Dr. Robert Silcox
Owner & Veterinarian
Dr. Robert Silcox has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for nearly 20 years and has been a partner at Hickory Veterinary Hospital since 2004. Prior to that, he was an associate doctor in emergency medicine for 3 years as well as a local practice in NY for 3 years. Dr.Silcox is a past President of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and has been on the Board of the Humane Society of Harford County since 2010.
Dr.Silcox graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry in 1992. He then graduated from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.
Dr.Silcox enjoys surgery, wellness care, and educating his clients about veterinary medicine. His staff and clients appreciate his honesty and generosity of spirit.
Dr.Silcox is an avid Orioles, Ravens and Hokies fan, plays volleyball, and enjoys spending time with his wife, and two children. Dr.Silcox has a cat, JD, and a dog, Rudi, who comes to work with him everyday.
Dr. Claire McNesby
Owner & Veterinarian
Dr. Claire McNesby graduated from Furman University in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1990. She then moved to Maryland from her family home in Atlanta, Georgia. She was in the Army Ordnance Corps and attained a highest rank of Captain before she retired. She also worked as a civilian employee at the Army Research Laboratory on Aberdeen Proving Ground for 4 years as a chemist before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. McNesby attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1998. After graduation, Dr. McNesby participated in a small animal medicine and surgery internship in Sacramento, California for 1 year. After her internship, she returned to Harford County and worked at various small animal practices providing veterinary relief services before she quickly committed to emergency medicine, working in emergency veterinary medicine for nearly 6 years.
She became a partner at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in 2004 and started working here in 2006. Dr. McNesby enjoys behavior, internal medicine, and wellness care. She especially enjoys the intellectual challenges of oncology cases as well as the close relationships that form between patient/owners and doctor while treating the oncology patient. In addition to her regular duties at Hickory Veterinary Hospital, she has been providing care for cancer patients and their owners, including various chemotherapy treatments, for the past 10 years.
Dr. McNesby is settled in Harford County with her husband, Kevin, and their three girls. In her free time, she enjoys supporting her children’s various athletic and artistic endeavors. In addition to enjoying her children, Dr. McNesby enjoys gardening, reading, shopping for antiques and various outdoor activities.
Dr. Joe Mullen
Dr. Joe Mullen graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He came to Hickory Veterinary Hospital as an associate in the early 90’s. Prior to Hickory Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Mullen worked at various practices in Maryland and Virginia.
Dr. Mullen has enjoyed working for such a long time at Hickory Veterinary Hospital because it has allowed him to form close relationships with his patients and their owners. He has many clients that love him because he has cared for multi-generations of pets and people.
Dr. Mullen prides himself on his thorough and careful approach to internal medicine cases and enjoys challenging himself with routine as well as uncommon surgeries.
Dr. Mullen lives in Harford County with his wife and two sons and their pets, 2 cats, 1 dog, and 1 horse. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially in outdoor activities like running, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and camping.
Dr. Jennifer Lyle
Dr. Jennifer Lyle is originally from Rising Sun, MD, but moved around a lot while growing up. She recently relocated back “home” to be closer to family and friends.
Dr.Lyle started at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2016. She has been a fantastic addition to our veterinary staff, as many of our clients have greatly appreciated her kind and gentle manner.
Dr.Lyle graduated from Virginia Tech with an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and then received her DVM (doctorate of veterinary medicine) from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in canine rehabilitation and is currently pursuing certification through the University of Tennessee, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, her menagerie of pets (4 cats, 2 dogs, 3 sheep, and a duck), running, and is very active in her church.
Dr. Karen Meidenbauer
Karen (“Kari”) Meidenbauer graduated with a DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; she also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Meidenbauer grew up in Maryland and has enjoyed moving back home to the Old Line State and being close to the water. She has had a lifelong desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and enjoys solving difficult cases and relentlessly trying to improve her patients’ quality of life. She has special interests in internal medicine, senior wellness, soft tissue surgery, and animal health surveillance. Our clients and staff love the enthusiasm Dr.Meidenbauer brings to her profession.
In addition to working as an Associate Veterinarian at Hickory, Dr. Meidenbauer holds a part-time position on the Senior Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as an Animal Health Analyst. In this position, she works with the JHU/APL Global Disease Surveillance Program team to utilize animal health data to better predict public health risks.
In her spare time, Dr. Meidenbauer enjoys spending time with her friends and family, visiting her Alma Mater in Blacksburg, VA, and hanging out with her vivacious six-year-old Cairn terrier, Lily.
Dr. Erin McCourt
Dr. Erin McCourt is a 2017 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in Northern Maryland since graduation and joined Hickory in July 2018. Originally from upstate New York, she obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2012 with a focus on Animal Science and Entomology (study of insects).
Dr. McCourt has worked with a variety of animals both large and small, and while she fondly remembers her days working with dairy cows and birds of prey; one of her favorite things about veterinary medicine is the bond between pets and their people. Her other areas of interest include veterinary dentistry, behavior, feline medicine, and preventative medicine. Dr. McCourt especially enjoys helping owners come up with unique and novel approaches to keep their pets healthy.
In her free time, Dr. McCourt enjoys training and competing with her Doberman Atlas, cooking and gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.