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 Email:medrec@vetmed.illinois.edu
Imaging217-333-1800
Referral Coordinator Email:VTHrDVMcoor@vetmed.illinois.edu
Download the Illinois DVM mobile app from iTunes or Google Play.

Referral Data Form

Use this form to refer 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.

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management

    Faculty

    [Tamas Ambrisko]

    Tamas Ambrisko, DVM, DECVA, DACVAA

    Cardiac output measurement, electrical impedance tomography, cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology


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    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
    • Stephanie Dantino, DVM, Intern
    • Tracy Clayton, CVT
    • Caitlyn Cordell, CVT
    • Justin Lancaster, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Kim Potempa, CVT
    • Elizabeth Rappleyea, CVT
    • Ashley Ratliff, CVT
    • Jessica Risley, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Valerie Wasinski, CVT

    Services

    • 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
    • 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.
    VTHAnesthesia@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Cardiology

    Faculty


    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
    • Gabrielle Wallace, DVM, Resident
    • Katie McConnell, CVT
    • Candice Simpson, CVT

    Services

    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
    217-300-1643
    VTHCardiology@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Dentistry and Oral Surgery

    Faculty

    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

    Additional Staff

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

    Services

    • 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
    217-333-5859
    VTHDentistry@vetmed.illinois.edu

    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

    Faculty


    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


    [Clarrisa Souza]

     

    Clarissa Souza, DVM, MSc, PhD

     

    Additional Staff

    • Lara Tomich, DVM, Resident
    • Marvin (Dan) Schuldenfrei, DVM, Intern
    • Sandy Grable, CVT

    Services

    • 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
    217-244-8303
    VTHDerm@vetmed.illinois.edu

    For allergen orders, call 217-333-5377, or visit go.illinois.edu/allergy

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

    Faculty

    [Jenica Haraschak]

     

    Jenica Haraschak, DVM, DACVECC

     

     



    Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC

    Oxidative stress, reperfusion injury, coagulation monitoring


    [Caroline Tonozzi]

    Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC

     

     

    ECC/ICU Staff

    • Ronald Goncalves, DVM, Resident
    • Ketki Raje, DVM, Resident
    • Kristin Biddle, CVT
    • Morgan Calvert, CVT
    • Leiah Carney, CVT
    • Kristina Donze, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lena Fatheree, CVT
    • Nicole Fitzpatrick, CVT
    • Mel Fletcher, CVT
    • Jessica Garrett, CVT,  VTS (ECC)
    • Miriah Haltiwanger, CVT
    • Allie Hogan, CVT
    • Chelsea Kletz, CVT
    • Miriana McCombe, CVT
    • Alysha McDaniel, CVT
    • Lisa Miller, CVT
    • Krystal Newberry, CVT
    • Casey Saindon, CVT
    • Abby Schraeder, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lydia Smith, CVT
    • Brittany Spuck, CVT
    • Adaline Totka, CVT
    • Kayla VanWassenhove, CVT

    Services

    • 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)
    217-333-5311
    ER FAX: 217-244-7377

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

    UIanimalER@illinois.edu

    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.

  • Equine Medicine and Surgery

    Faculty

    Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA

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


    [igor Canisso]

     

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

     


    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


    [Georgean Zyrkowski]

     

    Georgean Zyrkowski, DVM

     

     

     

    Additional Staff

    • Ilana Glasberg, DVM, Resident
    • Sarah Gray, DVM, Resident
    • Alessandro Migliorisi, DVM, Resident
    • Giorgia Podico, DVM, Resident
    • Kathryn Slaughter, DVM, Resident
    • Rebecca Bishop, DVM, Intern
    • Sarah Kooy, DVM, Intern
    • Kristen Stowell, DVM, Intern
    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Jacob Bough, CVT
    • Chelsea Foil, CVT
    • Claire Kaplan, Assistant
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Ragenia Sarr, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT

    Services

    • Cardiology
    • Digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear imaging, computed tomography, and high-field MRI
    • Dentistry
    • Dermatology
    • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
    • General surgery
    • High-speed treadmill examinations
    • Internal medicine
    • Lameness and lameness locator system
    • Mare and stallion fertility evaluation
    • Minimally invasive and laser surgery
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Reproductive surgery
    • Therapeutic shoeing
    • Traditional videoendoscopy
    • Overground videoendoscopy

    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:

    217-333-2001
    VTHEquine@vetmed.illinois.edu

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

  • Exotics and Zoological Medicine

    Faculty

    [Matthew Allender]

     

    Matthew Allender, DVM, MS, PhD, DACZM

     


