COVID-19: Attention! We are 100% curbside at this time.

    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.


    We’re open! As we all go through this difficult time, we at Vernon Hills Animal Hospital are committed to staying open as long as possible. We’re determined to keep you and your pet healthy!

    Attention! Vernon Hills Animal Hospital will be completely curbside starting Saturday, August 28, 2021.

    We don’t want to do this but feel we must in order to keep our services available to patients in need. It’s a difficult decision, but due to some circumstances we’ve had, this change is necessary.

    This is due to the increasing number of breakthrough COVID cases in vaccinated people, the Delta variant being a real threat, and the State of Illinois reinstating the mask mandate.

    We’re trying to avoid exposure and decrease our chances of contracting the virus. If any of us become positive, we will be forced to close for at least 2 weeks. This means we can’t assist you, treat your pets, refill prescriptions or diets, or answer any calls. We want to remain healthy so we can help your best friends stay healthy!

    We’re asking for your understanding in our decision. We will do our best in serving you and your pet in a timely, communicative manner, and we appreciate your patience with us.