Dr. Kevin Smyth became interested in veterinary medicine while
working at the animal hospital at the Detroit Zoo when he was in high
school. He graduated from Michigan State University's College of
Veterinary Medicine in 1987 as a member of the Society of Phi Zeta,
the Veterinary College Honor Society.
He has practiced in small animal, equine and emergency medicine since
then with a special interest in internal medicine cases, ferret medicine,
laser surgery, birds of prey rehabilitation and working with falconers.
In 2001 he and his partner, Dr. Michele Arkens, purchased Morrison
Animal Hospital from Dr. Stuart Morrison, who retired after owning the
practice for 28 years.
Dr. Smyth is married to his wonderful wife Colleen, and has 3 sons and
a daughter. He also has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Ulli, 2 cats, a
fish, hermit crabs and a flock of chickens to look after.
Dr. Michele Arkens is a 1981 graduate of Michigan State
University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in
Dearborn Heights for 20 years before buying Morrison Animal
Hospital with Dr. Smyth in 2001. Many of her clients have been with
her for as long as she has been a veterinarian and now are on
their third or fourth generation of pets.
She enjoys working with clients as they become like an extension
of her own family. Her goals are to educate, practice high quality
medicine and offer choices for excellent health care.
On a personal note, Dr. Arkens has 3 grown children, 3 Collies, 2
Corgies, 5 cats, and 3 horses (2 of them miniature). All of this
makes for an interesting and fulfilling home life.
Our Veterinary Technicians
Sue has worked at Morrison Animal Hospital since Dr. Morrison hired her as
a receptionist in 1990. She finds helping pets and their families to be very
rewarding. She shares her home with two wonderful cats, Olivia and Willow.
Cindi started working at Morrison Animal Hospital after completing a
Veterinary Assistant program in September 1992. She is married and has 2
children and 3 grandchildren. She shares her home with 4 cats and 2 dogs.
Cindy #2 started into the Veterinary field in 2007. She began as kennel help and
worked her way up to receptionist. She became part of the Morrison Animal Hospital
team in 2013. She has also studied Veterinary Assistance. Cindy has 3 dogs (Toto,
Cocoa, and Amethyst), and a cat named Angel.
Debby was the first employee of Morrison
Animal Hospital when it opened in 1973,
and received her Veterinary Technician
License in 1994. She is married, has a son,
daughter and 2 grandsons. She shares her
home with two dogs (Boo and Cash),
several cats and a tortoise named Trixie.
Sandy has worked at Morrison
Animal Hospital since 2001 and has
been a Licensed Veterinary
Technician since 1992. She and her
husband are blessed with 2 sons,
and have several treasured pets.
Jessie has been an assistant, and maintains the kennels
since September 2012. She has hopes of becoming a Jessie
has a dog named Bear. She also has 3 cats, Ally,
Kiki and Kitten Mittens. She loves animals so much she also
pet sits on the side!
Cherie has been working in the veterinary field
since 1994. She graduated from the
Veterinary Technician program and received her
license in 2001. She has been with her
wonderful husband since 1991. They have 2
amazing children and a new puppy named
Porter, as well as 2 cats, Honey and Pickles.
Dr. Ham started working at Morrison Animal Hospital in December 2012.
Jane is another avid animal lover. She is a
veterinary field since she was a teenager.
Jane has 3 dogs, Carlie, Riley and Spike.
She also has 2 cats and 5 birds.