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Richard Beckett
Co-Medical Director DVM


  • B.A., Biology, Dennison University (1984)
  • DVM, The Ohio State University (1989)

Professional Experience:

Dr. Beckett initially focused on mixed animal practice in Dover, Ohio, then turned to small animal medicine and surgery in Dublin, Ohio. From 1998 to 2003 he worked at an emergency and critical care facility, where he served for two years as the lead trauma surgeon. In 1990 Dr. Beckett founded the first Columbus, Ohio area Animal Care Center with his father. He now serves as Medical Director for 3 VCA Animal Hospitals in Central Ohio; VCA Mill Run, VCA Sawmill and VCA Westerville East Animal Hospitals, overseeing roughly 14 veterinarians and more than 100 support staff.

Community Organizations:

Recently, Dr. Beckett served as the 2017-2018 Ohio Veterinary Medical Association president. He also served on The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Advancement Board and Alumni Council, and the Columbus State Veterinary Technology Program board. He is past president of the Columbus Humane Shelter and is currently serving on the Board of GiGi's Shelter.

Since 2005, Dr. Beckett and his wife, Mary, have raised & bred Thoroughbreds. Dr. Beckett shares his busy life with his wife, Mary and 3 children; Travis, Ben and, Maxine. They live at home with "Dallas", his Maine Coon cat and "Bex" their Labrador Retriever. Dr. Beckett recently became a grandfather to Preston Tod.


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