VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge Staff

VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

Phone: 410-730-2122
Phone: 301-596-5549
Fax: 410-992-9511
10788 Hickory Ridge Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Business Hours
Sun Closed
Join us for our Grand Opening of our NEW VCA Pet Food Pantry Location. November 19, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:30pm at Howard County Animal Control we will be providing quality pet food to dogs and cats whose families are in need!

Caring for pets... and their people, too.


We are a full-service animal hospital serving Columbia and the surrounding Howard County area with the best of veterinary care since 1974.

At VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge we look forward to welcoming you and your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, and hamster to our practice! Our mission is to provide the best, most progressive and compassionate veterinary care to our patients in addition to an amazing client experience.  We pledge to give all our patients the highest-quality medical and surgical care, treating each pet as if it were our own. We are your partners in pet care, and we want to provide support and information to help you give your pet the best possible care at home, including proper nutrition, early disease detection, dental health, exercise and plenty of TLC.

At every visit you will be served by experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary

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New to VCA?

We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet's life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.

Our services don't end at our hospital doors.  As a member of the VCA family, our veterinarians have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows our doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 2,000 VCA veterinarians.

And if your pet ever needs truly advanced veterinary care, VCA Specialty Hospitals are ready to help.  These twenty-eight clinics provide state-of-the-art care in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, advanced oncology, and even such cutting-edge treatments as stem cell therapy.

At VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge we have made it our mission to provide the best, most progressive and compassionate veterinary care for our patients, in addition to an amazing client experience.  To be true to our mission, our hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.  And, if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation’s largest network of VCA board-certified specialists. 

Dr. Alison Strauss
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Purdue University

Dr. Strauss joined our VCA family in 2004.  She was born in Annapolis, MD and raised in the Midwest.  Dr. Strauss earned

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Dr. Jesse Harper
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Colorado State University

Dr. Harper was raised in the mountains outside Boulder, Colorado.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at the Colorado Institute

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Competent and Compassionate
Linda Hallinan from Frederick

I wanted to write a letter to share with the community my excellent experience with Dr. Nancy Kelso. She guided the care of my 11.5 yr.old poodle in the most competent and caring manner imaginable. My dear sweet Missy who was a huge part of my life for more than a decade now sleeps with the angels. Dr Kelso took care of her since she was 8 weeks old and she held her till she took her last breath. I will never be able to thank or praise her enough.Thank you Dr. Kelso for your caring, compassionate service.

Convenient, Affordable Wellness Plans

Membership includes:

  • Convenient monthly payments
  • 5 visits to VCA each year
  • Doctor-recommended vaccines
  • Prevention and early detection tests for serious diseases
  • Routine dental care for your pet
  • Peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your pet

To enroll in VCA CareClub®, call us at
410-730-2122 or request an appointment.