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Benning Animal Hospital

Since 1958, Benning Animal Hospital has provided pet owners in and around Columbus, Georgia; Smiths Station; Waverly Hall; Opelika; and other communities in and around Muscogee County, Georgia with modern veterinary care within a warm and welcoming facility. Our veterinary hospital specializes in preventative medicine, wellness animal care, dental care, as well as surgical, emergency and internal medicine and is located in western Georgia. Our hospital was named “Best in Columbus for pet hospital services from 2009—2011”.

The Columbus Community: Overview

Benning Animal Hospital is located in the city of Columbus, GA in Muscogee County. Muscogee County is located on the central western border of the state of Georgia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census estimates, the city has a population of 194,107, while the larger Columbus-Phoenix City Metropolitan Area counts 310,531. It joins with the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2012 population of 491,852. Situated at the heart of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus is the third largest city and fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. The average Columbus education level is about the same as the state average and is lower than the national average. The city encompasses the following zip codes: 31829, 31901, 31902, 31903, 31904, 31905, 31906, 31907, 31908, 31909, 31914, 31917, 31993, 31995, 31997, 31998, and 31999.


Columbus lies 100 miles south of Atlanta. Fort Benning, a major employer, is located south of the city in Chattahoochee County. Columbus is home to museums and other tourism sites. The area is served by the Columbus Airport. The current mayor is Teresa Tomlinson, who was elected in November 2010 and the city was ranked number 4 on the "100 Best U.S. Cities to live" by Best Life Magazine in 2009.

Geographic Areas

Columbus is divided into five geographic areas, and they are as follows:

  • Downtown Columbus, also called "Uptown", is the Columbus' central business district, and home to many historic districts, homes, and churches such as the Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District, the Mott House, and the Church of the Holy Family. It is considered by some to be the area bounded on the north by Talbotton Road; on the South by 30th Avenue; on the West by Front Avenue the Chattahoochee River; and on the East by Brown Avenue.

  • East Columbus is the largest of the five Columbus areas. It is home to Bull Creek Golf Course, the largest of seven golf courses in the city. The East Columbus area is roughly bounded by Macon Road to the North, Buena Vista Road to the South, Schatulga Road and Fort Benning to the East, and I-185 to the West.

  • MidTown Columbus is a residential and commercial area in Columbus. It is home to two major shopping areas: Peachtree Mall, an indoor shopping mall opened in 1975; The Landings, an outdoor strip mall that opened in 2005. MidTown is also home to the majority of bars and nightclubs in the Columbus, GA area. It is bounded roughly by I-185 to the East, J. R. Allen Parkway to the North, River Road to the West and Wynnton Road to the South.

  • North Columbus is a diverse suburban area of the city that is home to established neighborhoods and newly built subdivisions. It is home to very upscale areas such as Green Island Hills. It is also home to Columbus Park Crossing, a major outdoor strip mall. It is bounded roughly by Moore Road to the North, Manchester Expressway to the South, Moon Road to the East, and J.R Allen Parkway to the West.

  • South Columbus is situated just below MidTown Columbus, OH. It is home to the National Infantry Museum, a museum that honors the history of infantry forces in the U.S. Army. The South Columbus area has a noticeably higher military population than other areas, most likely because it is located just above the United States Army post, Fort Benning.

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Columbus Veterinarian and Staff

Staffed by an excellent veterinarian, veterinary technicians, veterinary nurses and receptionists, Benning Animal Hospital in the city of Columbus, GA and within Muscogee County, provides the highest quality veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, and veterinary dental care to dogs, cats, goats, potbellied pigs, reptiles and pocket pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets, and mice.

As an American Animal Hospital Association member, Benning Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing pet owners in and around Columbus, Georgia, with the best veterinary care options possible.

Dr. Keri Riddick is a general practitioner who has been one of the owners of Benning Animal Hospital since 2008. Dr. Riddick earned her Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University's College of Math & Science in 1996 and then enrolled in Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Riddick's areas of special professional interest include pet dentistry, dermatology, physical therapy, reproductive medicine, and the unique health needs of goats and pigs. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the president of the Chattahoochee Veterinary Medical Association.

Pet Wellness Exams and Preventive Care

Benning Animal Hospital's pet vaccination protocol is tailored to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, the lifestyle of your pet, as well as to the diseases he or she is most likely to encounter in our region of the country. Given how important vaccines are to your pet's health, we strive to make them as accessible to our clients as possible. To this end, we offer a discount when vaccines are purchased as a package with your pet's wellness exam and internal/external parasite screening.

With each series of pet vaccines at Benning Animal Hospital, our veterinary staff performs a complete examination of your puppy, dog, kitten, cat, reptile or pocket pet. Regular pet wellness exams are extremely important as they establish an overall picture of your Columbus’s pet’s health. In addition to general wellness exams, Dr. Riddick and our veterinary assistants from Benning Animal Hospital educate pet owners about preventive care, the importance of heartworm and tick prevention, veterinary dental care as well as a host of Benning Animal Hospital's complimentary services such as nutritional counseling, vaccines, internal and external parasite prevention, and much more.

Pet Boarding Services and More

Pampered Pets Boarding offers an inexpensive, more traditional option for pet owners seeking short or long-term boarding of their pet in the Columbus, Muscogee county area. For additional information about our affordable GA veterinary care, give us a call at (706) 689-6240.

Contact Us

For affordable, convenient and quality veterinary care in the Columbus area, call Benning Animal Hospital today at (706) 689-6240.

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