Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Specialty Services

Each specialty service at the hospital is staffed by highly trained veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians (CVTs). Usually, clients are referred to a specialty service by their primary veterinarian. If a veterinarian referred you to our hospital, he or she will be kept informed about your animal’s condition and treatment to help ensure consistent future care.

Specialty Service Areas

  • Anesthesiology/Pain Management

    acupunctureWe’re here to improve surgical and diagnostic outcomes by minimizing the stress and discomfort in animals. We also provide a range of pain management options for animals recovering from surgery or experiencing orthopedic or chronic pain.

    Before any anesthetics are administered, we’ll ask for your consent and answer any questions you may have. Any time your animal is given anesthetic care, we perform a comprehensive pre-anesthetic work-up, tailor an anesthetic plan specifically for your animal, perform vigilant patient monitoring before, during, and after anesthesia, and provide pain-relieving medications.


    Our Veterinarians
    Stephanie Keating, DVM, DVSc, DACVAA

    Felipe Martins, DVM, Intern
    Adrianna Sage, DVM Resident
    Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, DVM, Resident
    Jacob Tupper, DVM, Intern

    Read about pain management, anesthesia, and acupuncture in animals

  • Cancer Care Clinic

    My guide dog, Bart, had osteosarcoma…. We were told that he would live only 1 to 3 months unless we had his leg amputated and then he may have an additional 3 months. When we met with the doctor at U of I, we were told about the study regarding Bart’s cancer and agreed to put Bart on the trial. Bart lived a very full life for an additional 13 months. … The doctors made sure that he was comfortable and relatively pain-free throughout his battle.

    Jeremy S.

    [Tim Fan with a canine patient and vet tech Rebecca Kamerer.]Many people hear the word “cancer” and think the worst, but it doesn’t have to be. Our oncology specialists are experts in the newest and best cancer treatments and are constantly developing new therapies.


    • Medical oncology such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy
    • Surgical oncology
    • Radiation therapy
    •  Clinical trials
    • New therapies

    Special Capabilities

    • Advanced equipment to assess bone health
    • Active clinical trials offering targeted cancer treatments
    • Cooperating with the National Cancer Institute to evaluate novel anti-cancer drugs to treat tumor-bearing dogs and cats
    • Computerized pressure-sensing gait analysis equipment to evaluate pain in dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma

    Our Veterinarians
    Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Internal Medicine)
    Laura D. Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
    Kimberly Selting, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR (Radiation Oncology)
    Alycen Lundberg, DVM, PhD Candidate

    Molly Benner, DVM, Resident
    Mark Byrum, DVM, Resident
    Dana Connell, DVM, Resident
    Matthew Dowling, DVM Resident

    Additional Cancer Care Clinic Staff
    Tara Bailey, CVT
    Jenny Byrd, CVT
    Becca Guess, CVT
    Rebecca Kamerer, CVT

    Current Clinical Trials

    Learn more about chemotherapy.

    Read about cancer care in animals


  • Cardiology

    Thank you to Dr. Ryan Fries and his staff in the cardiology department for taking the time to confirm Bamboo’s diagnosis, which sadly is HCM. We are glad to at least have a better understanding of what is truly wrong with him. The staff was incredibly patient with him. We look forward to doing his future visits with you. Your program is wonderful.

    Ashley B.

    cardiologyOur hospital offers the only interventional cardiology procedures for animals in the state of Illinois. We provide diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, heart murmurs, arrhythmia, hypertension, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases.


    • Cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram including Color Flow Doppler) for non-invasive examination of the heart structure and function
    • ECG for examination of electrical activity of the heart
    • Holter and event monitoring for long-term evaluation of the heart rhythm in the home environment
    • Radiographs to examine the size and shape of the heart and lungs
    • Pacemaker implantation
    • Interventional procedures (PDA, balloon valvuloplasty, diagnostic angiography, intrahepatic shunt, vascular anomalies)

    Our Veterinarians
    Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
    Jordan Vitt, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Saki Kadotani, DVM, Resident
    Jonathon Stack, DVM, Resident

    Additional Cardiology Clinic Staff
    Katie McConnell, CVT
    Candice Simpson, CVT

    Read about cardiology in animals

  • Dentistry and Oral Surgery

    Dr. Somrak

    Thanks to the dentistry and anesthesia departments! Zeke is feeling terrific after his root canal. I appreciated your attention to detail, including updates for me and great customer service.

