River's Edge Veterinarian Hospital

Your pets are your unofficial children, your fur babies and your family. Just like for your human babies, you want to make sure your fur babies are getting the best care they can possibly receive. We here at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital, Inc., in Metropolis, IL, understand the importance of high-quality veterinarian care. That’s why we want to ensure our clients walk out knowing that their fur babies are well taken care of. If you live in Metropolis area, then there is a multitude of reasons to trust us with your pets.

We Understand Pets and Animals

We understand that all pets are not created equal and come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and tail wags. Our team of trained professionals, led by Dr. Karla Cunningham and Dr. Russell Jones, have a shared variety of experience. Our entire team, is capable of handling any of the animals that may walks through our door! We treat animals, no matter how big or small--ranging from dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, and even snakes.

Our variety of treatments and diagnoses expand far from just the normal checkup. We are prepared to treat all the problems your pet may have both minor to severe. Our services include disease treatment, nutritional counseling, laser surgery, dentistry, and dermatology.

We provide top-notch care for anything your pet may need; even if that is in-home laboratory services. We also understand that sometimes, it is impossible to get to our office for lab work. Therefore, our in-home services are here to provide convenience and comfort, for you and your pet. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you, plain and simple.

We Understand People

We here at River’s Edge believe in making a personal connection with not only the animals that we treat, but the people we help as well. We understand you may get anxious or even frightened when taking your pet to the vet’s office, even if only for a checkup. We strive to give you and your pet, the combination of medical expertise, empathy and compassion, you both deserve. We always provide quick and reliable information to answer your toughest questions.

Fear Free Practice with Dr. Russell Jones

When you and your pet visit River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital, Inc., we will strive to reduce any worry and stress. We make all of our clients, from animal to human, feel as comfortable as possible. We understand that life can get hectic and understand the need to be as flexible as your pet snake. For the best in-home or in office veterinary care in the Metropolis area, call us at 618-524-7500.

At River's Edge Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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 River's Edge Veterinary Hospital | 618-524-7500

720 Kennedy Dr
Metropolis, IL 62960

Our Mission

While striving to provide education and lifelong relationships with our clients, we promise quality medicine, thoroughness and compassion to our patients.

Free Welcome Kit!

Your first visit includes a complimentary kit valued at $20.

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Karla Cunningham
    Owner of River's Edge Veterinary Hospital

    Dr. Karla is a 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband Ed live in Eddyville Illinois with their terrific son Ethan, born in March 2010. She is very pleased to be providing medical care to pets in Massac and surrounding counties. Having served as an assistant professor for the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 through 2007, she is dedicated to educating pet owners in the best way to care for their furry friends. When not at River’s Edge, Dr. Karla and Ed can usually be found working around the house and playing with Ethan.

    Her favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

  • Dr. Russell B. Jones

    Education: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

    Hometown: Paducah

    Pets: The dogs: Wiena, Baldwin, and Andy. The Cats: Brother, Sister, Carmen, Abigail, and Nodely

    Dr. Jones graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies in 2013. Dr. Jones received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from Murray State University in 2008.  He loves the outdoors and spends time tending a carnivorous plant garden, playing all kinds of video games ( he is a self-proclaimed nerd) , and restoring a 1976 GMC Sierra 4×4.  Dr. Jones lives in Paducah, Kentucky and is also the Medical Director at the McCracken County Humane Society in Paducah where he developed a shelter medicine and surgery program to help keep the resident animals healthy and control the overall pet population .   As a member of the River’s Edge team he plans to provide the same excellent services and quality medicine for which River’s Edge is known.

  • Alisa Adkins
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Alisa was born and raised in Massac County and graduated from Joppa High school in 2009. She then attended Shawnee Community college for two years, and transferred to Murray State University in August of 2011. She Graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2013. She joined the Rivers Edge team in December of 2013.  Alisa has one dog, Phoebe and loves to bring her to work and show her off!

