Veterinary Teaching Hospital

A Medical Center for Animals

Level 1 trauma center with round-the-clock service? Specialists that draw patients from miles around? State-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities?

[veterinarians in pre-op area]The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a lot in common with human medical centers, but our facility is here to help animal patients: anything  from alpacas to zebra finches. As part of the University of Illinois and the state’s only College of Veterinary Medicine, the hospital also plays an important role in educating the veterinarians of tomorrow and expanding knowledge and treatments to improve animal lives.

With more than 80 veterinarians on staff, including more than two dozen specialists as well as interns and residents, the hospital has experts in fields from anesthesia to zoo medicine. There are boarded specialists in both large and small animal internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, radiology, emergency and critical care, dermatology, oncology, theriogenology (animal reproduction), and more.

Each year more than 20,000 animal patients from across Illinois and beyond visit the hospital. Most are referred by their primary care veterinarian for specialty care, but animal owners can also use our services for routine health care, rehabilitation, 24-hour emergency service and intensive care, or for on-farm animal care provided through an ambulatory service.

[Scott Austin examines a horse]The 230,000 sq. ft. facility consists of two wings devoted to large and small animal care. Diagnostic imaging capabilities encompass X-ray, nuclear imaging, ultrasound, high-speed spiral computed tomography (CT), and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit able to accommodate horses’ legs and heads. Non-invasive surgical techniques are used for large and small animal patients. A full-service pharmacy and diagnostic laboratory are located on site.

The hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which means it meets more than 900 standards that represent the best practices in veterinary care and hospital management. Standards focus on quality of care in anesthesia, contagious disease, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery, and emergency care.

Clinical Service, Plus Teaching and Discovery

As the name indicates, “teaching” is one of the primary missions of the hospital. Veterinary students from all four years of the curriculum learn through active engagement in the care for animal patients.

Through clinical trials, veterinarians find answers to specific clinical questions about new therapies and drugs. Some patients may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial, which makes cutting-edge treatments available to the patient at a reduced cost to the animal owner. The animal owner will be provided with details about the study and its potential benefits and risks and will be asked to sign a consent form.

Simply put, the hospital is dedicated to improving lives: by providing exceptional patient care, by serving animal owners and veterinarians, by advancing veterinary education, and by developing innovative health solutions.