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Lakeside Animal Hospital

Welcome to Lakeside Animal Hospital


Our expertise and passion for veterinary medicine and the animals we serve are equaled only by our devotion to you, our pet owners. Lakeside Animal Hospital has been here for over 80 years, allowing us to serve generation after generation of your family’s pets.

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Home Away From Home

Who We Are

We’re honest. You can expect appropriate recommendations for your pet based on the circumstance and best veterinary practice, never based on how many tests or procedures we can accumulate from your visit.

We’re intelligent. We are committed to continuing education and accreditation, which ensures that we remain above average, providing you and your pet with the most up-to-date practices and the highest quality care available.

We’re caring. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t really care. Each pet-owning staff member sees this not as a “job” but as a “mission.” Our compassion and empathy extend not only to our animal patients, but to you, our human clients as well.

When it’s time for your pet’s annual wellness exam or you are concerned about a change in your pet’s behavior, give us a call. We’re your local resource for all of your pet’s needs. 

We’re about pets and their people.

COVID-19 Updates


Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain committed to providing the best possible care for your pets while keeping you, your pets, our team, and the Milwaukee community safe.

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AAHA Accreditation

What are the Standards of Accreditation?

The AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) Standards of Accreditation are widely used as benchmarks to measure excellence in veterinary medicine. Our hospital has been successfully evaluated by an outside consultant on over 900 standards that directly correlate to the care we are providing your pet. The standards are the most rigorous published standards in the industry and are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they remain consistent with changes in veterinary medicine and technology.

Lakeside has been an accredited AAHA member since 1978. Only approximately 17% of the small animal facilities in North American can claim this important merit. Our hospital must meet the Association’s high standards for quality veterinary care. To maintain our accredited status and to make sure we are keeping up with industry updates, we are evaluated every three years.

Why AAHA Accreditation?

Choosing an accredited veterinary practice for your pet’s medical care assures you that the practice has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medical protocols that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of high quality care.

Lakeside Animal Hospital has chosen to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for the following reasons:

  •     We have a commitment to excellence

  •     Ensures that our hospital is up-to-date on changes in veterinary medicine

  •     Inspires pride among our employees

  •     Improves our hospital operations

  •     Enhances our credibility with peers and clients

  •     Shows strong leadership

Client Reviews & Testimonials

We at Lakeside Animal Hospital have been dedicated to providing quality veterinary care to the Milwaukee, WI community since 1939. We strive to treat your pets with the same care and compassion as if they were our own.

Lakeside is just great! The staff on the phone were friendly, professional and informative. The doctors and technicians were caring and knowledgeable. When my cat was euthanized, the doctor and staff were tremendously compassionate and caring, and sent me a sympathy card with a personal note from Dr. Poetzel. There is no place I'd rather take my pets.

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John R.

The BEST place ever! Sensitive, Caring, Compassionate from the front desk to vets and everyone else behind the scenes. Have seen our family with our dog from birth to death and couldn't go anywhere else.

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Barbara A.

Both of my Westies are very well cared for at Lakeside. They are very good at reminding us about shots that are due, and the clinic is exceptional. My girls love their veterinarian, which says something for her indeed.

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Milton F.