VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

Our Story

At VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge, we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives since 1974. We work hard to deliver the best medical care for your pets, and the best experience for you, the pet owner.

Located in Columbia and also serving communities like Ellicott City, Laurel, Elkridge, Clarksville, Hanover, Catonsville and Baltimore, our staff's thorough knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensures that our patients receive the best in preventive and healing care.

Hometown Care at VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

Welcome to VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge!

We look forward to welcoming you and your dog, cat, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, or rat to our one-of-a-kind six-veterinarian primary care practice! VCA Hickory Ridge has been serving and building trust in Howard County and surrounding areas for 50 years. We are a dedicated team of professionals from diverse backgrounds that are well-trained and highly skilled.

As a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) we voluntarily choose to be evaluated on over 800 veterinary care standards in areas such as: quality of veterinary care, diagnostic testing, pharmacy, medical records, management, facility, and so much more.

We are an AAFP Silver Certified Cat Friendly Practice and a team of Fear Free Certified Professionals. This means that we are dedicated to creating and maintaining a calming, low-stress environment for all of our patients and clients.

Our veterinary services include digital x-ray, dentistry with digital dental x-ray, laser surgery, ultrasound, therapeutic laser, chiropractic care (twice per month) and more.

We believe in providing the best, most progressive, compassionate veterinary care to our patients while giving our clients an amazing experience. We are your partners in your pet’s health and well-being, and we want to provide support and information to help you give your pet the best possible care at home.

You are always welcome to visit our practice and meet our amazing and talented team!

Local Medical Issues

Canine Flu Alert!

Many of our clients have asked about the threat of canine influenza to their dogs. Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory virus with nearly all dogs that are exposed becoming infected within a few days after exposure. This disease is highly contagious, so dogs that are around other dogs (boarding, grooming, dog shows, dog parks, contact with neighbors' dogs) are at increased risk.

About 80% of exposed dogs will go on to develop signs. Typical symptoms resemble those of kennel cough: a persistent cough (often accompanied by a nasal discharge). Some dogs go on to develop pneumonia and can become critically ill.

A new vaccine is available that can help reduce this risk. Please schedule an appointment today with one of our VCA veterinarians to discuss this emerging threat to your dog.

Accreditations & Affiliations
American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the Association's high standards in 18 different areas and are routinely evaluated on over 900 different standards of veterinary care. Not all animal hospitals are accredited, and we are proud to be amongst only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals that hold this honor.

American Association of Feline Practitioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) represents practitioners in the veterinary community who are passionate about the care of cats and supports its members in improving the health and welfare of feline patients. With a reputation as a leader in the field of feline medicine, the AAFP helps veterinary practices establish a feline-friendly environment that reduces stress for cats during veterinary visits.

Cat Friendly Practice - Silver logo
Cat Friendly Practice

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a leading movement to make veterinary care less stressful for cats and their caregivers. This global initiative is designed to elevate care for cats by assisting practices in developing calming, cat-friendly environments and reducing stress for felines before, during, and after their veterinary visit.