Allisonville Animal Hospital

Welcome to Allisonville Animal Hospital. Established in 1957 by Dr. Everett Fleming (OSU ’55), Allisonville Animal Hospital is one of the oldest, most respected names in veterinary care in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.

In 1976, Dr. James Ward was hired as an associate and eventually bought the practice upon Dr. Fleming’s retirement in 1989. The practice and Dr. Ward owe a great debt to Dr. Fleming for the solid foundation he established and for the great depth of knowledge he shared. Now, more than 50 years later, Allisonville Animal Hospital has a modern, 6,400-square-foot, spacious, full-service veterinary clinic.

Allisonville Animal Hospital cares for your pets during all stages of their lives. We have a large and friendly staff that provides personal service in a warm atmosphere. Our services are all-inclusive to include wellness exams, vaccinations, surgery, dentistry, boarding, grooming and more.

New patients are always welcome! If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule a visit for your pet, please feel free to call us at 317-849-3160. Please take a moment to explore our site and discover what makes Allisonville Animal Hospital a premier veterinary facility with the personal attention of a small clinic.

Dr. Ward
  • 10173 Allisonville Rd, Suite 100
  • Fishers, IN 46038
  • Phone: (317) 849-3160
  • Fax: (317) 845-4235
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  • Mon-Thu: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. James Ward, DVM

    Dr. James Ward, DVM

    Veterinarian, Owner

    Dr. Jim Ward grew up in Aurora, in southeastern Indiana, near Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a lifelong fan of the Reds and Purdue. He graduated from Purdue University in 1976. Upon graduation, he began working at the Allisonville Animal Hospital with Dr. Everett Fleming, who founded the practice in 1957. Dr. Fleming built the foundation upon which the practice is built today. Dr. Ward is thankful for all the experience and knowledge Dr. Fleming patiently passed on. Dr. Ward bought the practice in 1989.

    Mrs. Ward, Dot, an R.N. at St. Vincent since '78, was instrumental in the design and decoration of the new Allisonville Animal Hospital. It was built by Shamrock Homes, and the practice was moved in August 2000.

    The Wards have three boys, Josh (Purdue ’03) and his wife, Anne and daughters Brooklyn and Claire; Nathaniel (Purdue ’05); and Christopher (senior at Cedarville in Ohio). All have been active in sports, especially baseball, golf and soccer. The Wards have five dogs: Rosco, Sadie, Crickett, Twinkles and Peter Patches. They also have two cats, Bob and Marj.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 1976
    Purdue University
  • Dr. Marcie Short, DVM

    Dr. Marcie Short, DVM


    Marcie graduated from Purdue University Veterinary School in 1987. She has worked as a small animal veterinarian in Indiana since then and has worked at AAH since 2000. As well as husband, Mike, and sons, Kiel and Sam, she as 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a snake in her household. During her spare time, she likes to garden, craft, read, spend time with family, and spay/neuter cats with the feral cat program.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 1987
    Purdue University
  • Dr. Dawn Lindstrom, DVM

    Dr. Dawn Lindstrom, DVM


    Dr. Lindstrom is originally from Annapolis, MD. She graduated from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies in 1999. She spent her last two clinical years at Purdue where she met her husband. They live in Fishers and have three children and one cat. She has worked for Dr. Ward since 2004 and looks forward to caring for your pets.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 1999
    Ross University
  • Maureen Owen, LVT

    Maureen Owen, LVT

    Veterinary Technician

    Maureen began working at AAH in 1979. She and her husband, Greg, currently have one dog, and admit to having “way too many cats!” Maureen has one granddaughter, Devin Nicole, who will hopefully become a future veterinarian. Her hobbies and interests include bike riding, boating, reading, feeding feral cats and cleaning litter boxes!

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 1979
  • Linda Hester

    Linda Hester

    Animal Care Technician

    Linda has been a part of the AAH since 1992.  She has been married for 30 years and has son, Cameron, and daughter, Dara. They currently have three dogs and multiple cats. Linda enjoys feeding feral cats at numerous cat colonies around the area and is self descriped as the "Meals on Wheels" for anything living outside.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 1993
  • Sharon Dunn

    Sharon Dunn

    Animal Care Technician

    Sharon has been a part of the AAH team for many years now, and is well liked by many of the boarders that she cares for. She has a white West Highland Terrier, a Golden Retriever, and two cats.   She has two grown sons and her hobbies are gardening and “garage sale”ing. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1999
  • Diane Freed

    Diane Freed

    Animal Care Technician

    Diane has worked at AAH for 10 years and loves caring for animals. She has two dogs, a Retriever mix named Tucker and a Silky Terrier named Darcie, two Siamese cats, and an aquarium of fish. She also has four grandchildren that keep her very busy!

