Veterinary Professionals

Since opening our doors in 1976, we have valued our relationships with the referring veterinary community and work closely with them to provide the best quality care for their patients.

ER Referral Form

Ultrasound-only Referral Form

Specialty Referral Form

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Our referring veterinarians don’t need our assistance on the majority of their cases, but sometimes may need more advanced diagnostics or the help of a specialist to diagnose and treat a particular case. At that time, our specialists, emergency and critical care teams are available to help pinpoint what is wrong and create a comprehensive plan that works for a particular patient.

Team Collaboration

When we talk about collaborative care at VSC, it goes above and beyond our relationship with referring veterinarians and the families that trust their pets in our care. Collaboration is how we start each day and that continues throughout the day as we see patients and work to find a solution to their health issues or injuries.

Our specialists and emergency room doctors start each shift by presenting cases from our emergency and critical care department in team rounds. Each doctor shares details of their current cases and gets feedback from other specialists for a team approach to patient care.

Throughout the day, our spirit of collaboration continues. Internal medicine may seek feedback from surgery. Our surgical team may connect with oncology or neurology. Anesthesia and pain management will create protocols for most cases. Radiology and our laboratory provide their diagnostic expertise as well. Another specialist in a different area of expertise is right here in our building.

In the end, we work closely with you, the primary care veterinarian, to provide the best possible care and service to our patients and clients. Our goal is to provide feedback on cases within 24 hours to keep you updated on the progress of your patient and to continue to communicate with you as long as needed on a given case.

VSC’s Credentials

We are a 24-hour Emergency and Critical Care facility that is a VetCot Certified Level 1 Trauma Center and a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (VECCS) Level 1 Trauma Center. We are also an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited specialty hospital. We are the only U.S. Veterinary Hospital to be a Certified B Corporation.

Our Specialty Services


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project