  • Cora Baker
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Cora joined the team at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital in February, 2017. Cora has been in the veterinary profession for many years, is a licensed veterinary technician and graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Il. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, 3 cats and 2 dogs. In addition, Cora is an avid runner/walker and enjoys being outside.

  • Ellen Aly
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Ellen graduated from Veterinary Technology program at Parkland College in 1985. She has over 30 years of experience as a certified Veterinary Technician.  Ellen lives on her horse farm with her husband, Frank.  They have 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses, and 3 mules.  She loves trail riding, cooking and spending quality time with family, friends, and her pets.  Ellen is very fortunate to be a part of the River’s Edge team.

  • Devon Wilke

    Devon joined the team at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital in February of 2013. She lives in Northern Massac County with her husband Tom and their 9 year old dachshund, Lucy. They have been blessed with three children, seven grandchildren and three grand-dogs. Devon is started her new career after 35 years in banking. She is excited and looking forward to helping with the care and needs of your pets. Devon invites all her friends to call or come by and experience the best way to care for your pets with the wonderful staff at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital.

  • LeAnn Matesevac

    LeAnn joined the River’s Edge Team in the Spring of 2015. She enjoys cheering for her son, Noah’s baseball team and spending time with her dog Coco.

  • Carisa Kline
    Veterinary Assistant

    Carisa was born and raised in Massac County, and graduated from Massac Country High school in 1989. She resides in Metropolis with her husband Jack. She has two sons, Kaleb and Ryan, and one grandson, Kayden. She has four dogs, Skippy, Gunner, Odie and Tucker. Carisa enjoys spending time with her grandson, playing golf, and re-purposing old furniture.

    Carisa was interested in going to college for an occupation in the veterinary field, however, went into the banking industry and worked in that field for over 23 years. She is now enjoying an occupation that involves things that are very important to her; quality customer service and education to pet owners.

  • Cassie Sharp
    Veterinary Assistant

    Cassie graduated from Shawnee High School in 2008. She lives in Olmsted, IL with her loving husband Eric and beautiful daughter Riley. She has 2 horses, 3 cats, a mini aussie named Layla and a bloodhound named Bo. She loves spending time with her family, riding horses, playing guitar & singing, hunting, fishing and photography. She started working at River’s Edge in July of 2009 as a veterinary assistant and received on the job training. She is competent in restraint, reading cytology’s and fecals, blood draw, placing IV catheters, processing blood work and other in-house tests, and assisting in surgeries. She has taken a special interest in dentistry and has become skilled in taking dental radiographs, prophys and assisting in dental treatments.

    She loves her job and plans to stay at River’s Edge for many years to come. She loves helping to educate clients and is willing to assist them in any way she can.

    Her favorite motto is: “Dream big, work hard & have faith”

  • Jerri Jenkins
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jerri graduated From Hardin County High School in 2017. She resides in Hardin County where she has 2 horses, 1 cat, and 4 dogs. She enjoys spending her time going camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Jerri joined the River’s Edge team in the summer of 2018 after completing a one semester Veterinary Assistant course at Southeastern Illinois College.

  • Lisa

    Lisa is a Registered Nurse who earned her BSN from McKendree University and has practiced in the field of nursing for many years. She has always been an animal lover who has volunteered her time at various shelters throughout her life and decided to make the switch from taking care of people to animals.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her pets.


Read What Our Clients Say

    This place is AMAZING! Brought in our rescue dog Bobo in for a first visit. They checked him and explained everything along the way especially the meds we left with! Not only are the vets great but the staff was very kind and accommodating! And they do dental care too! If you dont have a vet, I highly recommend coming here!

    Brian P.

    Dr Jones is a very knowledgeable and kind Veterinarian. I am very thankful I have him to treat and care for my dog. I appreciate all the staff and feel they all do a great job.

    Letitia B.

    Dr. Karla is most definitely the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever used. She is also the first emergency vet I ever used. I highly recommend this animal hospital.

    Tami S. L.

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