Dr. Allan Frank
Dr. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Gregorio Araneta University, Philippines, in 1979. He built and started Hunt Valley Animal Hospital in 1984. Today, the Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is a modern, state of the art animal hospital catering to the needs of our prized family pets. Dr. Frank is a member of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Baltimore County Kennel Club. Though Dr. Frank is a general practitioner, he has special interests in dermatology, gasteroenterology, urology, cardiology and has been performing minimally invasive surgery for several years. Dr. Frank has acquired his advanced medical and surgical skills through the completion of continuing education courses in rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, laparoscopic exploratory surgery, endoscopy, colonoscopy, transcervical insemination, transurethral collagen implantation and laparoscopic-assisted gastropexy (a life-saving procedure to prevent gastric torsion). Dr. Frank also has learned advanced techniques to surgically repair elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds.
Outside of work Dr. Frank enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Frank is owned by his German Shepherd, Maverick and English Bulldog, Axel. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Frank likes to cycle through northern Baltimore County and fly fish. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Terrapins college basketball! He is on hiatus of showing dogs right now, but it has been a big part of his life.
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I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be in Colorado, but my heart is in Baltimore! / I Love ‘Dem Crabs Hon! / I’ll never quit Veterinary medicine
My First Pet: Laddie – a mixed Collie that was the most loyal dog. He would walk to school with me and he would be there when I got out!
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Kenny Loggins – This is it. It is the first song I heard after graduating veterinary school, “the waiting is over”.
In my spare time I can be found: Bicycling, Trying New Restaurants, Going to Ravens & O’s Games, Bleeding Ravens Purple!
- Axel – English Bulldog
- Maverick – German Shepherd
Dr. Meghan Johnston
“No animal should ever jump on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.”- Fran Lebowitz
Dr. Johnston has been with Hunt Valley Animal Hospital since August 2003 after completing a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, VA. Dr. Johnston graduated from Lehigh University in 1995 with a degree in Biology and from Towson State University in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Biology. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2002. In 2005, Dr. Johnston completed two separate training courses on ultrasound procedures and diagnostics in Florida and Washington D.C. In 2006, Dr Johnston completed an intense training course for laparoscopic surgical procedures, rhinoscopy and cystoscopy at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She has also learned the advanced techniques for repair of elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds. Dr. Johnston has a special interest in surgery and cardiology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and our Medical Director.
Dr. Johnston shares her home with her husband, Reuben, daughters, Clara and Vivien, and three dogs Millie, Murphy and Asher, rescues from a Canadian Humane Society and local Defenders of Animal Rights, respectively. Murphy is a retired Pets On Wheels therapy dog. Two cats are also part of the clan, a 3-legged rescue named Gustafur and a tuxedo cat named Taz. In her free time away from the hospital, Dr. Johnston enjoys cycling, golf, rock climbing, hiking with her dogs, running, swing dancing and her monthly black tie dinners as a member of the Baltimore Dinner Club.
Dr. Johnston is also an avid sports fan and can be seen and heard all winter cheering for the Ravens! However, on her artistic side, she dreams of being on a Broadway stage someday…
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I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be in Bermuda or Colorado / I LOVE the Baltimore Ravens / I’ll be on Broadway one day 😉
My First Pet: Bert aka Bertram Francis aka Schmerto – my first baby, my first love, my best friend – miss him everyday
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Any Broadway Tune
In my spare time I can be found: Watching my beautiful girls grow-up, enjoying time with my husband and dogs, cleaning the house…
- Mille – Rottweiler Puppy
- Asher – 6 yr old Mix from Defenders of Animal Rights – Best jumper in town!
- Taz – Cat
- Gus – 3 legged Cat from Defenders of Animals Rights
Dr. Brad Pondish
We welcomed Dr. Pondish to the Hunt Valley Animal Hospital team in June, 2012. Dr. Pondish graduated from Cornell University in 1992, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a specialization in Animal Physiology and Anatomy. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a VMD in 1996.
