Meet Our Veterinarians


Dr. Dale Ritter

Dale  Ritter

Dr. Ritter is a graduate from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation he practiced in Iowa for 1½ years before moving to Illinois. After arriving in Illinois, he practiced medicine for small animal as well as Thoroughbred racehorses, focusing now on small animal medicine only. Dr. Ritter practiced for 15 years in Mokena, IL and for an additional 10 years in Crestwood, IL before joining Lansing Animal Hospital. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is surgery. He also enjoys meeting all our clients and practicing preventative care and diagnostic medicine. Dr. Ritter is married with two daughters. He also has two little Yorkies named “Scout” and “Driver.” He enjoys gardening, harness racing, and attending his daughter’s sports events in his spare time.

Dr. Amy Thatcher

Amy  Thatcher

Dr. Amy Thatcher is the newest member of the Lansing Animal Hospital care team, joining the practice in June 2014. She is a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and is very excited to be back in the Chicagoland area with her veterinary degree, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Thatcher loves all small animal medicine and surgery, but has a special interest in ophthalmology and emergency/critical care. Outside of work, she enjoys scuba diving, cooking, traveling, and running with her boxer, Oscar. She also tries her best to keep her mischievous kitten, Monkey, out of trouble.  

Dr. Michele Medhurst

Dr. Medhurst received her degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1985 and has worked at Lansing Animal Hospital on a part time basis since 2001. She is experienced in all aspects of general and internal medicine, and she also enjoys working with local shelters to provide care for abandoned animals. In her free time, Dr. Medhurst enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, gardening, home repair and reading. Her animal family includes three cats and two fish.