Welcome to Rand Road Animal Hospital,

Where We Treat Your Pets Like Family!

Call us at 847-359-7611

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If you live in Palatine or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. At Rand Road Animal Hospital we understand your pet is a beloved part of your family. Our dedicated veterinarians and staff treat your pets as if they are our own.

Rand Road Animal Hospital is a full-service companion animal hospital. We are dedicated to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. From wellness exams and vaccinations, puppy and kitten care to senior care, dentistry to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your cat, dog, rabbit, small mammal, reptile or avian friend will receive quality care at Rand Road Animal Hospital.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for our companion animals is ongoing nutrition plans and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your pet's health. Rand Road Animal Hospital is easy to get to-- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for our pet owners.

At Rand Road Animal Hospital we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Peter Lysakowski, Dr. Judy Cole, Dr. Amanda Riesterer
Rand Road Animal Hospital
847-359-7611

1824 North Rand Road
Palatine, Illinois 60074

Rand Road Animal Hospital

Office Hours

Monday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Wednesday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Saturday:

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • King Louie
    King and Office Manager

    Louie is one of our clinic cats.  He mostly sleeps and is a little crabby (our grumpy old man), but loves catnip and sunning himself.  Louie likes to supervise the front desk and reception area.

  • Queen Danica
    Queen and Office Manager

    Queen Danica, aka 'Mushy' is one of our clinic cats.  She loves to eat (as often as possible), sleep and drink out of the faucet.  Danica likes to sit in the pharmacy sink and supervise in the exam rooms.

  • Peter Lysakowski, DVM, MS
    Veterinarian, Owner
    Owner Veterinarian

    Dr Pete is the owner Veterinarian of Rand Road Animal Hospital.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science.  Dr Pete was awarded a Master of science in Cellular/Molecular Biology at UIC, before returning to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine where earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  Dr Pete is firmly committed to treating every pet as if it were his own.  

    Dr Peter is the proud owner of a perpetually happy yellow lab, and our 2 clinic cats, Louie (often grumpy) and Danica (always hungry).  In his spare time Dr Pete enjoys music, biking, camping and spending time with his dog.


  • Judy Cole, DVM
    Veterinarian
    Veterinarian

    Dr Judy was born in Denver, CO and grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Dr Judy graduated from Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is married with 3 children, 6 grandkids, 3 cats and 1 dog.

     Dr Judy regularly volunteers at The Buddy Foundation.

  • Lisa
    Lead Veterinary Technician

    Lisa has been with Rand Road Animal Hospital since 2001 as a Veterinary Technician.  Lisa has a full house with 3 Newfoundlands, 1 Bernese Mountain Dog and 1 Shepherd/Husky Mix.

  • Mary Gorman
    Receptionist

    Mary joined the reception team in 2015.  Mary's home menagerie includes Bolt, a Papillion, 4 cats, Angel, Smudge, QT and (escape artist) Pippin.  Outdoor pets include a large assortment of chickens and ducks.  While her Paso Fino

    Mary enjoys traveling every chance she gets!

  • Amanda Riesterer, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr Amanda received her bachelor's degree for the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign, with a major in Animal Sciences and a minor in Chemistry.  Returning to her alma mater, she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Dr Amanda focuses her interests on soft tissue surgery, feline medicine, and low stress patient handling.  She frequently spends her dayoff performing surgeries for a community shelter.Dr Amanda spends many of her evenings teaching a local high school marching band alongside her husband.  She enjoys running, reading and family time.  Dr Amanda's favorite past times are riding or hanging out with her Paint Horse Black Jack.  She has 3 rambunctious cats, Timber and 2 torties gals, Twix (left Twix) and Mini (Right Twix).

Featured Articles

  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

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  • Prairie Dogs

    Prairie dogs are cute, affable creatures. But before taking one on as a pet, check your local laws. In some states, such as Colorado, it's illegal to keep prairie dogs as pets. Mostly, this is because they may spread monkeypox. If you live in a state that welcomes pet prairie dogs, be sure to buy from ...

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  • How to Help Your New Cat Feel Welcomed in Your Home

    Adopting a cat or kitten? Here's what you can do to help your cat adjust to its new home. ...

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  • Skunks

    Home and Veterinary Care for Pet Skunks If you're an adventurous pet owner, you may love exotic animals such as skunks. You'll be happy to learn that skunks can indeed make excellent domestic pets, but only if they receive the proper care to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Your veterinary team can help ...

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  • Flying Squirrels

    Much like sugar gliders, flying squirrels make affectionate pets when purchased young and raised by their owner. Unlike sugar gliders, however, flying squirrels are rodents that need veterinary care specific to the species. Your veterinary team can help with the care and treatment of flying squirrels. ...

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  • Fennec Foxes

    Fennec Fox Care Guide With oversized ears and mischievous faces, fennec foxes are cute as can be. But these exotic pets require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. Health At just three pounds, fennec foxes are the smallest member of the fox family. Native to the Sahara desert, fennec foxes are ...

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  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

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  • Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

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  • Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

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  • Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

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Testimonials

  • "Dr. Pete and staff take such pride in caring for the animals and educating thier owners. My family has gone for 20 years to his office, I myself with my own for 6 years. My animals are safe and loved when I bring them, there's no where else I'd consider taking them. I'll do the 30 mile drive for that."
    Liz Cooper / Facebook