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, Dr. Brock Wagner and the 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 and Athens Animal Clinic.
  • Mon, Tue: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Wed, Sun: Closed
  • Thu, Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Sat: 7:30am- 12:30pm
  • Emergency? call 342-1233
  • Brock H Wagner , DVM

    Dr. Brock Wagner grew up on a farm in south-central Illinois (Tower Hill). Dr. Wagner graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After working in two practices in Illinois and Indiana, he moved to the Columbus area in the fall of 1980 and practiced with a local group for seven and a half years. Dr. Wagner then became a relief veterinarian for three years filling in for veterinarians from South Bend to Carbondale, IL.  In addition, he worked at the Airport Animal Emergency Center in Indianapolis one night each week for five years. These experiences allowed Dr. Wagner an opportunity to expand his medical and surgical skills and see a wide range of veterinary facilities.

    In June 1991, Dr. Wagner opened Best Friends Animal Care, Inc., a mobile house call/farm call based practice. His clientele composed of 60% small animal and 40% large animal. March 1993 found "Best Friends" in a new facility at Two Mile House Road with continued mobile veterinary services. After six years at the Two Mile location, Dr. Wagner moved "Best Friends" to its present larger facility on Pine Ridge Drive. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Wagner changed the name to Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center to better reflect the mission of the practice.  In December 2006, after twenty-eight years of large animal practice, Dr. Wagner retired from equine practice to devote full time to his expanding small animal practice.

    Dr. Wagner has enjoyed raising his family, Jennifer and Bryce, in the Columbus area since 1980 with the help of "Sophi" and "Grace." Golf, wood projects, remodeling and 50-60 hours of continuing education per year occupy much of Dr. Wagner's spare time. He is a member of AVMA, IVMA, CIVMA, AAFP, and ADS.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1991
    Education:
    University of Illinois
  • Judy Wagner, RN

    Judy has been involved with Best Friends Animal Healthcare and Laser Center since its establishment. As a 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 that 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 & Laser Center 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.
    Education:
    Purdue
  • Sarah

    Sarah has had the opportunity to work at Best Friends since 2007 as a Customer Service Representative. Although her background is in Early Childhood Development and Care, she has greatly enjoyed caring for our clients and their pets.

    She has been blessed with a wonderful family. Her oldest son, Chris, is in the Army and is stationed with his wife, Annie, in Texas. Her daughter, Amanda, recently began attending IUPUI and maintains a part time job. Her youngest son, Benjamin, is in the second grade. He is a very creative young man and loves to have fun!

    She looks forward to meeting you and sharing the honor of being involved in a small part of your life.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
  • 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
    Education:
    IUPUC
  • 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
    Education:
    St. Mary of the Woods College
  • 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
  • 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.