    Amy W.

    Our dentistry service diagnoses and treats both simple and complicated dental and oral diseases. While we primarily see dogs and cats, we’re also trained and equipped for larger animals and exotics like chinchillas and ferrets. Dentistry services are available with or without a referral from your primary veterinarian.

    In dogs and cats, periodontal disease (gum disease) is the number one diagnosed problem. By the age of just two, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease, and gum diseases lead to other problems throughout the body. For this reason, it’s very important for animals to have their teeth examined and cleaned.


    • Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
    • Routine and advanced periodontal therapies
    • Extractions, including closed, multi-rooted, and complicated surgical extractions
    • Management for fractured or worn teeth (e.g., root canal, crowns)
    • Jaw fracture repair
    • Management of severe stomatitis
    • Management of unusual oral lesions, including myositis, osteomyelitis, bone sequestra, dentigerous cysts, dental caries, malocclusions, and oronasal fistulas
    • Oral tumor identification and treatment planning

    Special Capabilities

    • Digital radiography
    • High-speed fiberoptic dental unit
    • LightSpeed endodonic technology
    • Osteoallograft, bone grafting for bone loss secondary to periodontal disease

    Our Veterinarians
    Katherine Kling, DVM
    Amy Somrak, MBA, DVM, DAVDC

    Read about dentistry in animals

  • Dermatology and Otology

    Dr. Pieper

    After [Shadow’s] ear surgery he’s coming along wonderful again.

    Betty E.

    Does your pet shake his or her head? Have a head tilt? Stinky ears? Skin conditions are often the result of your animal’s body reacting to environmental and internal stimuli and may be caused by many different things. That’s why it’s important to see a board-certified specialist in veterinary dermatology to formulate a plan to help your animal. It’s better to treat the underlying disease now rather than wait till the symptoms turn into a serious disease with a poor or costly prognosis.


    We treat a wide range of dermatological issues. Common conditions include diseases such as:

    • Allergic skin
    • Blistering skin
    • Ear
    • Nail and nail bed
    • Hormonal
    • Immune-mediated
    • Cushings
    • Thyroid
    • Parasitic skin

    Other skin issues we treat include:

    • Pruritus (itching, chewing)
    • Excessive skin scaling or crusting
    • Hair loss, alopecia
    • Seborrhea (greasy skin)
    • Skin cancers
    • Bacterial skin infections
    • Fungal and yeast skin infections

    Special Capabilities

    • Cryosurgery for treatment of small skin tumors
    • Customized subcutaneous and sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy
    • Dermatoscopy to evaluate skin lesions
    • Intradermal testing to better define environmental allergies
    • Laser surgery to treat skin cancer and chronic skin alterations
    • Team approach with pathologists in diagnoses requiring interpretation of skin biopsies
    • Video-otoscopy to evaluate and treat ear diseases including laser therapy

    Our Veterinarians
    Jason Pieper, DVM, MS, DACVD

    Lara Tomich, DVM, Resident
    Trenton Ewing, DVM, Intern

    Learn more about dermatology appointments.

    Read about dermatology in animals

  • Equine Medicine and Surgery

    [Dr. Annette McCoy, equine surgeon]

    I felt their surgeons were extraordinary. … I showed [Blondie] last year and we won almost all the classes I had her in.

    Sandy B.

    Our equine medicine and surgery service cares for pleasure horses, race horses, breeding horses, and more. We have two climate-controlled equine wards, two equine surgery suites with modern surgery tables and padded recovery rooms, and Illinois’ only Vet-MR Grande Unit MRI (machine that can image horses’ heads/brains, necks, and limbs). The service area is staffed by veterinarians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for emergencies and by appointment for all other services, including annual wellness exams and vaccinations. Additionally, if your animal needs the expertise of a specialist in cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, or imaging, our equine veterinarians can quickly and easily consult with one of our board-certified specialists.


