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.
  • Complete the appropriate Referral Data Form and send it with the client or fax or email it before the patient arrives.
  • Provide your client with:

Please inform your clients that a deposit equal to one-half of the estimated cost will be required at the time of admission, and 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.

Contacts for Referring Veterinarians

Teaching Hospital in Urbana

Small Animal ClinicLarge Animal Clinic
Referral Line:217-333-5311217-333-2001
Medical Records Phone:217-333-5363217-333-8100
Medical Records Fax:217-244-9554217-333-9796
Medical Records
Referral Coordinator
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Referral Data Form

Use this form to refer a patient to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Mobile App for Referrers

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Referral Services

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

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management




    Stephanie Keating, DVM, DVSc, DACVAA

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


    Additional Staff

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


    • 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, arterial blood gas analysis, and cardiac output
    • Acupuncture service with a focus on pain management, and orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation
    • Advanced and alternative pain management techniques, including epidural injection and catheterization, and ultrasound guided 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.

  • Behavior


    Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB

    For consultations with Dr. Ballantyne, who practices at Veterinary Behavior at Illinois in Chicago, please view the website and call: 312-226-2588 or email



    • Behavior consultations to address underlying causes of behavior conditions, including aggression, compulsive disorders, fears and phobias, house-soiling problems, and separation anxiety
    • Humane treatment plans, including counter-conditioning and drug therapy
    • Pre-adoption/pre-purchase counseling
    • Consultations on preparing pets for a baby in the household
    • Approach that embraces respect for pet and owner, with the goal of reducing stress and promoting positive encounters
    • Pet behavior modification consultations include 6 months of telephone and email follow-up
  • Cancer Care


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

    Investigating novel therapies and drug delivery strategies developed from basic science laboratories for improving the treatment of tumors shared between dogs and human beings, with emphasis on bone, brain and blood cancers.

    Laura D. Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

    Providing clinical service and teaching with emphasis on advanced cancer therapies and communication with pet owners, and referring veterinarians.

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

    Investigation of novel cancer therapies, as well as the interaction of radiation with the tumor cells and microenvironment, focus on clinical research and the care of pets and their owners.


    Alycen Lundberg, DVM, 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.

    Additional Staff

    • Molly Benner, DVM, Resident
    • Mark Byrum, DVM, Resident
    • Dana Connell, DVM, Resident
    • Matthew Dowling, DVM Resident
    • Tara Bailey, CVT
    • Jenny Byrd, CVT
    • Becca Guess, CVT
    • Rebecca Kamerer, CVT


    • 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

    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

  • Cardiology


    Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Advanced cardiac imaging, interventional procedures, canine chronic valvular disease, and clinical trials.

    [Dr. Jorndan Vitt]Jordan Vitt, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

    Interventional cardiology and advanced imaging of the heart.




    Additional Staff

    • Saki Kadotani, DVM, Resident
    • Jonathon Stack, DVM, Resident
    • Katie McConnell, CVT
    • Candice Simpson, CVT


    Diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, heart murmurs, arrhythmia, hypertension, 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
    • 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

  • Dentistry and Oral Surgery


    Katherine Kling, DVM

    General and advanced small animal dentistry clinician. Part-time dentistry resident.

    Amy Somrak, MBA, DVM, DAVDC

    Routine and advanced dental procedures; jaw fracture repair, management of severe feline and canine stomatitis, correction of malocclusions and evaluation and treatment of unusual oral lesions



    • Dental prophylaxis. Routine and advanced periodontal therapy, including 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
    • 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 dental radiography
    • High-speed fiberoptic dental unit
    • LightSpeed® endodontic technology
    • Osteoallograft® osteoinductive demineralized bone matrix

    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.

  • Dermatology and Otology


    Jason Pieper, DVM, MS, DACVD

    Ear diseases, food allergy dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, wound healing with the aid of platelet rich plasma, pharmacokinetic interaction of fluconazole and cyclosporine


    Additional Staff

    • Lara Tomich, DVM, Resident
    • Trenton Ewing, DVM, Intern
    • Sandy Grable, CVT


    • Allergic skin diseases
    • Bacterial skin infections
    • Blistering skin diseases
    • Cushings disease
    • Ear diseases
    • Excessive skin scaling/crusting
    • Fungal and yeast skin infections
    • Hair loss, alopecia
    • Hormonal diseases
    • Immune-mediated skin diseases (pemphigus, lupus and others)
    • Nail and nail bed diseases
    • Parasitic skin diseases
    • Pruritus, itching/scratching/biting/chewing
    • Seborrhea
    • 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
    • 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

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Sandy Grable, CVT

    For allergen orders, call 217-333-5377, or visit

  • Emergency and Critical Care – Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year


    Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC

    Oxidative stress, reperfusion injury, coagulation monitoring

    [Caroline Tonozzi]

    Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC



    ECC/ICU Staff

    • Natasha Hodgson, DVM, Resident
    • Olivia Wolf, DVM, Resident
    • Amanda Kuhl, DVM, Intern
    • Kristin Biddle, CVT
    • Leiah Carney, CVT
    • Lindsey Crowner, CVT
    • Kristina Donze, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Rachel Dorney, CVT
    • Alyssa Duncan, CVT
    • Lena Fatheree, CVT
    • Nicole Fitzpatrick, CVT
    • Mel Fletcher, CVT
    • Jessica Garrett, CVT,  VTS (ECC)
    • Allie Hogan, CVT
    • Alysha McDaniel, CVT
    • Lisa Miller, CVT
    • Krystal Newberry, CVT
    • Casey Saindon, CVT
    • Abby Schraeder, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lydia Smith, CVT
    • Brittany Spuck, CVT
    • Kayla VanWassenhove, CVT
    • Mikayla Wrasse, CVT


    • 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, colla-borate with human and veterinary medical professionals, and remain active in professional organizations in order to offer cutting- edge treatment options to our patients.
    • Continuous cardiac and blood pressure monitoring
    • Continuous drug infusions, particularly for pain management
    • Defibrillators
    • Direct and indirect arterial blood pressure monitoring
    • Enteral and parenteral nutrition
    • State-of-the-art ventilator
    • On-site blood banking
    • Oxygen cages that are temperature and humidity controlled

    For Estimates Contact:

    Emergency Receiving:
    Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    ER FAX: 217-244-7377

    Intensive Care Unit:
    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kristina Donze, CVT, VTS (ECC)

    Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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

  • Equine Medicine and Surgery


    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA

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

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

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

    Santiago Gutierrez Nibeyro, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR (Equine)

    Minimally invasive procedures including upper-airway laser surgery, foot pain MRI diagnosis, lameness and orthopedic injuries, arthroscopy.

    [Ann Kemper]Ann Kemper, DVM


    [Dr. Lori Madsen]Lori Madsen, DVM

    Equine sports medicine and lameness; pathophysiology, imaging and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and podiatry.

    Annette McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS

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

    Matthew C. Stewart, BVSc, MVetClinStud, PhD, Fellow ACVSc-LA (Equine Surgery), DACVSMR (Equine)

    Equine surgery and lameness diagnosis, pathophysiology of joint disease and cellular alterations that contribute to the development and progression of osteoarthritis.

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

    Equine medicine: cardiovascular and respiratory problems of the critically ill foal or horse, respiratory diseases and problems of horses, equine infectious diseases, lactate metabolism, transfusion medicine, coagulation parameters, and bacterial blood cultures in foals and adult horses as indicators of disease severity and prognosis.



    Additional Staff

    • Ilana Glasberg, DVM, Resident
    • Sarah Gray, DVM, Resident
    • Christine Lopp, DVM, Resident
    • Hugh Duddy, DVM, Intern
    • Katheryn Johnson, DVM, Intern
    • Jessie McAfoos, DVM, Intern
    • Chelsea Foil, CVT
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Cortney Norton, CVT
    • Ragenia Sarr, CVT
    • Allison Schumacher, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT


    • Cardiology
    • Digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear imaging and Computed Tomography
    • Dentistry
    • Dermatology
    • General surgery (Minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopy and laparoscopy)
    • High-speed treadmill examinations
    • Internal medicine
    • Lameness and lameness locator
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Reproductive surgery
    • Shock wave therapy
    • Therapeutic shoeing
    • Video endoscopy equipment for upper respiratory, urinary tract, and stomach, including dynamic 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
    • Vet-MR Grande unit, capable of imaging the neck, head/brain, and lower extremities of horses; clear and concise diagnosis of deep digital flexor tendon tears; navicular syndrome; palmar foot pain; bone cysts; bone fractures; dedicated anesthesia and monitoring in MR unit
    • CT imaging for neonatal foals without a requirement for general anesthesia in many cases
    • Two equine surgery suites with modern surgery tables and padded recovery rooms
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Lameness locator system that objectively identifies lameness in the horse
    • Acupuncture
    • Over ground endoscopy
    • Biologic therapies for orthopedic applications

    For Emergencies, Admissions, Consultations, and Appointments Contact:


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

  • Exotics and Zoological Medicine


    [Krista Keller]Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM

    Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

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


    Julia K. Whittington, DVM

    Avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery, wildlife medicine and conservation.

