Referral Services

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How to Refer a Patient

Follow these steps to refer a patient to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana:

  • Phone the hospital via the direct referring lines to schedule an appointment. You may also speak with the service.
  • Complete the appropriate Referral Data Form and send it with the client or fax or email it before the patient arrives.
  • Please send us:
    • a copy of the medical record
    • the completed Referral Data Form
    • relevant diagnostic images
  • Client Information Sheet

Please inform your clients that a deposit will be due equal to the full amount of the low end estimate –OR– half of the high end of the estimate, whichever amount is greater.  The balance of the bill must be paid in full at patient discharge.

If a specialty clinic service appointment is not immediately available, emergency referrals are possible. The client and the patient will be seen by an intern or resident who is under the supervision of the senior emergency clinician on duty.

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Contacts for Referring Veterinarians

Teaching Hospital in Urbana

Small Animal Clinic Large Animal Clinic
Referral Line: 217-333-5311 217-333-2001
Medical Records Phone: 217-333-5363 217-333-8100
Medical Records Fax: 217-244-9554 217-333-9796
Medical Records Email:
Referral Coordinator Email:
Download the Illinois DVM mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.

Referral Data Form

Once you or the client has called to schedule the appointment, use this form when referring a patient to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Mobile App for Referrers

VetMedAppIcon-512The Illinois DVM phone app provides a single means by which referring veterinarians can access information from both the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Referral Services

    Choose a service area from the list below for details on faculty, capabilities, and contact information.

  • Faculty

    Dr. Graeme Doodnaught

    Dr. Graeme Doodnaught B.Sc. (Hons.), BVM&S, M.Sc., DES, MRCVS, DACVAA 



    Stephanie Keating, DVM, DVSc, DACVAA

    Anesthesia, pain recognition, multimodal analgesia, adjunctive pain management techniques

    Dr. Ashley Mitek

    Ashley Mitek, DVM, MS, DACVAA



    Dr. Danielle Strahl-Heldreth

    Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, MSEd, DVM, MSVMS, DACVAA




    Additional Staff

    • Aurelien Balleydier, DVM, Resident
    • James Cryer, DVM, Resident
    • Teodora Hristova, DVM, Resident
    • Jacob Bough, CVT
    • Grace Chaffin, CVT
    • Tracy Clayton, CVT
    • Caitlyn Cordell, CVT
    • Zandra Davis, CVT
    • Justin Lancaster, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Brittany O’Linc, CVT
    • Kim Potempa, CVT
    • Elizabeth Rappleyea, CVT
    • Jessica Risley, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Ashley Wetzel, CVT
    • Darci Winkler, CVT


    • Individual anesthetic care to patients requiring elective or emergency surgery or extensive diagnostic procedures
    • Advanced anesthetic monitoring, including invasive arterial blood pressure monitoring, central venous pressure monitoring, and arterial blood gas analysis
    • Advanced and alternative pain management techniques, including epidural injection and peripheral nerve blocks
    • Consultations to referring veterinarians and animal owners regarding anesthetic protocols or pain management strategies for acute and chronic pain states in all species

    For Consultations Contact:

    Small Animal Clinic: 217-333-5311
    Large Animal Clinic: 217-333-2001
    Ask for the anesthesiologist on duty.

  • Faculty

    Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Advanced cardiac imaging, interventional procedures, feline cardiomyopathies, and clinical trials.

    Saki Kadotani

    Saki Kadotani, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Cardiac imaging, interventional procedures, and feline cardiomyopathies.