Since graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Pondish has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in NJ, PA, and NC, most recently serving as the Medical Director in a hospital in NC prior to moving to Maryland in 2012. Dr. Pondish has completed a course in endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Georgia and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Pondish most passionate about nutrition—it’s been known for decades that nutrition can help treat and control diseases when they occur, but it is also important to remember that a good diet can also help prevent many diseases. Dr. Pondish is the diet guru; he is well versed in pairing the patient to the proper diet to meet their medical and physiological needs. Another item that continues to fuel his love for this field is how intense the bond can be between people and their pets and how that bond can improve the quality of our lives and those of our pet friends. He gives his all to preserve that bond and ensure it’s around for as long as possible.
Dr. Pondish has 2 beautiful daughters and currently shares his home with 4 Border Collies, making for a very active house at times! In his spare time, he enjoys playing flyball with his younger Border Collie, Kelsey, as well as reading, listening to music and cooking/eating spicy food.
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I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be at a hockey game, cheering on my favorite team the Philadelphia Flyers/ I am a book nerd who is a big fan of Lord of the Rings. / I’ll someday be a (mostly) self-sufficient homesteader with lots of dogs, farm animals and growing my own food!
My First Pet: A rough-coated collie named Laddie who died of heartworm disease when I was 5 years old. I’ll never forget how upset my Mom was when he died, especially when she learned it was a completely preventable disease. I’m sure he also had a big impact on my wanting to be a vet as well as my love of herding dogs!
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Just about any hair metal song from the 1980’s – Especially Motley Crue or Def Leppard – because, Hey, I was a teenager in the 80’s and a lot of that stuff rocks!
In my spare time I can be found: Hanging out with my 2 daughters, my significant other Janine, our 4 dogs, 10+ chickens, and 2 pygmy goats on our little farmette in Southern York County, PA.
- Kelsey – Border Collie, who loves watching over her flock of chickens
- Steady – a rescued Border Collie
- Banjo – A Border Collie
- Zeppelin – SURPRISE! Another Border Collie!
- Odin – a grey tabby cat
- 10 Chickens
- 2 Pygmy Goats: Maya & Charli
- Meadow – Sheep
- 3 Khaki Campbell Ducks
Dr. Vivian Ho
Dr. Ho graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and went on to attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary medicine, graduating with a DVM in 2003.
Having lived in Houston, Texas most of her life, the move to Maryland (still technically “southern”) was quite a surprise. There are actually four distinct separate seasons and something that falls from the sky called snow! She has practiced in a few small animal/avian/exotic veterinary hospitals with her most recent stint at Fallston Veterinary Clinic working under the late Dr. Don Zantop. Her interests are in avian and exotic medicine and she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Beyond avians and exotics she is passionate about pathology and loves studying slides under a microscope. That is actually how she got her roots in veterinary medicine. She was considering medicine and pathology but gets motion sickness from too many hours looking through a microscope so she decided to combine her passions and go the route of veterinary medicine and boy are we lucky she did!
Dr. Ho shares her house with a husband, 5 lovebirds, 2 budgies, 2 canaries, 2 corn snakes, 2 beta fish, and 1 very spoiled rotten house cat named Spot (Trekkies should understand!). She enjoys reading, naps on the couch, sewing, channel surfing, and eating the delicious food cooked by her talented husband.
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I’d/I/I’ll: I’d like to go to Hawaii one day / I like to read Jughead & Archie comics, fun cozy mysteries, odd news on the internet. I enjoy window shopping and eating food cooked by someone else! / I’ll continue to be a couch potato
My First Pet: A blue parakeet named, Skylark – an awesome parakeet that was really a part of the family. I also had a blood sucking evil hamster that had 6 evil babies.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Backstreet Boys – Backstreet’s Back – nice driving beat and crazy video
In my spare time I can be found: On the couch napping, Doing laundry, Sewing Something, or Stuck somewhere with my cat on my lap
- Feyd, Jessica, Shai, Leto, Rabban – Love Birds
- Mrs. Potts & Teacup – Budgies
- Zippy & Jippy – Canaries
- Caramel – Corn Snake
- Fish 7 & Fish 8 – Beta Fish
- Spot – Cat
Dr. Timothy Cujdik
Some are lucky enough to find love early in life and that is the story of Dr. Timothy Cujdik and his veterinary career. Dr. Cujdik’s first job in high school was at a veterinary hospital. That first job ignited a passion that would continue to fuel him for the next 25+ years.
