Why Us?


Only the top 12% of animal hospitals in the United States have this distinction.  We are the only accredited animal hospital in Alpena and one of two in northeast Michigan.  To achieve accreditation, we are continually evaluated on 900 standards of care that assess protocols, equipment, veterinary knowledge and other key areas of animal health.  Accreditation is a lot of extra work but pets are our passion and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority.

Multiple pet discount

We have always offered the Alpena area a multiple pet discount! This huge savings allows a family to schedule up to three animals at one visit. When you do, the doctor’s examination and consultation fee is waived for your second and third pets. This unique discount can add up to $78 and can be used every visit.

private euthanasiaPrivate outdoor euthanasia area

During the spring, summer and fall we offer a private, comfortable outdoor garden area to say good-bye to your loved one.

Appointment time

Since animals can’t talk and tell us that their tooth has been aching or their back has been sore, they often suffer in silence. We want to make sure that your best friend is completely and thoroughly examined from nose to tail. We understand the importance of a complete exam and consultation which is why we offer standard 30 minute appointment times and even longer for sick patients.

Ever wonder what goes on in the back?

We are proud and want you to know! We invite you to stay for your furry friend’s surgical or dental procedure or diagnostic appointment.


Cat dentistDog dentistA healthy mouth is one of the easiest and most important ways to extend the length and quality of your pet’s life. Approximately 80% of our patients suffer from periodontal disease (a painful infection of the mouth). Annual, professional cleanings can be one of the most effective ways to make your pet feel better and live healthier. We are one of the only clinics in northeast Michigan that offers state of the art dentistry equipment and x-rays. We can go beyond basic cleanings and can perform difficult extractions and apply sealants and restorations and even braces.

Integrative Medicine

Dr. Knight is the only local veterinarian trained in traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and is able to offer acupuncture and herbal medicine as a complement to conventional veterinary care. TCVM is a holistic approach that is suited to assessing the well-being of the whole patient and treatments are generally non-invasive with few side effects.

Laser therapyLaser therapy

Therapy lasers use specific wavelengths of near infrared light to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. The effects of laser energy include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. We use our laser daily for skin lesions (hot spots, itchy ears) and arthritis or other orthopedic conditions.

Orthopedics and other advanced surgical procedures

Why go downstate when we fix broken bones, cruciate tears, ruptured eyes, blocked intestines, bladder stones and a myriad of other problems right here in Alpena for a fraction of the cost?


We can help. We are able to offer surgery, chemotherapy and integrative medicine to take on this deadly disease.

Fear free clinic

We understand that going to the veterinarian can be scary for your best friend. We try to create a calming environment and reduce your best friend’s anxiety by creating long appointment times, using Adaptil pheromone plug-in diffusers and gentle control techniques to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’”.

Cow-vetLarge animal medicine and surgery

We can see your whole family and will come to your farm to check your cows, horses, pigs, llamas and goats.

Lizards, chickens, snakes, rats, turtles and gerbils

We see those too.


Switzer Veterinary Clinic
3463 M32 West
Alpena, Michigan 49707

Ph: 989-356-4880
Fax: 989-354-6970

Location Map

Business Hours
Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: closed

All times by appointment.

Emergency Services available 24/7

Payment Options
Pet Health Records

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