Our team consists of faculty veterinarians, residents, and veterinary technicians along with our veterinary students. We offer in-house, on-farm, and emergency care for livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, camelids, and cervids.
Services at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Primary (routine) care. Working in our climate-controlled facility, our team members perform routine procedures such as pregnancy diagnosis, breeding soundness evaluation, vaccination, deworming, castration, and hoof trimming for all livestock species. The facility is designed for low-stress cattle handling and is equipped with a hydraulic squeeze chute and hydraulic tilt table.
Specialty care. Specialists are available to deal with challenging medical and surgical problems. Imaging modalities, including ultrasound, digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are available on site for our specialists. We utilize the services of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for clinical pathology (e.g., blood counts, serum chemistry), microbiology, virology, and immunology tests to aid in the diagnosis of challenging cases. Animals with serious medical and surgical issues can be housed in our facility for intensive 24-hour care.
Reproduction. Pregnancy diagnosis via palpation or ultrasound can be performed on all livestock species. Estrous cycle manipulation strategies can be developed for a variety of species. Transcervical or laparoscopic artificial insemination can be performed for all livestock species. Breeding soundness examinations can be performed for all livestock species. Semen freezing is available for most livestock species. Embryo transfer via conventional flushing or in vitro fertilization is available with advance notice.
Our team members travel in a truck designed for mobile veterinary care to perform routine livestock procedures and treat ill animals on farms throughout east central Illinois. The typical practice radius is approximately 50 miles, although exceptions are made in special circumstances.