    • Lameness and lameness locator system
    • High-speed treadmill examinations
    • Minimally invasive and laser surgery
    • Digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear imaging and Computed Tomography
    • Reproductive surgery
    • Therapeutic shoeing
    • Mare and stallion fertility evaluation
    • Shock wave therapy
    • Video endoscopy

    Special Interests

    • Arthroscopy
    • Colic
    • Critical care
    • Emergency medicine and surgery
    • Exercise physiology
    • Forensic detection of drugs
    • Infectious disease
    • Lameness diagnosis and treatment
    • Long-bone fracture repair
    • Neonatal medicine
    • Neurological disease
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Poor performance
    • Respiratory disease
    • Upper-airway surgery

    Special Capabilities

    • 24-hour emergency medicine and surgery care
    • 24-hour equine adult and foal critical care
    • CT imaging for neonatal foals without a requirement for general anesthesia in many cases
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Acupuncture
    • Over ground endoscopy
    • Biologic therapies for orthopedic applications

    Our Veterinarians
    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA
    Jonathan Foreman, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA
    Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR (Equine)
    Ann Kemper, DVM
    Lori Madsen, DVM
    Annette McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS
    Matthew Stewart, BVSc, MVetClinStud, PhD, Fellow ACVSc-LA (Equine Surgery), DACVSMR (Equine)
    Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-LA, DACVECC

    Ilana Glasberg, DVM, Resident
    Sarah Gray, DVM, Resident
    Christine Lopp, DVM, Resident
    Hugh Duddy, DVM, Intern
    Katheryn Johnson, DVM, Intern
    Jessie McAfoos, DVM, Intern

    Read about horse health issues

  • Farm Animal Reproduction, Medicine, and Surgery

    Dr. Lowe

    Dr. Austin came out and explained my horse’s condition, “sweet itch,” which I had suspected with a realistic but sad prognosis. Came within a day of me calling and my horse was treated with vast improvement within 24 hours.

    Betty U.

    We offer in-house, ambulatory/on-farm, and emergency care for all agricultural/farm animals, including cervids and small ruminants.


    Our in-house farm animal service provides care for cows, sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, and other agricultural animals. Veterinarians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for emergencies and by appointment for all other services. If your animal needs specialty care, we have specialists to help. Plus, we’re able to provide quick answers with the help of our diagnostic laboratory and our large animal imaging equipment.


    Our Large Animal Clinic provides ambulatory medical services (field services) throughout east-central Illinois. Day or night (24 hours a day, 365 days a year), our veterinarians are available for emergency, routine, wellness care, and production medicine on your farm. Ambulatory services are available for all animals, including exotics.


    • Annual wellness examinations and vaccinations
    • Assisted reproductive techniques (artificial insemination, embryo transfer)
    • Breeding soundness examinations (male and female)
    • Castration, dehorning, and routine production procedures
    • Diagnosis and treatment of individual animal disease
    • Herd performance evaluation and consultation
    • Disease outbreak investigation
    • Pregnancy diagnosis

    Our Veterinarians
    Brian Aldridge, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM-LA, MS, FRCVS
    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA
    Dennis French, DVM, DABVP (Equine Practice)
    Edgar Garrett, DVM, MS
    Fabio Lima, DVM, MS, PhD
    Jim Lowe, DVM, MS, DABVP (Food Animal)
    Thomas Lowery, DVM
    Tessa Marshall, BVSc, MS, DABVP (Dairy Practice)
    Clifford Shipley, DVM, DACT

    Benjamin Blair, DVM, PhD Candidate
    Daniele Milazzo, DVM, Resident


  • Farrier

    farrierAll aspects of equine hoof care, including advanced therapeutic shoeing, are offered. Professional farrier services are offered at the hospital on Wednesdays; we visit horses primarily at farms/stables throughout west-central Indiana and east-central Illinois on other days.


    • Trimming
    • Shoeing
    • Therapeutic trimming with veterinarian
    • Horse owner hoof care clinics

    Download a copy of our price list for professional services.

    Trimming and shoeing performed by Midwest Horseshoeing School students, and inspected by an AFA-certified farrier, are available at the hospital on Fridays at discounted rates.

