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Dr. Stephen J. Dullard


Chief of Staff

About Me:

I am married to Deb (Retired High School Guidance counselor) and have 2 sons- Connor who lives in Beverly Hills, CA and Sean (Student at Iowa State). I grew up in Ankeny, IA, for undergraduate and veterinary school I attended Iowa State University, and moved to Sandwich, II in 1986 after graduation. I practiced as an associate there before buying the original Ancare Mendota practice in 1991.

Special Interests:

I love surgery, feline medicine and ultrasonography. I love to learn new things, travel, hockey, football, biking and anything on the water or outdoors. I was an assistant scoutmaster for 12 years and both of my sons became Eagle Scouts. As a result, we have done a number of High Adventure trips or outings that allowed us to use all our outdoor skills and get a lifetime of memories.


Lou (A Jack Russell Terrier cross who was a stray in Mendota), Midge and Tater (two DSH stray cats).

Fun Fact:

I’m a sucker for chick movies.

Favorite Thing about My Job:

It’s a new adventure every day. I like to fix things or figure out what is going on. Animals are incredibly resilient if you don’t let things get too bad. We can help a lot of them if their problem is not neglected. That’s why preventative medicine and education Is so important. There are always new diseases being discovered and our ability to understand different diseases is always changing. When I was a first year veterinary student, a professor told us that 50% of what we are learning will be found to be not true when we retire. I love to educate people about their pet’s health and what we can do to improve their lives.


Community Service:


  • 2021 University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Special Service Award
  • 2017 ISVMA President’s Award

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