To provide farmers and pet owners with affordable medical treatment and individualized advice which will lead to a healthy and prosperous life for their herd or companion animals.
Dr. John Chittick purchased the existing practice from Dr. Ted Beck. Soon after, Dr. Gilchrist joined the clinic and the two became well-known throughout the Monticello community, with the clinic’s primary focus being production animal medicine.
The two owners constructed the building that currently houses the Monticello Veterinary Clinic in 1972, and Drs. Phil Hanna and Tom Lee joined the staff in 1974 and 1981 respectively.
With advancements in medical research and technology, the clinic has continually improved its equipment and treatments to best serve area farmers. In addition, as the Monticello area has grown, the clinic has expanded to offer medical services for companion animals in addition to production animals.
When Drs. Chittick and Gilchrist retired, the clinic made several new additions to the veterinary staff. In 2013, Dr. Cole Burrack joined the Monticello Vet Clinic as Dr. Hanna retired. Dr. Jayme Freye began her career at the Monticello Veterinary Clinic in 2014. The clinic saw the addition of registered veterinary technician, Aubrey Raymond-Schmitt, RVT in 2016, followed by Dr. Mark Duffy in 2017. Dr. Lee retired in May of 2018 after a 37-year career at the Monticello Veterinary Clinic. At that time, Dr. Jillian Becker came on board. In 2019 Natie Wickman joined as intern/kennel attendant and soon became a full-time veterinary assistant. Dr. David Lange came on board in the fall of 2019 as well. Allison Kelchen joined our staff in December of 2019 and in spring of 2022 she transitioned into the position of veterinary assistant. In June of 2020, we were pleased to welcome Dr. CJ Fitzgerald to our veterinary team. In January 2022, Karen Heinlein, RVT, became a part time registered veterinary technician with us.
Over the years, our clinic has grown but we still enjoy providing medical services to our area farmers and pet owners. As always, the clinic encourages continued education and learning for our assistants, registered technicians and veterinarians in order to provide you with the best possible care for all your animals.