While attending University of Maryland Dr. Cujdik worked for NIH (National Institute of Health) studying the effects of thyroid hormones and corticosteroids on physiologic function. He also received his EMT certification while in school and developed a CE program for EMT’s in Charles County prior to graduating. During his tenure at NIH he coauthored many peer reviewed published papers that are still referenced and in circulation today. Research was fun but there was still something missing for Dr. Cujdik so he left NIH to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee. He graduated in 1992 and returned home to his roots in Baltimore where his veterinary career has flourished.
Dr. Cujdik spent the next 23 years practicing veterinary medicine at Main Street Animal Hospital, Vinson Animal Hospital, and most recently Old Court Animal Hospital. He has an amazing reputation in our region and it is with great honor that we now get to call him our teammate. As of September 1st, 2016, Dr. Timothy Cujdik is officially Hunt Valley Animal Hospital family.
Dr. Cujdik is passionate about his patient’s as well as their parent’s well-being. You will find him constantly going that extra mile to ensure everyone is comfortable. He loves everything about veterinary medicine, especially digging into tough skin cases. Dermatology is definitely one of his favorite areas. In addition to his veterinary degree, Dr. Cujdik has continued his education in feline medicine and dermatology.
Outside of the veterinary hospital Dr. Cujdik has had a long successful show career. He has been lucky enough to own some of the top Old English Sheepdogs in the U.S. and Europe. His own Villa’s Cruella at Dizzny even won the Pastoral Group at Crufts and is enjoying retirement in Sweden. He has had multiple Best in Show wins and knows what it takes to get there so he is a popular veterinarian of choice in the show circuit.
When Dr. Cujdik is not talking veterinary medicine he can be found gardening his 5 acre home in Greenspring Valley, cooking (another passion), tackling numerous DIY projects, taking time in Dewey Beach, and of course spending time with his four legged and human family members.
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I’d/I/I’ll: I’d rather be with family / I love all aspects of gardening, enjoy my rose garden, and trying to grow difficult plants. / I’ll someday realize that I slow down a little and that I won’t die if I go into the ocean, water, or sand. I do not like ocean/lake water or sand. It can be embarrassing at times.
My First Pet: Nicholas, a rescued Bearded Collie. He lived to be 15 and is buried in my parent’s backyard. With my first paycheck as a veterinarian I bought him a granite headstone. He changed my life.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses. It’s everyday life.
In my spare time I can be found: In my garden or outside with a new project. Most recently it was installing 5 skylights in our sunroom…oh the beauty of youtube.
- Nikko – 4 year old, champion Old English Sheepdog
- Dino – 12 year old, long haired dachshund
- Bug – 11 year old long haired dachshund
- Ilia – 19 years old Korat cat
- Jimmy – Beta Fish
Dr. Gary Brooks – Housecalls
I’d/I/I’ll: After 42 years in practice, there is nothing better than that. I love what I do, the pets, the variety—It’s the best.
My First Pet: A turtle named Madison that my father bought. He/She had a plastic bowl with a little plastic palm tree, carried home from Madison Square Garden where my father took me to an event around the age of 6 or 7.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure Song: Gordon Lightfoot’s – Ballad of Big Blue. A whale that they could not catch on a harpoon.
In my spare time I can be found: Honey-Do Lists, Spoiling my Granddaughters, Golf, Walking with my Pups
- Casey- Doberman
- Willie – Standard Poodle
Dr. Ron Fallon – Orthopedic Specialist
Dr. Ronald Kenneth Fallon received his Veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 1974, with a special interest in surgery. After seven years of general private practice, he completed a surgical residency at the University of Missouri. He received additional training at Ohio State University and Colorado State University, where he studied Orthopedics and Surgical Oncology in depth. In 1986, he completed his surgical training after a rotating appointment at the University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1986-1989, Dr. Fallon was Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. Since then, Dr. Fallon has provided Veterinary Surgical services to the greater Baltimore Washington and mid-Atlantic regions. He is a member of the Veterinary Honor Society, Phi Zeta, and Who’s Who in Veterinary Science and Medicine.