    Additional Staff

    • Lindsey Humphries, DVM, MSc, Resident
    • Leah Kruckman, DVM, Resident
    • Gabrielle Wallace, DVM, Resident
    • Katie McConnell, CVT, VTS (Cardiology)
    • Candice Simpson, CVT


    Diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, heart murmurs, arrhythmia, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, and other cardiovascular diseases

    Skills and Procedures

    • Cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram including Color Flow Doppler) for non-invasive examination of the heart structure and function
    • Cardiac MRI and CT angiography
    • 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)

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Katie McConnell, CVT, VTS (Cardiology)

  • Faculty

    Amy Somrak, MBA, DVM, DAVDC




    Additional Staff

    • Mallory Kanwal, DVM, Resident
    • Misty Croy, CVT


    • Dental prophylaxis
    • Routine and advanced periodontal therapy, periodontal probing, subgingival scaling and bone grafting of deep periodontal pockets
    • Extractions, including closed, multi-rooted, and complicated surgical extractions
    • Treatment of feline tooth resorptive lesions
    • Management of fractured or worn teeth including vital pulpotomy and root canal therapy, and prosthodontic crown therapy
    • Jaw fracture repair with interdental splints (No longer available as of May 27, 2021)
    • Management of severe stomatitis
    • Management of unusual oral lesions, including myositis, osteomyelitis, bone sequestra, dentigerous cysts, dental caries, malocclusions, oronasal fistulas, and TMJ Disorders
    • Oral tumor identification and treatment planning

    Special capabilities

    • Digital dental radiography
    • High-speed fiberoptic dental unit
    • LightSpeed® endodontic technology
    • Osteoallograft® osteoinductive demineralized bone matrix
    • CT of the head

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Misty Croy, CVT

    To help us expedite your client’s visit, please email or fax your patient’s medical record, including recent blood work, prior to the scheduled appointment. A complete blood count and serum chemistry panel performed within the past month are required for patients age 5 years or older, or who have a history of systemic disease.

  • Faculty

    [Clarrisa Souza]

    Clarissa Souza, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVD

    Allergic (Hypersensitivity) disorders, ear diseases, infectious diseases, autoimmune and immune-mediated dermatoses.


    Additional Staff

    • Jennifer Clegg, DVM, Intern
    • Miriah Lareau, CVT
    • Abbie Peterson, CVT


    • Allergic skin diseases
    • Bacterial skin infections
    • Blistering skin diseases
    • Ear diseases
    • Excessive skin scaling/crusting
    • Fungal and yeast skin infections
    • Hair loss, alopecia, seborrhea
    • Hormonal diseases
    • Immune-mediated skin diseases
    • Nail and nail bed diseases
    • Parasitic skin diseases
    • Pruritus, itching/scratching/biting
    • Skin cancers
    • Thyroid disease

    Special Capabilities

    • Cryosurgery for treatment of small skin tumors
    • Customized subcutaneous and sublingual allergen-specific immunotherapy
    • Dermatoscopy to evaluate skin lesions–including laser therapy
    • 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

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Miriah Lareau, CVT

    For allergen orders, call 217-333-5377

  • Faculty

    Dr. Jane DoJane Do, DVM

    Meghan FickMeghan Fick, DVM, DACVECC

    ER and Critical Care


    [Jenica Haraschak]

    Jenica Haraschak, DVM, DACVECC

    ER and Critical Care

    [Caroline Tonozzi]Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC

    ER and Critical Care



    ECC/ICU Staff

    • Yanshan Er, BVSc, Resident
    • Ronald Goncalves, DVM, Resident
    • Tyler Johnson, DVM, Resident
    • Danielle Martindale, DVM, Resident
    • Amanda Spillane, DVM, Resident
    • Eryn Reznicek, DVM, MS, Intern
    • Antonia Ioannou, BVMS, Rotating Intern
    • Twisha Jani, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Jaeyoung Kim, DVM, PhD, Rotating Intern
    • Pedro Juan Soto-Elias, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Ashley Souza, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Regan Stoneburner, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Christine Tran Hoang, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Alexandra Varela Ortiz, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Mara Vernier, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Hannah Bray, CVT
    • Kristina Donze, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lena Fatheree, CVT
    • Nicole Fitzpatrick, CVT
    • Jessica Garrett, CVT,  VTS (ECC)
    • Miriah Haltiwanger, CVT
    • Joy Hinrichsen, CVT
    • Allie Hogan, CVT
    • Alex Lore, CVT
    • Alysha McDaniel, CVT
    • Lisa Miller, CVT
    • Krystal Newberry, CVT
    • Cameron Otis, CVT
    • Casey Peters, CVT
    • Megan Rader, CVT
    • Shelby Routh, CVT
    • Jill Sackville, CVT
    • Amber Schnepp, CVT
    • Abby Schraeder, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lydia Smith, CVT
    • Heather Soder, CVT
    • Morgan Sunderland, CVT
    • Mel Thornton, CVT
    • Adaline Totka, CVT
    • Kayla VanWassenhove, CVT
    • Danielle Wright, CVT
    • Angela Derossett, Office Support Specialist


