat with a wonderful purr. The latest addition is Monet, who has malformed rear legs, but doesn’t let it slow her down at all!

When she’s not busy working or tending to her own pets, Dr. Betsy enjoys watching movies or Netflix, reading suspense novels, traveling (especially to state and national parks), and spending time with her kids.

Dr. Miranda Baker


Growing up in Frederick County, Dr. Miranda had a special affinity for animals from a very young age. By the time she reached the tender age of just 11, she was already volunteering her time at local animal shelters—an experience that confirmed her desire to become a vet when she grew up. Dr. Miranda has since dedicated her life to her true passion: saving and improving the lives of animals. 

Dr. Miranda obtained her bachelor’s degree in animal and nutritional sciences from West Virginia University. She then went on to earn her DVM from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Miranda continued her volunteer work while attending school and was named president of the PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Club. Thanks to her tireless and creative efforts in raising funds and awareness, many otherwise hopeless strays were successfully adopted into their fur-ever homes.

Clinically, Dr. Miranda has a special interest in surgery and animal behavior. Through her work with local shelters, she has obtained a significant amount of surgical experience, particularly in the area of spay and neuter procedures. She also enjoys counseling clients about behavior and taking the time to help patients who might be stressed during veterinary visits have a positive experience.

In addition to the love and care she provides to her patients, Dr. Miranda also has a plethora of her own pets at home, including a collie/beagle mix named Harley, five guinea pigs, one hamster, and plenty of fish and snails. In what little free time she has, Dr. Miranda enjoys visiting wineries with friends, going to the beach, riding ATVs, cruising in her Jeep Wrangler, and spending time with her family and friends.