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East Lake Hospital for Animals has been serving Danville, Illinois and the surrounding areas since 1966. As an AAHA accredited, full-service veterinary hospital, we strive to provide excellent care to you and your beloved pets. 




Wellness exams are important to help prevent and catch health issues early before they become an emergency! During your pet's exam, our doctors are happy to discuss vaccines, nutrition, parasite prevention, exercise programs, behavioral concerns, or any other questions you may have. 

Healthy Pet Checkup - Partners for Health



In order to provide you with the most rapid test results, we offer many in- house tests including blood work, radiographs, ultrasounds, urinalysis, fecal parasite screening, bacterial culture and sensitivity and many others. We also partner with several outside laboratories when other testing is required.



Good oral health is vital to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Bacteria found in the mouth can spread throughout the blood stream and affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. Dental disease can also cause significant pain. We perform dental cleanings under general anesthesia with dental radiographs and extractions if needed.

Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)



We preform many surgical procedures including spay/neuter, bladder stone removal, mass removal, caesarian section, bone fracture, and CCL (ACL) repair. We use a surgical laser unit for most procedures in order to reduce pain, inflammation, bleeding and healing time. A certified veterinary technician monitors anesthesia. Most surgeries are preformed on Tuesdays with emergencies scheduled as needed.


Laser therapy is a great tool to help your pet recover from an acute injury such as muscle strain or surgery, or with long-term diseases such as osteoarthritis. It is a useful drug-free option for the management of pain, swelling, and inflammation. If you are interested in laser therapy, please feel free to talk with one of our doctors about whether or not it is a good option for your pet.

Companion Animal Health



Whether your dog or cat needs a full grooming or just a bath, our groomer, Donna with over 30 years of experience is available by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. One bonus of using our grooming services is having the convenience of a doctor on site to treat any medical issues as well as routine care.



Whether your pet needs a place to stay for a day, a week, or longer, we offer a safe and secure boarding environment for established clients. Indoor runs are utilized for dogs unless otherwise indicated by the doctor. Please be sure to bring any medication your pet is on in the original container when dropping off. Physical exams can also be performed by the doctor while boarding. Call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. 



For your convenience, we offer both an in-house and online pharmacy. All of our products are veterinary backed and guaranteed. We also stock or order Royal Canin, Hills and Purina prescription diets. Please call for availability. If you have a difficult time medicating your pet, please discuss compounding and flavoring options with one of our doctors. We work with multiple compounding pharmacies who offer transdermal, flavored liquid or flavored treat medication options.

meet the team


Our staff here at East Lake consist of a dedicated and caring veterinarian, certified veterinary technicians, groomer, receptionist, veterinary assistants and kennel attendants. Our courteous and qualified staff will gladly answer any questions you may have concerning the care of your pet. 


Dr. Cooper 
Veterinarian, Business Owner

Dr. Cooper is a Danville native and first worked at East Lake as a kennel assistant while in high school. He pursued his passion and completed the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After spending a few years at other practices, he returned to East Lake and purchased the practice in 1990. He and his wife, Meggin, reside in Danville and have raised three wonderful children in this community. They are now proud grandparents to ten grandchildren!


Alinda Higgins
Office Manager, CVT

Alinda became a CVT in 1990 after finishing the Veterinary Technology program at Parkland College that same year. She started working at East Lake in 1988 while attending classes to become a CVT. She and her husband, Brent share their home with 2 cats Nestle and Kashi and Gnocchi their black Labrador. She is involved in dog training and has a special interest in Obedience and Hunt Testing/Retriever work. They have achieved at least 10 titles! She also love taking fun Christmas photos, baking, reading, sewing and experimenting with new technology!


Shannon Rannebarger

Shannon first joined East Lake in 2001 as an intern while in Parkland College's Veterinary Technology program. After achieving her certification in 2002, she began working at the clinic full-time. Shannon and her husband have a very active daughter and love cheering her on in gymnastics and softball. They also share their home with Chunk, the French Bulldog. When not at work, she enjoys sports and other outdoor activities.


Hannah Thompson

Hannah came to East Lake in 2015 after finishing the Veterinary Technology program at Parkland College and attaining her CVT license. Hannah is particularly interested in diagnostic medicine. She enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring local parks with her mixed breed dog, Hampton. In her free time, she loves mushroom hunting, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.


Donna Lappin

Donna began her career at East Lake as a kennel assistant in 1984. She found she had a special interest in grooming and started grooming in 1988. She has been our sole groomer since 1989. Donna will groom everything from Great Pyrenees to teacup poodles and even cats! When not working at East Lake, Donna likes to house sit, spend time with family and friends as well as attend local events.


Emma Gerth
Client Service Specialist

Emma joined East Lake in July 2022. She moved to Danville from Gibson City and lives with her boyfriend, Josh, and their dog, Bambi. They are expecting a little girl in April 2023. Emma likes to spend her free time with family and friends. Emma is always ready for an outdoor adventure!


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3180 North Vermilion Street

​Danville, Illinois 61832

Tel:  (217) 446-3010


7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Monday - Friday



Saturday - Sunday



Payment is due at the time of service. 

We accept the following payment options:

1. Debit cards and the following credit cards: Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.


2. Cash and checks


3. If a payment plan is needed with unexpected expenses, we are pleased to accept CareCredit. This program allows bills to be paid over many months with minimal or no interest for approved clients. 

4. Many of our clients also elect to purchase pet health insurance. Below are a few providers- click on the name to learn more:

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