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April 18, 2017

Effective today the clinic facility in Curran has been sold and HEHC has become a strictly mobile veterinary service. Furthermore, effective May 12, 2017, Heartland Equine Health Center will cease all mobile veterinary services and close all together. State-wide poor economic conditions, the departure of Dr. Nicole Gilbert and the decline of harness racing in Illinois all contributed to this decision.

As an HEHC client, this announcement has implications for you and your horses. Here is what you need to know:

  1. We will continue to schedule on-farm appointments for routine preventative care, dentistry, surgery and performance work through May 12. Please call or e-mail the office ASAP if you need to schedule an appointment.
  2. If you would like DIGITAL copies of your medical records, please E-MAIL your request to dvms@heartlandequine.net before May 12. We will be happy to e-mail you complete medical records for all active horses on your account. If you would like PAPER copies of your medical records mailed to you, please send a check for $15 and a written request to:

Heartland Equine Health Center
PO Box 9414
Springfield, IL 62791

  1. If you would like copies of radiographs taken within the last 2 years, please send a check for $25 and a written request to the above address. Radiographs will be burned onto a CD/DVD and mailed to you.
  2. If your horse needs refills on medications prescribed by HEHC, we are happy to provide up to 6 months of medication. You can request medication refills through our on-line pharmacy (http://heartlandequine.vetsfirstchoice.com/) or contact the office to see if we have what you need in stock.

Please make all requests for appointments, medical records and medication refills prior to May 12. We may not be able to fulfill requests received after that date.

I have worked in the Springfield-area horse community for nearly 13 years. In addition to caring for your horses as if they were my own, I have ridden trails and competed in the show ring with you, cheered your victories, shared your disappointments, joyfully welcomed new additions and cried with you as we bid goodbye to beloved companions. I am grateful beyond words for the confidence and loyalty you have shown me over the years. The decision to close my practice is, by far, the hardest decision I have ever made.

I wish you the best of luck in your equestrian endeavors!

Rachel Powell DVM