    Additional Staff

    • Karisa Tang, DVM, Resident
    • Stephanie Principati, VMD, Intern
    • Kim Byrne, 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 pharmacy 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

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kim Byrne, CVT, 217-265-6437

  • Farrier


    {Diego Almeida]
    Diego Almeida, CJF

    Training farriers; ensuring and delivering excellent farrier service; certified journeyman farrier

    [Steve Sermersheim]
    Steve Sermersheim, CJF TE, AWCF

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



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

    Download a copy of our price list for services.

    For Estimates Contact:

    Emily Price, client service representative, 217-300-5508

  • Imaging Services: Diagnostic and Radiation Therapy


    [Dr. Sharon Wagner]Sharon Wagner, DVM, RDCS

    Abdominal imaging using ultrasound. Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration.



    Additional Staff

    • Darleen Drake, CVT
    • Jill Franzen, BS, CVT
    • Susan Hartman, RT(R)CT, Senior Imaging Specialist
    • Melinda Smith, CVT
    • Rachel Wagenbach, CVT
    • Stephanie Walker, CVT
    • Jeanice Wiard, BS, CVT


    • Cobalt Radiation Therapy
    • Computed Tomography (CT) for small and large animals
    • Digital Radiography
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3T MRI) for small and large animal
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Ultrasonography

    Special Capabilities

    • CT equine sinus diseases, neurologic issues, orthopedic concerns and foal thoracic pathologies
    • Awake CT imaging of cats
    • Ultrasound
    • 3T MRI
    • Picture Archival Capture System (PACS)

    To request digital copies of diagnostic images, please contact Medical Records at 217-333-5363 or

    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 Coordinator:

    Susan Hartman, RT(R)CT, 217-840-4768


  • Integrated Farm Animal Management Systems


    [Brian Aldridge]Brian Aldridge, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM-LA, MS, FRCVS

    • Farm animal medicine; the interface between health and production in growing animals; adaptive and transitional health in young animals.

    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA

    • Recognition and prevention of equine metabolic syndrome.

    [Denny French]Dennis D. French, DVM, DABVP (Equine Practice)

    • Herd health in large animals, with special interests in lameness issues of large animals and equine parasite control.

    Edgar Garrett, DVM, MS

    • Primary focus on cattle and dairy goats with an emphasis on production-limiting diseases including lameness, mastitis control, and nutrition-related metabolic disorders.

    Fabio Lima, DVM, MS, PhD

    • Theriogenology, bovine emphasis

    [Dr. Jim Lowe]Jim Lowe, DVM, MS, DABVP (Food Animal)

    Primary focus on herd problems in swine and beef cattle with a special interest in infectious disease.

    [Dr. Thomas Lowery]Thomas Lowery, DVM
    Prevention medicine techniques and proper treatment protocols

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

    Interested in food animal medicine and surgery with a focus in dairy and small ruminant/camelid herd health.

    [Clifford Shipley]Clifford Shipley, DVM, DACT
    Theriogenology in all species, with an emphasis on small ruminants and cervids, and herd health management in all species.

    Additional Staff

    • Benjamin Blair, DVM, PhD Candidate
    • Daniele Milazzo, DVM, Resident
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Kristen Massey, BS, CVT
    • Cortney Norton, CVT
    • Ragenia Sarr, CVT
    • Amy Saupe, CVT
    • Allison Schumacher, CVT
    • Rachel Stout, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT


    • 24-hour emergency services
    • Ambulatory care of all types, including on-farm radiographs
    • Assisted reproductive techniques (artificial insemination, embryo transfer)
    • Breeding soundness exams for males and females
    • Castration, dehorning, and routine production procedures
    • Diagnosis and treatment of individual animal disease for all species
    • Disease outbreak investigation
    • Herd performance evaluation and consultation including parasite control programs
    • On-farm medical and production assistance
    • Pregnancy diagnosis (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:
    Rachel Stout, CVT

  • Internal Medicine (Small Animal)


    [Jennifer Reinhart]Jennifer Reinhart, DVM

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

    Gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disease, infectious disease.

