Meet Our Team
Rick Paynter, DVM
Director of Medicine
Dr. Rick Paynter was raised locally in Howard County and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, he and his wife adventured to the midwest, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. Despite thoroughly enjoying the charm of a more rural setting, he moved back to Maryland to begin his career as a small animal veterinarian.
Prior to joining us, Dr. Paynter worked at a successful small animal clinic in Montgomery County, MD for over 5 years. He has a passion for building relationships with clients and providing the best possible treatment for each individual pet’s needs. He has a soft spot for labs and Siamese kitties. His kitty, Bella, is a Blue Point Siamese who tries to run the place, but generally gets out-ranked by the 2-legged critters in the household!
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Paynter adores spending time with his family and enjoys being as active as possible and sharpening his skills as a home cook. He and his wife are actively involved at their church and are grateful to share life with both stateside and foreign communities through local outreach and international service trips.
Ernest A. Slovon, DVM
Dr. Slovon graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines in 1984 and after practicing in the Randallstown area for four years, opened the Owings Mills Animal & Bird Hospital in 1988. His interest in exotic pets and birds started prior to veterinary school and has been emphasized ever since. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Greater Baltimore Veterinary Association, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He has served on several of these associations including past president of the Mid-Atlantic States Association of Avian Veterinarians and Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association. He has lectured to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, health care professionals and aviculture clubs on numerous topics. Local newspapers once carried Dr. Slovon’s column “You & Your Pet.”
Dr. Slovon has also been a guest speaker several times on local radio and TV shows and he works closely with many breeders and wildlife rehabilitators.
Dr. Slovon served as President of the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association from 2003 through 2009, again in 2013 and continues to serve on their board facilitating continuing education for local veterinarians.
Ryan is a native of Halifax, Pennsylvania, relocated to Maryland to attend Western Maryland College and has been here ever since.
After graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Exercise Science, Ryan went on to teach in Baltimore County for 16 years, mostly at the high school level while coaching football and baseball.
In 2018 Ryan pursued his passion for animals and made the switch into the veterinary world. He is loving his new gig as the Practice Manager at OMVC and enjoys working with his patients, their pet parents and with Dr. Paynter, Dr. Slovon and the rest of the wonderful staff at Owings Mills Veterinary Center.
Ryan still coaches football in his spare time at Franklin High School and resides in Hampstead, MD with his wife – Ashley, daughter – Brooke, and son – Jett.