Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic

Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Battle Creek, MI . The professional and courteous staff at Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Battle Creek, MI and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

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  • Mon-Thur: 7:30 AM-7:30PM
  • Fri: 7:30AM-7:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM-12:00PM
  • Emergencies by appointment only Sat. 12:00-5:00PM & Sun 9:00-5:00PM
  • Philip VanVranken, DVM

    Veterinarian, Founder

    Dr. Pete is a 1974 graduate of MSU and the founder of Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic.  He and his wife, Sharon, have two children along with 3 dogs, and 3 cats.  Dr VanVranken enjoys playing basketball, MSU sports, and old cars. His favorite part of the job is seeing a patient go home after surviving a critical condition and helping people through problems.  His least favorite part is seeing animal abuse and people who don't take proper care of their pets.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1974
    Education:
    MSU
  • Ron VanRyswyk, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Ron is a 1978 graduate of MSU.  He practiced veterinary medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and Ft Myers, FL prior to joining the clinic in 1985.  Dr VanRyswyk is married and has two children.   He practices small animal medicine and has a special interest in orthopedic surgery.  He currently owns dogs, cats, parrots and guinea pigs.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1978
    Education:
    MSU
  • James Barron, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr Jim graduated from MSU in 1988.  He is married and has three children, four dogs and one cat.  Dr Barron practices small animal medicine and surgery on cats, dogs and ferrets.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1988
    Education:
    MSU
  • Jennifer Tirrell, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Jen is a 2005 graduate of Michigan State and was hired in January of 2007. She practices small animal medicine and performs surgery on dogs, cats, and rabbits. In our practice, Dr. Jen takes care of international relations and helping clients take care of international health certificates when they are going out of the country.

    Dr. Jen is married with one child, Owen. She has a Golden Retriever Mix, Sam, at home.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2005
    Education:
    MSU
  • Katie Aulbach, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Katie is a 2005 graduate of MSU. She became an Associate Veterinarian at Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic in 2005. Dr. Katie decided to become a veterinarian at a young age due to her love of nature, animals, and science. She enjoys working in a service-based profession and using her experience and training to guide clients in making the best decisions for their pets. She has a special interest in abdominal ultrasound and soft tissue surgery.

    Dr. Katie's family includes her husband Adam (also a veterinarian whom she met in school), her son Henry who was born in 2013, Nellie and Meela, cattle dog mixes, and a black cat named Louie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, running with her dogs, triathlons, mountaineering, and traveling.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 10, 2005
    Education:
    MSU
  • Rachel Bradley, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Rachel was hired in October 2008. She is a 2008 graduate of MSU.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Education:
    MSU
  • Hilary Setlak, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Hilary graduated from MSU in 2008, practiced large animal medicine for a year, and joined our practice in July of 2009. She works in small animal medicine and has a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery in our clinic. She enjoys reuniting pets with their owners after a hospital stay and also being able to add to a pet's quality of life and longevity.

    Dr. Hilary has three dogs, Blondie (9 year old Mixed), Patch (6 year old Border Collie Mix), and Gus (3 year old Mastiff Mix). She also has seven cows (including a very special one named Midget). She is a farm girl at heart. Her hobbies include large animal medicine, outdoor activities, and reading.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Education:
    MSU
  • Jesse Fritz, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Jesse is a 2013 graduate of MSU and was hired in May of 2013. His favorite part of the job is helping families provide the best quality of life for their pets. He is married with 2 children, Piper a Great Dane, Leo, a German Shepard mixed and Pheobe the cat. His hobbies include cooking, photography, computer programming and gardening.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    MSU
  • Oliver Parsonage, DVM

    Veterinarian

     

    Oliver is a 2014 graduate of MSU and was hired in May of 2014.

    Education:
    MSU
  • Pam Weakley

    Practice Manager

    Pam was hired in 1990 and started as a room technician.  Pam is married with two grown children who are married (so that equals 4 kids!), 2 dogs, 1 cat and 3 horses.  Her son is a helicopter pilot in the Marines and her daughter is an elementary school teacher.  Her interests include all things horses and reading.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1990
  • Heidi

    Inventory Specialist

    Heidi has been with Dickman Road since 1997 and is in charge of most of our ordering and inventory control.  She has 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren, and 5 cats.  Her interests are gardening, crafts, and being with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1997
  • Peggy, LVT

    Technician

    Peggy is a 1979 graduate of MSU.  She has been with Dickman Road since 1990 and is currently our head technician.  Peggy is married and has 2 children, 1 dog, 2 cats and 1 bird.  Her interests include gardening and singing in the church choir.  The favorite part of Peggy's job is learning something new every day and having lots of contact with the animals.  Her main interest at work is in learning more about small animal dentistry.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1990
    Education:
    MSU
  • Sarah, LVT

    Technician

    Sarah graduated from MSU in 1988.  She first came to our clinic in 1991 and then left for a time to be a stay-at-home mom. She returned in 2003.  Her husband is a retired teacher for the Marshall Public Schools and her son is active in school sports, band.  Sarah and her son are active in environmental issues and take all of our paper products to be recycled at least once a month.  She owns 1 cat and 2 dogs.  Her hobbies include running, tennis, swimming, reading, hiking and yard work.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1991
    Education:
    MSU
  • Toby, LVT

    Technician

    Toby is a 1992 graduate of MSU and started with Dickman Road right out of college.  Toby has a Scottie, and an African Grey Parrot.  Her interests include gardening and making improvements to her house.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1992
    Education:
    MSU
  • Jackie, LVT

