Welcome to “Sayings of a SportsVet”

Allow me to welcome you to my space on the web.  I am Dr. Dayle Dillon, associate veterinarian at SportsVet Animal Medical Center in Savoy, Illinois. My goal is to post weekly blogs covering topics that will answer questions, entertain, and help you keep your beloved pets healthy. As we grow, we will take this blog to whatever level you all would like it to go!

I have spent the last few years thoroughly enjoying the life-long learning that accompanies being a small animal veterinarian.  During my tenure, I have met many great clients and thoroughly enjoyed working with them and their pets.  Every day as a vet is surprisingly different. While this makes my career difficult at times, it also brings great enjoyment and fun to the workplace.

Veterinary medicine is an ever-changing field and one of the more interesting and exciting aspects is the ability of our clientele to educate themselves about their furry family members.  I aim to provide insight and education, and an occasional touch of entertainment, through this blog.  The beauty of a blog is its flexibility.  It allows me to plan posts on topics such as vaccines, take inspiration from cases I see throughout the week, and answer your questions. Curious about an issue or have a general topic suggestion? Please let us know. We do ask that you keep specific questions pertaining to your cat/dog to a minimum to allow us to best serve our entire client basis.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting here at SportsVet.  I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, but I’ve always loved animals.  I grew up in central Illinois on horseback. I helped my parents care for multiple animals on our farm ranging from Quarter Horses showcased on the racetrack, to farm dogs and cats, and even the occasional exotic pet (I was devastated when I thought my hermit crab died in junior high!).  Preparing animals for the local 4-H fair allowed me to learn about and assist friends with cattle, swine, and a slew of other animals.  Eventually I began lending a helping hand as an assistant to some mixed and small animal veterinarians around my hometown and began imagining myself walking in their shoes some day.

After high school, I pursued a degree at North Park University in Chicago. North Park allowed me to continue to pursue my athletic interests in volleyball and softball while earning my degree in Biology.  After graduating, I accepted a position in as a research assistant at a successful pharmaceutical research company in the medical district of Chicago.  This position developed the basis for the majority of my technical skills that I use to this day.

In 2009, I was accepted into what was to be the first class to undergo a new integrated, hands-on curriculum at the University of Illinois College of Vet Med.  Being the “guinea pigs” of a new system has its pros and cons, but thankfully my participation in this program led me to realize a focus in areas of medicine like canine rehabilitation was an option for a veterinarian.  After graduation, my career as a small animal veterinarian began at Best Friends Vet Care in Decatur, Illinois.  My more experienced colleagues liked to tell me I would learn more during my first year of practice than I would during my entire four years of veterinary school; they weren’t lying!  Over the two years I spent in Decatur, I was responsible for not only our typical day-to-day appointments (what exactly IS typical in a veterinary clinic????), but also covering overnight, weekend, and holiday emergency on-call for a number of clinics in the area.  During my time in Decatur, I learned a great deal from not only my boss and support staff, but also from my clients and patients.  It was during my time in Decatur that I really began to get an idea of the doctor I strive to be, and the style in which I practice medicine.  I will always be eternally grateful for the skills and knowledge I learned during my time in Decatur.

My story at SportsVet is still being written, so cuddle up with your favorite pet(s), grab your beverage of choice, and settle in for what I hope will be an interesting “tail.”

From here on, I expect this blog to take a more “veterinary” path and be as interesting as it is educational.  I will do my best to keep you up-to-date on current topics and trends in veterinary medicine, as well as going-ons at SportsVet.  I will also do my best to respond to comments in a timely fashion so long as they serve a purpose to support discussion.  We all know that life can sometimes get in the way, so I ask for your patience  in the timing of my posts, and replies.  Blogs cannot replace regular veterinary care.  However if you are looking for a veterinarian, and you find what I have to say interesting, I would love to meet you and help you care for your pet.  Don’t hesitate to let the staff know how you heard about us either!