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 2002
  • Annie Mills, BS

    Annie Mills, BS

    Veterinary Assistant

    Annie graduated from Millikin University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music degree only to return to school in the spring of 2007.  She is now studying Nursing at the University of Indianapolis and hopes to graduate with a Masters of Science in Nursing.  She joined AAH in the summer of 2007 and has enjoyed volunteering as a foster for stray kittens and puppies. Annie and her husband, Kyle, have two dogs, Poncho and Brewer, two freshwater aquariums, and a saltwater aquarium. Poncho and Brewer, who were rescues themselves, love to help care for all of the baby kitties and puppies that come to visit.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2007
    Millikin University
  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams

    Veterinary Assistant

    Born in Summit County, Colorado, Wendy has been taking care of animals her entire life. While in CO, she worked as a licensed wildlife rehab specialist, and loved to cross-country ski in her spare time. She has been in Indiana now since 1998 working for various rescue organizations around town as a vet tech.  Outside of working at AAH, Wendy enjoys volunteering for reTails, gardening, and taking her three dogs to the park to play.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
  • Tabitha Hacker

    Tabitha Hacker

    Veterinary Assistant

    Tabitha is from Beech Grove, IN. She graduated from Harrison College in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science for Veterinary Technicians. She is currently a veterinary assistant but plans to take the boards to become a veterinary technician. She has a cat named Panda, who at times can be more than she can handle. She enjoys volunteering at the Southside Animal Shelter, spending time with her younger sister, hiking, camping, working her second job and playing softball.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Harrison College
  • Noelle Nolton

    Noelle Nolton

    Client Relations and Veterinary Assistant 

    Noelle attended St. Mary of the Woods where she graduated with a BS in Equine Studies and a minor in Equine Science. She is currently attending school working towards obtaining her DVM in mixed animal practice with a specialization in equines. She lives in Greenfield with her son, a dog, a cat and two frogs. 

    Years in Practice:
    Nov 08, 2013
    St. Mary of the Woods
  • Elisse Cornell

    Elisse Cornell

    Office Manager

    Elisse is originally from the Chicago area. She was a client of Dr. Ward in 2001 after attending DePauw University. She returned to Chicago where she lived for the next 8 years. Recently relocated to Noblesville, Elisse splits her time between AAH and her job as a Family Law Mediator. She also enjoys spending time with her horse Grayson, and her two dogs Lily and Fini. 
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 30, 2013
    DePauw University, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Katie McLear

    Katie McLear

    Client Relations and Social Media Coordinator

    Katie is currently studying Public Relations and Event Management at IUPUI, and plans to graduate in 2014. She came to Allisonville Animal Hospital in the summer of 2013 and hopes to start fostering puppies and kittens soon. Katie loves travelling, being outdoors and caring for her two rescue dogs, Brody and Tucker.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 10, 2013
  • Buster


    Clinic Concierge

    Buster came through our clinic as a youngster in our feral cat TNR (trap/neuter/release) program in early 2005. By May, he had decided he wanted to live indoors with human companionship, walking into houses as if he always lived there…but no one wanted him and was brought to us in May with the thinking he would be put in our adoption program. Buster had other ideas.

    From the first day, he strolled happily through the clinic, deeming it his, welcoming clients and patients alike. Sometimes, he presents a client with a toy mouse he drops in their purses and is particularly sensitive to special-needs children, allowing them to handle him with great patience. Buster is currently on a weight-control diet consisting of canned food only… but again, he has other ideas. Being a "carb junkie," he's been caught stealing dry food from hospitalized and boarding kitties by sliding his paw through the bars and scooping the food out of their bowls! And if necessary, he decides to open a fresh bag of food himself. He is loved by his co-workers and his sidekick, Dr. Phil. Feel free to stop by and he will give you a warm greeting in his laid-back Buster way!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
  • Dr. Phil

    Dr. Phil

    Buster's Side Kick

    Dr. Phil can typically be seen around the clinic begging for treats or lounging around up front on top of the appointment book. It never fails, what ever you are working on, Dr. Phil is right there to lay on top of it.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
  • Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe

    Cool Cat

    Uncle Joe is the oldest of the office cats, and probably the most ornery one of the trio. He can usually be found sleeping next to the front desk computers where it is warm and cozy. You'll recognize this "cool cat" with his jet black fur and purple collar.


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010