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
We understand the special role your pet plays in
your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health
care. 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
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 one and only deer patient but was one of his favorite cases.