Our Veterinarians

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.

Dr. Bray became engaged to her husband—Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’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 a wonderful young son, James, and also share their lives with two cats—Scotch was Dr. Bray’s first pet when she moved away for college, and she rescued Charlie during veterinary school—and a rescued mutt, Scampy, who currently lives nearby with Dr. Bray’s younger brother. 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 a vet, 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.

When he isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Dr. Lucas can often be found in the great outdoors, where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. He and his wife—a veterinarian herself—share their home with three Border Collies: Boots, the oldest and most loyal; Socks, who is Border Collie in appearance but couch-potato at heart; and Skirt, who believes she is in charge of the entire bunch.
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.

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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. Hasslinger
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Hasslinger will be joining the Taylorsville team this summer!

Dr. Hasslinger grew up on a farm in Garrett County, Maryland, where she cared for everything from dogs, cats, and guinea pigs to chickens, ducks, geese, sheep, cows, and horses. She’s been working with animals ever since her earliest days—for her, it was a natural progression into the field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Hasslinger is thrilled to care for the pets of her home state as an Associate Veterinarian here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic!
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Dr. Hasslinger obtained her undergraduate degree at Frostburg State University, working at a veterinary hospital in Lavale, Maryland during her studies to expand her knowledge base. She also served on a research team and shadowed a large-animal veterinarian, making house calls to various horse farms throughout Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. Next, Dr. Hasslinger headed to Purdue University to earn her veterinary degree, and even completed an externship in Ireland during her schooling.
After graduating in May of 2019, Dr. Hasslinger chose to move back to Maryland to be close to family and friends. It wasn’t long before she became a member of the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic team. Dr. Hasslinger brings with her special interests in dermatology and surgery, which she attributes to her father and grandfather—her dad is a physician who has dedicated his life to allergy treatment, and her grandfather was a skilled surgeon. She couldn’t be happier to continue this legacy of healing as a licensed veterinarian!
In her time away from work, Dr. Hasslinger is an avid piano player—she even won an award and scholarship for a classical piece she played at a competition!—and also loves to go horseback riding. She has a horse named Bee, as well as several other animal companions: Virgil the pony, a sheep who goes by Lila, Marlow the cat, and a dog named Piper.

    • Cathy NoellCathy Noell

      Thanks to the staff and to Dr Lukas for the excellent care they gave my dog Gipper. Thanks to you he is feeling MUCH better. So glad you got the upgraded dental equipment!

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    • Kim VonBusseniusKim VonBussenius

      wonderful vet office. Very pleasant.Staff is friendly.

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    • Sue Krupa BaumgardnerSue Krupa Baumgardner

      They love our pets, and take good care of them.

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    • Amy GormanAmy Gorman

      Dr Megan Bray is amazing. She has seen our Bella during her entire battle with ectopic ureter and then chronic kidney failure. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Bella about 2 weeks ago and despite how difficult the experience was she was very empathetic and just as sad to say goodbye. We are proud to call her our vet and always recommend her and the entire team to others.

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    • Dana Baxley HarrisonDana Baxley Harrison

      Love them!

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    • Debbie RosenlofDebbie Rosenlof

      We have been using Taylorsville Vet Clinic for over 13 years and they are the best! They took care of our first Golden Retriever for 11 years. They always gave us sound, professional advise and guidance as we maneuvered through, Lymes disease, Hypothyrodism, Arthritis and finally, with great sensitivity, cancer and the final decision to have our girl put to sleep. We now have a new Golden and they have already had to deal with a life-threatening situation with her! Once again, Dr. Sutton has clearly explained our options and helped us make the best decision for our dog. I appreciate that they treat me with respect as a pet owner by giving me all the options available, from conservative to more preemptive/proactive approach- never judging my final decision. As long as I have a pet, I will be taking them to Taylorsville Vet Clinic and I will recommend them to anyone with confidence.

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    • Susan SagerSusan Sager

      I have used these docs for many years and have found that, although the doctors rotate in and out with regularity, the main vet tech is always there and helpful kind and happy. The beauty of having young doctors is they can be very honest and really feel for you in the hard times. They let you decide what you want after they advise. Also I can get an appt in the next day or so or even sooner in emergencies.

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