    • 24-hour service, 365 days a year, accepting any emergency from anywhere, at any time
    • No referral needed
    • Daily communication by fax to the referring veterinarian detailing diagnostics and treatments performed
    • Rapid response on-site laboratory services for blood gas analysis, electrolytes, lactate, glucose, ionized calcium and magnesium, and BUN and creatinine
    • State-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutic options

    Special Capabilities

    • Highly trained team consisting of diplomates in emergency and critical care and specialty trained technicians
    • We participate in clinical trials, collaborate with human and veterinary medical professionals, and remain active in professional organizations in order to offer cutting- edge treatment options to our patients
    • Continuous blood pressure monitoring, telemetry, and ECG
    • Continuous drug infusions, particularly for pain management
    • Defibrillators
    • Direct and indirect arterial blood pressure monitoring
    • Enteral and parenteral nutrition
    • On-site blood banking
    • Oxygen cages that are temperature and humidity controlled
    • State-of-the-art ventilation

    For Estimates Contact:

    Emergency Receiving:
    ER FAX: 217-244-7377

    Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Referring veterinarians may call to alert the staff to incoming cases; the public may call (217-333-5300) or use our walk-in emergency clinic any time.

  • Faculty

    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LAIM

    Recognition and prevention of equine metabolic syndrome, wellness care and geriatric medicine

    Jonathan H. Foreman, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LAIM

    Internal medicine, exercise physiology, respiratory disease, neurological disease, and neonatal medicine

    Santiago Gutierrez Nibeyro, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR

    Foot pain MRI diagnosis, lameness and orthopedic injuries, arthroscopy, minimally invasive procedures, upper-airway laser surgery

    [Ann Kemper]Ann Kemper, DVM

    Internal Medicine

    Dr. Jordan Kirkpatrick

    Jordan Kirkpatrick, DVM, DACVS-LA

    Orthopedics, lameness, sports medicine and rehab

    [Dr. Lori Madsen]Lori Madsen, DVM

    Sports medicine and rehabilitation, imaging, podiatry, and lameness

    Annette McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS-LA

    Equine surgery and lameness, genetic developmental orthopedic disease and osteoarthritis in the horse, genetic determinants of performance

    Matthew StewartMatthew Stewart, BVSc, MVetClinStud, PhD, FACVSc-LA (Equine Surgery), DACVSMR-Equine

    Equine surgery and lameness diagnosis, pathophysiology of joint disease and osteoarthritis

    Pamela Wilkins, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-LAIM, DACVECC

    Cardiovascular and respiratory problems of the critically ill foal or horse, infectious diseases, lactate metabolism, transfusion, and coagulation medicine

    Additional Staff

    • Rebecca Bishop, DVM, Resident
    • Pedro Rigosa Gomez, MVZ, Resident
    • Alessandro Migliorisi, DVM, Resident
    • Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud, DVM, Resident
    • Kaitlyn Jonk, DVM, Intern
    • Elizabeth Moyer, DVM, Surgical Intern
    • Adrienne Rhodes, DVM, Intern
    • Ruth Stewart, BVMS, Intern
    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Olivia Downs, CVT
    • Chelsea Foil, CVT
    • Ashley Jiles, CVT
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT


    • Cardiology
    • Dentistry
    • Dermatology
    • Digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear imaging, computed tomography, and MRI
    • General surgery
    • High-speed treadmill examinations
    • Internal medicine
    • Lameness and lameness locator
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Reproductive surgery
    • Therapeutic shoeing
    • Video endoscopy equipment for upper respiratory, urinary tract, and stomach, including dynamic endoscopy

