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Dr. Loretta Pantenburg

Owner, Veterinarian

The daughter of a farmer and a registered nurse, Dr. Loretta Pantenburg was exposed to both the animal-care and medical fields early on in life. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s known that she wanted to become a veterinarian—choosing another career path simply never occurred to her! Dr. Pantenburg is thrilled to serve the area’s pets and animal parents as the owner of Bellaire Animal Hospital.

Dr. Pantenburg grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan, and attended Michigan State University for both her undergraduate education and veterinary school. She worked at the local Humane Society and at a small-animal clinic in Lansing during her studies, then moved to Texas after graduation to work in a 24-hour referral and specialty clinic. After several years of gaining invaluable experience there, Dr. Pantenburg moved on to day practice and developed a lasting interest in exotic pet medicine. She also has special interests in internal medicine, animal behavior, and dentistry, and particularly enjoys seeing puppies and kittens grow up into happy, healthy adult pets.

Upon moving back to Michigan, Dr. Pantenburg worked at a clinic in Grand Rapids for a few years before the opportunity arose to purchase Bellaire Animal Hospital. She couldn’t be happier to start meeting the pet owners of the community and tending to their loveable animal companions!

Dr. Pantenburg lives with her boyfriend of 12 years; a pair of rescued cats named Moses and Milo; a 15 yr old lab mix who still acts like a puppy; a rescued pit bull/Mastiff and a recently adopted pit mix puppy names Leonidas. When she isn’t spending time with her own animal companions at home or tending to the area’s pets here at the hospital, Dr. Pantenburg loves adventuring in the great outdoors. She’s an avid kayaker, paddle-boarder, snowmobiler, and backpacker, and has trekked through Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and parts of the Appalachian Trail!

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