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The professionals here have a deeply held purpose: make sure your pet receives the absolute best care there is.

Doctors

Tammy Hickin

BS DVM

Tammy Hickin

BS DVM

Dr. Tammy Thorley Hickin is a 1988 graduate of Muskingum University and a 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her career began as a mixed animal veterinarian in Perry County. Wanting to focus on small animal medicine, she and her family moved to Pataskala and she joined Dr Joe Crock in 1998 at The Animal Hospital of Pataskala. After buying the practice in 1989, she slowly built up the practice, increasing staff numbers while updating and adding to the building. After being a practice owner for 21 years, in late 2020 she sold the practice to Dr Harris and plans to continue to practice veterinary medicine at The Animal Hospital of Pataskala for many years. Dr Hickin enjoys the bonds she forms with her clients and their pets. Her passion for veterinary medicine is as strong as ever. Dr Hickin and her husband Tim have successfully raised and launched 2 sons, Kyle and Joshua. Her passions outside of veterinary medicine are spending time with her family, travel, and reading.

Justin Harris

DVM

Justin Harris

DVM

Dr. Justin Harris is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been working at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala since 1994 when he started as a part time veterinary assistant while a student at Watkins Memorial High School. He purchased the practice in November of 2020 and looks forward to guiding the Animal Hospital of Pataskala into the future. Dr. Harris resides in Bexley with his wife, two children, and their dog Lilly. In his spare time, Dr Harris enjoys being outdoors, golf, baseball, all things Buckeyes, and the occasional bourbon.

Joseph Crock

DVM

Joseph Crock

DVM

I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in June 1973 and immediately started practicing out of my house at 65 South Main Street. My first two clients were Diane Kasler and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bonner. Nancy and I were ready to build a veterinary practice from the ground up the way we wanted it, with all the rewards of having done it by ourselves. We were also blissfully ignorant of some of the problems that stood in our way such as our lack of money. Some of my first patients were seen on our kitchen table which was actually a big wooden cable spool that I had stained and varnished. We couldn’t afford a dinette set. Just move the breakfast dishes and give Rover his shots. We’re talking hard times starting out in this veterinary work.

I was a little nervous about my age. I knew that older residents would have a difficult time believing that anyone twenty-five years old could possess a lot of knowledge, especially anything of practical value. They were certain that a lifetime of observing “hollertail” cows, dogs having fits, and colicky horses certified them for making quick and undisputable diagnosis. They could be right suspicious of someone who was strong on book learning but short on dirt-road experience. My folks placed great value on a college degree and service to mankind. In their era money was scarce and they were never able to obtain their degrees. My mother wanted me to study medicine and become an M.D. I wanted to be involved with animals in some way. My early life was heavily influenced by the veterinarian who cared for the livestock on our farm and by the sixth grade I knew what I wanted for a career.

During my senior year of veterinary school, Nancy and I spent many hours writing letters, talking on the phone, and getting leads from pharmaceutical salesmen about towns and counties that needed practicing veterinarians. We traveled from New York to Florida and even the cattle country of Alberta, Canada only to settle thirty miles up the road from my hometown. Pataskala seemed like a nice, up-and-coming village full of regular, friendly folks, deer dogs, foxhounds, coonhounds, lapdogs, cows, pleasure horses and lots of open farmland. I didn’t foresee a city with housing developments and traffic jams. The animal owner-veterinarian bond can be very strong at times, yet very fragile and strained when things get crossed up. I am proud to say that my closest friendships, outside my family, have been with my clients.

Erin Thorn

DVM

Erin Thorn

DVM

Dr. Erin Thorn is a 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is an Ohio native and currently resides in Powell with her husband Matt, their two daughters, and their dog, Dax. Dr. Thorn’s main veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, nutrition, and she believes preventative medicine is the best medicine. She has a huge soft spot for boxers, and hounds of all sizes. Dr. Thorn also enjoys cooking, baking, live music, and cheering on the Buckeyes, Blue Jackets, and the Browns. She’s proud to be calling Animal Hospital of Pataskala home and looks forward to providing the highest quality of medicine and care to your pets.

Susan Borders

DVM

Susan Borders

DVM

Dr Susan Borders is a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. With over 20 years of experience, she truly loves practicing veterinary medicine and has a special interest in dentistry as well as exotic animal medicine. Dr Borders resides in the Galena area with her husband and daughter. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, exercising and watching her daughter show horses.

“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

– John Gardner

Veterinary Technicians

Addy

Veterinary Technician

Addy

Veterinary Technician

Addy joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala family in 2018. She is a 2016 graduate of Columbus State Community College with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives in the Newark area with her son Briley and their two rambunctious German Shepards Piper and Remmi. In the Summer she enjoys spending time at the baseball field watching her son, playing with her dogs and obsessing over pigs and all things fuzzy.

Andrea

Veterinary Technician

Andrea

Veterinary Technician

Andrea started at Animal Hospital of Pataskala in October 2018. She graduated from The Ohio State University with her B.S. Zoology in 2011, and Columbus State Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015. She lives with her wife, 3 dogs: Cairo, Peaches & Tater Tot, and 5 cats: Parker, Boo, Rio, Bobo, and Moose. She plays the trumpet in the Capital Pride Band of Columbus and enjoys cooking, playing music and traveling in her spare time.

Jodi

Veterinary Technician

Jodi

Veterinary Technician

Jodi started her career at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in September 2000. She is a 2001 graduate of the Columbus State Community College where she received her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Jodi lives in Granville with her husband Ernie and their two children Marshall and Mallory. They share their home with their cats Gus and Tequila Steve. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her son play hockey, her daughter cheer and ice skate, cooking and going to the gym.

Beth

Veterinary Technician

Beth

Veterinary Technician

Beth started working at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in 2002. She is a 2003 Graduate of Columbus State Community College where she received an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives in Newark with her husband Jason, their three children, Julia, Evan, and Ryan. They share their home with their rowdy lab Lord Charles, elderly cat Marvi, bearded dragon Spike and backyard chickens. In her free time, she spends time outdoors, gardening, and making memories with her family. She loves Boxers, cat feet and the color purple.

Olivia

Veterinary Technician

Olivia

Future Veterinary Technician

Olivia started her career at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in November of 2015. She graduated from Columbus State with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016. Olivia lives in Utica with her husband Zach, two children, and two dogs: Roxi and Bourbon. Olivia also runs her own part time business creating custom apparel and gifts. If she has spare time, Olivia enjoys camping, hiking, quad riding, and quality time with her family and friends.

Amanda

Veterinary Technician

Amanda

Veterinary Technician

Amanda is a 2001 graduate of Columbus State Community College where she earned her AS in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys reading, backpacking, and spending time with her family in her free time. When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys spending her free time listening to true crime podcasts while contemplating the perfect crime. With 15 acres of woods and a new house….the possibilities are endless. So if you want to talk pets or all things maggoty and morbid, Amanda is the one for you!

Megan

Veterinary Technician

Megan

Veterinary Technician

Megan joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in 2016. Megan is a 2015 graduate of the Veterinary Technician Institute of Bradford. She lives in the Pataskala area with her dog the “original” Oakley and cat Bandit AKA Bandito. When she is not working, she enjoys reading true crime stories and spending time with her dog. She is overly obsessed with Corgis, German Shepards, bean toes and all things tiny.

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant

Hannah joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala family in 2020. She lives in Pataskala and is engaged to her amazing fiancé Zach. She also has a crazy cat named Whiskey. In her free time she enjoys planning her wedding, singing, and spending time outdoors.

Sarah

Registered Veterinary Technician

Sarah

Registered Veterinary Technician

Sarah is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is a 2017 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford Schools and joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala staff in February 2020. Sarah currently has a Beagle puppy named Moose. She was a catcher in softball for over 10 years, and still occasionally likes to play in her free time. She also loves to paint, draw, practice the piano, and binge watch TV shows.

