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Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet our Veterinarians and Tech’s of Bel Air Veterinary Hospital in Bel Air! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 410-838-4900 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Meet Our Doctors!

Dr. Richard O. Cook (7/21/1930 – 2/20/2017)

Dr. Cook received his B.S. Degree in Dairy Husbandry and his Veterinary Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956. Dr. Cook was in private practice for 50+ years. Dr. Cook remained active in local organizations and was an organizer and Chairman for the Harford County Farm Fair for many years.

Deborah Kelly, VMD

Dr. Kelly is from White Hall, MD where she grew up on a horse farm and where she still lives today while raising Show Hunters. She graduated from Towson State University with a BS in Chemistry and Biology. She then earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. She has been with Bel Air Veterinary Hospital since 1994. Her interests include showing hunters, all outdoor sports and spending time on the farm with her 3 dogs, 1 donkey and 7 horses.

Dave Stevenson, DVM

Dr. Stevenson is a Bel Air area native. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. Degree in Biology in 1997. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. His areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology and dentistry.

Thomas Schmidt, DVM

Dr. Schmidt received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1982. He is the former owner of the Oxon Hill Animal Hospital and Clinton Animal Hospital and also has practiced emergency medicine in Maryland, Virginia and New York for several years.

Kara Young, DVM

Dr. Young grew up in Monkton, MD where she was involved with horses from an early age. She graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University in 2011 where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Equine Science and a minor in Business Administration. In 2015, Dr. Young earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University. Following graduation, she completed a year-long rotating internship in Large Animal Surgery, Internal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She then worked at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Maryland. When not working, Dr. Young enjoys horseback riding, traveling and spending time with her family including a beagle named James.

Meet Our Vet Tech’s!


Margaret has lived in Harford County for most of her life. She received her AA in 1984 and has worked as a Registered Vet Tech for past 25 years. She has been employed with Bel Air Veterinary Hospital for more than 30 years. When not at work, Margaret enjoys spending time with her family.


Chris is a lifelong resident of Harford County and has been working at Bel Air Veterinary Hospital since June 2015 . He graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at CCBC in 2013. When not working, he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching movies and spending time with his family, friends and two cats-Jimmy and Beanie.