Upper Arlington Northstar

About Us


Our mission is to provide service and education to families and their pets in our community by offering high quality veterinary care with compassion, experience, and advanced medicine.  

Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital and Northstar Animal Care are both owned by Drs. Adam and Joanna Parson. Although they are two separate locations about one mile apart,  they are unified as one family owned small animal practice that serves the Tri-Village area.  Therefore patients are able to be seen in a timely manner at either location and emergencies are usually accommodated during business hours.  Our staff is cross trained at both facilities and are always available to answer any questions regarding your pet during business hours.For clients who are unable to make an appointment due to scheduling conflicts, owners may drop off their pet (by appointment) on a weekday morning for an exam and appropriate treatment by a veterinarian. The client will then be notified and may pick up their loved one before the close of business hours.  

We are unique in our community in that we are able to offer routine veterinary care as well as referral level medicine in most cases due to our previous training at a specialty facility, our diagnostics/equipment, and our ability to hospitalize patients overnight with the assistance of our on-call technicians.  Our veterinarians reside locally and will make themselves available to patients when needed during evening/weekend hours of hospitalization. In the event that a patient cannot be stabilized or needs advanced imaging/treatment given by a specialist we will refer to Medvet or Ohio State.

We also offer canine behavioral training by Amy Liss, the owner of PAWsitive Training, via behavioral consultations at home and in the clinic. Our Puppy Socialization Hours are provided at the Northstar Animal Care location in our outdoor fenced in area on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 PM from Spring through Fall.  This service is free to current clients as well as their first in home behavioral consultation.

We pledge to participate in continuing education and advanced training for our veterinarians and medical staff in order to provide the highest level of veterinary standards and ethics.  We are also blessed with a fantastic team that truly love what they do everyday.   


Our History


Since 1946, the building located at 1600 West Fifth Ave (originally the Methodist Episcopal Church, erected in 1891) has been home to the tri-village community’s veterinarian. Apple’s Veterinary Hospital was founded by Dr. Apple and his wife Dr. Ackerman, later passed down to their daughter Christine Apple. Dr. Porter purchased the clinic from the Apple family in the late 1990s. In the fall of 2006, 


Northstar Building - 1950  

Dr. Porter retired and OSU graduate Adam Parson purchased the hospital. Dr. Parson is proud to be caring for animals in a building with such a strong historical connection to the Grandview community. 

Even though the name of the clinic has changed, Dr. Parson plans to continue the personal attention, friendly client service, sensitivity to pets and their owners, and warm concern that are traditional in this neighborhood landmark. In addition to standard veterinary care, the clinic now offers laser procedures, pre-anesthetic blood work, emphasis on pain management before and after surgery, in-office lab work, radiographs, ECG, blood-pressure measurements, and close working relationships with specialists in all areas of animal health. 

The Northstar family consists of skilled and compassionate staff that prides themselves on innovative veterinary care and preventative medicine, while maintaining a close and personal connection to you and your pet.