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Broad Ripple Animal Clinic

Broad Ripple Animal Clinic

6225 North Broadway | Indianapolis, IN 46220

Call 317-426-9958
Monday 7:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Docking
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Broad Ripple Animal Clinic is a progressive, high quality, companion animal veterinary hospital located in a unique, northeast suburb of indianapolis. We offer full service veterinary care to our well-loved patients as well as ultrasound, endoscopy and breeding referral services to other local veterinarians.

Dr. David Brunner opened the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic in 1981 with a commitment to offering only the highest quality veterinary medicine possible, coupled with compassion and extraordinary customer service. Today, Dr. Brunner is joined by Dr. Bill Neumann, Dr.Elizabeth Murphy, Dr. Sara Rudwell, Dr. Lisa Sponsler, Dr. Heidi Rice, Dr. Jean Cruse, Dr. Katlyn Barr, and a highly educated, highly trained and enthusiastic support staff of 40...All firmly believing in, and supporting this commitment.

We have been given the highest accreditation possible by the American Animal Hospital Association for exhibiting exceptional standards of medical practice and hospital design. In a survey commissioned by a leading veterinary company, the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic was selected by Arthur Anderson consulting as one of the top 52 veterinary hospitals in the United States. In addition to this, our hospital has been selected to receive several design awards. We are also the recipient of Outstanding Service Awards from Angie's List.

Our proudest achievement however, is the constant support and recommendation given to us by our clients.

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Dr. Liz Murphy
Dr. Liz Murphy

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy received her DVM from Cornell University in 1997. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Murphy graduated from Duke University's Physician Assistant Program and worked as a Physician Assistant in Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston. She knew as soon as she walked in the doors of BRAC that it was the type of practice she wanted to work in and has been here since 1997.

Liz and her husband Mark Kesling live in Irvington with their dogs Cindy Loo Hoo, Dora, Shrek and Fiona and cats Hillary and Nickel - all of whom are rescued pets. Liz's hobbies include painting, photography and creating art using her computer.

Dr. Murphy has special interests in internal medicine and senior pet medicine.

Dr. Murphy's philosophy of veterinary care: "Over the years I have continually been amazed by the depth and complexity of the bond between people and their animal companions. My goal as a veterinarian is to celebrate these unique relationships while working to enhance and preserve them by providing the best possible medical care."

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Dr. Lisa Sponsler
Dr. Lisa Sponsler

Lisa Sponsler grew up in Lexington, KY and showed hunter jumper horses for more than 10 years. She moved to Indiana in 1986 to attend Purdue University. Lisa graduated from Purdue in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, achieving highest distinction honors. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1994. She has been practicing as a small animal veterinarian at the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic for the past 12 years.

Agility and obedience competition was a natural replacement for horse shows. Lisa has trained and competed with 2 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and 2 Shih Tzu. As a veterinarian and pet lover, Lisa appreciates the value of dog training as it relates to the human animal bond, and an enriched lifestyle for dogs. She finds positive training, including clicker training, to be a great way to train all breeds, but also particularly valuable when working with more difficult to train breeds such as the terrier and toy breeds.

Lisa lives in Carmel with her husband Andy, their son Benjamin, and their dogs Cubby (Wheaten Terrier), Chili (Shih Tzu), and Kiri (rescued Wheaten Terrier) and Jazzy (Lowchen). Lisa and Andy are volunteers for Wheatens In Need � a Wheaten Terrier rescue organization. They have fostered many homeless dogs over the years.

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Dr. William Neumann
Dr. William Neumann

Dr. Bill Neumann, DVM, ABVP received his DVM degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Bill and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Alison and Sarah, and a son, Jacob. The Neumann family lives in the Indianapolis area with their cat Beezus (Domestic Short Hair) and Mia (Wheaten Terrier Rescue). Bill's favorite thing to do is spending time with his family whether it be a family vacation or just pizza and a board game. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and birding. Bill is an avid sports fan and follows college and professional sports. His favorite teams are the Colts, Pacers, and the Purdue Boilermakers. He also plays recreational sports and coaches his kids' soccer teams.

Dr. Neumann is the Medical Director for the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic and Wellness Center, and he has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures such as Ultrasound Diagnostics, flexible and rigid endoscopy, and Laparoscopic Surgery. In 2011, he became a boarded specialist. He is one of only a handful of veterinarians in central Indiana to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Specialty Canine and Feline Practice. He pursued this accomplishment so that not only he, but the entire Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, will continue to grow professionally and stay current on the latest veterinary information.

Dr. Neumann's philosophy of veterinary care: "I enjoy veterinary medicine because I not only get to see and help the animals that we love, but also teach and talk to the people that care for them. I believe teaching and compassion are important in pet care. Compassion is needed for both pets and their owners, and educating pet owners about their pets and their pet's problems is the cornerstone of quality care."

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Dr. David Brunner
Dr. David Brunner

Dr. R. David Brunner, DVM is the owner and founder of the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic. He received his DVM degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 and opened The Broad Ripple Animal Clinic in 1981.

His commitment to offering only the highest quality veterinary medicine possible, coupled with compassion and extraordinary customer service has won BRAC nationwide recognition and respect within the veterinary community. He is a member of many veterinary organizations including the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and The American Animal Hospital Association. He is a past president of the Indianapolis Humane Society and continues to support their efforts as well as those of several other animal organizations.

Dr. Brunner's philosophy of veterinary care is based on the Golden Rule: "Treat others and their pets as I and my own pets would want to be treated."

