About Us

History

veterinaryHealthy Pets of Ohio has a long history in central Ohio. From a single clinic started in 1952 by Dr. Hal Taylor, Sr., Healthy Pets of Ohio has grown to five clinics and is the largest family-run veterinary clinic in the region. Healthy Pets of Ohio grew along with central Ohio has become ingrained in the community by offering compassionate, quality pet care with a hometown touch.

Dr. Hal Taylor, Sr. graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in1950 and started a small animal practice on the Westside of Columbus. Dr. Hal H. Taylor Jr. (Doc) followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. Doc joined his father’s practice and the office moved to a newly renovated facility to accommodate growth. He and his father practiced in that office together for eight years. Upon Dr. Taylor Sr.’s retirement from veterinary medicine, Dr. Taylor Jr. (Doc) assumed full responsibility of the practice.

During the 1980′s, there were a lot of changes and growth in veterinary medicine. With technology changing so rapidly, Doc began designing computer software, VETWARE, which could be utilized in a veterinary hospital to maintain patient data. Today, Healthy Pets of Ohio continues to utilize the best technology for hospital information systems available.

A second practice was opened in Hilliard in 1993. This facility added the capability to board and groom. A third practice was added in Grove City in 1994. This facility is also a full-service clinic with full medical and boarding facilities. In 1997, Westgate moved into a new state-of-the-art facility with a full-service lab, grooming and boarding. This move increased office size to almost three times the size of the old building.

In mid-1999, the names were changed for all locations to Healthy Pets of Ohio, thus maintaining their own identities but providing continuity across the company. In late 1999, ground was broken for the next facility, Healthy Pets of Ohio of Wedgewood in Powell. This location was the largest thus far.

A third generation of Taylors joined the family tradition of becoming veterinarians. Dr. Hal Taylor III (Chip) graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and serves as the lead veterinarian at Healthy Pets of Ohio of Wedgewood.

A fifth hospital, Healthy Pets of Ohio of Lewis Center, opened in 2008; this state-of-the art facility continues the Healthy Pets of Ohio tradition of staying at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Taylor Jr. (Doc) has had many achievements throughout his career, including serving as the past President of the CAVM, past District Representative of OVMA, Central Ohio District Representative for AAHA, member of the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, and receiving the OVMA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. He is an active member of Kiwanis, AVMA, OVMA, CAVM, AAHA, Mason, Scottish Rite and the Shriners Associations.

Dr. Hal Taylor III (Chip), has served as President, and as a board member, on the Board of Trustees for the Alumni Society of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. He is active within the AVMA, OVMA and AAHA.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Accreditation

We are pleased to say that all five Healthy Pets of Ohio hospitals are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA is an international association of more than 50,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is well-known among veterinarians and pet owners for promoting high standards in veterinary practices and quality pet care.

AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,200 AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care, diagnostic and pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility. Consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s Standards of Accreditation for services and facilities.

Here are a few examples of how AAHA’s standards impact you and your pet:

  • The Standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of: anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.
  • The Standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (X-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
  • Accredited hospitals have an onsite pharmacy so they can begin treatment immediately.
  • AAHA Standards require that medical records be thorough and complete to help practitioners better understand your pet’s medical history as well as how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, developed and published by AAHA, are widely accepted as representing those components of veterinary practice that represent high-quality care. The Standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology

Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve.

Pet Adoptions/Community Service

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Healthy Pets of Ohio has been a part of the central Ohio area since 1952 and we strive to give back to the community through various activities and events.

Healthy Pets of Ohio began working with TSCR in June of 2013. TSCR is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to protecting the welfare of the Collie breed. Tri State Collie Rescue operates in several states including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. TSCR also has volunteers in Pennsylvania and Illinois. We provide TSCR dogs with boarding and medical services ranging from wellness exams to major surgeries so that when they find their forever homes, those families will have a healthy pet.

Good Samaritan Program

Over the years, Healthy Pets of Ohio has established a “Good Sam” fund made possible through kind donations from current clients who would like to give back to the community. This fund was created to help current long-time clients and special cases. Because the program is funded by donations, we have an application process and guidelines for participation.

Bark for Life

Since 2011, Healthy Pets of Ohio has sponsored the Olentangy Bark for Life. The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a non-competitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. We enjoy sponsoring this fun-filled day and find it’s a great way to connect with our current clients and reach out to the community to build new relationships.

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Healthy Pets of Ohio began our partnership with PAWS, an all-volunteer, all foster-based rescue serving the Columbus, Ohio, area in December of 2011. PAWS finds loving homes for abused, neglected and/or stray dogs from high-kill shelters in Ohio and neighboring states. We provide PAWS dogs with boarding and medical services ranging from wellness exams to major surgeries so the adopting families will have a healthy pet.

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Pilot Dogs

 

Dogs Night Out

Graeter’s Ice Cream holds this event the first Thursday of every month at their locations in the Columbus area. Healthy Pets of Ohio is proud to co-sponsor this event with PAWS and Pet People. It is a great way to get the whole family out of the house for some ice cream (even Fido gets a FREE Frosty paws!). We enjoy connecting and educating people.

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Voluntary Vets

We take pride in our veterinarians. Each year, vets from Healthy Pets of Ohio volunteer to vaccinate dogs through the Columbus Academy at local shelters. We also go to Pilot dogs every year to vaccinate the newly trained guide dogs. During this visit, we meet with the new owners to educate them about their new canine and answer any questions they might have.