    Stanley Rubin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-SA

    Nephrology/urology, gastroenterology, metabolic disease, and electrolyte and acid-base disorders.

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

    Investigation into a recently recognized idiopathic chronic enteropathy common in aging cats.


    Additional Staff

    • 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, Rotating Intern
    • Kristen Ragusa, CVT
    • Sara Roy, CVT


    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Hematology
    • Rhinolaryngology & Pulmonology
    • Urology

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

    For Estimates Contact:

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

  • Laboratory Services

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery


    {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.

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

    Diagnosis and management of spinal column disorders, including intervertebral disc disease, spinal tumors and cervical spondylomyelopathy; research into gait analysis of patients with spinal cord disease and parameters to assess patients’ mobility.

    Additional Staff

    • Rachel Lampe, DVM, Resident
    • Samantha Vitale, DVM, Resident
    • Paige Cowell, CVT
    • Denise Weber, CVT


    • The 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
    • 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

    • Disc disease
    • Congenital malformations
    • Tumors of the nervous system
    • Inflammation of the central nervous system
    • Seizures
    • Neuromuscular disorders

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Denise Weber, RVT

    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).

  • Ophthalmology


    [Bianca da Costa Martins]

    Bianca da Costa Martins, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVO

    Corneal wound healing, medical and surgical treatment of corneal ulcers, equine ophthalmology, eyelid reconstruction

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




    Additional Staff

    • Sophie Rajotte, DVM, Resident
    • Tatiane Villar, DVM, Intern
    • Kelli Zimmerman, DVM, Intern
    • Shari Poruba, CVT
    • Lorri Zoch, CVT


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

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

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

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

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

  • Pharmacy


    [Shelby Williams]
    Shelby Williams, RPh

    [Brian Korus]


    Brian Korus, PharmD, FSVHP



    Pharmacy Technicians

    • Jenny Chen
    • Linda Glynn, CPhT
    • Ashley Hess, CPhT
    • Kara Knox, CPhT


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

    For Consultations Contact:

    Pharmacist on Duty

    The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy is a full-service hospital 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.

    The pharmacy 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 an automated dispensing system and through faculty/interns/residents as needed. Medications may be dispensed to clients only for conditions currently being treated by hospital clinicians.

  • Rehabilitation


    Tisha A.M. Harper, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, 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.

    Rehabilitation Specialists

    Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*

    • Individualized rehabilitation evaluation and therapeutic treatment plans.


    [Carrie Chandler-Harrison]Carrie Chandler-Harrison, 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

    Special Capabilities

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

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

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

  • Surgery (Small Animal)


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

    • General orthopedic and neurosurgery, total hip replacement, stifle and elbow diseases, arthroscopy and fracture repair, hemilaminectomies, ventral slots, spinal fractures, lumbosacral disease, and other neurological procedures. Special interest in rehabilitative therapies.

    Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

    • General soft tissue surgery, including thoracic and 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, including that of the cervical and thoracolumbar spine.


    Additional Staff


    • Jacqueline Cavalcanti, DVM, Resident
    • Kyle Chu, DVM, Resident
    • Christina Cocca, DVM, Resident
    • Hadley Gleason, DVM, Resident
    • Allison Putterman, DVM, Resident
    • Ava Song, DVM, Intern
    • Carrie Chandler-Harrison, CVT, CCRP*
    • Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*
    • Kellie Lecher, CVT

    * CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    Orthopedics and Neurosurgery

    Special Interests

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

    Soft Tissue/Oncologic Surgery

    Special Interests

    • 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

    For Estimates, Contact:

    Orthopedic and Neurosurgery:
    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kellie Lecher, CVT

    Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery:

  • Theriogenology (Reproduction)


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

    • Theriogenology, equine emphasis


    Additional Staff

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

    Fabio Lima, DVM, MS, PhD

    • Theriogenology, bovine emphasis


    Additional Staff

    • Jamie Stewart, DVM, Resident
    • Kristen Massey, BS, CVT

    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
    • Fetal sexing
    • Synchronized breeding programs

    Equine Services

    • Control off 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 & deer)

    • Laproscopic AI
    • Herd health plans
    • Fetal sexing and counting
    • Pregnancy exams
    • Sync 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: