About

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About Our Clinic

Countryside Animal Clinic is a full-service, small animal hospital. The veterinarians and staff at Countryside have been providing Streator and the surrounding communities with outstanding veterinary care for over 30 years. Dr. Susan Schmitt first opened the clinic in 1985, as a single doctor. Since then, Countryside has evolved to become a modern five  doctor practice that continues to provide our patients with the latest advances in veterinary medicine. All five of our veterinarians are Streator natives and proud graduates of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Veterinarians

Dr. Sue Schmitt

Dr. Schmitt is a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Before going to vet school, Dr. Schmitt attended Illinois Valley Community College. She then attended Southern Illinois University where she received a bachelor’s degree in animal science, followed by a master’s degree in reproductive physiology. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Schmitt practiced in Milwaukee for one year and in University Park for two years.  In 1985 she returned to her hometown of Streator and opened Countryside Animal Clinic.

Dr. Schmitt shares her home with “Iris” the Bernese Mountain Dog.

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Dr. Bob Harms

Dr. Harms is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating, Dr. Harms spent a year as a large animal veterinarian, then joined Countryside Animal Clinic in 1990.Dr. Harms holds a federal and state license that allows him to medically and surgically treat sick or injured birds of prey, including hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons.

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Dr. Sue Michlik

Dr. Sue Michlik

Dr. Michlik is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Streator to start her veterinary career at Countryside Animal Clinic.

Dr. Abbie Eiten

Dr. Abbie Eiten

Dr. Abbie Eiten is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergraduate work at Illinois Valley Community College and Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Since Dr. Abbie was born and raised in Streator, and is also the niece of Dr. Schmitt, she has had the privilege of working in pretty much every area at Countryside since she was very young.

Dr. Abbie and her husband Derek were married in June of 2014. Her husband works at Vactor.  Abbie and Derek have two children Thatcher and Elodie. They share their home with their two cats “Ethel” and “Owen” and their boxer “Myrtle”.

Dr. Kelsie Allen and Grady

Dr. Kelsie Allen

Dr. Kelsie Allen is a 2018 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Before going to vet school, she attended Northern Illinois University where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology.  She is excited to be back in her hometown practicing veterinary medicine at Countryside Animal Clinic. Dr. Allen is the proud parent of three dogs; Grady, a Great Dane; Buckethead, a Saint Bernard; and Lazarus, an English Mastiff; as well as three horses and multiple cats.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Hannah, CVT

Hannah is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated school in 2013. Hannah is originally from Greenfield, IN but now resides in Streator with her husband Michael and her two kids Harper and Hank. They have 3 dogs Buster, Duke and Waylon as well as three cats Penelope, Eleanor, and P.P. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family.

Veterinary Assistants

Danielle

Danielle

Danielle first joined Countryside in 2012 as a kennel assistant, but her passion for animals did not end there. She started working as a veterinary assistant in 2014 and couldn’t be happier. In her free time she enjoys endless naps with her dogs Evie and Eddie, along with her two cats.

Bree

Bree joined Countryside as a vet assistant in 2021. When she’s not caring for your fur babies she is working part time as a CNA. She enjoys spending time with her 3 Weimaraner’s; Cash, Moolah, and Trigger.

Kellsie

Kellsie

Kellsie joined the staff at Countryside Animal Clinic in 2014 as a veterinary assistant. She enjoys being part of our veterinary team. Kellsie resides in Streator along with her husband Justin and their two children Ella and Emerson. She is the proud parent of 2 dogs; Gracie, a lab mix and Willow, a spaniel mix.

Marissa

Marissa joined the Countryside Animal Clinic in 2019 but has been a veterinary assistant since 2014. When she’s not at work helping care for your fur babies, she’s usually behind the lens of her camera taking pictures or spending time with her husband Zach, their son Maverick, their 3 dogs; Piper a Aussie Mix, Bandit a Husky/Lab Mix, and Rein an Australian Shepherd; as well as her horse Doc.

Receptionists

Brady

Brady started at Countryside Animal Clinic in 2021 in the front office. He enjoys playing his guitar in his free time and hanging out with his two kitties, Rocket and Trip.

Eric

Eric

Eric joined the staff in 2018 as a high school student worker in the front office.  He is currently a part time worker as he attends Sauk Valley Community College.  Eric likes to spend his free time with family and his dog, Zeus.

Anna

Anna joined Countryside in 2021 as a high school student worker in the front office. In her free time she is focusing on her two favorite sports, Softball & Basketball.

Alyssa

Alyssa joined Countryside in 2021 as a receptionist. She loves being around animals, especially her cats. When she’s not helping the clients in the front office, she likes to spend time with her family.

Animal Care

Dawn

Dawn first started at Countryside Animal Clinic in 1997 as a Kennel Assistant, and now holds the title of our Kennel Supervisor. Dawn works closely with Streator High School’s work program, helping train students in the every-day tasks of being an Animal Care Assistant. Dawn and her husband Jim share their home with several rescue cats, two bunnies and their three chihuahuas Taco, Chachi, Chico and Pixie.

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Animal Care Assistants

Our Animal Care Assistants are dedicated to keeping your pet comfortable during their stay at Countryside Animal Clinic. They all take pride in making sure your pet’s needs are met no matter what, treating each pet as if it was their own. Some of their daily tasks include feeding, exercising, bathing, brushing, and making sure they have a clean and comfortable place to sleep. All of our Animal Care Assistants are very conscious of each pet’s condition during their stay and make a point to notify the doctors and assistants if anything unusual arises.