Practice History & Profile
The Carlyle Animal Hospital was establisted in 1984 by Dr. Neil Schaffer, born in Forrest, IL. He and his wife, Melody, built the practice from the ground up and were initially it’s only 2 employees. Dr. Schaffer had several veterinarians helping out over the years, but found a partner in 2007 in then newly graduated Dr. Michelle Scott, originally of Peoria, IL. Dr. Scott bought in to the practice in 2012 and finished the purchase in January, 2020. Dr. Stephanie Thole, a 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri, but originally from Clinton County, IL, joined the veterinary staff in 2019, and Dr. Schaffer retired at the end of May, 2020.
Type of Practice: General - Small Animal
Structure of Ownership: Owner: Michelle Scott, DVM
Number of employees: 16
Number of FTE doctors: 2.5
How long are appointment times?: 20-30 minutes
How many doctors are on shift at one time?: 2-3
Nummber of support staff per Dr.: 5-6
In house hospitalization: yes
In house diagnostics:
Chemistry Analyzer: yes
Snap Reader: yes
Telemedicine (Cardiology): no
Digital Radiography: yes
Telemedicine (Radiology Interpretation): no
Day time emergencies: yes
After hour emergencies: no
Frequency of staff interaction (staff training & meetings): monthly
Continuing Education philosophies: Currently building this
Client communication technologies (email, text, etc.):
automated third-party patient reminders
scheduling through website, text, phone, & email
Inside the Hospital
Depending on COVID-19 related changes, I have plans to add a 5th examination room and to expand surgery.
We don't restrict the level of care that we offer even though our area is rural.
General Practice from puppy visits to geriatric care. Preventative medicine - vaccinations, screening bloodwork, examinations Dentistry - with dental radiography and high speed drill Surgery - Spay, Neuter cats, dogs, rarely rabbits; Exploratories, gastrotomies, enterotomies, cystotomies, lumpectomies, diaphragmatic hernia repair, orthopedics (we do not currently plate) - CCL repair, FHNE, fracture repair etc.