    [Krista Keller]

     

    Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM

     


    [Sarah Reich]

     

    Sarah Reich, DVM

    Wildlife

     


    [Samantha Sander]

     

    Samantha Sander, 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

    • Lauren Kane, DVM, Resident
    • Julie Sheldon, DVM, Resident
    • Joanna Webb, DVM, Resident
    • Kim Byrne, CVT
    • Jennifer Trail, CVT

    Services

    • 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
    VTHZooMed@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Farrier

    Farriers

    {Diego Almeida]
    Diego Almeida, CJF

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


    Linda Markert, CF


    [Steve Sermersheim]
    Steve Sermersheim, CJF TE, AWCF

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

     

    Services

    • 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.

  • Imaging Services: Diagnostic and Radiation Therapy

    Faculty

    [Cintia Oliveira]

     

    Cintia Oliveira, DVM, DACVR

    Teleradiologist

     


     

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

     


    [Dr. Sharon Wagner]

     

    Sharon Wagner, DVM, RDCS

    Abdominal imaging using ultrasound. Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration

     

    Additional Staff

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

    Services

    • 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 medrec@vetmed.illinois.edu.

    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
    VTHImaging@vetmed.illinois.edu

     

  • Integrated Farm Animal Management Systems

    Faculty

    [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


    [Ben Blair]

     

    Ben Blair, DVM


    [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


    [Courtney Hayes]

     

    Courtney Hayes, DVM

     

     


    [Andrew Hubner]

     

    Andy Hubner, DVM


    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.


    [Will Sander]

     

    Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

     

     

    Additional Staff

    • Phillip Peixo, DVM, Resident
    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Kristen Massey, BS, CVT
    • Ragenia Sarr, CVT
    • Amy Saupe, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT

    Services

    • 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:
    Amy Saupe, CVT
    217-265-6750
    VTHFoodAnMed@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Internal Medicine (Small Animal)

    Faculty

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

     

     


    [Jennifer Reinhart]

     

    Jen Reinhart DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM

     

     



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

    Gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disease, infectious disease.


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

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

     

    Additional Staff

    • Carrie Cavett, DVM, Resident
    • Matthew Tonero, DVM, Resident
    • Nicole Laia, DVM, Resident
    • Matthew Hull, DVM, Intern
    • Colleen Barrett, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Ross Bernstein, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Christopher Bloom, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Caitlin Bowen, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Rebekah Brown, DVM, Rotating Inter
    • Jonathan Nagel, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Sarah Nath, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Amanda Xue, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Carrie Bubb, CVT
    • Sara Roy, CVT

    Services

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

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Sara Roy, CVT
    217-244-1201
    Please call 217-333-5311 for consultations

  • Laboratory Services

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery

    Faculty

    {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
    • Hilary Levitin, DVM, Resident
    • Samantha Vitale, DVM, Resident
    • Francisco Guevara, DVM, Intern
    • Lindsey Crowner, CVT
    • Denise Weber, CVT

    Services

    • The neurology service provides comprehensive diagnostic testing 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

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

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Denise Weber, CVT
    217-300-0484
    VTHNeurology@vetmed.illinois.edu

    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 VTHNeurology@vetmed.illinois.edu or faxed to 217-244-9554 (ATTN: Neurology).

  • Oncology

    Faculty


    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, 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.

    Additional Staff

    • Matthew Berry, DVM, Resident
    • Mark Byrum, DVM, Resident
    • Sunny Cao, DVM Resident
    • Dana Connell, DVM, Resident
    • Alison Masyr, DVM, Intern
    • Tara Bailey, CVT
    • Jenny Byrd, CVT
    • Becca Guess, CVT
    • Rebecca Kamerer, CVT

    Services

    • 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
    217-265-4977
    VTHOncology@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Ophthalmology

    Faculty

    [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
    • Elyse Salpeter, DVM, Intern
    • Tatiane Villar, DVM, Intern
    • Shari Poruba, CVT
    • Lorri Zoch, CVT

    Services

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

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

    • Endolaser treatment for glaucoma
    • Phacoemulsification for cataract removal
    • Corneal grafts and transplants
    • Cyclosporine implants in horses
    • Electroretinography
    • Iris cyst ablation

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

    Clinical Coordinators:
    Shari Poruba, CVT, or Lorri Zoch, CVT
    217-333-5374
    Vet-eyes@illinois.edu

  • Pharmacy

    Pharmacists

    [Leslie Horner]
    Leslie Horner, RPh


    [Brian Korus]

     

    Brian Korus, PharmD, FSVHP

     

     

    Pharmacy Technicians

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

    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.

