Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center

Our vision is to be the Healthcare advocate for your "Best Friend", enhancing the human animal bond for a lifetime of enjoyment for you and your "Best Friend."

Our Mission
Since opening in 1991, the doctors and staff at Best Friends have been working hard to keep your ‘Best Friend’, whether it be a dog, a cat, or a few of each, happy and healthy. We strive to provide consistent, comprehensive, compassionate healthcare for all life stages of your ‘Best Friend’. We work hard to ensure blue-ribbon customer service through friendly, competent, caring, knowledgeable staff. It is important to us that we work as partners with our clients to promote and encourage caring and responsible pet ownership. At Best Friends we are proud of our use of current technology, utilizing digital x-ray, digital dental x-ray, laser surgery, and therapeutic laser treatments.

The staff and doctors of Best Friends look forward to providing wellness care for your ‘Best Friend’. When your pet is ill we offer a multitude of in-house diagnostics, referrals to specialty practices, and shared 24 hour emergency services with Columbus Animal Healthcare Center.
  • Mon, Tue: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Wed, Sun: Closed
  • Thu, Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Sat: 7:30am- 11:30am
  • Emergency? call 342-1233
  • Dr. John (Jack) Chaille, DVM

    Dr. Chaille was born and raised in Anderson, IN. Growing up in and around the veterinary community, he's had a passion for animals and the human-animal bond for as long as he can remember. He has considered Columbus his home for the past 11 years, living here part time while attending undergraduate and veterinary school at Purdue University as well as full time while working at a veterinary clinic in Franklin from 2014 through 2017. Dr. Chaille previously worked at Best Friends as a veterinary assistant during the summers of 2007, 2008, and 2011 which allows him to be very familiar with the style and scope of the practice as well as the support staff. After the first summer of employment at BFAH, he made it a goal to be able to come back "home" and spend the remainder of his career at Best Friends. Dr. Chaille has a special interest in surgery and preventative medicine which he believes will help to provide the best of care to his patients.

    Dr. Chaille and his wife Sarah (a life-long Columbus native and current Cummins employee) live on a small hobby farm with four horses, two dogs, and two cats that they consider to be family. When not busy working at the clinic, he enjoys spending time at AQHA shows (as a spectator), projecting around his house/farm, and boating/swimming.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Purdue University (DVM 2014)
    Preventative medicine; surgery
  • Judy Wagner, RN

    Judy has been involved with Best Friends Animal Healthcare since its establishment. As an RN and Nurse Practicioner, Judy brings views from the human healthcare field to better the management side of Best Friends. Judy compassionately deals with the various inventory issues that arise and is very helpful with clients who need to make special arrangements to provide for their 'Best Friends' healthcare needs.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1991
  • Christy , RVT,BS

    Christy graduated from Purdue Veterinary Technology School after completing a four year program to become a registered Veterinary Technologist. She graduated with high honors and was the recipient of the Veterinary Technology Award. Since coming to Best Friends Animal Healthcare, she has added to the quailty of the compassionate care provided for your 'Best Friend'. Christy also has a special interest in behavior and has established a puppy training program at Best Friends.

    She lives with her husband, Patrick, their son Xander,  their two cats, Bond and Jinx, and their dog Jamie. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and watching action movies. Christy is also a member of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (CIVMA) and St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.
  • Hannah

    Hannah began working at Best Friends as part of a high school mentor program in January 2005. She has always had a passion for animals and really enjoys working in the veterinary field.

    Hannah and her husband, Robert, just bought their first home in June 2010. They enjoy spending time with their son Alex and their pets, Peyton and Nova.  They also have several assorted fish.  Hannah really enjoys working with animals and finds her job very fullfilling.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2005
  • Lindsey

    Lindsey joined the Best Friends' team in June of 2009 as a customer service representative and is currently being cross-trained as a veterinary assistant.  She was born in Jonesville Indiana and is the oldest of 6 children.  Lindsey is an Academic Honors graduate of Columbus East High School and studied Psychology at IUPUC.  She brings over 8 years of customer service experience as well as a cheerful and easy going attitude to her position.  She likes spending her free time enjoying music, movies, books and her cats, Rory, Sookie, and Gideon.  She and Ben, her husband, are enjoying raising their first son since May 2011.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2009
  • Stacie

    Stacie has worked at Best Friends since 1999 in a variety of roles.  Currently she fills the role of Veterinary Assistant.

    Stacie, her husband Todd, and her daughter Erica, raise and show miniature horses as well as rescue and care for horses of all sizes.  Igor, pictured here with Stacie, was a rescue that Stacie nursed back to health.  She also has many dogs.  Stacie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Equine Studies from St. Mary of the Woods College and is a volunteer firefighter for the Jonesville fire dept.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1999
    St. Mary of the Woods College
  • Shep, Teka, Fred

    Teka (middle) and Fred (far right) live at Best Friends and help greet our clients.  Teka can often be found "assisting" the customer service representatives, while Fred offers his support in the treatment area.
    We are very sad to announce the loss of our faithful friend, and long-time greeter Shep (far left) on August 10th, 2009.  He will be dearly missed.