Jacki Atkins-Schroeder, DVM
You could say that I grew up at the Animal Medical Clinic of Springfield, and would be right. I started assisting my dad, Dr. George Atkins, and his partner, Dr. Tom Powell when I was only fifteen years old. I have always loved all animals, and fell in love with veterinary medicine and surgery while assisting my dad and Dr. Powell. Helping pets and their families is always an adventure.
I graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in May 2001. I took my first job at a small animal clinic in the West suburbs of Chicago and learned quickly that I could not wait to get back to central Illinois. I worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Springfield for over 3 years before settling back in at the Animal Medical Clinic in January of 2006. I purchased the practice from my dad and Dr. Powell in February of 2008 and plan to work as hard as they did to maintain the highest standards in the area for small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.
My interests include preventative medicine, critical care and soft tissue surgery. I also have a passion for advanced pain management. I finished my certification in animal chiropractic in the fall of 2010. I am certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
My interests outside of veterinary medicine include traveling, scrap booking, and playing with my furry family members. Currently, I have 2 cats and 1 dog. Peggy Sue is a crazy beagle mix who has won my heart although I not explain why. She has been treated multiple times for eating things she was not supposed to eat. She is my inspiration for learning more techniques to help dogs with back pain. Fred is a funny grey cat that my husband and I rescued from a shelter a few years ago. He is a great cuddler, and quite the comedian. Missy is our part Siamese part goddess cat who keeps everyone on the straight and narrow. Although she is bossy and slightly neurotic, she is a beloved companion for Fred.