Northern Paws Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital. In addition to routine pet care we also offer additional special services such as:

  • Ultrasound
  • Laser surgery
  • Laser therapy
  • Penn HIP / OFA


Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.

Late Arrivals

If you are 10 or minutes late for your scheduled appointment time, we reserve the right to reschedule your appointment to a later date and time. If we can accommodate you, we will be adjusting our schedule by transitioning you to urgent care status.  We understand that delays happen, but we do our best to service clients and patients that are here on time an prepared for their appointments.  Please call us if you believe that you will be late for your appointment.

Cancellation Requirements 

If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please call the office at your earliest convenience.  Due to our schedules availability, we do require 24 hours notice for cancellations and appointments needing to be rescheduled. Failure to show for a scheduled medical appointment without call impacts our service. As such, there may be deposits required prior to future appointments. Any cancellation with less that 24 hours notice will forfeit this deposit. If canceled with more than 24 hours notice, your deposit can be transferred to the rescheduled date. 

Emergency & Urgent Care

Northern Paws Animal Hospital and Animal Health Care Center in Rhinelander have new shared emergency hours. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency and it is during the hours of Monday-Friday from 8am to 9 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm, please call (715)369-4900 for more information. If it is outside of these hours Please call Paw Health Network in Mosinee (715)693-6934. We provide this service for our clients and clients of Animal Health Care Center, or if your pet has an immediate life- threatening emergency. If your pet is a patient of another animal hospital and does not have a life- threatening emergency please call who your veterinarian recommends or call the Paw Health Network.  Examples of emergency situations can be things such as breathing difficulty, collapse, mouse/rat poison ingestion, a pet hit by car, or chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment during our office hours, do not hesitate to call. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

We are also available for urgent care during office hours when the condition is not life-threatening. We will squeeze you into our schedule to the best of our ability. Please call for these appointments so that we can limit waiting time as much as possible.  When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.

Types of Pets Seen

Because our veterinarians are have various interests at Northern Paws Animal Hospital, we can care for many types of pets:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits*
  • Pocket Pets*
  • Reptiles*
  • Birds*

*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Northern Paws Animal Hospital


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm




  • "Dr. Goodroad is the most amazing veterinarian! My family has had 5 dogs and 3 cats under his care throughout the years. He and his staff have saved the lives of 3 them, including one who had blastomycosis, and lived to bark about it!"