    Special Capabilities

    • 24-hour emergency medicine and critical care
    • Two modern surgery suites and padded recovery rooms
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Acupuncture
    • Overground endoscopy
    • Biologic therapies for orthopedic applications
    • Minimally invasive coil embolization for guttural pouch mycosis
    • Transvenous electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation

    For Emergencies, Admissions, Consultations, and Appointments Contact:


    Emergency admissions accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

  • Faculty

    Spencer KehoeSpencer Kehoe, DVM

    [Krista Keller]

    Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM

    Zoological companion animals


    [Samantha Sander]

    Samantha Sander, DVM, DACZM

    Wildlife Medical Clinic – Director

    Will SanderWilliam Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

    Wildlife Medical Clinic

    Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

    Avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery, board certified in avian medicine


    Additional Staff

    • Anthony Cerreta, DVM, Resident
    • Joanna Webb, DVM, Resident
    • Kelsey Trumpp, DVM, Intern
    • Kim Byrne, CVT
    • Veronica Millsap, CVT
    • Jennifer Trail, CVT


    • Wellness examinations
    • Husbandry consultations
    • Complete diagnostics and comprehensive medicine
    • Spay/neuter and other soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries

    Special Capabilities

    • Zoological medicine clinicians work with the hospital’s 24-hour emergency service and other specialties to provide complete care for exotic pets
    • After-hours diagnostics
    • Intensive care for exotic pets: incubator, oxygen support, fluid therapy, nutrition support, access to full medication dispensary for exotics
    • Radiologists, ophthalmologists, surgical specialists trained in exotic care
    • Real-time diagnostic testing, including hematology, radiology, cytology
    • Advanced diagnostic imaging: CT, MRI, digital radiography

    We are looking forward to serving your clients in our new location at Veterinary Medicine South Clinic.
    Phone Number: 217-244-2555
    New address: 2100 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
    We moved just across Hazelwood Avenue to the south of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

    For Estimates Contact:

    Jennifer Trail, CVT, 217-265-6565

    Wildlife Medical Clinic


  • Farriers

    Mitch Gardner

    [Steve Sermersheim]Steve Sermersheim, CJF TE, AWCF

    Advanced therapeutic horseshoeing; associate of Great Britain’s Worshipful Company of Farriers



    • Shoes: hand-made steel, aluminum, steel therapeutic, aluminum therapeutic, glue-on, glue-on therapeutic
    • Trimming
    • Pads: therapeutic and pour-in
    • Glue patch
    • Crack repair
    • Treatment plate
    • Foal extension

    For estimates, call 217-300-5508.

  • Faculty

    Brian AldridgeBrian Aldridge, BVSc, MS, PhD, DACVIM, RCVS


    Edgar Garrett, DVM, MS, DACT

    Focus on cattle with an emphasis on reproduction, lameness, and nutrition

    [Andrew Hubner]

    Andy Hubner, DVM, PhD Candidate

    Dairy herd health and production


    [Dr. Thomas Lowery]Thomas Lowery, DVM

    Prevention medicine techniques and proper treatment protocols

    [Dr. Tessa Marshall]Tessa Marshall, BVSc, MS, DABVP (Dairy Practice)

    Emphasis on food animal medicine, surgery, and herd health

    Suzanna Storms

    Suzanna Storms, DVM, PhD Candidate

    Small ruminant production and reproduction




    Additional Staff

    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Betsy Laurence, CVT
    • Amy Saupe, CVT
    • Shawn Stevens, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT


    • Pregnancy diagnosis including ultrasound examination
    • Reproduction: artificial insemination; laparoscopic artificial insemination in sheep, goats, and deer; embryo transfer; follicular aspiration
    • Breading soundness examination for bulls, rams, and bucks
    • Routine process procedures (e.g. vaccination, deworming, castration, dehorning) on farm or at the clinic
    • On-farm services for medical problems and minor surgery
    • Routine hoof trimming and lameness evaluation including x-ray capability in the clinic
    • Diagnosis and treatment of individual animal disease for all species
    • Disease outbreak investigation
    • Herd performance evaluation and nutrition consultation
    • Parasite control programs
    • Emergency services
    • Species: Cattle (beef and dairy), sheep, goats, deer, swine, and camelids
    • See also, Theriogenology below

