Our Team

We love caring for your pets!

Dr. Darren Ruff

DVM

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 Sophie, 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. 

Jill 

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.  After 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 very 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.

Kathleen

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.  

Sophie

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 fiancee Greg and their 2 dogs, 1 guinea pig, and 2 leopard geckos.  

Alex

Veterinary Assistant and Customer Care Representative 

Alex is a recent transplant from Columbia Missouri.  She, along with her  two daughters and fiancee moved to Panama City just in time to evacuate for the storm.  Alex has been in the field of veterinary medicine for 7 years and is excited to meet all the warm and welcoming clients here in Panama City. In her free time Alex enjoys spending time with her family and their 2 dogs and 1 kitten.

Stephanie

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 German Shepherds. 

Oreo

Security

Oreo has been a resident at the clinic for the past 16 years! Once used to help save the lives of unfortunate felines, he is fully enjoying his retirement time as night time security guard.  During the day his time is spent lounging on the fluffiest of beds and eating nothing but the best we can offer! At night his time is spent roaming the halls of the clinic, but mostly sleeping on a different fluffy bed.