Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as a small animal specialist, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince earned his DVM at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and supports his alma mater by making annual contributions.
Included within the College of Veterinary Medicine is the Wildlife Medical Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides care for as many as 1,500 animals a year. Operated entirely by volunteers, the clinic provides a valuable training opportunity for veterinary students, in addition to serving as a public resource for wildlife education.
The Wildlife Medical Clinic relies on grants and donations for its operating costs, and it recently held its second annual Walk on the Wild Side fundraising event. Guests attended a gourmet dinner at the Pear Tree Estate in Champaign, Illinois, before taking part in a series of live and silent auctions throughout the evening. Auction items included wildlife vacation packages such as an excursion swimming with dolphins. Additionally, attendees could bid on footprint artwork created by some of the clinic’s residents, including a red-tailed hawk named Odin.