New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466




If your pet has a serious disease or condition, the doctors at Deer Run Animal Hospital may recommend referral to a Specialty Referral Hospital, or University Teaching Hospital, for advanced diagnostic evaluation and 24 hour care and treatment by board certified specialists. 


Our recommendation for referral means that we want your pet to have the kind of care you might find at the University of Chicago, or Mayo Clinic.  Board certified specialists will have a minimum of four years of advanced education and training in their specialty, beyond veterinary medical school.  


Referral will give you access to best state of the art care for your pet. Working with a specialist helps us to develop a team approach to give you pet the best possible outcome from a serious illness.  We are not simply sending you away to a specialist.  We are developing a team that we can not only rely on for an acute crisis, but will also be there to guide us with more chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, or glaucoma.  


There are many board certified veterinary specialties.  Most fall under two categories, the American Colllege of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).  In addition there are other specialties such as board certified veterinary ophthalmologists, dentists, behaviorists, and radiologists.  Click this link for a more complete Listing of Specialties and their associated web sites.


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

This web site form the ACVIM has video describing the value of a specialist.  It also has a nice link to fact sheets on diseases and symptoms provided by the ACVIM for conditions that commonly require internal medicine referral care. 


 American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Owner Info

This website from the ACVS has more information about surgical specialists, it has several pet owner links and also has informative handouts with information on various conditions that might require referral to a surgical specialist.


  Below is a listing of Recommended Veterinary Specialty Referral Centers in our region:


Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (PUVTH)

625 Harrison Street

West Lafayette, IN  47907

(765) 494-1107

Purdue Veterinary Hospital-Small Animal Clinic

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

1008 W. Hazelwood Drive

Urbana, IL  61801

(217) 265-5163  or   (217) 333-5300


Now open 24/7/365 and have specialists in Internal Medicine, Surgery, & Emergency Medicine)
13715 Cicero Ave
Crestwood, IL 60445 Get directions


VCA Specialty Animal Hospitals- Aurora

2600 West Galena Blvd.

Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-301-6100
Official Website

 Veterinary Specialty Center
1515 Busch Parkway

Buffalo Grove, IL  60089
(847) 459-7535


Arboretum View Veterinary Specialists

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL  60515

(630) 963-0424


Animal Eye Consultants

4737 W.137th St.

(Behind the Emergency Vet Care South building)

Crestwood, IL  60445-1824

(708) 388-3793


Specialty Hospitals with Behavioral Services are listed below:


Sara Bennett, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Dr. Bennet completed her residency in Behavior Medicine at Purdue University
Dr. Bennet now sees patients in Aurora and Berwyn, IL for VCA Specialty Hospitals in those locations.

Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants   This it the link to board certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. John Cirabassi  He has helpful information at this site and is also available for referral consults at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL.  He also sees behvaior patients in Elmhurst, IL.

Purdue Veterinary School Behavior Department  This is a link to the Behavior Department at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, IN.  They are a valuable resource for serious behavioral problems.  We often refer our clients to the Behavior Department.

Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine--Behavior Service  The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine now has a location in Chicago at 2242 West Harrison Street, Suite 101, Chicago, Illinois 60612.  They now are offering a Veterinary Behavior Service and are accepting behavior referrals.  Learn more by reading their Behavior Services Brochure.

Specialty Hospitals with Dermatology Services are listed below.

VCA Aurora Specialty Hosptial-Dermatology Service

Veterinary Specialty Center-Buffalo Grove-Dermatology Service

Animal Dermatology Center of Chicago
3123 N. Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 773-281-7522

Univ. of IL at Urbana Veterinary Teaching Hospital-Dermatology Service

1008 W. Hazelwood Drive
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 265-5163  or   (217) 333-5300