    Our Farriers
    Diego Almeida, CJF
    Jessica Byrne, CJF
    Steve Sermersheim, CJF TE, AWCF
    Ian Zollars, CJF

    Read more about our farrier services 

  • Imaging

    3T MRI

    I have nothing but excellent things to say about this place. From the office staff to the health care professionals, [all] have always been so caring, helpful, and thorough. My Scottie had cancer and was treated here. She had her MRI, surgery, chemo, and aftercare all at U of I.

    Rebecca S.

    Our diagnostic imaging service is an integral part of the hospital’s diagnostic capabilities. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment, and imaging specialists, we’re able to provide the information needed to best identify and treat your animal’s condition. 


    • Cobalt radiation therapy
    • Computed Tomography (CT) for small and large animals
    • Digital radiography
    • 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for small and large animals
    • Nuclear medicine
    • Ultrasonography

    Special Capabilities

    • CT equine sinus diseases, neurologic issues, orthopedic concerns, and foal thoracic pathologies
    • Awake CT imaging of cats
    • Ultrasound
    • Picture Archival Capture System (PACS)

    Our Veterinarian
    Sharon Wagner, DVM, RDCS

  • Internal Medicine

    Dr. Rubin

    My 12-year-old dog with Addison’s disease requires a lot of care, and my experience with internal medicine was awesome from start to finish. Emily, the vet student who worked with us, was outstanding. She had reviewed Wrigley’s chart thoroughly (not an easy feat!) and was compassionate and knowledgeable. Dr. Barko was also great, and I feel very comfortable having Wrigley’s care in his hands.

    Amy C.

    Our small animal medicine service is staffed by veterinarians who focus on the diseases of internal systems, including:

    • Blastomycosis
    • Chronic renal disease
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Feline hyperthyroidism
    • Lower urinary tract disorders
    • Respiratory disease
    • Small intestinal and pancreatic disease

    We’re here to find the cause of your pet’s condition with the help from the hospital’s advanced diagnostic testing, veterinary pathology, and imaging capabilities, and to recommend or provide treatment.


    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Hematology
    • Rhinolaryngology and pulmonology
    • Urology

    Special Capabilities

    • Blood component therapy
    • Endoscopy
    • Radioiodine therapy
    • Tracheal stenting
    • Urethral stenting

    Our Veterinarians
    Jennifer Reinhart, DVM
    Marcella D. Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM-SA
    Stanley Rubin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-SA
    David Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM-SA, DECVIM-CA

    Patrick Barko, DVM, Resident
    Carrie Cavett, DVM, Resident
    Matthew Tonero, DVM, Resident
    Lisa DiGiovanni, DVM, Rotating Intern
    Lindsey Harvey, DVM, Rotating Intern
    Morgan Helfrich, DVM, Rotating Intern
    Valerie Korff, BVetMed, Rotating Intern
    Karen Lin, DVM, Rotating Intern
    Marianne Pan, DVM, Intern

    Read about diseases in animals

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery


    The vet called and said, ‘Something’s not right.’ That’s when we decided she needed to go to the U of I. … We did not think [Mayzie] would ever walk again at all…. But we rushed her to the U of I and everyone up there was wonderful. They just took really good care of her and they talked us through everything.

    Sharon S.

    Compassionate care for neurological patients and their families is of the  utmost importance to us. Our neurology service provides comprehensive diagnostics along with advanced medical and surgical treatment options for animals with disorders of the spinal cord, brain, and neuromuscular system.

    If your pet is showing these symptoms, consult your veterinarian to see if your pet might benefit from an appointment with our neurology team:

    • Head tilt
    • Circling
    • Falling over
    • Dizzy
    • Disorientation/behavior change/staring at wall
    • Weakness
    • Seizures


    We treat a variety of neurologic issues. Common conditions include:

    • Disc disease
    • Spinal cord disease
    • Brain and spinal tumors
    • Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis/encephalitis)
    • Seizures
    • Neuromuscular disorders

    Special Capabilities

    • Brain and spinal surgery
    • Cerebrospinal fluid collection and analysis
    • Computed tomography (CT)
    • Electrodiagnostics, including electroencephalogram (EEG), brainstem auditory evoked reflex/potential (BAER), electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    Our Veterinarians
    Kari Foss, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
    Devon Wallis Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Rachel Lampe, DVM, Resident
    Samantha Vitale, DVM, Resident


    Paige Cowell, CVT
    Denise Weber, CVT


    Read about neurology in animals

  • Ophthalmology

    We took our young lab-mix rescue that had an injured eye that wasn’t responding to two months of treatment. The U of I exam was so very thorough and gentle. Their care and knowledge was very detailed.

