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April 15, 2014

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Leaders in Veterinary Education, Service Form New Chicago Specialty Practice

CHICAGO - Under the name VSC at Illinois, two leading veterinary medical organizations are now offering advanced surgery, internal medicine, and oncology as well as round-the-clock emergency veterinary care for dog and cat owners referred for treatment by their primary care veterinarians.

VSC at Illinois is a partnership between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Specialty Center, a private practice based in Buffalo Grove, Ill. It is located at the college's Chicago headquarters in the Illinois Medical District at 2242 West Harrison Street. Details of the practice can be found online at

"We are excited to partner with the state's only veterinary college, part of the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, right in the center of the state's largest city," said Dr. Mitch Robbins, a board certified surgeon at VSC who will be among the specialists seeing patients in the Harrison Street facility.

Dr. Peter Constable, who became dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in January, recently sent a letter to alumni and veterinarians practicing in the Chicago area to announce the new name and partnership between the college and the private practice.

"Our college is proud to be affiliated with these seasoned clinicians and to launch VSC at Illinois," said Dean Constable. "Having a strong clinical presence in Chicago is of strategic importance to advancing the educational, research, and service missions of our college. It allows us to recruit students and faculty, enroll patients in clinical trials, and expand our outreach to new supporters and program partners."

The partnership is built on common goals and interests of the college and private practice, including delivering high quality specialty services that augment the lifelong health services provided by primary care veterinarians to their clients and animal patients; advancing veterinary specialty medicine through residency training and scholarly publications; providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners; and improving the health and well-being of dogs and cats in the Chicago area.

"While we continue to welcome referrals to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at our Urbana campus, we understand that many veterinary clients in the city would find it more convenient to access specialists that are geographically closer," said Dean Constable. "By partnering with the Chicago area's largest specialty center, we can offer a choice of locations to veterinarians and their clients who appreciate the advanced knowledge and quality of a University of Illinois-affiliated practice."

Veterinarians from VSC who will see patients at the VSC at Illinois location include Dr. Robbins and Dr. Paula West, surgeons; Dr. Mimi Noonan, internal medicine; and Dr. Rhonda Feinmehl, oncology. They will be assisted by certified veterinary technicians hired through VSC.

To accommodate this new specialty practice, the college's primary care practice at that location, which opened in 2009 with the name "Furnetic Veterinary Clinic," will be relocating in early summer to an adjoining suite in the same building and will be changing its name to Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois.