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4501 7th St. Bay City, TX 77414

Dr. Ralph Cole was born in Bay City in 1952 and grew up in Sweeny, Texas. After completion of grade school in Sweeny, he went to Wharton County Junior College for two years from there he transferred to Texas A&M University where he completed a degree in Biomedical Science in August of 1975. Dr. Cole moved back to Sweeny and took a job as a constructional electrician at Phillips Petroleum Company while waiting to get into veterinary school. He was accepted to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and graduated on August 24th, 1981. After a short break, began working at Bay City Veterinary Clinic on August 27th, 1981 and has been a veterinarian here ever since.

Dr. Randy Volkmer was born on August 14th, 1964 in Fort Hood, Texas. He is a 1982 graduate of Bay City High School. He followed his high school years with nine years of college seven of those nine years were at Texas A&M in College Station. In 1987 he married the love of his life Lisa Piwonka. They have two boys, Randy II and Karson. Both are third generation to attend Bay City High School and both attended Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.  In July 2016 one will start medical school and the other is finishing his engineering degree and will attend law school post graduation.

He has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Texas A&M and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Volkmer began his professional career in his hometown of Bay City at Bay City Veterinary Clinic & Equine Hospital and has been there ever since.

Dr. Volkmer is a past and present member of various community and professional organizations. Some of the professional are: Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association. Some of the community are: Bay City Independent School District Board of Trustees, American Red Cross, Women’s Crisis Center, Rotary, Matagorda County Fair Board, Little League Board and Coach, and the Matagorda County A&M Club.

Like all of the doctors at Bay City Veterinary Clinic & Equine Hospital, he has the same vision for quality care and treatment of his patients. He will continue to strive to offer the latest advancements in Veterinary Medicine by having state of the art facilities, equipment, and a highly trained and motivated staff.

Dr. Joshua Savage Shield grew up in Bay City, TX.  He graduated from Bay City High School in 2002. He studied Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University and received a Bachelors of Science in 2006. May 2012 He graduated veterinary school from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. In May of 2012, Dr. Shield joined the veterinarian team and began practicing veterinary medicine at Bay City Veterinary Clinic and Equine Hospital.

Dr. Shield is proud of his family heritage and is the 9th generation of his family in Matagorda County. Working on his family's farm and ranch, he discovered his passion for working with large animals. He married his high school sweetheart Debra Manna in 2007. They now have two boys, Hudson and Paxton. They also have a small dog Ellie and two cats, June & July. Dr. Shield is an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and is currently on the Bay City Country Club Board. Dr. Shield is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and Society For Theriogenology.

Dr. Shield continues to strive for excellence in veterinary medicine. He prides himself on treating clients as family and every patient as if they were his own pet.

                                        Dr. Jana Zapalac (picture to come soon)grew up in Needville, Texas and graduated from Needville High School in 1998.  She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Poultry Science from Texas A&M University in 2002. During her years in Veterinary School, she did externships a the 6666s Ranch, Anglesy Equine Hospital in Kildare, Ireland, and Ngongoni Private Game Lodge in Nelspruit, South Africa. In June of 2009, she graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

After dating for 10 years, Dr. Zapalac married Zach Zapalac in 2010 and moved to Wharton Texas. In 2013 was blessed with a son, Barrett, a sweet and rambunctious little boy and in 2015 with her beautiful, smiley daughter, Payton. Their family also includes two Kittian island dogs, Carmella and Caribelle and two cats, Brinley and Scot. Her intrests include traveling, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and crafting.

Dr. Zapalac enjoys working on both small and large animals and joined Bay City Veterinary Clinic in November of 2015.


Dr. Tess Crider grew up near Dallas, Texas, and always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She developed an early interest in nature and animals, enjoyed frequenting the Dallas zoo, and got her first job as a kennel assistant at the local animal hospital in Ovilla. She graduated from Midlothian High School in 2003, and then went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University in 2007. She was then accepted into Texas A&M’s prestigious College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her Doctorate in 2011.While in school she focused on her special interests in public health, emergency response, and genetics research.
During her time in College Station, she met and married husband Ryan, an El Campo native and farmer. Together they rescued and care for their 4-legged “kids”: Kahlua - the clever Catahoula mix, Vegas - the goober Doberman, and Thibodeaux - the ornery orange tabby. After graduating, the couple returned to Ryan’s hometown to be closer to family. Since then Dr. Crider has worked as a relief vet in predominantly small animal practices in El Campo and the surrounding areas including: Bay City, Sweeny, Victoria, and Wharton. She was very excited to join our team here at Bay City Veterinary Clinic & Equine Hospital in October 2012, and looks forward to meeting new clients and caring for your pets.

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