Okaw Veterinary Clinic LLC

140 West Sale Street
Tuscola, IL 61953



Vet Techs Love your Pet, Love your Vet Techs



7 Tips for a Happy Howl-o-ween
"Look Ma, No Hands" During a Shot
Feeding a Grumpy Cat
Meet the Vet Techs!



7 Tips For a Happy Howl-o-weenRanger Halloween

  1. Keep candles out of your pet's reach. Your pet may be burned by the candle. Dogs and cats can also knock over the candle and may start a fire.

  2. Keep fake cobwebs out of your pet's reach. Dogs and cats may eat the webbing. The webbing can cause a blockage or cut off blood to part of your pet's intestines.

  3. Put your pet in a bedroom, kennel or other confined area during Trick or Treating. Your pet won't be able to dart out the door when you open it for Trick or Treaters. Your pet may get scared by the funny and scary costumes children wear.

  4. Keep candy away from your pet. Chocolate and sugar free candy containing Xylitol can make your pet very sick. Your pet can eat candy wrappers which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

  5. No nuts from the yard. Falling walnuts, hickory nuts, buckeyes and other nuts may be fun to play with, but they can cause your pet to become sick. The nuts and shells can scratch and get stuck in your pet's intestine. Buckeyes are poisonous to dogs.

  6. Do not let your pet eat Asian beetles (orange lady bugs). The bugs secrete an irritating liquid that will make your pet sick.

  7. Be aware of rat and mouse poison. Neighbors may put out poison to control these pests. If your pet eats the poison or a mouse or rat that ate the poison, your pet will get sick.



"Look Ma, No Hands" During a Shot

One of our technicians distracts a cat while Dr. Foote gives an injection.



Feeding a Grumpy Cat

One of our technicians helping Dr. Foote feed a grumpy cat.



Meet the Vet Techs!

October 14 - 20 is National Veterinary Technician Week. We are celebrating it here by telling you a little bit about what a technician does and a little bit about our technicians. To become a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), you must go through a Vet Tech course at a college and then pass a certification test to be licensed in your state. Parkland College has a Veterinary Technology course. Most tech courses are two years of intense classes and an internship at a veterinary clinic. After receiving the college degree, we study for the state test. After passing the state test, we are now a CVT. We must earn 15 hours of continuing education every two years to keep our license. To earn our continuing education, we attend educational seminars and read articles. CVTs can do many tasks at a veterinary clinic including drawing blood, administering and monitoring anesthesia, assisting during surgery, performing dental cleanings, evaluating slides of urine, skin and other samples under the microscope, giving injections and many other tasks.

We have three CVTs at our clinic. All three attended Parkland College and are licensed by the state. Get to know our techs:


Rachael Green
8 years at Okaw Vet Clinic

I grew up in a small town and have had pets my entire life. We have always had at least one dog and outdoor cats. We live on a farm so I also grew up around horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, chickens and a goat. I decided to work in an animal related field when I was in high school. We had a sick cow on our farm. She was pregnant and was having a difficult time walking. She had fallen down. We were trying to help her stand up, but we couldn't get her up. So I started massaging her legs to help stimulate blood to flow to her muscles. My brother said I should be a veterinarian. I laughed, but thought maybe I should go into the veterinary field. I could help animals stay healthy and help them when they are sick.

I started looking into the veterinary field and I found out Veterinary Technicians. I did a bit of research and found the Vet Tech program at Parkland College. I thought this would be a great way to help animals. I applied and got into the program. It was a tough - lots of studying and long hours of classes. But it was worth it. I have enjoyed working with animals and helping keep them healthy.

I have one cat named Effie that lives with me in my apartment. I also have two dogs, Keyser and Mac, who live at home with my parents. Effie was found as a stray in Tuscola. Keyser and Mac were found as strays where my parents live. In my spare time I like to take photos and sketch and tat. I also spend time on Facebook.


Debbie Gass
7 years at Okaw Vet Clinic

From a very young age, I just knew that I was going to work with animals. Back in 1988, I had the opportunity to work at an Animal Emergency Clinic. Oh boy, was I hooked! I just knew that this was what I was meant to do.
Upon arriving in Illinois (from my native Rhode Island), I learned about Parkland College's Veterinary Technology program. I jumped at the chance to learn more and get some more training. It was great to know there was a program to gain more knowledge and training for the field I had come to love.
Every day as a veterinary technician is a learning experience. There are always new medicines, techniques, diagnostics out constantly coming out to keep this field so fresh and exciting. (Not to mention all the great animals and people I meet!)
In my spare time I spend time with , Brad, my husband of 3 years. Crafting using plastic canvas and am slowly learning ow to knit are also things I enjoy doing.  Going to Craft Night at Vintage Karma Wednesdays evenings are also a favorite thing to do.We have 3 feline children that keep us busy as well as Entertained.
The oldest is Hoppy, 13 years, whom I adopted thru Prarieland-Anticruelty cat rescue. Lazarus was adopted at a very young age by me.
Laz was 5 weeks old when I got him. He was a C-section kitty that I assisted in, the had a heart beat, but was unable to breathe on his ownook me 30 minutes of CPR to get him to breathe on his own. At the time his mom's owner said " If he lives his name will be Lazarus and Debbie should be the only one to get him as she brought him back from the dead"

Our little girl, Simone was adopted by Brad & I together as our 1st wedding anniversary present to ourselves. We adopted her at PetSmart through Prairie-Land Anticruetly cat rescue. Her grey & white markings reminded us of Hoppy, but then she turned her head showed us her "torti mask" we knew we had to have her.
I am blessed that I love my job and look forward to going to work to see what each day will bring.

Leeza Chapman
2 1/2 years at Okaw Vet Clinic

I have wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as I can remember. I used to bring home stray animals. My mother wasn't to happy, but I wanted to keep them. In second grade, I announced that I wanted to be a vet. In fifth or sixth grade I decided that I would like to work in a vet office, but not be a vet. I decided to look into other jobs that would allow me to work in a vet office. I found information about veterinary technology and decide to be a veterinary technician. 

I have a dog named Delilah, she graduated from the Parkland Vet Tech program and came home with me. I also have a guinea pig named Duck. She also graduated from the Parkland Vet Tech program and came home with me. In my spare time I like to scrapbook and spend time with my nieces and nephews.




Okaw Veterinary Clinic
140 W. Sale
Tuscola, IL 61953
(217) 253-3221


Mon & Fri 8 am - 6 pm
Tues & Wed 8 am - 5 pm
Sat 8 am - noon
Closed Thurs & Sun

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