The Animal House

21 Red Brook Road
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532


Michael A. Lappin DVM

 Michael A. Lappin DVM




Dr. Lappin was born and raised in Michigan where his family always had dogs.  One of his favorites was "Fred", a Beagle that he and his brother taught to bark, earning the ire of his mother. He graduated from Parchment High School in 1966, and continued on to Michigan State University, where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. He moved to Massachusetts to begin his professional career at the Kingston Animal Hospital. 


After spending several years under the tutelage of Dr. Ray Russo and several other local veterinarians, he opened his own practice in Buzzards Bay, MA.  After a name change in 1992, "The Animal House" came into being.


He became involved in dog training through his Veterinary practice and began training his own Golden Retrievers in the early 1990's.  He and his first Golden Retriever, "Tess", discovered Agility in the mid 90's and began competing shortly after.  Tess retired at the age of 12 years.  He is currently training and showing his 4th and 5th Golden Retrievers, "Scarlett" and "Costello" in Agility, Obedience, and Rally Obedience.  Mike and his past and current "kids" have achieved numerous obedience and agility titles.


A member of Yankee Golden Retriever Club, he is on the Board of Directors and has served as their Obedience Committee chair.  He is also a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America. He has served as the Vice President, of the Golden Retriever Foundation.  Dr. Lappin continues serving the Foundation as their DNA collection officer.  Mike has been instrumental in the Foundation's efforts to collect DNA from Golden Retrievers to be used for health research.  With his efforts there have been over 2000 samples banked at the OFA-CHIC DNA bank, more than any other breed of dog.


Dr. Lappin also became an American Kennel Club judge of Agility, and Rally Obedience in 2004 to round out his "giving back to the sport" philosophy.


Dr. Lappin's practice philosophy is to provide affordable pet care, while offering high quality services.