Phone: (989) 345-5363

Fax: (989) 345-5103
1938 Dam Road | West Branch, MI 48661

Monday-Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 12pm
(for boarding and med pick ups only)

West Branch
Veterinary Services


About Us

Our Mission

West Branch Veterinary Services exists to provide exemplary care to animals, always mindful of their comfort and needs as well as the needs and concerns of you, our clients.

Our Facility

Visible from M-55, our clinic is easily accessible on the east side of West Branch only minutes from M-33, M-30 and I-75. At nearly 10,000 square feet our facility was built to provide superior veterinary care for companion animals in northern Michigan.

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Our comfortable and spacious reception area has both a larger area for our canine patients and a smaller, quieter area for felines and other small pets.

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Our front office features five examination/consultation rooms that connect with our pharmacy and medical records area.

pharmacyarea   sarabartlett   Reception area

The treatment area houses our in-house laboratory, a wet table for dental procedures, multiple treatment tables and our intensive care unit.

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The imaging department, which is immediatly adjacent to both treatment and surgery, features digital radiography (x-ray) and color flow doppler ultrasonography.

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Our surgical suite has two surgical tables with EKG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring, isoflurane anesthesia and heated water beds.

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Our boarding facility features separate areas for hospital patients and boarders, as well as canines and felines. We also have a isolation room separate from boarding and hospital areas for any patients suspected of having infectious diseases.


West Branch Veterinary Services works to keep our fees fair and affordable in order to better provide the care your animal companions deserve. We accept visa, mastercard, discover, american express, personal checks and cash as payment. Charging of our services is possible through Care Credit.

Waiting Room Courtesy

For the safety of your pets and children, we request that your pet be on a leash, in a pet carrier, or held in your arms before entering our waiting room. Additionally, if you suspect your pet may have a contagious disease, please leave them in your car, come in and let us know you have arrived and we will make certain the appropriate room for contagious pets is ready for you.

History of West Branch Veterinary Services

Dr. Timothy Eyth, a 1969 Michigan State University graduate, started West Branch Veterinary Services in 1976 in a pole structure on the west side of town. Dr. Eyth and his wife Susan were the operators of this mixed animal practice until 1980 when Dr. Ronald R. Risley joined their team. These two veterinarians serviced both small and large animals, and in 1990 when Dr. Sara Bartlett joined the practice.

As the practice began to outgrow its original facilities, Dr. Eyth began working on plans for his "dream clinic" and in 1999 the practice moved to it's current location on the east side of town. In our current building, we now offer an advanced level of diagnostic, medical and surgical treatment, and hospitalization for your animal companions as well as an indoor boarding facility.

After seeing the new clinic built, up, and running, Dr. Eyth and his wife Susan decided to retire in 2001. Dr. Scott Smith, a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri joined our team as an associate in March of 2003 and became a partner in the practice in 2006. At the end of 2009 Dr. Risely made his move to retirement and Dr. Smith became the sole owner of West Branch Veterinary Services.

With a history spanning four decades, three owners, many associate doctors, countless staff members, huge advances in medical technology, changes in the role animals hold in our lives, five recessions, the internet and Animal Planet our practice has certainly weathered some changes. Through all of this we have held to the ideal that a team approach to caring for our patients is the best approach with our clients being an integral part of that team. We achieve this by always providing the same friendly, client-patient oriented service.

The most important parts of the West Branch Veterinary Services story have been our patients and clients. While it is true that we exist to provide care for our patients and comfort to our clients, we are the fortunate ones. There is no one on this team that truly does not feel blessed by the opportunities and the trust given us over the years by all of you.

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