Lake Lansing Road Animal Clinic and Pet Resort is the vision and dream of Dr. Philip J. Smyka. Dr. Smyka graduated in 1982 from Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Three years later, in 1985, he opened the doors to the clinic in an old house across the street from the current location.  He started out with himself and one other employee.  He used to love telling the story that on the first day he received one phone call and a single walk-in appointment. Today the clinic has grown to a staff of three veterinarians and 20 additional team members.

We lost Dr. Smyka in 2005 but his legacy and passion for pets carries on today. His son Philip, daughter-in-law Dr. Rebecca Smyka, and colleagues Dr. Chris Jones and Dr. Ruth Zarka continue to operate the clinic under the same principal and philosophy that he established in 1985. His wife Maria Smyka is still involved in daily operations. His youngest son Steven works in the kennel when he is home from college.  The clinic is a family-run practice and we hope all our clients feel like family too. 

The clinic is a full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. We work closely with Michigan State University when emergencies arise or when special diagnostic procedures or surgeries are required. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite with a state of the art surgical laser, in-house x-ray capabilities, and a closely supervised hospitalization area. We also provide a home away from home for your pets when you leave for vacation.

We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's healthcare. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.

At Lake Lansing Road Animal Clinic and Pet Resort we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care,thus allowing you the enjoyment of your companion for a maximum number of years.






Shortly after opening the animal clinic a good samaritan brought in an injured deer. Although Dr. Smyka had very little experience with wildlife, he was able to treat and save this animal in need.

The deer was eventually released back into the same woods where the samaritan found him.This was Dr. Smyka's only deer patient but one of his favorite cases.