Grass Lake Animal Hospital

1011 Norvell Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240


Our Owner


Dr. Ruth Barthel and her dog Dacy. Dr. Ruth owns Grass Lake Animal Hospital, in Jackson County, MichiganDr. Ruth Barthel DVM, Diplomate AVDC, Fellow AVD

Hi! I graduated from Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and soon after left for warmer climates like California and North Carolina. I just couldn't stay away though and chose to come back to Michigan and settle in Grass Lake -- it is a wonderful place to live.  I enjoy singing, hiking, reading and traveling to experience the beauty and wonders of nature. My husband and I are completely well trained by our pets -- Mango our Amazon parrot, Donegan our kitty, and Abilene our lab. Although I have retired from both dentistry and general practice, I still have a deep love for our hospital, and when we aren't traveling, I am still involved as the owner. 

Our Veterinarians



Dr. Sarah Laabs DVM

Dr. Laabs attended Michigan State University for undergraduate studies prior to earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri. After veterinary school Dr. Laabs worked in a walk-in emergency and general practice outside of Chicago before moving home to be closer to family. Dr Laabs professional interests include dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. Laabs loves spending time with her family which includes her husband, two daughters and black Labrador (Breslin - go green!). In her free time she enjoys home renovation projects, playing piano, traveling, and spending time with her girls! She can't wait to meet your furry family member!