Tristen

Veterinary Assistant

Tristen

Veterinary Assistant

Tristen joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala family in 2020 as an assistant. Prior to her time with us, she had 2 previous years of experience as a veterinary assistant. She lives in Newark with her husband Clay, their son Wesson, and the family beagle Venus. In her free time she likes to read books and spend time at the shooting range.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

– Anatole France

Vital Support Staff

Rick

Office Manager

Rick

Office Manager

Rick started his career in the veterinary industry in August, 1976 with Dr. Goldstein. Dr. Crock came into partnership in October, 1978. Rick’s training is hands on and has seen numerous changes in the field since 1976. Rick had worked for two other family businesses and with his experience he was hired on as Office Manager in March, 2006. His plans are to continue to work at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala indefinitely.

Rick has a passion for drumming and drums for one of the worship teams at the Vineyard Christian Church in Pataskala. He loves boating with his wife married to since 1983 and their family. He lives in Millersport at Buckeye Lake, has two sons, one daughter, four granddaughters and one grandson. Rick has no plans of slowing down, “Life is Good.”

Reagan

Receptionist

Reagan

Receptionist

Reagan started her career at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in July, 1998 as a full time receptionist and went to part time after having her first child in 2002. She lives in Pataskala with her husband Brian and two daughters, Ainsley and Avery. They share their home with 3 cats. In her free time, Reagan enjoys learning about essential oils, reading, and spending time with family.

Pat

Veterinary Assistant

Pat

Veterinary Assistant

Pat has been in Veterinary Medicine for 35 years. She is married to Larry. They have 4 daughters, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with another on the way. She likes reading, crafting, sewing, camping and kisses from puppies/dogs and petting kittens/cats. I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Mindy

Receptionist

Mindy

Receptionist

Mindy joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in August 2013. She was raised in Pataskala and currently lives in Logan with her daughter and 6 dogs; Bayleigh a pit mix, Maggie a GSP, Honey our clinic dog, Remington a beagle, Dixie a boxer, and Boone a beagle mix. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, spending time with her dogs, and spoiling her granddaughter.

Honey

Front Desk Greeter

Honey

Front Desk Greeter

Honey is our Clinic dog/mascott! She has been here since January of 2014 when she was dropped off in our fenced-in, pet walking area overnight. We attempted to find an owner and nursed her back to health, meanwhile Mindy fell in love with her! Mindy agreed to have partial custody and take Honey home every night with her for care, while the rest of us get to see and greet Honey every day at the clinic! Honey loves sleeping under the front desk, pulling the stuffing out of toys, getting too many treats sneaked to her, and greeting clients over the half wall!

Mow

Office Cat

Mow

Office Cat

Mow is our office cat and resident know-it-all. Mow came to us in 2017 and was too ill for his owner to care of anymore. His unique mixture of sweet and bossy quickly grew on us and he moved in to live with us shortly after. With much effort, Mow’s health has significantly improved, and he now lives the life of luxury with his staff of caretakers doing his bidding every day.

Lauren

Veterinary Assistant

Lauren

Veterinary Assistant

Lauren started shadowing at Animal Hospital of Pataskala in the spring of 2017 and was hired on as a veterinary assistant later that summer. She grew up in Pataskala and enjoyed showing horses and rabbits in Licking County 4-H. She is a student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o 2023, and works part-time as a registered pharmacy technician at Kroger Pharmacy and as a student worker in OSU’s Galbreath Equine ICU. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and volunteering at the Ohio Wildlife Center. She has one dog named Waylon.

Liberty

Receptionist

Liberty

Receptionist

Liberty has been working at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala since August 2020. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a degree in Landscape Horticulture and a minor in Animal Science. Her passions include wildlife rehabilitation, bird watching, photography and anything outdoors. She is currently living the tiny home dream with her leopard gecko Leggo in the woods of Central Ohio.