    For Emergencies/ Consultations/Appointments, Contact:

    Large Animal Clinic Front Desk for in-house or ambulatory appointments: 217-333-2001

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Amy Saupe, CVT

  • Faculty

    [Audrey Billhymer]Audrey Billhymer, DVM, DACVR




    [Dr. Cintia Oliveira]

    Cintia Oliveira, DVM, MS, DACVR





    Additional Staff

    • Mel Fletcher, CVT
    • Kayla Hasselbring, CVT
    • Taylor Kauffman, CVT
    • Dallas McCormick, CVT
    • Melinda Smith, CVT, Animal Imaging Coordinator
    • Sarah Van Note B.S., R.T (R)(M)(CT)(BD), Animal Imaging Coordinator
    • Megan Vite, CVT
    • Stephanie Walker, CVT


    • 3T MRI: small and large animal
    • Computed Tomography (CT), small and large animals
    • Digital radiography
    • Nuclear medicine
    • Ultrasonography

    Special Capabilities

    • Awake CT imaging of cats
    • CT small and large animal (equine sinus diseases, neurologic issues, orthopedic concerns, and foal thoracic pathologies)
    • High-field (3T) MRI, able to accommodate scanning of equine brain and sinus, limited upper cervical and extremities regions
    • Picture Archival Capture System (PACS)

    To request digital copies of diagnostic images, please contact Medical Records:

    Small Animal: 217-333-5363
    Large Animal: 217-333-8100

    To set up direct access to our digital image system so that you can review your patient’s diagnostic images, please contact Medical Records at 217-333-5363

    Clinical Coordinators:


  • Faculty

    [Arnon Ggal]Arnon Gal, DVM, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DACVP


    [Jennifer Reinhart]

    Jennifer Reinhart, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DACVCP

    Pharmacology, endocrinology

    Marcella D. Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM-SA

    Gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disease, infectious disease

    David Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA



    Additional Staff

    • Allison Bechtel, DVM, Resident
    • Rebekah Brown, DVM, Resident
    • Nicole Laia, DVM, Resident
    • Antonia Ioannou, BVMS, Rotating Intern
    • Twisha Jani, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Jaeyoung Kim, DVM, PhD, Rotating Intern
    • Pedro Juan Soto-Elias, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Ashley Souza, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Regan Stoneburner, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Christine Tran Hoang, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Alexandra Varela Ortiz, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Mara Vernier, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Carrie Bubb, CVT
    • Sara Roy, CVT


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

    Special Interests

    • Blastomycosis
    • Chronic renal disease
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Feline hyperthyroidism
    • Infectious disease
    • Inflammatory disease
    • Liver and gallbladder disease
    • Respiratory disease
    • Small intestinal and pancreatic disease

    Special Capabilities

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Sara Roy, CVT
    Please call 217-333-5311 for consultations

  • Pharmacists

    Lauren ForsytheLauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP, FSVHP


    Alex GochenauerAlex Gochenauer, PharmD, FSVHP




    Medication Dispensary Technicians

    • Jenny Chen, CPhT
    • Linda Glynn, CPhT
    • Austin Smith, CPhT

    The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Medication Dispensary provides a full range of medication services including dispensing medications, preparing intravenous admixtures, formulating and preparing compounded medications, and assisting with drug information questions such as dosage and calculation questions.  In addition, our residency-trained veterinary pharmacists assist with teaching veterinary students in both the didactic and clinical curriculum.  The pharmacists are also available to assist with any questions you may have regarding commercial and/or compounded medications.

    The Medication Dispensary serves as a resource for clinicians, staff and students and is actively involved in clinical research studies.  Hospitalized patients are provided 24-hour service through a system of 6 automated dispensing machines and faculty/interns/residents as needed.

