Thorsen, James R DVM

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  • 7870 Veterans Pkwy

    Columbus, GA 31909

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  • 706-323-5218

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M-F 8am - 5pm

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I have to agree with some of the posts on this vets customer service practices. My sister and husband had to leave town over a weekend due a family emergency and would be gone for several days. I called Dr. Thorsen's office while they were gone to request the dog's shot records for my vet. My sister's dog needed to be seen for treatment. Dr. Thorsen's staff advised me that they do not fax records to other vets but they'd be happy to mail the records to my sister's home in Georgia. I explained that would be of little use since she was out west at a funeral and I had the dog in South Carolina. They finally agreed to mail them to me. I reconfirmed that they refused to electronically send the records to another vet and was told they would mail them to me. Thank goodness my vet is client-focused and focused on the well-being of my pets and those of my family and not keeping control of records to avoid another vet from seeing one of their clients. While this vet practice may be good at treating your pets while you are in town - hope that you don't have any emergency away from home where you need your pet's medical records!

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I have to agree with some of the posts on this vets customer service practices. My sister and husband had to leave town over a weekend due a family emergency and would be gone for several days. I called Dr. Thorsen's office while they were gone to request the dog's shot records for my vet. My sister's dog needed to be seen for treatment. Dr. Thorsen's staff advised me that they do not fax records to other vets but they'd be happy to mail the records to my sister's home in Georgia. I explained that would be of little use since she was out west at a funeral and I had the dog in South Carolina. They finally agreed to mail them to me. I reconfirmed that they refused to electronically send the records to another vet and was told they would mail them to me. Thank goodness my vet is client-focused and focused on the well-being of my pets and those of my family and not keeping control of records to avoid another vet from seeing one of their clients. While this vet practice may be good at treating your pets while you are in town - hope that you don't have any emergency away from home where you need your pet's medical records!

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My husband and I have been clients of Dr. Thorsen's for nearly 10 years. Today, when I was in there, I witnessed the most disagreeable client that I have ever seen. When I walked in, she was arguing with the receptionists and veterinary technicians about her dog being seen. From what I gathered, she takes her dog to another vet in town, but wanted a second opinion on cancer surgery from Dr. Thorsen. The veterinary technician tried explaining to this client that vaccinations are required anytime a pet is left in their care. The woman continued to argue and cause a scene in front of my son and me, as well as other clients in the waiting room. Dr. Thorsen has been nothing but good to my pets over the course of 10 years and I trust his protocals and opinions. I know that my dog is required to be current on vaccinations and I appreciate this policy. I would not want my pet to be surrounded by any unvaccinated pet while in the care of a veterinary clinic. Not to mention, I would hesitate to have a vet who I have never met before perform any type of surgery on my pet. My family pet is like my son and I would never have a doctor perform surgery on my son who was not familiar with his case! I appreciate all that Dr. Thorsen and his staff do and will continue to use them for all of my pet's needs in the future! It is his loyalty towards the relationship with my pet that keeps us coming back time after time!

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My husband and I have been clients of Dr. Thorsen's for nearly 10 years. Today, when I was in there, I witnessed the most disagreeable client that I have ever seen. When I walked in, she was arguing with the receptionists and veterinary technicians about her dog being seen. From what I gathered, she takes her dog to another vet in town, but wanted a second opinion on cancer surgery from Dr. Thorsen. The veterinary technician tried explaining to this client that vaccinations are required anytime a pet is left in their care. The woman continued to argue and cause a scene in front of my son and me, as well as other clients in the waiting room. Dr. Thorsen has been nothing but good to my pets over the course of 10 years and I trust his protocals and opinions. I know that my dog is required to be current on vaccinations and I appreciate this policy. I would not want my pet to be surrounded by any unvaccinated pet while in the care of a veterinary clinic. Not to mention, I would hesitate to have a vet who I have never met before perform any type of surgery on my pet. My family pet is like my son and I would never have a doctor perform surgery on my son who was not familiar with his case! I appreciate all that Dr. Thorsen and his staff do and will continue to use them for all of my pet's needs in the future! It is his loyalty towards the relationship with my pet that keeps us coming back time after time!

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well, i've been skimming through these posts and i would have to disagree with some of the statements. i've been a client at Animal Health Center for 12 years. Dr. Thorsen and his staff are VERY kind, they actually care for my pets and are VERY knowledgable. Any questions that i may have i get the answer in detail and seem to know exactly what's goin on when i leave and i appreciate that! The clinic is very clean, filled with smiling employee's. I also trust the Dr's reccomindations on anything that has to deal with our animals.Yes, he's strict on the requirements and some of his policies but i know it's for the protection of our pets. we have 2 Healthy dogs and a cat. Thank you animal health center for all of your compassion.
-Leslie

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well, i've been skimming through these posts and i would have to disagree with some of the statements. i've been a client at Animal Health Center for 12 years. Dr. Thorsen and his staff are VERY kind, they actually care for my pets and are VERY knowledgable. Any questions that i may have i get the answer in detail and seem to know exactly what's goin on when i leave and i appreciate that! The clinic is very clean, filled with smiling employee's. I also trust the Dr's reccomindations on anything that has to deal with our animals.Yes, he's strict on the requirements and some of his policies but i know it's for the protection of our pets. we have 2 Healthy dogs and a cat. Thank you animal health center for all of your compassion.
-Leslie

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My husband took our pet there while living in Ft. Benning, Ga. Now that we lived in NC is very disappointed to find out we wont be able to continue our pet treatment because their policy is they only want you to buy the pets medications with them.

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My husband took our pet there while living in Ft. Benning, Ga. Now that we lived in NC is very disappointed to find out we wont be able to continue our pet treatment because their policy is they only want you to buy the pets medications with them.

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Wonderful place to take your animals. The groomer is amazing and has a lot of experence under her belt i think if i'm not mistaking she said she has been in the business 20 yrs now. The clinic in all is a wonderful enviroment, very clean, very cheerful. i love the people and the Dr.'s. I HIGHLY RECOMEND EVERYONE TO TAKE THEIR ANIMALS HERE!

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Wonderful place to take your animals. The groomer is amazing and has a lot of experence under her belt i think if i'm not mistaking she said she has been in the business 20 yrs now. The clinic in all is a wonderful enviroment, very clean, very cheerful. i love the people and the Dr.'s. I HIGHLY RECOMEND EVERYONE TO TAKE THEIR ANIMALS HERE!

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I have to say all of my families pets have been going to this vet my whole life. Starting with the Doctors, Dr. Thorsen and Dr. Gasser make a wonderful team helping animals and their owners. They both have treated all of my pets for years. I would never choose a vet over them. The employees as well care deeply about every animal that walks through them doors of the clinic. I want to take this time to say I am thankful for all the time that has been spent by the Doctors and employees caring for my pets. Words can not explain how greatly i appreciate everything that has been done for my family! So thank you to the Doctors and thank you to all the staff for a wonderful 20 yrs!

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I have to say all of my families pets have been going to this vet my whole life. Starting with the Doctors, Dr. Thorsen and Dr. Gasser make a wonderful team helping animals and their owners. They both have treated all of my pets for years. I would never choose a vet over them. The employees as well care deeply about every animal that walks through them doors of the clinic. I want to take this time to say I am thankful for all the time that has been spent by the Doctors and employees caring for my pets. Words can not explain how greatly i appreciate everything that has been done for my family! So thank you to the Doctors and thank you to all the staff for a wonderful 20 yrs!

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I first came to AMC at my daughter's recommendation, having moved here from MD. I take my poodle to AHC for grooming and check-ups. Everyone is kind and attentive to me, but one time in particular Dr. T met me at the office at midnight as my dog was sick. After checking her out, he reassured me that everything would be fine. As a senior citizen, I appreciate the patience and kindness they show towards me. My questions are never left unanswered. I appreciate everything that AHC does for me and my dog.

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I first came to AMC at my daughter's recommendation, having moved here from MD. I take my poodle to AHC for grooming and check-ups. Everyone is kind and attentive to me, but one time in particular Dr. T met me at the office at midnight as my dog was sick. After checking her out, he reassured me that everything would be fine. As a senior citizen, I appreciate the patience and kindness they show towards me. My questions are never left unanswered. I appreciate everything that AHC does for me and my dog.

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I have taken my animals to AHC for the 10 yeas that I have lived in GA. I have had nothing by kind and compassionate service from everyone, from the Drs., to the techs, to the front desk personnel. Through terrible times, i.e., putting to sleep my 20 year old cat, hospitalizing my Boston Bull Terrier for a week with stomach problems and surgery on my mixed shepherds's leg) I received nothing by the kindest service. All my tears and fears were put to rest by the staff. No one complained about the million phone calls to check on my pets. I even got calls to let me know that my Bull dog was doing better. I would like to take this opportunity to offer a personal THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all the great people at AHC.

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I have taken my animals to AHC for the 10 yeas that I have lived in GA. I have had nothing by kind and compassionate service from everyone, from the Drs., to the techs, to the front desk personnel. Through terrible times, i.e., putting to sleep my 20 year old cat, hospitalizing my Boston Bull Terrier for a week with stomach problems and surgery on my mixed shepherds's leg) I received nothing by the kindest service. All my tears and fears were put to rest by the staff. No one complained about the million phone calls to check on my pets. I even got calls to let me know that my Bull dog was doing better. I would like to take this opportunity to offer a personal THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all the great people at AHC.

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I have taken all my pets to AHC for almost ten years. Today, my sick father asked me to take his dog in for grooming. I choose to take the dog to AHC. I asked to receptionist to call my father's vet to get the dogs shot records.See said that I had to personally go retrieve the records from Phenix City. I asked to speak with Dr. Thorsen about the matter. He refused to speak with me and told the receptionist to tell me to take the dog to Phenix City. I have terminated the services of AHC for all my pets.

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I have taken all my pets to AHC for almost ten years. Today, my sick father asked me to take his dog in for grooming. I choose to take the dog to AHC. I asked to receptionist to call my father's vet to get the dogs shot records.See said that I had to personally go retrieve the records from Phenix City. I asked to speak with Dr. Thorsen about the matter. He refused to speak with me and told the receptionist to tell me to take the dog to Phenix City. I have terminated the services of AHC for all my pets.

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The office has some good vets I think, but I cannot recommend it. They seem knowledgable about the animals, but not their staff. I called on more than one occassion to try to find out if they had medicine for my dog so that I would not make a useless trip there only to get the answering machine. Although I left a message each time, I would say that I probably got a call back twice out of ten times. I did not feel as if they cared for my business at all. This after I let the vets know about not getting a call back. When I went to pick up my records, I did not feel as if Dr. Thorsen cared whether I stayed or left nor did he seem to care why I was leaving.

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The office has some good vets I think, but I cannot recommend it. They seem knowledgable about the animals, but not their staff. I called on more than one occassion to try to find out if they had medicine for my dog so that I would not make a useless trip there only to get the answering machine. Although I left a message each time, I would say that I probably got a call back twice out of ten times. I did not feel as if they cared for my business at all. This after I let the vets know about not getting a call back. When I went to pick up my records, I did not feel as if Dr. Thorsen cared whether I stayed or left nor did he seem to care why I was leaving.

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Dear Animal Health Center, You were such a wonderful help to us in getting our dog, Jeremiah, home again!! You were so happy to help and it sure was appreciated!! Thanks for everything you did to help us! It wouldn't have happened without you! We're so appreciative!
Sincerely,
Lynne, Joel, and Josh F.

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Dear Animal Health Center, You were such a wonderful help to us in getting our dog, Jeremiah, home again!! You were so happy to help and it sure was appreciated!! Thanks for everything you did to help us! It wouldn't have happened without you! We're so appreciative!
Sincerely,
Lynne, Joel, and Josh F.

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I couldn't disagree more with some posts here. The staff and doctors at Animal Health Center have always been very thorough in explaining test and treatments and costs. I have used them for 18 years. They always seem to have the best interests of my pets as their first priority

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I couldn't disagree more with some posts here. The staff and doctors at Animal Health Center have always been very thorough in explaining test and treatments and costs. I have used them for 18 years. They always seem to have the best interests of my pets as their first priority

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I took my puppy Mary Lou to Animal Health Center to be spayed. The people were all so nice and I was very comfortable leaving my Mary Lou there. During the surgery Dr Thorsen noticed that Mary Lou's puppy teeth had not fallen out like they were supposed to. Unable to contact me he removed them while Mary Lou was still asleep . He saved me at least $40.00 and more importantly kept Mary Lou from having to be put to sleep again to have the teeth pulled. Mary Lou did great, I couldn't even tell she had surgery and she was eating and drinking at home the same day. I am glad Dr. Thorsen took the extra time to take care of Mary Lou's teeth to prevent crooked teeth as she grew up.

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I took my puppy Mary Lou to Animal Health Center to be spayed. The people were all so nice and I was very comfortable leaving my Mary Lou there. During the surgery Dr Thorsen noticed that Mary Lou's puppy teeth had not fallen out like they were supposed to. Unable to contact me he removed them while Mary Lou was still asleep . He saved me at least $40.00 and more importantly kept Mary Lou from having to be put to sleep again to have the teeth pulled. Mary Lou did great, I couldn't even tell she had surgery and she was eating and drinking at home the same day. I am glad Dr. Thorsen took the extra time to take care of Mary Lou's teeth to prevent crooked teeth as she grew up.

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These folks are fantastic! After the tornado Dr. Thorsen's staff were on the phone the very next day calling to check on us and our puppies. They offered to keep them free of charge for 2 weeks while we repaired our house. Thats one reason we've been using Animal Health Center for years

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These folks are fantastic! After the tornado Dr. Thorsen's staff were on the phone the very next day calling to check on us and our puppies. They offered to keep them free of charge for 2 weeks while we repaired our house. Thats one reason we've been using Animal Health Center for years

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I strongly recommend this vet. I took my first himalayan cat there several years ago. I took her to Dr. Thorson for several years for her shots and he treated her for pancreatitis. After he diagnosed her with kidney failure he gave me 2 treatment options. I chose not to put my cat through the treatments since she had always been such a great and caring cat and I felt that she should go on her own time and not mine. After about a month and a half when she started to suffer I took her back to AHC and Dr. Thorson put her to sleep at no charge. I really felt like they cared. I couldn't bare the thought of having a bill to pay and no cat to take home.

I use Dr. Thorson to treat my current cat. I have been taking her to him for several years for just her yearly shots. She had never been sick until a couple of months ago. When I took her in he determined that she had a blockage in her bladder and it was severly inflamed. Her bladder ruptured and Dr. Thorson stayed several hours after closing that night performing emergency surgery on her that saved her life. I was able to go into the office daily while my cat was there and visit with her. Dr. Thorson took the time to answer all of my questions, 2 pages worth. Dr. Thorson and his staff really cared about my cat and I know that she was well taken care of. After my cat came home I took her back daily for the next 4 days to have her checked to make sure that everything was ok. AHC did not charge me for each time that I took her back even though I brought her in more often then they recommended. His charges were less then I expected and were what he told me they would be before he did the surgery. I expected my bill to be much higher then it actually was.

I strongly recommend AHC and Dr. Thorson.

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I strongly recommend this vet. I took my first himalayan cat there several years ago. I took her to Dr. Thorson for several years for her shots and he treated her for pancreatitis. After he diagnosed her with kidney failure he gave me 2 treatment options. I chose not to put my cat through the treatments since she had always been such a great and caring cat and I felt that she should go on her own time and not mine. After about a month and a half when she started to suffer I took her back to AHC and Dr. Thorson put her to sleep at no charge. I really felt like they cared. I couldn't bare the thought of having a bill to pay and no cat to take home.

I use Dr. Thorson to treat my current cat. I have been taking her to him for several years for just her yearly shots. She had never been sick until a couple of months ago. When I took her in he determined that she had a blockage in her bladder and it was severly inflamed. Her bladder ruptured and Dr. Thorson stayed several hours after closing that night performing emergency surgery on her that saved her life. I was able to go into the office daily while my cat was there and visit with her. Dr. Thorson took the time to answer all of my questions, 2 pages worth. Dr. Thorson and his staff really cared about my cat and I know that she was well taken care of. After my cat came home I took her back daily for the next 4 days to have her checked to make sure that everything was ok. AHC did not charge me for each time that I took her back even though I brought her in more often then they recommended. His charges were less then I expected and were what he told me they would be before he did the surgery. I expected my bill to be much higher then it actually was.

I strongly recommend AHC and Dr. Thorson.

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The staff here is amazing, even in an emergency situation. They are all kind and caring, and they love their jobs. The vet is absolutely one of the best in this area, and they offer a wide array of treatments. This is the best place to take your pets if you love them like family. The prices are reasonable and the office is always clean.

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The staff here is amazing, even in an emergency situation. They are all kind and caring, and they love their jobs. The vet is absolutely one of the best in this area, and they offer a wide array of treatments. This is the best place to take your pets if you love them like family. The prices are reasonable and the office is always clean.

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This is one place where I will always bring my pets. They are just as concerned as you are about the health of your pet, and they go out of their way to make you comfortable and make your pet comfortable. They are even great during emergencies, making time to treat your pets and give you reassurance. They are also moderately priced.

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This is one place where I will always bring my pets. They are just as concerned as you are about the health of your pet, and they go out of their way to make you comfortable and make your pet comfortable. They are even great during emergencies, making time to treat your pets and give you reassurance. They are also moderately priced.

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This is a great place to take your pet. The vets are great and so is the staff. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is great. You will love to take your pet here.

PROS: Nice people
CONS: Bad location

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This is a great place to take your pet. The vets are great and so is the staff. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is great. You will love to take your pet here.

PROS: Nice people
CONS: Bad location

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