Your pet’s home away from home for quality, focused care


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. 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, therapy laser 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 9 doctors’ staffed at all four locations to help serve our Southern Illinois community.


To our team, your pet is family

We provide kind and honest care that goes the extra-mile to ensure the health and happiness of your furry and feathered friend(s), anytime you need us. You can trust that our team of experts will provide respectful care, education and support for your pet’s unique needs.

Meet Our Team


Was a great experience for Titus his first wellness visit. From receptionist, vet assistant to the veterinarian all were outstanding.

Rick M.

Best vets!...

Marti M.

If you love your furbaby like I love mine you will find it in your heart to make sure that they get the TLC that is offered here.

Monica H.

I had a bad day because of a sick kitty but the girl that helped me was so nice she made me feel better I will go there at Central hospital for...

Sherry M.

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Make your passion your career.

At Central Hospital for Animals, we value your expertise, your passion and most importantly, your love of animals. When you join our team, you become a member of our family of doctors, technicians and receptionists who go above and beyond for our clients.

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Low Stress Veterinary Care

Central Hospital for Animals is a full-service veterinary center that offers routine wellness, dental care, radiology, and surgeries.