Veterinary Teaching Hospital
A Medical Center for Animals
The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a full-service hospital that provides outstanding, compassionate treatment for dogs and cats, horses, exotic animals, and farm animals.
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The Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers emergency services 24/7/365, specialty services for cases when your veterinarian refers you to us, and primary care for routine veterinary appointments. Learn what to expect at your hospital appointment.
Veterinarians who wish to refer a patient, please read the steps on our Referral Services page.
From Interstate 74, take the Lincoln Avenue exit south and travel about 3.1 miles until you reach Hazelwood Drive.
From Interstate 57, take the Curtis Road exit east; turn north on Route 45 (Dunlap Avenue), east on Windsor Road, and north on Lincoln Avenue one-half mile to Hazelwood Drive.
Our Good Human pre-registration program is free, convenient, and lifesaving.
- New patient registration fee waived
- Fast check-in times for emergency services
Anyone can join, so whether you’re already a Veterinary Teaching Hospital client, or your pet receives care primarily through a private veterinarian or clinic, you can still participate in the pre-registration program, ensuring quick access to skilled emergency care when you need it the most. For more information, call (217) 333-5300.
Sign up and be prepared for emergencies.
Free parking is available for clients in the spots marked “Client Parking.” If a “Client Parking” spot is not available, please park at a meter and ask one of our client services staff members for a hang tag for free short-term parking. Trailer parking is available for large animal clinic clients. View parking map.
During the academic year, an Einstein Bros. Bagels is open in the Basic Sciences Building just a short walk from the hospital. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. View their menu.
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With more than 80 veterinarians on staff, including more than two dozen specialists as well as interns and residents, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has experts in fields from anesthesia to zoo medicine.
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, horse hoof care, or for on-farm animal care provided through an ambulatory service.
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.
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.
Researchers at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the College of Veterinary Medicine try to answer specific clinical questions about new therapies and drugs through trials and studies. Check the clinical trials and studies webpage to see what we’re currently researching and whether your animal qualifies for participation.