Founders & History
History of Family Pet Animal Hospital
Family Pet Animal Hospital was founded in April of 1990 by Dr. Rae Ann Van Pelt (University of Illinois, 1987) and Dr. Marla Minuskin (University of Illinois, 1985). The goal was to establish a facility that provided the highest quality diagnostic and medical care along with up to date client education. We understand how significant your pet is to your life! We promote preventative medicine and wellness for pets of all ages.
Over the course of our decades here, our hospital has grown and developed along with our neighborhood. We now offer ultrasound, and endoscopy, stem cell therapy, and plasma rich platelet (PRP) therapy in addition to the excellent general veterinary medicine and surgery our clients have always enjoyed. Family Pet Animal Hospital is proud of its reputation.
The heart of Family Pet remains strong through the integrity and dedication of all of our doctors and staff, many of whom have been with the practice for 15 years or more. One thing that has not changed is our hospital’s ongoing commitment to the very best medical care for your pet – even if it’s not at Family Pet! While our doctors are among the most excellent general practitioners around, we regularly refer our patients to specialists in such fields as internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, and cardiology if we feel your pet will benefit from an expert consultation.
Since 1991, Family Pet Animal Hospital has maintained the highest possible accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association. We achieve this by continually committing ourselves to the outstanding quality of medicine, diagnostics, and patient care. Each one of our veterinarians subscribes to the goals and mission developed at Family Pet’s inception, so you can feel confident with any doctor your pet sees here. Our doctors spend many hours every day answering client questions, advising, and supporting ongoing cases.
We created Family Pet Animal Hospital to provide this level of care because our clients and patients deserve it. If you ever have any questions about our capabilities, please ask! And feel free to request a tour of our facility at any time.