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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

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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 a Blue and Gold macaw "Bo", two cats "Gertrude" and "Sally" and "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.  Their son Thatcher was born in November of 2018.  Derek works at Vactor.  They share their home with two cats, "Owen" and "Cummins" as well as their two boxers "Myrtle" and "Elmer".

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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 a Great Dane, “Grady”, as well as three horses and multiple cats.

Veterinary Assistants

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 dog "Evie" and two cats.

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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 3 dogs, "Paisley" the pug,  "Gracie" a lab mix and "Willow" a spaniel mix.

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Bridget

Bridget started working as a receptionist through the work program at Streator High School, then as a kennel assistant and is currently a veterinary assistant.  She is a part-time student at Illinois Valley Community College.  She has a pet rat "Chippie" and enjoys creating art in her free time.

Marissa

Marissa has been a veterinary assistant for 6 years.   When she's not at work helping care for your furry babies, she's usually behind the lens of her camera taking pictures or spending time with her husband Zach, their son Maverick and their 3 dogs "Piper", "Bandit" and "Rein".

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Receptionists

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Karie

Karie has been working at Countryside since September of 2010 as a receptionist in the front office. She has enjoyed meeting clients and their family pets.  Karie feels like the grandma of the clinic - able to play with the furry kids then send them home with their parents!  She especially enjoys her time with her daughters in St. Louis along with their fur children Sasha and Sid.

Spring

Spring joined our clinic staff in August of 2019 after several years in the dental field.  She is very excited to continue helping clients and patients have an enjoyable clinic experience and to be working closer to home.  When she isn't at the clinic, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and son.  She is a proud fur mom to her dog "Chewy" and cats "Sid", "Whiskers" and "Spooky".

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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 Illinois Valley Community College.  Eric likes to spend his free time with family and his dog Zeus.

Audrey

Audrey

Audrey started at Countryside in June of 2019 as a high school student worker.  "I love my job and my dogs"

Animal Care

Dawn

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, 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.

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Alexis

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