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Masks are appreciated for anyone coming inside Lane Animal Hospital. Our staff will continue to wear theirs. Space is a challenge in our exam rooms, and in general when caring for pets. Since social distancing is not possible masks continue to be encouraged to be worn by all.

If you are feeling ill with any type of illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, we ask you to please utilize our curbside appointments only or to reschedule when you are feeling better.

Curbside service visits are available for all clients, for any reason as we move forward. Simply let our client service team know that when you call to check in for your appointment (or when you schedule).

These past 2 years of the pandemic have been challenging for everyone, our team and all of you. Please be assured our amazing group of dedicated and compassionate individuals are working hard to make sure your pets are as comfortable and stress free as possible when coming into the hospital with or without you, consistently using Fear Free techniques and patience with each of them!

We are proud of the fact that we have not had to close once or alter our operating hours for the hospital at all over the past 2 years because of the protocols we have put in place. Even when doctors and staffing became limited due to sickness and quarantines, we have been able to remain here for you and your pets consistently with a doctor available. We will continue to weekly reevaluate our current protocols and how the hospital flow is working. We have and will continue to do everything in our ability to keep our staff and clients safe.

We sincerely hope all of you know we are so thrilled to have you back inside with us!

Our History

Lane Animal Hospital has an amazing history. Learn more about it below.

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Our History

In 1905, Dr. Charles Chandler Lane, a recent graduate of Grand rapids Veterinary College, started a practice that would become Lane Animal Hospital.

In 1943, Dr. C. C. Lane passed away in a car accident when returning home from a Sunday farm call. His widow, Caroline Lane, kept the practice alive after his passing. She dispensed first aid measures, boarded and groomed pets, and recruited another veterinarian to help serve the community. She continued her husband’s legacy while their son, Wilfred Chandler Lane, served overseas during the Second World War. After the war, he would come to follow in his father’s footsteps.

By 1955 the now Dr. Wilfred Chandler Lane, a proud Michigan State University graduate, had returned to his home in Chelsea to resume the family veterinary practice.

In 1963, Dr. W. C. Lane foresaw the area’s changing demographics and had a full-service veterinary clinic erected next to him and his wife, Donna Lane’s, family home. The practice on 636 N. Main Street continued to thrive and grow with Dr. Arthur Tremper, another graduate from Michigan State University (1967), and Dr. Robert Bowers, a graduate of The Ohio State University. They both joined Dr. Lane in 1972, and they would come to serve the community of Chelsea for their entire professional careers.

As the 1990s rolled around, Dr. Lane, Dr. Tremper, and Dr. Bowers continued to grow the LAH practice in Chelsea. Dr. Lane’s wife, Donna Lane, continued to be instrumental in the growth of the clinic. She served as receptionist, accountant, office manager, nurse, dispatcher, and cook, along with many other pivotal roles. Their youngest son, Jonathan Frederick Lane, returned to Chelsea and eagerly joined his father in practice. The next generation of Lane family practitioners was solidified when Dr. Jonathan’s soon-to-be bride, Dr. Margaret Callan, joined the practice. Both Drs. Jon and Margaret Lane graduated from Ross Veterinary University in St. Kits in 1995 and 1996, respectively. The recent graduates benefited greatly from the experience and knowledge of their skilled colleagues.

Shortly after Dr. W. C. Lane’s passing in 1997, his widow, Donna, Dr. Tremper, and Dr. Bowers began construction on our current LAH home at 701 N. Main Street. They brought to life a vision for the future of veterinary medicine with room to house a larger boarding facility, an expanded grooming salon, and ample room for LAH to continue to grow and expand to fit the community’s needs.

Dr. Holly Andrick joined the Lane Animal Hospital team following a GP externship with LAH through Michigan State University in 2013. As Dr. Bowers and Dr. Tremper planned for retirement following more than 40 years in practice, Dr. Brian Fryburg came on board in 2017 after graduating from Florida State University in 2015. Dr. Tremper fully retired from practice in June 2018, following 50 years in veterinary medicine. Dr. Bowers is currently still practicing one day a week at LAH alongside Dr. Jonathan Lane, Dr. Margaret Callan-Lane, Dr. Holly Andrick, and Dr. Brian Fryburg.