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Dr. William Widmer, MS
Dr. William Widmer, MS

Dr. William R. Widmer is a board-certified specialist in diagnostic imaging and presently maintains a private consultation service in Indiana. He is also a Professor Emeritus in Veterinary Radiology at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a faculty member from 1988 through 2009.

Upon graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue in 1969, Dr. Widmer was in private practice for 15 years before returning to Purdue for a combined graduate program and radiology residency.

Dr. Widmer went on to earn his Master of Science in 1986 and completed his residency in 1987. He attained Diplomat status in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1988.

Dr. Widmer has been associated with the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic as a clinician since 1984.

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Dr. Sara Rudwell

Dr. Sara Rudwell received her DVM degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Rudwell was a proud graduate of Indiana University, where she received a BS in Business in 1997. After working in the Information Technology industry for over 5 years, she made the choice to return to school and pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, a career much closer to her heart. She began working at BRAC in 2003, where she quickly realized that she was learning from the best! She continued to work as a client service representative and veterinary assistant throughout her schooling, and now continues her years at BRAC as a veterinarian.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending time with her two dogs, a Labrador mix named Riley and a Pit Bull mix named Penny. She volunteered as an Advisory Board member for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control for several years, allowing her to connect with other animal lovers in the community. She enjoys reading, movies, and playing the bassoon with local community music groups (including the IU School of Medicine Orchestra). When time permits, Sara loves to travel, and has been lucky enough to visit many fun and interesting destinations in the U.S. and abroad.

During veterinary school, Sara and her dog Gracie were certified Pet Partners of the Delta Society, an organization that promotes the human-animal bond. They enjoyed visiting nursing homes and library reading workshops together, and through these activities, Sara recognized her passion for supporting the work of service and therapy dogs.

Dr. Rudwell has a special interest in reproductive medicine, ophthalmology, and behavior, and is the Director of the Indianapolis branch of the International Canine Semen Bank, which is located at BRAC.

Dr. Rudwell's philosophy of veterinary care: "I strongly believe in the human-animal bond, and the positive health effects this bond has on a pet and the whole family. By providing well-rounded care for the animal and communicating effectively and honestly with each client, I strive to help improve the quality of life for all involved."

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Dr. Heidi Rice

Dr. Heidi Rice graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Before becoming a veterinarian, she completed a Master's degree in Biology at Eastern Michigan University, where she studied the ecology of bat species on the islands of Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Michigan State University, she worked in environmental education with a non-profit conservation organization. From 2007 until 2012, she practiced on the East Coast, and while she loves Boston, she and her husband Ben are very happy to be back in the Midwest so they can be closer to friends and family!

One of Dr. Rice's outside interests is traveling. She was even able to study veterinary medicine in India and was lucky enough to study the ecology of the Galapagos Islands during her graduate school years. She also enjoys skiing, reading, spending time throwing the tennis ball for her terrier mix Molly and Brussels Griffon mix Gertie, and of course snuggling with her three spoiled cats Charlotte, Foster and Oslo.

Dr. Rice's professional interests include feline medicine and surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, and geriatric medicine. She also has an interest in wildlife rehabilitation, and has been able to see a lot of interesting medical and surgical cases in species from skunks to coyotes.

Dr. Rice's philosophy of veterinary medicine: " I love every part of this job. Although sometimes there are difficult decisions to be made, I feel extremely privileged to be part of this amazing profession, and strive to help each and every patient as if they were my own."

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Dr. Katlyn Barr

Dr. Katlyn Barr received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Barr received a BS in Animal Science from The Ohio State University in 2010. While studying, Dr. Barr had the opportunity to travel to England and Australia and observe how veterinary medicine is performed in different cultures. After graduation, this native Buckeye wanted to experience a new city and work with compassionate, caring veterinarians. Broad Ripple Animal Clinic was a perfect fit! In her spare time, Dr. Barr loves movies, cooking, traveling, being outdoors, and cuddling up with a good book and her cat Pye. Dr. Barr�s favorite moments, however, are simply spent around family and friends.

Dr. Barr has a special interest in dermatology, advanced diagnostic imaging, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Barr�s philosophy of veterinary medicine: �Veterinary medicine has always attracted me because of the bonds that a veterinarian forms with their clients and patients. I want my clients to look towards me not only as a guide for making hard decisions and gaining information, but as a teammate in their animal�s care and well- being.�

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Dr. Jean Cruse

Dr. Jean Cruse graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She graduated with a bachelor�s of arts degree in biology from Blackburn College in 2010.

Dr. Cruse grew up in the Chicago suburbs and like most young animal lovers, was always surrounded by animals. During college she began exploring the world of veterinary medicine by holding a variety of positions within veterinary clinics. The excitement of helping animals and their owners got her hooked and her career path was laid. The Chicagoland native decided to go on a new adventure and now resides in the Broad Ripple area with her hound dog, Clyde and tuxedo cat, Figaro.

In her free time, Dr. Cruse enjoys entertaining friends, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, going to hockey games, and seeing concerts.

Her special interests include surgery, ophthalmology, and preventative medicine.

Dr. Cruse�s philosophy on veterinary medicine: �This career provides me with a unique and rewarding opportunity to preserve and foster the human-animal bond that is so important in so many people�s lives. Being entrusted to care for the four- legged family member is a responsibility I am honored to share. My goal is to provide a high quality of care for each pet as if they were my own.�

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