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    Important Announcement from Drs. Molly and Steve
    To all of our wonderful clients and friends:

    I am writing to inform you that Dr. Steve Barten and I will be retiring at the end of December.

    This is a bittersweet letter to write. We both have been practicing veterinary medicine for over four decades. Over these many years we have been a part of your lives by virtue of caring for your beloved pets. We’ve experienced your joy of having a new furry (or scaly!) family member, as well as your sorrow of loss. There’s a special bond that veterinarians have with their clients and their pets, and we have been honored to share that with you.

    The best part of veterinary medicine has been our patients. It’s such a pleasure to come to work every day and be able to help so many wonderful animals. We’ll miss the wagging tails from dogs and the head butts from cats, and we’ll also miss the ones that weren’t so crazy about seeing us! After these many years, we have our tricks, and it was always satisfying to be able to help put some of our more anxious patients at ease.

    We are leaving you in the caring and capable hands of Dr. Susan Sneed and Dr. Jeremy Caseltine. Most of you already know them, and I assure the rest of you that you will find them to be excellent veterinarians.

    We truly appreciate your trust and loyalty, and we’ll miss seeing you all.

    Thoughtful Veterinary Care

    Our practice sees a variety of small animals from Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, and beyond. We put your pet first; that’s why our clients (and now their children and even grandchildren) have been returning again and again over the past 36 years.

    Proudly Fear Free

    We’re a Fear Free veterinary practice. To find out why that makes for more pleasant visits for your pets, click here.

    Our Mission

    At Vernon Hills Animal Hospital, we aim to provide the highest quality in veterinary medical care in a friendly, relaxed setting. Our appointments are longer than the average in the veterinary business. That’s because we want to take the time to get to know your pet and give him or her an individualized and thorough health care plan.

    Although our focus is on dogs and cats, we are unique because we see many species of pets. You may see a baby sloth, an iguana, a rabbit, or a hedgehog in one of our exam rooms on any given day.

    Our Services

    Annual Wellness



    Exotic Animal Care

    Prescription Refills

    Need to refill some medication for your pet? We’ve made it easy for you! Please give us 24 hours to refill a prescription. If you need your prescription as soon as possible, please call us instead of filling out this form.

    Meet Our Veterinarians


    Thanks to all of our wonderful clients for helping to make our animal hospital successful!

    “We took one of our reptiles ‘angel’ in as she had an infection and Dr. Barten is fantastic and knows his reptiles. He was very thorough and with covid he called us while we were in the car and discussed fully what he did and what the next steps were. I highly recommend him and the facility as the receptionist who answered us all the times we called and went back was very nice.”

    Destiny M.

    “This was our first visit and the staff and doctor were great! They made sure we had all the information we needed and got our questions answered. They have extensive Covid protection in place where you wait in the car, they take your animal in and the doctor calls to discuss.”

    Bret S.