Building relationships four paws at a time since 1983.
Dr. Thomas Ritchie opened the doors of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital on March 1, 1983. Originally the hospital was located at the corner of Hard Rd. and Smokey Row Rd. in a 1,500 sq. ft. rented facility. Barb Lyndes was Dr. Ritchie’s first employee and she served as his technician, receptionist, and kennel staff! Over the next five years as the practice became established, Dr. Ritchie recognized his need for another veterinarian as well as a business partner. On April 8, 1988, Dr. Rex Riggs joined Best Friends.
Through the next 20 years, the Best Friends family continued to grow as the client base expanded. Dr. Ritchie and Dr. Riggs had to make the choice of remodeling the current rented building to create more space or build an entirely new facility. The decision was realized with a marvelous state-of-the-art 6,500 sq. ft. facility. Our current staff includes four veterinarians and an array of extremely dedicated, knowledgeable assistants, technicians and receptionists.