Central Hospital For Animals was opened on November 18, 1975 by Doctors Blakely, Spears, and Rhine. The hospital was formed by combining Blakely Animal Hospital and Spears Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Gordon Rhine joined the corporation, fresh from his residency at the University of Illinois. The modern facility was built with the goal of providing comprehensive medical and surgical care for animal patients. Over the years, satellite clinics were added to neighboring towns in Carbondale, Marion, and Harrisburg. All hospitals contain a full laboratory and pharmacy and the main facility in Herrin provides digital radiography, ultrasound, and surgical facilities complete with CO2 laser and dentistry. Most diagnostic and treatment procedures are completed within the hospital, although we also rely on other laboratories as needed. Twenty-four hour emergency service is another important aspect of our full service hospital. We have nine veterinarians staffed at all four locations to help serve our Southern Illinois community.