About Us

History

Healthy Pets has a long history in central Ohio. From a single clinic started in 1952 by Dr. Hal Taylor, Sr., Healthy Pets has grown to six clinics and is the largest family-run veterinary clinic in the region. Healthy Pets 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 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. In 1997, Westgate moved into a new state-of-the-art facility with a full-service in-house laboratory and on-site digital radiography. 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, thus maintaining their own identities but providing continuity across the company. In late 1999, ground was broken for the next facility, Healthy Pets of Wedgewood in Powell. This location was the largest thus far.

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

Our 6th and newest location is Healthy Pets of Hayden Run, located in Hilliard, Ohio opened in February of 2021.  This facility is a full service medical facility with state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best services we can for our patients.  Again, keeping with the Heathy Pets tradition of staying at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Hal H. Taylor Jr.

dr-hal-h-taylor-jrDr. Hal H. Taylor., Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. Hal joined his father’s small animal practice on the west side of Columbus and the office moved to a newly renovated facility to accommodate growth. He and his father practiced in that office together for 8 years. Upon Dr. Taylor, Sr.’s retirement from veterinary medicine, Dr. Taylor, Jr. assumed full responsibility of the practice. Over the years, Dr. Taylor grew that Healthy Pets clinic into the six location Healthy Pets family that it is today. His son, Dr. Hal Taylor, III serves as the lead veterinarian at Healthy Pets of Wedgewood.

Dr. Taylor, Jr. had many achievements throughout his career, including past President of the CAVM, past District Representative of OVMA, Central Ohio District Rep for AAHA, member of the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, and OVMA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Ohio Animal Health Foundation. He was an active member of Kiwanis, AVMA, OVMA, CAVM, AAHA, Mason, Scottish Rite and the Shriners Association.

Sadly, he passed away on July 31, 2021. His vision, from one small location, to the largest family owned practice group in the central Ohio area is unsurpassed, leaving an incredible legacy behind.

Pet Adoptions/Community Service

Tri-State Collie rescue

Healthy Pets 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 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 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.

Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Healthy Pets 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.

Powell Animal Welfare Society

Voluntary Vets

We take pride in our veterinarians. Each year, veterinarians from Healthy Pets 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.