Dr. Joe Abrassart graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1995. He has worked at the Kankakee Animal Hospital since 2002 and took over the practice in January of 2013. He enjoys building things, rooting for the Illini and the Cubs, fishing, and being outdoors. Dr. Joe and his wife Carrie have a son who enjoys being with his dad.
Dr. Lisa Moeller grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps with assignments in Washington, Connecticut, England, and Iraq, before entering civilian practice. In her spare time, Dr. Moeller enjoys reading and traveling.
Dr. Nicole Opsal from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After graduation, she returned home to Illinois and joined us here at our clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and is an avid reader. Dr. Opsal recently moved to Bradley where she lives with her cat.
The Front Desk staff answers the telephones, greets clients, checks in patients, answers general questions, receives payments, fills prescriptions and assists the doctors with clerical matters. They are your first form of contact with our Hospital.
Brenda is our office manager and she joined our staff here in June of 2012 after many years in the human medical field, bringing her commitment to great customer service with her. She lives in Clifton with her 3 furry children, Riley, Mr. Nigel Murry, and Cooper. Cooper is her 5th rescue pet.
Katie is full-time and joined our practice in January of 2018. She graduated from KTA in June of 2018. She has Zoie a Yorkie poo and a cockapoo she rescued named Rosie which keeps her company at home.
Jess is part-time and fills in during the school year. She is busy at home raising her 2 sons, their dog Rosie and numerous rescued cats/kittens. Jess has been with the animal hospital for many years, taking several years off to raise her boys.
Michelle joined us in June of 2018. She brought with her many years of customer service. She stays busy with her dogs Lola and Sadie both shepherd mixes. She has had pets since she was a child.
Our behind the scenes staff assists the doctors, feeds pets, cleans the cages and runs, and loves on the animals that are staying at the hospital, either for surgery or boarding.
Kayla is our in house groomer. She joined us in January of 2015 and since then has been making our client's dogs beautiful and handsome. She has been grooming for 11 years and brings with her a lot of knowledge with dealing with difficult grooming dogs. She has Tink a boxer mix and Mutly a lab mix.
Hank is full time and has been with us since 2002, he took a short break in 2014 to pursue other interests but returned in December of 2017. He brings with him lots of experience in caring for your pets.
Karen has been with us since August of 2013. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience in animal care. She lives in Kankakee with her husband Don and 3 boys. Karen has an Australian Shepherd, Harley, and 2 cats, Apollo and Lucy.
Kayla C joined Kankakee Animal Hospital in July of 2019. She is a wife, mother, student, and pet parent to Lucky the chihuahua and Max the miniature schnauzer.
The Resident Mama passed away on December 26, 2014. She was loved by everyone and will always be remembered for her sweet disposition and her silly quirks.
Niya came to us on December 10 of 2012. She was brought into us by two of our clients after they found her curled up next to their garage in the rain. Niya was in very rough shape when she arrived at us. She had Sarcoptic Mange and, from scratch, she had no hair on her ears, legs, or belly. She was only 20 pounds and was covered in motor oil. Our clients did not know what to do. Brenda, who has a big heart for Cocker Spaniels, and Dr. Joe, who did not want her to suffer any longer, decided we would take her in.
At first, we were not sure if Niya would make it, but slowly and steadily she began to show her strength. When Niya first arrived, she stayed at the hospital all the time but started staying up at the Front Desk during the days. She was fed soft food high in nourishment because she was eating so little, we wanted to be sure she was getting the proper nutrients. She instantly captured the hearts of our staff and the clients who met her during those first weeks. She was scratching so excessively from the Sarcoptic Mange that we had to put on a puppy onesie and a Buster Collar to keep her from hurting herself further. After about a month she was ready for her first hair cut, with the intention of removing the long locks of hair. After that hair cut, t was even more apparent how bad she looked. Her lack of hair was much more apparent and so was her lack of body weight.
Niya's name means "New Beginning" in Greek because that is ABSOLUTELY what she got. She has surpassed all of our expectations! She is now 28 pounds and her hair has grown in so thick everywhere that she has had 4 haircuts! Dr. Joe has determined that she is over 10, so she is our old girl. She hardly ever barks, absolutely loves to have her head rubbed, and is as sweet as can be. When puppies come in to the Hospital, Niya jumps to try and sniff them which makes us wonder if she has had puppies of her own. She is currently very happy and very loved here as our Resident Mama.
The Caretaker of Surgery and Recovery. Roady passed away in 2016. He is greatly missed by the staff. Surgery and Recovery are just not the same.
Our precious Siamese and our long-time friend, Olivia, passed away on February 24, 2011.