The professionals here have a deeply held purpose: make sure your pet receives the absolute best care there is.
Dr. Tammy Hickin graduated with a Bachelors of Science at Muskingum College in 1988, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.
She then graduated with a DVM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She started working at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in the Spring of 1998 and bought the practice in July of 1999. She lives in Pataskala with her husband Tim. Her oldest son, Kyle, is a junior at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Psychology, and her youngest son, Josh, is a freshman at the University of Miami. They have two dogs Bacon and Whiskey and one cat Noel which makes for a very lively household. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.
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. Dr. Harris resides in Bexley with his wife and two children.
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.
Dr. Erin Thorn – Doctor
Dr. Erin Thorn – Doctor
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 daughter Ella, and their three dogs Mollie, Dax and Duey. As you can see, she has a soft spot for hounds of all shapes and sizes and loves Boxers! Dr. Thorn’s main veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, nutrition, and she believes preventative medicine is the best medicine. 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.
“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
– John Gardner
- AddyVeterinary Technician
- AndreaVeterinary Technician
- JodiVeterinary Technician
- BethVeterinary Technician
- OliviaVeterinary Technician
- AmandaVeterinary Technician
- MeganVeterinary Technician
Addy is a 2016 graduate of Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technology program. Addy joined the AHOP team in March of 2018. Her passion is large animals, however she greatly enjoys dogs and cats. When she’s not caring for your pets, she’s spending time with her son Briley who loves to read, play outdoors, and baseball. Addy also enjoys company of her dog LuLu. LuLu loves to play fetch, eat, sleep, and repeat.
Andrea is the newest member to the AHOP team, starting 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 fiancé and 3 dogs Cairo, Peaches & Tater Tot , 7 cats, Parker, Boo, Rio, Bobo, Garfield, Moose and Pancake. She plays the trumpet in the Capital Pride Band of Columbus and enjoys cooking, playing music and traveling in her spare time.
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 associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Jodi lives in Granville with her husband Ernie and their children Marshall and Mallory. They share their home with their cats Gus and Steve.
Beth has been working at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala since November, 2002. She is a 2003 graduate of The Columbus State Community College where she received her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives in Newark with her husband Jason and their children, Julia and Evan. They share their home with; dogs Ripley and Storm, cats Marvi and Willow, rabbit Pickles, Bearded Dragon Spike and Chicken.
Future Veterinary Technician
Olivia started her career at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in November 2015. She graduated from Columbus State with her associate’s degree of Veterinary Technology in 2016. Olivia lives in UTICA with her husband Zach, Son Zayne, and dog Roxi. In her spare time Olivia enjoys camping, boating, sewing, Ohio State football, and spending time with her family and friends.
Amanda is a 2001 graduate of Columbus State Community College where she earned her AS in Veterinary Technology. After living in Alaska for 7 years, she moved back home to Etna where she was born and raised. She and her boyfriend, Danny, are expecting a daughter, Hannah, in March 2019. They have a dog named Rowan who enjoys hiking, camping, and outdoor activities with them in their free time.
Megan has been a resident of Pataskala her whole life. She started as one of our clients and was recruited by Dr. Hickin to join our team! She graduated from Veterinary Technician Institute of Bradford in Dec of 2015. She has a cat, Bandit, and a dog, Oakley, and LOVES caring for your pets!
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France
Vital Support Staff
- RickOffice Manager
- PatVeterinary Assistant
- MindyVeterinary Assistant
- HoneyFront Desk Greeter
- MowOffice Cat
- ShaynaVeterinary Assistant
- LaurenVeterinary Assistant
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 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 joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in 2010. She has worked in Veterinary Medicine since 1986. Pat and her husband Larry have been married since 1982. They have four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.. They also have one child at home, Terra, a dachshund who thinks everyone needs to play with her. Pat enjoys camping, reading, sewing, scrapbooking, collecting thimbles and pumpkins, gardening, remodeling, and redecorating. She also loves watching crime shows and Star Trek, eating her husband’s cooking creations,and Ohio State football!
Mindy Joined the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in August 2013. She was raised in Pataskala and currently lives in Nelsonville with her daughter Taylor and 5 dogs; Bayleigh a Pitbull mix, Maggie a German Shorthair Pointer, Honey our clinic dog, Remington a beagle, Dixie a boxer, and several outside cats who have adopted her. In her spare time she enjoys extreme couponing, crafting, and spending time with her dogs.
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!
Shayna began her journey with the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in June 2018. She grew up in Pickerington, and then moved to Colorado to join her husband where he served out his Active Duty contract in the United States Air Force. She moved to Pataskala in 2017 with her husband, 3 bulldogs and 5 chickens. In her spare time, she rocks the Facebook world selling LuLaRoe (only the world’s most comfortable clothing) and keeping you in the know on our Facebook page too! Shayna was a Dog Groomer for 2 years prior to finding her home with us.
Lauren started shadowing at Animal Hospital of Pataskala in the spring of 2017 and was hired on as an animal assistant later that summer. She grew up in Pataskala and enjoyed showing horses and rabbits in Licking County 4-H. She now works part-time as a registered pharmacy technician at Kroger Pharmacy and as a groom at Center stone Stables. She is a senior at Capital University and will graduate with a major in biology and minor in business management. After graduation, she is excited to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, beginning the fall of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and volunteering at the Ohio Wildlife Center. She has one well-loved goldfish named Hank, as her dorm doesn’t allow furry friends.