    Technician

    Jackie is a 1995 graduate of MSU and was hired here shortly after graduation.  Jackie has a son, two dogs, 2 cats, 3 horses and 3 dogs.  Her interests include riding horses, quads and bikes; camping, fishing and spending time with her son.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1995
    Education:
    MSU
  • Jennifer, LVT

    Technician

    Jennifer started working with Dickman Road in 2002 as a Veterinary Assistant.  She went on to complete her degree and now works as an LVT.  Jen has 2 dogs, 5 cats and 2 birds.  Her favorite part of the job is sending animals home healthy after hospitalization or surgery.  She likes all craft projects like knitting, candle making, papercrafts, and sewing.  She also likes gardening, playing softball and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2002
  • Theresa, LVT

    Technician

    Theresa started work with us in 2004 as a Technician Assistant.  She went on to complete her degree and is now working a Bachelors in Veterinary Technology.  Her favorite part of the job is helping an animal feel better and then seeing it go home; and continuing to learn and expand her abilities as a technician.  Theresa has 2 horses, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds, and a 55 gallon cichlid tank.  Theresa's activities outside of work include ice skating, rollerblading, going tothe gym, horseback riding, camping and hanging out with her husband and two children.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2004
  • Erica, LVT

    Technician

    Erica first came to Dickman Road working part time when she was a student in High School.  She came back in 2005 after she became an LVT.  Erica gets a lot of satisfaction out of seeing her efforts pay off when an animal gets to go home and seeing the owners so happy.  Erica has 3 dogs, 3 cats and 2 horses.  Outside of work she likes running, camping, biking, horseback riding, and anything with her children.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2005
  • Melinda, LVT

    Technician

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Baker College
  • Shelby, LVT

    Technician                                                                           

    Shelby was hired in June of 2012.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Lori

    Receptionist

    Lori has been with Dickman Road since 1988. Her interests include spending time with family and friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1988
  • Lisa

    Receptionist

    Lisa was hired in 1998 and left for a time but came back in 2005. She has two dogs, Emma Sue and Gus. Her favorite part of the job is getting to see all the different types of animals that come in, especially the puppies.  Her interests include bowling, camping, fishing, going to church and playing with her grandson.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1998
  • Pam

    Receptionist

    Pam was hired in 2003.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2003
  • Nancy

    Bookkeeper

    Nancy has been with the clinic since 2004. She has three grown children. Her pets include several cats and one dog -- all rescues. She enjoys nature walks, birdwatching, and spending time up north.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2004
  • Jennifer

    Receptionist

    Jennifer was hired in December of 2007.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2007
  • Dawn

    Receptionist

    Dawn was hired in August of 2009. She has an Associates Degree from Argubright Business School. Her favorite part of her job is holding and feeding all of the puppies and kittens that come into the clinic. Dawn is married and has several pets at home including four dogs, Jazper (Yorkie), Bandit (Shih Tzu), and Daisy Mae (Dachshund), Ebony (Shih Tzu), two cats, Sammie and Kristy. Her hobbies include bowling, golfing, miniature golf, and playing the WII.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2009
    Education:
    Argubright Business School
  • Penny

    Receptionist

    Penny was hired in July of 2010.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2010
  • Jenee

    Receptionist

    Jenee was hired in September of 2010.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2010
  • Ashley

    Receptionist

    Ashley was hired in February of 2011.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2011
  • Kelsey

    Kelsey was hired in April 2013. 
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 08, 2014
  • Tonya

    Office Manager

    Tonya was hired in December of 2001 then left for a time and came back in April of 2014. She has 2 boys who keep her busy with football, soccer and Boy Scouts, and a 4 year old Basenji named Max. Her interests include reading fiction and science fiction books. 
    Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the clients and staff.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 23, 2014
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  • Chelsea

    Head Veterinary Assistant

    Chelsea is the head of our kennel department, making sure that everything in the kennel runs smoothly.

  • Diane

    Veterinary Assistant

    Diane is part of our kennel staff. She helps monitor animals after surgeries and provides for the care, feeding, and walking of all our animals.  She has been with us since 1999 and is married with 2 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 ferret.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1999
  • Deb

    Veterinary Assistant

    Deb has been with us since 1999 and has 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren, a dog and a cats.  Her interests include her grandchildren, bowling, her pets, and reading. 

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 1999
  • Mari

    Veterinary Assistant

    Mari was hired in 2001.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2001
  • Michelle

    Veterinary Assistant

    Michelle has been a part of the DRVC family since October of 2005.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2005
  • Ed

    Veterinary Assistant

    Ed was hired in October of 2011.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2011
  • Brandy

    Veterinary Assistant                                                                           

    Brandy was hired in May of 2012

     

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Danielle

    Veterinary Assistant                                                                          

    Danielle was hired in July of 2014

  • Jennifer

    Exam Room Technician

    Jennifer was hired at Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic in September of 2008.  She has a BS degree in biology with a wild animal emphasis from Grand Valley State University.  Her favorite part of the job is seeing the sick animals go home.  She currently has 1 dog and 3 cats.  Outside of work, Jennifer likes reading, gardening, watching football, being outside whenever possible, and spending tons of time with her son, Michael.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Education:
    Grand Valley State University.
  • Whitney

    Exam Room Technician

    Whitney was hired in June of 2009.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
  • Nadine

    Exam Room Technician                                                                        

    Nadine was hired in December of 2011.

    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2011