Update on the Closing of VSC at Illinois

Dec 2, 2016 / Message from the Dean

This message was sent to faculty, staff, and students at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dear college community,

Last week Veterinary Specialty Center of Buffalo Grove told the college of their decision to close VSC at Illinois, the collaboration between their practice and our college that has been operating from our Chicago headquarters in the Illinois Medical District for the past four years. Specialty services at that practice will end as of December 2, and the ER service will close on December 9.

I’m writing to let you know that I anticipate very little impact to our college as a result of this change.

We remain on good terms with Veterinary Specialty Center. The satellite office of our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory located at their Buffalo Grove practice continues unaffected.

The college maintains its steadfast commitment to having a presence in Chicago that facilitates outreach and research collaborations. We are also committed to offering our students experience in a busy, urban primary care practice; student rotations in Chicago will not be affected by the change.

The Medical District Veterinary Clinic has matured into a thriving and financially stable practice. Dr. Amber Slaughter has recently agreed to join the practice as its third veterinarian. The behavior practice led by Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is also doing very well.

I’d like to thank medical director Dr. Drew Sullivan, Dr. Brett Grossman, and everyone on the Chicago team for their commitment, hard work, and flexibility during this period of rapid transition. And thanks to everyone here in Urbana who facilitates the success of our Chicago programs and the role they play in achieving our strategic goals.

Sincerely, Peter Constable
Dean