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Tammy Hickin , BS ,DVM

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.

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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.

Joseph A. Crock , DVM

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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.


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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 new kitten Gus who is very ornery.

Beth , RVT

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, rabbits Chubbs and Pickles, tree frogs Stripe and Strippett, and anoles Sparkles and Evee.

Jenna, RVT

Jenna is a 2006 graduate of Columbus State Community College with an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. She started with us in February 2014 when she settled in Pataskala with her husband Chip and son Levi. They have three dogs, Lizzie a Yorkie, Stetson a Yellow Lab, and Frankie a Frenchie/Olde English Bulldog mix. In their free time they enjoy camping, hanging out with friends and family, Ohio State football, and doing things around their 6 acres.  

Olivia,  Future RVT

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 Pataskala with her husband Zach and dog Roxi. In her spare time Olivia enjoys camping, boating, sewing, Ohio State football, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Amanda, RVT

Born and raised in Licking County, Amanda graduated from Columbus State in 2001 as a Veterinary Technician. She also has a bachelor's in Forensic Investigation and a bachelor's in Forensic Pathology. After living in Alaska for 6 years, she recently moved back to Ohio with her dog Rowan. In her free time Amanda enjoys reading, backpacking, sewing, and training Rowan as a search and rescue canine.

Megan, RVT

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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 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 of 30 plus years and their family. He lives in the Pataskala area, has two sons, one daughter, four granddaughters, one grandson, and a cat named Smaffy. When and if he retires, he plans to live at
Buckeye Lake.

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 was born and raised and currently still lives in Pataskala with her husband Brian and two daughters, Ainsley and Avery. They share their home with 3 cats and a hampster. In her free time, Reagan enjoys learning about essential oils, reading, and spending time with family. 

Kori, Receptionist

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Pat , Veterinary Assistant

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 for 33 years. They have four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. 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!

Lauren, Veterinary Assistant

Lauren started shadowing at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala in 2008 and was hired on in 2011. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She enjoys spending time at the barn with her horses and beef cattle. She also loves photography, playing guitar, reading, traveling, snowboarding, and watching Ohio State football. Lauren has a yellow Labrador Retriever named Luke. 

Mindy, Veterinary Assistant

 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 4 dogs; Bayleigh a Pitbull, Maggie a German Shorthair Pointer, Honey our clinic dog, and a new puppy Remington a beagle! She also has two cats Bullet and Smoke and a snake. In her spare time she enjoys extreme couponing! Ask her for some of her tricks!

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

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Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am Closed
6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 6:00pm 12:00pm Closed

For after hours emergency care, please access your pet's vaccine/medical folder for our doctors' emergency numbers or call :

  2. at 614-846-5800
  1. The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital
  2. at 614-292-3551.
  2. at 614-870-0480
  1. Diley Hill
  2. at 614-829-6444


Dr. Hickin by far has been the best veterinarian I've brought one of my pets to. She went out of her way on numerous occasions to help me with my elderly cat Jack. She listens and takes her time. You never feel rushed or a burden. It has been a long time since I've worked with a doctor that showed they cared this much about their patients. Thank you Dr. Hickin for everything.

Tracy G.
Pataskala, OH

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