    Hours

    8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Saturday

    For Consultations Contact:

    Pharmacist on Duty
    217-333-5329
    VTHPharmacy@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Rehabilitation

    Faculty


    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

    Services

    • 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
    217-265-5314
    VTHRehab@vetmed.illinois.edu

    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.

  • Shelter Medicine

    [Loukia Agapis]

     

    Loukia Agapis, DVM, MS

     


     

    Anthony Cappa, DVM


    [Helen Valentine]

    Helen Valentine, DVM, MS, DACLAM

     

     

     

    Additional Staff

    • Samantha Wetz, DVM, Intern
    • Kristen Ragusa, CVT
    • Heather Soder, CVT
    • Mikayla Wrasse, CVT

    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
    VTHsheltermed@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Surgery (Small Animal)

    Faculty


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


    Marc Wosar, DVM, DACVS-SA

    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
    • Janell Burke, CVT
    • Carrie Chandler-Harrison, CVT, CCRP*
    • Rachel Dorney, CVT
    • Amanda Green, CVT
    • Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*
    • Kellie Lecher, CVT
    • Dana Robeck, CVT
    • Shawn Stevens, CVT
    • Amanda Widick, 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

    Special Capabilities

    • Arthroscopic joint exploration
    • Fluoroscopy-guided fracture repair
    • Locking plate fracture fixation
    • C-arm radiology during surgery

    Soft Tissue/Oncologic Surgery

    Common soft tissue surgeries and special capabilities include:

    • Head and neck surgery
      • Total ear canal ablation (TECA)
      • Salivary gland removal for salivary mucocele
      • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
      • Brachycephalic airway surgery including the LATE procedure
      • Laryngeal paralysis arytenoid lateralization
      • Rostral maxillectomy
      • Mandibulectomy
    • Thoracic tissue and organ surgery
      • Lung lobectomy
      • Cardiac surgery such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
      • Persistent right aortic arch (PRAA)
      • Thymoma and other mass removal
    • Abdominal tissue and organ surgery
      • Hernia repair
      • Liver lobectomy
      • GDV and gastropexy
      • Gastric, small intestinal, and colonic surgery
      • Rectal and anal surgery
      • Perianal, perineal, and anal sac surgery
      • Splenectomy
      • Pancreatic surgery
      • Kidney and ureteral surgery
      • Cystotomy
      • Urethrostomy
      • Advanced urinary tract surgery including microsurgery and SUB placement
    • Skin and reconstructive surgery for wounds and mass removal
      • Mast cell tumors, carcinomas, sarcomas, melanoma, and others
      • Limb, digit, and tail amputation
      • Hemipelvectomy
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Thoracoscopy
      • Pericardectomy or pericardial window
    • Laparoscopy
      • Ovariectomy
      • Cryptorchiectomy
      • Prophylactic gastropexy
      • Liver and other tissue biopsy
      • Laparoscopic-assisted intestinal surgery and cystotomy

    For Estimates, Contact:

    Orthopedic and Neurosurgery:
    Clinical Coordinator:
    Kellie Lecher, CVT
    217-265-5533

    Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery:
    Clinical Coordinator:
    Rachel Dorney, CVT
    217-333-6808

    VTHSoftTissueSurg@vetmed.illinois.edu

  • Theriogenology (Reproduction)

    Faculty


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

    Theriogenology, equine emphasis

     

    Additional Staff

    • Robyn Ellerbrock, DVM, DACT, Theriogenology Graduate Assistant
    • Giorgia Podico, DVM, Resident
    • Claire Kaplan, Assistant


    Fabio Lima, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT

    Theriogenology, bovine emphasis

     

    Additional Staff

    • Kristen Massey, BS, CVT
    • Amy Saupe, 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

    • Breeding management of normal and subfertile mares
    • Breeding soundness evaluation of mares and stallions
    • Training stallions for semen collection on the dummy
    • Stallion semen freezing
    • Foaling management of normal mares and high risk pregnancies
    • Investigation of sub-athletic performance due to behavioral abnormalities
    • Embryo collection and transfer or shipping
    • Stallion semen collection, evaluation, and shipping
    • Examination of pathological diseases of mares and stallions
    • Assessment of pregnancy loss and abortion outbreaks
    • Epididymal flush and semen freezing for dead stallions
    • Ovary harvest from dead mares for ICSI
    • Dystocia management
    • Retained placenta and other post-partum complications

    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

    VTHTherio@vetmed.illinois.edu


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: medrec@vetmed.illinois.edu.