About the ABVP Diplomate Designation

As the proprietor of Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince continues a 30-year-long career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

Fewer than 1,000 professionals worldwide are ABVP diplomates. The accolade recognizes veterinarians who have dedicated themselves to the profession and who demonstrate professional knowledge that exceeds the expertise of their contemporaries. Because the ABVP diplomate typically has completed more training than non-diplomate veterinarians, the diplomate’s clients can expect their pets to receive a higher quality of care.

The process of becoming an ABVP diplomate takes at least three years to finish. Those who apply for eligibility must have the proper education credentials, complete at least six years of clinical practice before taking the diplomate examination, and evince strong moral and ethical behavior. Moreover, veterinarians must have a recognized veterinary specialty such as food animal and dairy practice, equine practice, or reptile and amphibian practice.


Becoming A Small Animal Veterinarian

Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a partner with the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois. As a veterinarian with more than 25 years of experience, Joel Todd Leroy Prince is board certified in small animal practice.

Small animal veterinarians must complete an accredited DVM program before completing additional work to become licensed to handle cats, dogs, exotic animals, and other companion pets like birds. According to studies conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about three quarters of licensed veterinarians work in a private practice, with many choosing to focus on small animals and pets. While vets must graduate from a DVM program and then pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) before becoming eligible to practice on small animals, most vets make the decision because they want to work on pets rather animals that serve other purposes. Accordingly, many small animal veterinarians will also treat larger companion animals such as horses or large canines.

Services of Elmhurst Animal Care Center

Illinois-based veterinarian Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided medical care to animals for over 25 years. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince treats patients at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

Located at 850 South Riverside Drive, the Elmhurst Animal Care Center facility offers comprehensive services so that pets and their owners receive the best care. Understanding the hectic quality of many people’s lives, the center provides non-appointment options that contribute to an animal’s health and well-being. The center’s dog daycare, pet boarding, and pet grooming services allow animals to be looked after in comfort and safety.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center also performs state-of-the-art surgeries. Veterinarians at the center use the CO2 surgical laser, which seals blood vessels, reduces pain and the risk of infection, and shortens the recovery period. This device also enables practitioners to perform smaller and more complicated incisions that cannot be accomplished with conventional scalpels.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center can perform diagnostics on the premises through digital radiography equipment, in-hospital urine and fecal analysis, and blood chemistry profiles. Neutering, spaying, and declaw removal are also among the center’s services. For more information, visit www.elmhurstanimalcarecenter.com.

How to Increase Driving Distance in Golf

In practice as a veterinarian for nearly three decades, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Price currently treats patients at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois. Dr. Prince is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. In his spare time, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince enjoys traveling and playing golf.

There are several ways to increase one’s driving distance in golf.

Don’t grip the club too tightly. One misconception in golf is that the tighter one grips the club, the farther the ball will travel. Many experts recommend that the grip should not be tighter than a “5” on a scale ranging from 1 to 10.

Keep the head down. One of the most important things for golfers to remember is to keep their heads down until after they have completed the swing. Lifting one’s head too early changes the club head’s angle of impact to the ball, which in turn can affect driving distance.

Position the feet correctly. In order to make direct contact with the ball, golfers should position their left foot directly beneath the left shoulder and at a 45-degree angle. Additionally, the left shoulder should face in the same direction as the intended target.

Advancing the Veterinary Profession in Illinois through the ISVMA

A partner and practicing veterinarian at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, Joel Todd Leroy Prince leverages more than 25 years of experience in veterinary practice to provide high-quality preventive and surgical care to clients. Throughout his career, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has pursued his education and maintained membership in a variety of veterinary associations, including the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA).

The association represents about 2,700 veterinarians, technicians, and students. ISVMA monitors and predicts changing issues that affect veterinary licenses. The association hopes that through the participation of its members, veterinary practices in Illinois will grow and advance. In order to represent all areas of the state, ISVMA has seven regions located throughout Illinois. ISVMA provides various sponsored benefits, possesses several committees, and gives out scholarships in an attempt to advance the veterinary field in Illinois.

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association committees provide members with the opportunity to become involved with the association and work toward improving veterinary care in a more direct manner. The association’s sponsored benefits help veterinary practices to grow and operate at a more efficient level. The programs offer member veterinarians with discounted services, debt collection assistance, and bulk purchasing through ISVMA’s sponsors. Through the Illinois Veterinary Medical Foundation, ISVMA works to develop various charitable programs that are related to the field and helps the association to provide scholarships. With the assistance of donations, the foundation is able to help fund and support ISVMA’s projects, which allows the association to continue working toward its goal.

Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince: Tips for Pet Dental Care at Home

While all pet owners should schedule regular dental checkups for their animals, individuals can adopt a number of habits at home to ensure good dental health. Pet stores sell toothpaste and toothbrushes especially designed for pets. Brushing a pet’s teeth regularly significantly reduces buildup of plaque and tartar. Owners should always introduce brushing slowly to allow a pet to gradually build up a tolerance to the motion and taste. Veterinarians can teach owners the best brushing techniques.

Pet owners may also want to consider food and treats designed for tooth health. Some foods have a specific size and matrix that gently scrubs the tooth as the pet chews. Many manufacturers also make treats designed to do the same. Giving these treats regularly encourages healthy teeth. Some sprays, rinses, and gels also exist on the market, but not all of them prove equally effective. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) rates these types of products according to their effectiveness. Individuals can access this information on the VOHC website.

A canine and feline oncology specialist, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince offers a range of veterinary services through the Elmhurst Animal Care Center.

Benefits of the Parvovirus Vaccine for Dogs

Applying more than 30 years of experience in veterinary care, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince serves as partner in the Elmhurst Animal Care Center of Illinois. He firmly believes in the value of preventive care to maintain the health of a pet. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince received his DVM from the University of Illinois.

An extremely contagious viral illness, parvovirus aggressively attacks a dog’s digestive system and white blood cells. The disease presents with vomiting, lethargy, and a bloody diarrhea that can cause fatal dehydration. It is transmitted through contact with the feces of an infected dog and can remain in the environment for several months before infecting its next host.

The best way to prevent this disease is to ensure an up-to-date vaccination history. Because parvovirus is extremely dangerous, puppies should receive their first vaccination at six to eight weeks of age. The puppy should also receive boosters spaced four weeks apart for the subsequent two to three months, then another at around the dog’s first birthday. Older dogs may also be vaccinated if they have not received the puppy series. Because some dogs, particularly immuno-compromised and ill animals, are not suited for vaccination, owners should consult with their individual veterinarians before beginning any vaccination series.