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    Dr. Mary Kraus
    Veterinarian

    Mary E. Kraus-Leppanen, DVM graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She worked for one year at Miller Animal Clinic providing veterinary care to both small and large animals. She started working at Abbott Road Animal Clinic in 1988. Dr. Mary was Dr. Kenneth Achterberg’s first associate in 23 years. In 1992 Dr. Mary purchased Abbott Road Animal Clinic and is the current Medical Director.

    Dr. Mary’s life has definitely been busy. She married her husband, Joe, also a veterinarian, in May of 1986. He is still her best friend and biggest supporter. Together they enjoy training and showing dogs in obedience and conformation. In their spare time they also travel, garden,  can food and cook nutritious meals. 

    Drs. Mary & Joe’s first child, Ethan, came into their family in March of 1996. He was followed by sons, Quinn (1998), Abrahm (1999), and Ezra in 2001. The only girl, Amara joined the family in 2003. Then to complete their family, they welcomed George, their Egyptian-born son into the family in March of 2013. Raising 6 kids that were very involved in sports and other activities lead to a hectic and challenging day. However, Drs. Mary & Joe loved every minute of it. They are very proud of the good people their children are becoming. 

    When Dr. Mary was not busy with the children she was happily involved in the Music Ministry at their church, St. Johns Student Parish/St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Mary started singing & cantoring in 1983 and presently continues this calling.  All their children have graduated from St. Thomas & Lansing Catholic High School. This was no easy feat but something she felt strongly about.  

    Drs. Mary & Joe became involved in the high school spring break mission trips to Alabama. Dr. Mary provided medical care and cooked for the entire crew. Dr. Mary started during Ethan’s freshman year and Dr. Joe joined the following year. The other children started joining once they entered the 7th grade and continued through their senior year. The experience they shared as a family, helping others in need was invaluable and cherished by the entire family. Dr. Mary’s 10th year on the mission trip would have been 2020 but it was canceled due to the pandemic. At one point, the entire Leppanen family was in Alabama on a mission trip. That was something worth celebrating!

    Dr. Mary is also very involved in breeding Pomeranians, which started in 2012. She enjoys the challenges of having and raising puppies. Her puppies are many fun colors and well socialized which makes for fantastic family pets. 

    Dr. Mary’s next life step is preparing for retirement. She thoroughly enjoys spending time at their future home on Saginaw Bay in Bay City, Michigan. She is excited to see what the next chapter in her life may hold.

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    Dr. Chris Jones
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Jones is a 1982 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.  Dr. Jones has worked at the clinic since 1994. His interests are in internal medicine. He attends numerous continuing education programs to stay current on developing changes and treatment options in the field of internal medicine. Dr. Jones works closely with specialists at Michigan State University Veterinary School to provide pets with the most current diagnostics and therapeutics.

    In his off time Dr. Jones enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities as well as reading. He has 2 cats, Big Mac who was found in a McDonalds dumpster, and Redman.

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    Dr. Rachel Peterson
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Peterson graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. 

    Her special interests include surgery and senior pet care. She strives to work with each client in order to come up with a care plan that best suits their pet's needs. Being certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture allows her to offer different approaches to her patient’s care. 

    Outside of the office she prioritizes time with her family. She met her husband Travis in veterinary school. She became a mom in 2023 to her son Adam. They have two spunky mixed breed dogs, Honey and Hazel, two sweet barn cats, a Morgan and a Quarter Horse.  A native to west Michigan, Dr. Peterson loves spending time during the summers at Lake Michigan. She also loves quilting, sewing and reading.

Hours of Operation

ABBOTT ROAD ANIMAL CLINIC

Monday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Closed 2-6: 2nd Wednesday of the Month

Thursday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

ABBOTT ROAD ANIMAL CLINIC

Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm Closed 2-6: 2nd Wednesday of the Month
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed