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 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

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

    [Tamas Ambrisko]

    Tamas Ambrisko, DVM, DECVA, DACVAA

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


    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, DVM, MS 



    Additional Staff

    • Teodora Hristova, DVM, Resident
    • Felipe Martins, DVM, Resident
    • Evan Emmel, DVM, Intern
    • Jacob Bough, CVT
    • Tracy Clayton, CVT
    • Caitlyn Cordell, CVT
    • Justin Lancaster, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Kim Potempa, CVT
    • Elizabeth Rappleyea, CVT
    • Jessica Risley, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
    • Valerie Wasinski, 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, 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.

  • 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

    • Leah Kruckman, DVM, Resident
    • Jonathon Stack, DVM, Resident
    • Gabrielle Wallace, DVM, Resident
    • Katie McConnell, CVT, VTS (Cardiology)
    • Candice Simpson, CVT


    Diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, 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
    • 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

    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


    • 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.

  • 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, DACVD

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


    Additional Staff

    • Lara Tomich, DVM, Resident
    • Andrea Hernandez-Bures, DVM, Intern
    • Sandy Grable, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)
    • Miriah Guthrie, 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, seborrhea
    • Hormonal diseases
    • Immune-mediated skin diseases (pemphigus, lupus and others)
    • Nail and nail bed diseases
    • Parasitic skin diseases
    • Pruritus, itching/scratching/biting/chewing
    • 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 including laser therapy

    For Estimates Contact:

    Clinical Coordinator:
    Sandy Grable, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)

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

  • Faculty

    Meghan Fick
    Meghan Fick, DVM, DACVECC

    [Jenica Haraschak]

    Jenica Haraschak, DVM, DACVECC

    ER and Critical Care


    Dr. Eric Ledesma


    Eric Ledesma, DVM



    [Caroline Tonozzi]

    Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC

    ER and Critical Care


    ECC/ICU Staff

    • Ronald Goncalves, DVM, Resident
    • Tyler Johnson, DVM, Resident
    • Amanda Spillane, DVM, Resident
    • Hannah Bray, CVT
    • Sabrina Brooke, CVT
    • Morgan Calvert, CVT
    • Kristina Donze, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lena Fatheree, CVT
    • Nicole Fitzpatrick, CVT
    • Mel Fletcher, CVT
    • Jessica Garrett, CVT,  VTS (ECC)
    • Miriah Haltiwanger, CVT
    • Rachel Hawker, CVT
    • Joy Hinrichsen, CVT
    • Allie Hogan, CVT
    • Alex Lore
    • Alysha McDaniel, CVT
    • Lisa Miller, CVT
    • Krystal Newberry, CVT
    • Cameron Otis, CVT
    • Abbie Peterson
    • Megan Rader, CVT
    • Shelby Routh, CVT
    • Jill Sackville, CVT
    • Casey Saindon, CVT
    • Amber Schnepp, CVT
    • Abby Schraeder, CVT, VTS (ECC)
    • Lydia Smith, CVT
    • Mel Thornton, CVT
    • Adaline Totka, CVT
    • Kayla VanWassenhove, 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 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-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

    Dr. Jordan KirkpatrickJordan Kirkpatrick, DVM, DACVS-LA


    [Ann Kemper]Ann Kemper, DVM

    Internal Medicine

    [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 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-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
    • Alessandro Migliorisi, DVM, Resident
    • Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud, DVM, Resident
    • Rebecca Bishop, DVM, Intern
    • Suzanne Ford, DVM, Intern
    • Yamilka Lago, DVM, Intern
    • Ashley Parsley, DVM, Intern
    • Adrienne Rhodes, DVM, Intern
    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Olivia Downs, CVT
    • Chelsea Foil, CVT
    • Ashley Jiles, CVT
    • Celeste Kappes, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT
    • Jeanice Wiard, BS, CVT


    • Cardiology
    • Dentistry
    • Dermatology
    • Digital radiology, ultrasound, nuclear imaging, computed tomography, and high-field MRI
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

    [Krista Keller]


    Krista Keller, DVM, DACZM



    [Samantha Sander]


    Samantha Sander, DVM, DACZM


    Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

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


    Additional Staff

    • Lauren Kane, DVM, Resident
    • Michael McEntire, DVM, Resident
    • Julie Sheldon, DVM, Resident
    • Joanna Webb, DVM, Resident
    • 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 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

    For Estimates Contact:

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

    Wildlife Medical Clinic


  • Faculty

    Edgar Garrett, DVM, MS, DACT

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

    [Andrew Hubner]

    Andy Hubner, DVM

    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)

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

    Suzanna Storms

    Suzanna Storms, DVM




    Additional Staff

    • Phillip Peixo, DVM, Resident
    • Brittany Biehl, CVT
    • Betsy Laurence, CVT
    • Amy Saupe, CVT
    • Shawn Stevens, CVT
    • Merinda Venatta, CVT
    • Jeannie Wiard, BS, 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
    • Heard 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

  • Farriers

    {Diego Almeida]
    Diego Almeida, CJF EE, FE (AFA Forging Endorsement)

    Training farriers; ensuring and delivering excellent farrier service

    Mitch Gardner

    Linda Markert
    Linda Markert, CF

    Donnie Perkinson

    [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

    [Dr. Cintia Oliveira]


    Cintia Oliveira, DVM, MS, DACVR

    Additional Staff

    • Susan Hartman, RT(R)CT, Senior Imaging Specialist
    • Kayla Hasselbring, CVT
    • Taylor Kauffman, CVT
    • Dallas McCormick, CVT
    • Melinda Smith, CVT
    • Megan Vite, CVT
    • Stephanie Walker, CVT


    • 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

    • Awake CT imaging of cats
    • CT equine sinus diseases, neurological 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 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


  • Faculty

    [Arnon Ggal]


    Kimberly Hooi
    Kimberly Hooi, BVSc, DACVIM-SAIM

    [Jennifer Reinhart]

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

    Pharmacology, endocrinology

    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

    • Rebekah Brown, DVM, Resident
    • Nicole Laia, DVM, Resident
    • Matthew Tonero, DVM, Resident
    • Enrico Carluen, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Denver Coleman, DVM, MS, Rotating Intern
    • Keaton Schmidt, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Cheslsey Tournade, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Alexandra Troiano, DVM, MS, Rotating Intern
    • Kelsey Trumpp, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Emily Vincent, DVM, Rotating Intern
    • Carrie Bubb, CVT
    • Sara Roy, CVT


    • 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
    Please call 217-333-5311 for consultations

  • 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

    • Caroline Fallon, DVM, Resident
    • Francisco Guevara, DVM, Resident
    • Rachel Lampe, DVM, Resident
    • Hilary Levitin, DVM, Resident
    • Lindsey Graham, DVM, Intern
    • Lindsey Crowner, CVT
    • Denise Weber, CVT


    • 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
    • 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)

    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

    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
    • Mark Byrum, DVM, Resident
    • Alison Masyr, DVM, Resident
    • Sunny Kao, DVM Resident
    • Jennifer Yee, DVM, Radiation Oncology Intern
    • Jenny Byrd, CVT
    • Tara Dolbert, CVT
    • Darleen Drake, CVT
    • Becca Guess, CVT
    • Rebecca Kamerer, CVT
    • Ashley Wetzel, 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
    • State-of-the-art radiation therapy (Variant True Beam) 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

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


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

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

    • Endolaser treatment for glaucoma
    • Phacoemulsification for cataract removal
    • Corneal grafts and transplants
    • Cyclosporine implants in horses
    • Electroretinography
    • Episcleral Cyclosporine implant for dry eye
    • High-frequency ocular ultrasound
    • Iris cyst ablation

    For Estimates/Appointments, Contact:

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

  • Pharmacists

    Lauren Forsythe
    Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP, FSVHP



    Medication Dispensary Technicians

    • Jenny Chen, CPhT
    • Linda Glynn, CPhT

    The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy is a full-service hospital medication dispensary that fills prescriptions, provides intravenous admixture service, formulates and prepares compounded medications, and advises on dosages and pharmacy calculations.

    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 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.


    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

  • 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-Harrison, 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
    • Chiropractic
    • Electrical stimulation
    • Evaluations
    • Local hot and cold therapy
    • Passive range of motion exercises
    • Platelet rich plasma injections
    • Pulsed signal therapy
    • Soft tissue massage
    • Tailored home exercises
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Therapeutic laser
    • Therapeutic ultrasound therapy
    • Weight management

    Special Capabilities

    • Athletic conditioning
    • Chronic DJD
    • Dogs with chronic or neurologic conditions
    • 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.

  • Tony Cappa
    Anthony Cappa, DVM


    Dr. Olivia Swailes

    Olivia Swailes, DVM




    Additional Staff

    • Monica Ramirez Hernandez, MVZ, Intern
    • Kristen Ragusa, CVT
    • Heather Soder, 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

  • Faculty

    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.

    Dr. Danielle Marturello


    Danielle Marturello, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

    [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.

    Dr. Jacqui Scott


    Jacqui Scott, DVSc, DACVS-SA, MANZCVSc (Small Animal Surgery Chapter)


    Additional Staff

    • Jacqueline Cavalcanti, DVM, Resident
    • Kyle Chu, DVM, Resident
    • Hadley Gleason, DVM, Resident
    • Allison Putterman, DVM, Resident
    • Ava Song, DVM, Intern
    • Jennifer Kuzminsky, DVM, MS, Intern
    • Janell Burke, CVT
    • Carli Burris, CVT
    • Carrie Chandler-Harrison, CVT, CCRP*
    • Rachel Dorney, CVT (Soft Tissue)
    • Amanda Green, CVT
    • Kim Knap, BS, CVT, CCRP*
    • Kellie Lecher, CVT (Orthopedics)
    • Carrie Palmer, CVT
    • Dana Robeck, CVT
    • Amanda Widick, CVT (OR)

    * CCRP, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    Orthopedics and Neurosurgery

    Special Interests

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

    Special Capabilities

    • C-arm radiology during surgery
    • Fluoroscopy-guided fracture repair
    • Locking plate fracture fixation
    • Platelet Rich Plasma

    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
      • 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

    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
    • Claire Kaplan, Assistant

    Equine Services

    • Artificial insemination
    • Control of sexual behavior of mares and stallions
    • Foaling management
    • Manage 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




    Additional Staff

    • Phillip Peixo, DVM, Resident

    Bovine Services

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

    Small Animal Ruminant Services (Sheep, Goats, and 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: