Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. (Hancock County)

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.
Carthage, IL

Background: Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. began as a mixed species service in 1948 under the name Orum and Hendren. Dr. Joseph Connor entered this practice in 1976. He completed purchase of this service in 1980 when the name was changed to Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. (CVS) currently services solely swine.

Business Description: Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. (CVS) is a consulting organization of veterinarians providing a wide range of services for swine producers. Its mission is to provide timely, evidence-based health, management, and consultation services that help clients improve their business.

CVS is dedicated to providing outstanding veterinary service by combining science with health and production. With 10 veterinarians and a multi-discipline support staff, CVS has a strong foundation to provide a multitude of services. CVS consults with producers of all sizes domestically and internationally.

CVS maintains a reference library containing over 16,000 reference articles and an image library of more than 48,000 images ranging from disease pathogens to common facility design.

CVS conducts scientific research in a large commercial swine facility through Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC. This company is recognized as a leader in cutting-edge sow and pig research and provides facilities and research staff to conduct large scale studies.

The Multimedia Training Department at CVS specializes in developing multimedia training/marketing applications for the swine industry. These applications are used to train learners on critical aspects that are necessary for the successful completion of their job. The applications utilize audio, video, images, animations, 3D graphics, quizzes, and more.

Exceptional Nature: Carthage Veterinary Service's growth and success has contributed not only to the industry but also to their host community. Currently, through a partnership with Carl Sandburg College, City of Carthage, Prairieland Investors and Carson Ford they have helped to spur the development of an old college campus in Carthage. This group donated one building on the campus, the auditorium, to Carl Sandburg College, which is financing renovation of the auditorium, and is proposing a consortium of groups to add a gymnasium and fitness center to the Charger Center Auditorium.

Significant Results and Achievements: Veterinary services at CVS evolved from a staff of one or two to today's staff of nine veterinarians, two staff nutritionists and a total office staff of 53. This high growth company was a 2007 Innovate Illinois Award Winner for Central Illinois.