    Medications may be dispensed to clients only for conditions currently being treated by hospital clinicians.  An option to have medications shipped is available for clients located throughout Illinois.  Unfortunately, we are unable to ship to addresses outside of Illinois.

    We have created video tutorials for reconstituting a powdered antibiotic and administering intranasal or rectal anti-seizure kits. You are welcome to refer your clients to these videos when relevant.


    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

    For Consultations Contact:

    Pharmacist on Duty

  • Faculty

    [Dr. Kari Foss]Kari Foss, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the spinal cord and brain with special interest in advanced neuroimaging of intracranial disease

    {Devon Hague]

    Devon Wallis Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Comprehensive neuro diagnostics; advanced medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the spinal cord, brain, and neuromuscular system, such disc disease, meningitis and seizures

    Additional Staff

    • Lindsey Graham, DVM, Resident
    • Francisco Guevara, DVM, Resident
    • Aaron Paushter, DVM, Resident
    • Rachel Hawker, CVT
    • Denise Weber, CVT


    • Comprehensive diagnostics along with advanced medical and surgical treatment options for animals with disorders of the spinal cord, brain, and neuromuscular system
    • Compassionate care for neurological patients and their families is of utmost importance to the neurology team

    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)

    Special Interests

    • Spinal cord disease
    • Congenital malformations
    • Tumors of the nervous system
    • Inflammation of the central nervous system
    • Seizures
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Neurosurgery

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Denise Weber, CVT

    To help us expedite your client’s visit, please email or fax your patient’s medical record, including all recent lab work, prior to the scheduled appointment. Medical records can be emailed to or faxed to 217-244-9554 (ATTN: Neurology).

  • Faculty

    Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Internal Medicine)

    Novel therapies and drug delivery strategies treating tumors shared between dogs and human beings, with emphasis on bone, brain and blood cancers

    Laura D. Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

    Emphasis on advanced cancer therapies and communication with pet owners and referring veterinarians

    Alycen Lundberg, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), PhD Candidate

    Advanced diagnostic and treatment plans tailored to each patient; novel anti-cancer drug development for the treatment of oral squamous cell carcinoma in cats

    Kimberly Selting, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

    Precise delivery of radiation therapy, the interaction of radiation, chemo- and immunotherapy, and effects of radiation on the tissue around tumor cells


    Additional Staff

    • Matthew Berry, DVM, Resident
    • Sunny Kao, DVM Resident
    • Alison Masyr, DVM, Resident
    • Amanda Seelman, DVM, MS, Resident
    • Jennifer Yee, DVM, Radiation Oncology Resident
    • Rebecca Bernstein, DVM, Medical Oncology Clinical Trials Intern
    • Jenny Byrd, CVT
    • Tara Dolbert, CVT
    • Darleen Drake, CVT, Radiation Oncology
    • Becca Guess, CVT
    • Rebecca Kamerer, CVT
    • Valerie Wasinski, CVT, Radiation Oncology


    • Complete clinical staging and diagnosis of common tumor types affecting dogs and cats, including the use of advanced imaging modalities such as spiral computed tomography
    • Client education regarding treatment choices, including surgical resection, systemic chemotherapy, immunotherapy (melanoma vaccine), and novel targeted therapies for the management of tumor-bearing companion animals
    • State-of-the-art radiation therapy (Variant TrueBeam) which conforms to the tumor and avoids normal tissue (including IMRT, VMAT, and stereotactic radiotherapy, as well as strontium plesiotherapy)

    Special Capabilities

    • Cooperating with the National Cancer Institute to evaluate novel anticancer drugs to treat tumor-bearing dogs
    • Active clinical and basic research programs focused on cancer biology and discovery of novel agents to treat tumor-bearing dogs and cats
    • Advanced radiological equipment to assess bone health
    • Computerized pressure-sensing gait analysis equipment to evaluate pain in dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Jenny Byrd, CVT

    For Clinical Trials Contact:

    Rebecca Kamerer, CVT

  • Faculty

    [Dr. Kathryn Fleming]Kathryn Fleming, DVM, PhD, DACVO




    Additional Staff

    • Tatiane Villar, DVM, Resident
    • Shari Poruba, CVT
    • Lorri Zoch, CVT

    Note as of September 2020: The ophthalmology service is typically able to accommodate emergency visits; however, in the event that our service is not able to see a patient quickly, please seek a specialist boarded by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.


