Dr. Nellie Wilbers

 Health & Harmony Animal Hospital, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, & Pets and People in Harmony
Columbus, OH 43212, United States
1117 West 1st Avenue Columbus Ohio 43212 US

Dr. Nellie graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and was OSU’s 2015 recipient of the Elanco Behavior Award. Dr. Nellie is certified silver in Low Stress handling and a professional member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. She has attended numerous conferences and continuing education on animal behavior and handling and enjoys helping OSU vet students learn about compassionate vet care during their first year labs.

Dr. Nellie is available to help you and your pets through 3 different veterinary practices in Columbus!

  1. Health & Harmony Animal Hospital: providing general fear free wellness care, sedated exams for fearful dogs and cats, behavior consultations, dentistry and surgery. Please visit http://www.HealthandHarmonyAnimalHospital.com or call (614) 360-3941 for more information on how our team can help you and your pet have a positive veterinary experience!
  2. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice: providing in-home hospice care and peaceful euthanasia from the comfort of your pet’s favorite couch. Please visit http://www.LapofLove.com or call (614) 827-3447 for more information on quality of life, hospice care, and in-home euthanasia.
  3. Pets and People in Harmony: providing in-home veterinary behavior consultations to help families find peace in their household by improving communication between guardians and their pets to help the household meet each other’s needs. Please visit http://www.PetsandPeopleinHarmony.com or call (614) 349-5VET for more information about improving your relationship with your pet through behavioral wellness.

In her spare time, Dr. Nellie enjoys quality time with her rescue pets including her pit bull Mars, sibling cats Elliot and Arya, and foster kitties Jasper and Topaz. She enjoys using force free positive reinforcement training with indoor pets, the Koi and Shubunkin in her pond, and various other animals she meets including a goat kid and a calf. Dr. Nellie also enjoys yoga, permaculture gardening, ballroom dancing, backpacking and biking.

“Dr. Nellie was kind, gentle, caring, soft-spoken…everything we could have wished for at this most difficult time. It was like she was heaven-sent for our little Oscar to guide and help him pass from his life of pain to all the loving arms that were waiting for him on the other side of the rainbow.”

Vickie Hutchins

Delaware, Ohio

March 19, 2019


“Dr. Nellie was absolutely amazing! She was able to reassure me that I was making the right decision, and was very gracious and kind during the whole process. I really appreciated that she was flexible and willing to complete the process in the backyard, my dog’s favorite place to be and final resting place. Dr. Nellie, I can’t thank you enough for making a difficult situation full of love and remembering the positive memories.

Thank you so much!”

Kyle Hildebrandt

Columbus, Ohio

March 13, 2019


“I found Lap of Love and am so grateful. Dr. Nellie came to the house so that Ziggle would be in the most loving, familiar, and comfortable environment possible. It is horrible to loose someone you love; but was the best possible scenario to hold a frail Zig as he transitioned to a healthy and pain-free existence.

Dr. Nellie was kind, considerate, and patient. Ty and I could hardly talk through the tears. She kept reinforcing there wasn’t a rush — to take all the time we needed. Dr. Nellie was as compassionate with Ziggle as she was with us.

One would think when the procedure was through, the veterinarian would be anxious to leave. Not so — Dr. Nellie stayed with us (Ty, our cat Ciao Bella, and me) as we grieved, buried Ziggle, walked around, and built a fire.

Ty isn’t one to hand out compliments, and said this experience was as perfect as it could be. We highly, highly recommend Lap of Love.”

Diana Garber

Sunbury, Ohio

May 21, 2018


“We couldn’t have asked for a more compassionate and patient person to have helped us deal with Vader’s passing. Being able to have his last moments in his house surrounded by his family, instead of in a strange place, meant the world to us.”

Eric and Lauren Brooks

Columbus, Ohio

May 11, 2018


“When our 12 year old Golden Retriever Chloe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma, we were extremely sad, dismayed and confused. We didn’t know what to do! The doctors at the Ohio State University Veterinary Clinic told us about in home euthanasia for pets and recommended Lap of Love. So we took Chloe home and, after a day and a half, called Lap of Love and arranged for an appointment with Dr. Nellie.

Dr. Nellie was terrific! She was kind, gentle, understanding, reassuring and patient. She helped make an extremely difficult situation a little less stressful. Although we are still grieving, we take comfort in knowing that Chloe passed in her own home among those who loved her the most. Our family highly recommends Lap of Love.”

John Wright

Westerville, Ohio

April 29, 2018


“I couldn’t have asked for a better doctor to show up at my door on the worst day of my life thus far. Gino was the youngest of my two and this unfortunate news came unexpectedly. He had declined so much in the previous 48 hours and I could not bear the thought of Gino spending his last moments on the cold floor of the ER. I was so glad to be able to spend my last moments with him in the comfort of my home, alongside my parents and my other dog Bear. Bear was unaware of what was going on in that moment and Dr. Nellie was so kind about my Bear’s rambunctious behavior to get attention from his new friend. Dr. Nellie was so compassionate and kind and that is not something you can teach. She is very genuine and really made me feel at ease. Thank you Doctor Nellie for making those last moments with Gino so special, I am so glad he had such a caring vet by his side. You will forever hold a dear place in my heart for that.”

Nikki Bennett

Columbus, Ohio

April 25, 2018


“I just want to thank you for your great service you provide.  It was very hard for us to let go of our family dog but you made it so peaceful and very caring.  I want to thank Dr. Nellie Wilbers she was the absolute best and took her time with us. Thank you once again for such a great service.”

The Seymour Family

Columbus, Ohio

March 28, 2018


“I can not express accurately how much having you there helped. I expected to be treated professionally and you were not only professional but you were kind, patient, and compassionate. You made one of the worst moments in my life a million times better. There is nothing that can take away my pain, but I am grateful that you helped my baby pass so peacefully. I will tell everyone that I know about you and lap of love. Again please DO know that what you did for me and my family will never be forgotten. Thank you for your kindness. ❤”

Lyn Clark

Columbus, Ohio

October 27, 2017


“I want to thank Dr. Wilbers for her kind care as we came to the end of our journey with Crunch one of our Great Danes. She got right in the floor with him and made the end very less stressful than it would have been in a office setting. As a Chaplain I see death all the time, this was our pet and family member and I would hope for that same kind of care when it is my time to leave here.
God Bless,
Chaplain John D. Halley”

John Halley

Columbus, Ohio

October 25, 2017


“Like all pet parents making this decision was one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do. Our baby Roxie Rue Rotten was 14 years 4 months and 20 days of age when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I can not say enough great things about out contact with Laps of Love. Laurie and Dr Nellie were absolutely wonderful. They were so kind and warm and comforting. Being able to say goodbye to our baby girl at home on the sofa with her blanket and her snuggled between us was a priceless experience and gift. If you must make this choice for your sweet fur baby, this is the way to go.”

Steve and Linda Streamer

Pickerington, Ohio

October 21, 2017


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