American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Hosts Annual Symposium

As a partner of Elmhurst Animal Care Center, situated in suburban Elmhurst, Illinois, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince treats a variety of animals through routine, emergency, and surgical care. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince received certification in 1993 from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) with a specialty in canine and feline practice, making him one of only 15 doctors of veterinary medicine in Illinois to be awarded diplomate status. Founded in 1978, the ABVP improves the quality of veterinary medicine through certification.

Held annually, the ABVP symposium is a four-day event that allows other veterinarians to network and learn about advances in veterinary medicine. Those diplomates who have obtained certification or gone through the recertification process receive recognition at the symposium. The 2014 event, which is the 19th symposium for the ABVP, is from October 30 through November 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. At the symposium, individuals may attend interactive speaking sessions, luncheons, receptions, lectures, exhibits, and workshops. In addition, those who attend the symposium may qualify for continuing education credit for up to 23 hours.


Cold Weather Safety Tips for Cat Owners

Throughout his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince has provided preventive care for countless small companion animals. During the cold winter months, animal care specialists such as Dr. Prince stress the importance of pet safety, especially for cat owners.

As a general rule, cat owners should keep their feline friends indoors when temperatures begin to dip. Not only can cats freeze if they get locked outside, but they also run an increased risk of being injured or killed by wild animals. Cat owners should also ensure that their pets have a warm place to sleep, preferably far away from cold floors or drafty areas.

Outdoor cats tend to sleep under the warm hoods of cars, which places them at risk of injury when the car is started. To prevent injury, pet owners should bang on the hoods of their cars before starting them to give the cat a chance to escape.

Preparing a Dog for a New Baby

With more than 25 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince is a highly qualified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The owner of two dogs, a Boston terrier named Bella and a Doberman named Del, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince provides high-quality care to pets on a daily basis.

Preparing for a new baby is sometimes overwhelming for new parents, and it is easy to forget that the change also affects the family dog. The unusual smells and sudden access restrictions to certain areas cause dogs a lot of confusion. However, it is possible to prepare a dog for a new baby by teaching the dog obedience skills, ways to adjust to new things, and ways to deal with routine changes.

Many of the changes a dog must deal with may seem small to the parents, such as changes to the daily walking routine, but these changes matter to the dog and can cause the dog to suffer stress or associate negative feelings with the infant. To avoid this type of problem, it is helpful to adjust the dog to changes before the baby arrives.

Teaching a dog new boundaries and skills is also important when preparing for a baby. Training for basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and drop it, make it easier to handle the dog when it wants to play near the baby. Proper training allows the dog to still be part of the family in a calm, safe way.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Pets

Board-certified veterinarian Joel Todd Leroy Prince currently serves as medical partner with Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, Illinois, where he offers comprehensive pet care for small animals such as dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles. In addition to veterinary vaccinations and surgery, Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince and clinic staff advise on aspects of pet care, including oral health.

Oral hygiene is essential to maintaining a pet’s overall health. Not only does keeping an animal’s teeth clean promote a healthy smile, it can also prevent painful periodontal disease. By age 3, 70% of dogs and cats show signs of gum disease. By age 1, pets should receive a thorough exam that identifies any problems or issues with teeth, gums, or oral cavities. After that, pets should visit the dentist annually for cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatment.

To promote oral health at home, pet owners can brush their pet’s teeth a few times a week. They can also purchase tooth-friendly dry dog foods and biscuits, which can slow down the build-up of plaque and tartar, while chew toys strengthen teeth, massage the pet’s gums, and scrape away tartar.

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