Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center

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4915 Pine Ridge Drive
Columbus, IN 47201

Driving Directions

(812) 342-1233


  • Hours:
  • Mon, Tue: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Wed, Sun: Closed
  • Thu, Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Sat: 7:30am- 12:30pm
  • Emergency? call 342-1233

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.

Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center Services

  • 24-Hour Animal Hospital
  • Advanged Gum Disease
  • Anesthesia
  • Bathing
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Birds (Avian Medicine)
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Bloodwork, Urine exam and Cytology
  • Boarding
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Endoscopy
  • Endotracheal Tube
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Grooming
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • House Calls
  • IV Catheter
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Pearly Whites!
  • Polish and Flouride
  • Post-op Care
  • Pre-Anesthetic Medications
  • Prescription Foods
  • Puppy Class
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Reptiles
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Laser
  • Therapy Laser
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Best Friends Animal Healthcare & Laser Center Staff Profiles

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.
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Years in Practice: 25

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. Show More

Years in Practice: 25

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.
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