    DeAnn R.

    Dr. MartinsOur ophthalmology service offers comprehensive eye care for small animals, large animals, and exotic animals. We use state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat ocular diseases. Once we have made a diagnosis, we’ll work with you and your animal to treat the problem and help you learn to detect eye diseases in the early stages.


    We treat a wide variety of eye related issues. Common conditions include:

    • Cataract and cataract surgery
    • Dry-eye
    • Glaucoma
    • Eyelid diseases and defects
    • Hereditary eye disease

    Special Capabilities

    • High-frequency ocular ultrasound
    • Endolaser treatment for glaucoma
    • Suprachoroidal cyclosporine implants in horses

    Our Veterinarians
    Bianca da Costa Martins, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVO
    Kathryn Fleming, DVM, PhD, DACVO

    Sophie Rajotte, DVM, Resident
    Tatiane Villar, DVM, Intern
    Kelli Zimmerman, DVM, Intern

    Read about ophthalmology in animals

  • Rehabilitation

    Dr. Harper

    It’s been just phenomenal. It was practically an overnight turnaround. These people are so spectacular. They clearly love the animals, and the animals appear to absolutely love the team, too.

    Rob G.

    Our rehabilitation services are similar to the treatment approaches used in human physical therapy. Working with our rehabilitation specialists can help your animal with:
    • Improved post-operative recovery
    • Improved quality of life
    • Restored activity level and function

    If you or your veterinarian think rehabilitation might help your pet, contact us. All new patients will receive a full physical, neurologic, and orthopedic exams plus various baseline measurements to help us develop a personalized therapy plan. We offer a variety of appointment options including scheduling outpatient appointments, single-day drop-off appointments, and medical boarding with rehabilitation for extended therapy. No referral is needed, although one is helpful.


    Special Capabilities

    • Athletic conditioning
    • Dogs with chronic or neurologic conditions
    • Chronic DJD
    • Post-operative patients

    Our Veterinarian
    Tisha A.M. Harper, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, CCRP*

    Rehabilitation Specialists
    Carrie Chandler-Harrison, CVT, CCRP*
    Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*

    *Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    For more information on Physical Rehabilitation or to schedule an appointment, please contact our rehabilitation specialists Kim Knap or Carrie Chandler directly at 217-265-5314 or

    Learn more about our rehabilitation treatment approaches.

  • Reproduction (Bovine, Equine, Small Animal Ruminant)

    Dr. CanissoFor large animals, we offer breeding services, also known as theriogenology.

    Large Animal Services

    • Artificial insemination using transcervical techniques and surgical deposition of all large animal species
    • Breeding soundness examination of females and males
    • Collection, freezing, storage, and shipment of semen and embryos, including epididymal semen collection and freezing
    • Embryo transfer
    • Post-partum, post-breeding and management of sub-fertile animals
    • Routine reproduction examinations of all large animals (beef, camelids, cervids, dairy, goats, horses, sheep)

    Bovine Services

    • Herd reproduction record analysis and consultation, including nutritional and cow comfort
    • Immunization schedules to maximize reproduction
    • In vitro fertilization
    • Ovum pick-up techniques
    • Synchronized breeding programs

    Equine Services

    • Control of sexual behavior of mares and stallions
    • Foaling monitoring
    • High risk pregnancies
    • Consult on abortion and outbreaks
    • Stallion conditioning for breeding shed

    Small Animal Ruminant Services (Sheep, Goats, and Deer)

    • Laproscopic AI
    • Herd health plans
    • Fetal sexing and counting
    • Pregnancy exams
    • Sync programs
    • Infertility workup

    Our Veterinarians
    Igor Canisso, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACT, DECAR (equine emphasis)
    Fabio Lima, DVM, MS, PhD (bovine emphasis)
    Clifford Shipley, DVM, DACT

    Robyn Ellerbrock, DVM, DACT, Theriogenology Graduate Assistant
    Jair Ferreira, DVM, PhD, Resident
    Jamie Stewart, DVM, Resident

  • Surgery


    Our dog suddenly fell ill. We brought him to our local vets; no one knew exactly what was wrong. We then brought him to the U of I animal clinic. They diagnosed him accurately that day and performed emergency surgery. Without them my dog would have died. I can’t thank them enough for their help and compassion.

