About us


River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital was just an idea in February of 2007. Dr. Karla was then working as an assistant professor and station veterinarian at the Dixon Springs Ag Center in Pope County. The Ag Center is a satellite research station of the University of Illinois and the College of Veterinary Medicine had a swine and beef herd there that Dr. Karla managed. Because of the financial crisis that the University was experiencing the College decided to close its program in Pope County. Dr. Karla was offered a teaching position in Urbana but decided to strike out on her own instead. River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital opened its doors on October 29, 2007.

Originally, REVH served both livestock and companion animals. However in August 2009, REVH became an exclusively small animal practice because the demand for small animal care became so great that there was no time for Dr. Karla to be away from the hospital to perform farm calls.


Clients should expect an educational experience when they take their pets to REVH. Our staff is trained to teach clients about vaccines, parasite prevention, proper nutrition, spaying and neutering their pets, as well as any disease that their pet may be experiencing. Dr. Karla believes that if people understand why a good diet and proper preventative measures are so important to the 4 legged members of the family, people will be willing to provide a high level of care. Truly, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital offers a wide range of services including: disease treatment, laser surgery, dentistry, radiology, dermatology, in house laboratory, preventative medicine, nutritional and behavior counseling. Our clean and comfortable facility boasts a new dental unit, a surgical laser and hematology/chemistry analyzer. Take a virtual tour on this website or come and meet us to see the hospital first hand!

Our Mission

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

Our Patients:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Ferrets
  • Snakes
  • Birds

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8:00 am-5:30 pm


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8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm