Jill Ausenbaugh, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Jill Ausenbaugh, our Chief of Staff, is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since completing her internship at North Carolina State University, she has practiced throughout the country. Following her husband's retirement from the US Navy, Dr. Ausenbaugh has settled in the Southern Maryland area. She joined our veterinary team in October of 2008.
Her areas of interest include behavior, ophthalmology and oncology. Dr. Ausenbaugh has a soft spot for beagles, which make up her family of two dogs.
Patrick Barnes, DVM
Dr. Patrick Barnes grew up in the Washington Metro area and graduated from Northwestern high school in 2004,. He was part of the band program, ran track, and was a Boy Scout. In 2008 Dr. Barnes graduated from North Carolina A&T University with a Bachelor of Science in Lab Animal Science. He was blessed to fulfill his childhood dream, earning a DVM degree from Tuskegee University in 2012.
Dr. Barnes is the oldest brother of three younger sisters and is an active member of his church as part of the music ministry. He contributes to the community through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. It is a great joy for Dr. Barnes to help people and animals through practicing veterinary medicine.
Jessica Ernst, DVM
A native of Minnesota, Dr. Jessica Ernst received an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she took a few years off to enjoy life and pursued work at a small biotechnology firm, Syntiron, developing vaccines for bacterial diseases such as E.coli, MRSA and bioterrorism agents. Since Dr. Ernst missed working with clients and their fur-babies, she decide to pursue a DVM degree from the University of Minnesota.
After braving many a cold winter (that would last more than 6 months), she transplanted out to the East Coast to work at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center. Her special interests include dermatology, cytology (looking at cells underneath the microscope), ultrasonography, and preventive medicine.
Nancy Ball, DVM
Dr. Nancy Ball founded Solomons Veterinary Medical Center in 1993. A 1983 graduate of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, she has practiced in Southern Maryland since graduation. Her areas of interest include dermatology, gastrointestinal disease, and endoscopy.
Dr. Ball's animal family includes three cats and two dogs.