    Tricia H.

    Our surgery area offers both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery for small animals. With the help of our diagnostic lab and imaging service, we’re able to diagnose your animal and offer state-of-the-art treatment options to improve your animal’s quality of life.

    Orthopedic Surgery

    This area focuses on surgical and medical treatments for orthopedic and neurological diseases.

    Common orthopedic conditions include:

    • Angular limb deformities
    • Arthroscopic joint exploration
    • Canine hip dysplasia
    • Degenerative joint disease
    • Diseases of the elbow and shoulder
    • Fracture repair
    • Joint replacement
    • Patella luxation (dislocated knee)

    Special Capabilities

    • Arthroscopic joint exploration
    • Circular rings and hybrid fixation
    • Fluoroscopy-guided fracture repair
    • Joint replacement
    • Locking plate fracture fixation
    • C-arm radiology during surgery

    Learn more about orthopedic surgery. Read our FAQ page.

    Soft Tissue/Oncologic Surgery

    This area works extensively with all small animals in our cancer care clinic and provides surgical expertise for animals with soft-tissue diseases.


    • Advanced urinary tract surgery
    • Craniectomy
    • Laparoscopy
    • Limb-sparing surgery
    • Mandibulectomy
    • Maxillectomy
    • Microsurgery
    • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • Thoracoscopy

    Special Capabilities

    • Circular rings and hybrid external fixation
    • Fluoroscopically guided surgery
    • Joint replacement
    • Locking plate fracture fixation
    • Minimally invasive surgery

    Our Veterinarians
    Tisha A.M. Harper, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, CCRP*
    Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

    Jacqueline Cavalcanti, DVM, Resident
    Kyle Chu, DVM, Resident
    Christina Cocca, DVM, Resident
    Hadley Gleason, DVM, Resident
    Allison Putterman, DVM, Resident
    Ava Song, DVM, Intern

    *Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    Read about small animal surgery

Other Services

  • Grief Counseling

    Client Counselor Specialist
    Gail Wallis Hague

    The Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers grief counseling to help clients through the process of healing. Gail Hague is a counseling psychologist with over 40 years of counseling experience. The special support of a therapeutic relationship can help anyone experiencing difficulty with the loss of a beloved animal to move forward. There is no charge for grief counseling for our clientele or for the clientele of our referring veterinarians. Please feel free to call for information about healing and support.

    9 am–6 pm
    (217) 300-3494

    In addition, a list of pet loss help centers can be found on the American Veterinary Medical Association website. See AVMA Important Resources for Veterinarians, under “Pet Loss Support – Grief Counseling.”

    Read about grief issues


  • Pharmacy

    pharmacyWe have a full-service pharmacy that dispenses medications, provides intravenous admixture service, formulates and prepares compounded medications, and advises on dosages and pharmacy calculations. As an Illinois licensed hospital pharmacy, it must comply with all relevant state and federal laws and regulations. Medications may be dispensed to clients only for conditions currently being treated by hospital clinicians.

    Pharmacy hours:
    Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon

    Dianna Black, RPh, Coordinator of Pharmacy and Materials Management
    Brian Korus, PharmD, FSVHP

    Pharmacy Technicians
    Linda Glynn, CPhT
    Ashley Hess, CPhT
    Kara Knox, CPhT


  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

    The University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides diagnostic medical testing for infectious agents, toxins, and other causes of disease in animal diagnostic samples that are submitted by veterinary practitioners serving animal owners; public officials associated with public health, law, or wildlife management; and scientists with collaborative research projects. Faculty and staff are composed of pathologists, clinical pathologists, histotechnologists, microbiologists, virologists, immunologists, parasitologists, and serologists.

    Read the latest diagnostic updates