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Our Team

We love caring for your pets!

Dr. Darren Ruff


Dr. Darren originally grew up in Cincinnati and went to Ohio State University (before it was THE). After graduation he moved up to Wisconsin and practiced for 21 years. He owned 3 practices crossing half of the southern part of the state, with 15 veterinarians on staff.  After several years of working in the cold and putting in long hours, he decided with his wife that there are better ways to spend your time. He picked up his family, which includes his wife, Jill and his 2 dogs, "Stanley" and now "Kate", and they moved south.  He purchased the practice in November of 2017 and it has been on the fast pace of growing ever since. He is thankful for having a practice that had been established for more than 30 years in Panama City, with many great clients already coming here. His interest beside taking care of your furry family like they are his own, are mountain biking, motorcycling, auto racing, and enjoying anything outdoors. 


Certified Veterinary Technician 

Jill grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and graduated from Madison Area Technical College with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  Following graduation she worked at a busy 3 location practice with many doctors and team members for 19 years.  After spending many long winters there with her husband, Dr. Darren and their 2 fur kids, "Stanley" and "Sophie", they decided to make the move to Panama City.  She is very thankful for the warm welcome they have received from the clients and patients.

In her free time she enjoys biking of all kinds, working on stained glass projects, and enjoying the outdoors and sunshine of Florida. Since the lost of their Boston Terrier "Sophie" in June of 2020, they have opened their home to a deaf Boxer named "Kate" who has been quite a handful!


Customer Care Representative 

Kathleen is originally from Eden, a small town in Upstate New York. She attended Niagara University, receiving degrees in Musical Theater and English Literature. She has lived in Panama City since 1994. Kathleen works primarily in the music/entertainment industry, but has worked part-time with animals for the past 20 years. She has enjoyed being a morning receptionist at Bay Animal Hospital since August of 2007, and is excited about the renovations of the practice. Kathleen spends her free time sailing, kayaking, reading and cooking.  


Veterinary Assistant and Customer Care Representative

Sophie grew up in Folkestone, England and moved across the pond to Panama City in 2009. A love for animals was instilled in her from a young age, as her mother owned an animal grooming business and pet shop. Her grandmother also rescued and hand raised exotic birds.  In her free time Sophie enjoys SUP, kayaking, and spending time with her husband Greg and their furry canine child "Bailey".


Veterinary Assistant and Customer Care Representative

Stephanie grew up in Panama City and has been in the animal care industry for most of her life.  Over the years she has had the amazing opportunity to care for both domestic and exotic species. She's very excited to get back into the medical aspect of pet care and to learn from the staff at Bay Animal Hospital.  In her time off Stephanie enjoys training with and running obstacle course racing with her husband, David and their 3 furry German Shepards "Ariel, Dexter and Tilly" and a few kitty's. 


Customer Care Representative and Veterinary Assistant

Ashley was born in St. Petersburg, FL but grew up in Fountain, FL, a small town outside of Panama City. After a few years of going through different jobs and trying to find where she belonged, in June of 2015 she found her calling in veterinary medicine.   She then took a break from her career after finding out she was expecting her second child, which would be another energic little boy. After spending some time at home with her children she decided she wanted to come back to the field and has found a home here with us. Now with 3 little boys at home, she will continue her career here, trying to find that perfect balance of home and work, because she is very excited to be part of the Bay Animal Hospital Family.


Veterinary Technician

More info coming soon!

Dr Gayle Santiago


More information coming soon

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