    • Comprehensive eye care for all patients, including small, large and exotic animals

    Special Interests

    • Cataract and cataract surgery
    • Dry-eye
    • Glaucoma
    • Hereditary eye disease
    • Eyelid diseases and defects
    • Equine ophthalmology
    • Amniotic membrane graft
    • Corneal transplant
    • Ocular surface reconstruction

    Special Capabilities

    • High-frequency ocular ultrasound
    • Endolaser for glaucoma
    • Suprachoroidal cyclosporine implants in horses
    • Episcleral cyclosporine implant for dry eye

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

    Clinical Coordinators:
    Shari Poruba, CVT, or Lorri Zoch, CVT

  • Faculty

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

    General orthopedic and neurosurgery, stifle and elbow diseases, arthroscopy and fracture repair, arthrodesis, tendon repair, hemilaminectomies, ventral slots, spinal fractures, lumbosacral disease, and other selected neurological procedures; special interest in rehabilitative therapies

    Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg

    Catherine Foreman-Hesterberg, DVM

    Chiropractic services

    Rehabilitation Specialists

    [Carrie Chandler-Harrison]Carrie Chandler, CVT, CCRP*

    Individualized rehabilitation evaluation and therapeutic treatment plans



    Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*

    Individualized rehabilitation evaluation and therapeutic treatment plans


    * CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner


    • Aquatic therapy (swimming and underwater treadmill)
    • Cart and/or wheelchair fitting/adjustment
    • Electrical stimulation
    • Evaluations
    • Local hot and cold therapy
    • Passive range of motion exercises
    • Pulsed signal therapy
    • Soft tissue massage
    • Tailored home exercises
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Therapeutic laser
    • Therapeutic ultrasound therapy
    • Weight management
    • Platelet rich plasma injections
    • Chiropractic

    Special Capabilities

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

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP or Carrie Chandler, CVT, CCRP

    We make every effort to accommodate the pet owner’s schedule and can typically see all appointments for an evaluation within 3 to 5 days. We are happy to develop rehabilitation treatment plans for your postoperative, acute, and chronic orthopedic and neurological cases.

  • Faculty

    Dr. Olivia Swailes

    Olivia Swailes, DVM




    Additional Staff

    • Valeria Picazo Zamarripa, DVM, Intern


    Services for Veterinary Practitioners

    • Private practitioners interested in learning about shelter medicine, high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter, and pediatric sterilization can spend time with the Shelter Medicine Program learning those techniques
    • Our faculty are also available for consultation regarding shelter protocols, including infectious disease management and prevention, sanitation and behavioral enrichment

    For Consultations:

    217-778-PETS / 217-778-7387

  • Faculty

    [Dr. Hadley Gleason]Hadley Gleason, VMD, MS, DACVS-SA


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

    General orthopedic and neurosurgery, stifle and elbow diseases, arthroscopy and fracture repair, hemilaminectomies, ventral slots, spinal fractures, lumbosacral disease, and other neurological procedures; special interest in rehabilitative therapies

    [Clara Moran]

    Clara Moran, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


    Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

    General soft tissue surgery, including thoracic/abdominal surgery, oncologic surgery, and reconstructive surgery; specialized soft tissue surgery, including advanced urinary tract surgery, renal transplantation, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery; neurological surgery of the cervical/thoracolumbar spine

    Dr. Jacqui Scott

    Jacqui Scott, DVSc, BVSc, DACVS-SA




    Additional Staff

    • Jacqueline Cavalcanti, DVM, Resident
    • Kyle Chu, DVM, Resident
    • Jennifer Kuzminsky, DVM, MS, Resident
    • Ava Song, DVM, Resident
    • Monica Chen, DVM, Intern
    • Alberto Oramas, DVM, Intern
    • Janell Burke, CVT
    • Carli Burris, CVT
    • Carrie Chandler, CVT, CCRP*
    • Rachel Dorney, CVT (Soft tissue)
    • Kellie Gard, CVT (Orthopedics)
    • Amanda Green, CVT
    • Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*
    • Carrie Palmer, CVT
    • Dana Robeck, CVT
    • Amanda Widick, CVT (OR)

    * CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    Orthopedic – Special Interests

    • Angular limb deformities
    • Arthroscopic joint exploration
    • Canine hip dysplasia
    • Degenerative joint disease
    • Diseases of the elbow and shoulder
    • Fracture repair
    • Cranial cruciate ligament disease

    Soft Tissue – Special Interests

    • Advanced urinary tract surgery
    • Laparoscopy
    • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • Microsurgery
    • Thoracoscopy
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Oncology Surgery – Special Interests

    • Adrenalectomy
    • Liver tumors
    • Mandibulectomy and maxillectomy
    • Thoracic tumors
    • Thyroid and parathyroid tumors

    Special Capabilities

    • Fluoroscopically guided surgery
    • Locking plate fracture fixation
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Platelet rich plasma

    For Estimates, Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kellie Gard, CVT

    Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery:
    Clinical Coordinator:
    Rachel Dorney, CVT

  • Equine Theriogenology Faculty

    Igor Canisso, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACT, DECAR

    Theriogenology, equine emphasis

    Additional Staff

    • Giorgia Podico, DVM, Resident
    • Kianna Spencer, DVM, Resident
    • Claire Kaplan, Assistant

    Equine Services

    • Artificial Insemination (AI)
    • Control of sexual behavior of mares and stallions
    • Foaling management
    • Management of high-risk pregnancies
    • Consult on abortion and outbreaks
    • Stallion conditioning for breeding shed
    • Management of low fertility stallions and mares
    • Embryo transfer
    • Semen collection, evaluation, and shipping
    • Semen freezing and testing
    • Epididymal semen college and freezing
    • Breeding soundness evaluation of mares and stallions
    • Investigation of poor athletic performance
    • Dystocia managment
    • Management of post-partum complications

    FARMS Theriogenology

    Edgar Garrett, DVM, MS, DACT

    Focus on cattle with an emphasis on reproduction, lameness, and nutrition


    [Dr. Tessa Marshall]Tessa Marshall, BVSc, MS, DABVP (Dairy Practice)

    Emphasis on food animal medicine, surgery, and herd health

    Additional Staff

    • Kianna Spencer, DVM, Resident

    Bovine Services

    • Herd reproduction record analysis and consultation
    • Immunization schedules to maximize reproduction
    • Synchronized breeding programs
    • Fetal sexing
    • Ultrasound examination for pregnancy

    Small Animal Ruminant Services (sheep, deer, goats)

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

    For Emergencies/Consultations/Appointments, Contact:

    Large Animal Clinic, 217-333-2001

The Patient Care Team

The team of caregivers will be directed by a faculty member to provide exceptional care for the patient. Faculty members have received advanced training and, in most cases, board certification from specialty organizations. Other members of the team may include:

  • Residents in training for board certification;
  • Interns engaged in postdoctoral training;
  • Certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and veterinary technician students;
  • Professional veterinary students.

Please understand that in addition to their clinical service, faculty members also have teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. Therefore, referrals must be made with the faculty member assigned to clinical duty at the time the animal is presented. This is true even if you’ve spoken with another faculty member by phone and he/she has encouraged you to refer a case.

Although the clinicians on duty during your patient’s visit may vary, we strive for close communication among the staff and complete medical records to enable us to provide continuity of care.


Communication Regarding Cases

A preliminary contact report will be sent to you after your referral patient has been examined, or the case clinician may contact you by phone.

As the referring veterinarian, you will receive a final written report after the patient is discharged.

Please contact the clinical coordinator for the service (identified in the directory above on this page) if you have questions about the diagnostic and treatment plans or estimated costs for referred patients.

If you wish to be contacted by e-mail, please send your e-mail address to: