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The mission of our hospital is to fulfill the needs of our clients by providing top quality health services through a responsive, professional staff with emphasis on individual attention and commitment to our clients, their pets, and our community. If you live in Opelika/Auburn or the surrounding area in Alabama, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Doctor H.S. "Buddy" Bruce is a licensed veterinarian, treating all types of pets and animals. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Dr. Buddy Bruce is experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Opelika/Auburn veterinarian.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question, call 334-745-0060 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Opelika/Auburn veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Opelika/Auburn pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

At ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. H.S. "Buddy"Bruce
Opelika/Auburn Veterinarian | ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER | 334-745-0060

1520 2nd Avenue
Opelika, AL 36801

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Arvle Marshall

    Conducts Baer Hearing Tests. Doctor Marshall perfected hearing tests for animals and is a leader in the field of audiology. He is a retired professor from Auburn University.

  • Leigh A Sumner

    Leigh Ann has been with the Animal Health Center since the first day it opened, 28 years ago. She was a hemodialysis nurse who easily converted to veterinary medicine. Leigh Ann has always loved animals and currently has 5 dogs and 2 cats.

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  • Charity Workman
    Head Receptionist

    Charity has been part of the team at Animal Health Center for over 23 years. She is our head receptionist and guides the receptionist team through the minefield of computer invoicing and medical records. She is responsible for checking and correcting the mistakes made by our staff (including Dr. Bruce) in the charting or billing process.

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  • Josh Colley
    Head Veterinary Technician

    Josh just graduated with a degree in veterinary technology and is studying to take his boards to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. He assists Doctor Bruce in all areas throughout the practice.

  • Blaine Bruce
    Senior Veterinary Assistant

    Blaine is Dr. Bruce's son and has been working with the Animal Health Center for 6 1/2 years. He hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian and is currently working on his undergraduate degree in science. He loves patient care and thrives in the surgical environment. He has been part of this clinic his entire life and knows all aspects of the veterinary practice.

  • Katherine Griffith

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  • Kelsey Lee

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  • Payton Powers

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  • Teresa Conway

    Terrie has over 15 years experience grooming. She is able to do a large variety of cuts on numerous breeds of dogs. Terrie likes to meet each of her clients and enjoys discussing each dog's or cat's new 'do'.


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Read What Our Client Say

  • "Dr Buddy and his staff were so kind to me and my sweet Vicki. My rat terrier who had been traumatized by a dog attack 2012. She would never recover from her psychological trauma; even the meds didn't snap her out of it. Making a decision to "let her go" wasn't easy for me. And Dr Buddy helped me so much in doing all we could to keep her; but she was gone in her mind and never to return. God blessed me with her for 14 years and struggled with the last two to keep her but God also said it was time to let go. God Bless you Dr. Buddy for being there for me and my sweet Vicki; thank you for staying with her until her passing. I will never forget your kindness."
    - Francine T. / Opelika, AL

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