The Small Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince, a graduate of the veterinary medicine program at the University of Illinois, has more than 25 years of veterinary experience. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince practices as a board certified small animal veterinarian at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the majority of veterinarians serve in private practice, with some of them opting to work solely on small animals and others catering to both small and large animals.

The role of a small animal veterinarian is to treat a wide array of pets and companion animals. While many individuals associate small animal veterinarians with dogs and cats, they may not be aware that they are also trained to handle small birds, reptiles, and other small mammals.

Small animal veterinarians conduct general checkups, administer routine vaccines, prescribe medication, and perform tooth cleaning. They also perform common surgical procedures such as spaying and neutering. Though they typically engage with patients and pet owners in clinic examination rooms, small animal veterinarians are able to practice in a variety of environments.