Dennis Stubblefield D.V.M.
Dr. Stubblefield grew up on a dairy farm in McLean County. His intense love for all creatures developed during his years in 4-H and, in high school, in FFA. In his senior year in high school, he was awarded the FFA Illinois State Dairy Winner. Dr. Stubblefield’s high school “girl friend,” White Star, was a little different than the average high school sweet heart. She was the winner of the Illinois State Fair Jr. Milking Derby and the Holstein Breed Champion of the Illinois State Show. Dr. Stubblefield’s wish to attend White Star’s potential health needs in her expected long life stimulated his desire to become an animal doctor. Unfortunately, White Star’s death, at the ripe old age of 13 ½ years, occurred just before the student earned his degree to become her doctor.
His undergraduate studies in the College of Agriculture and his D.V. M degree from the University of Illinois in Veterinary Medicine, afforded Dr. Stubblefield the opportunity to meet the lady who replaced White Star as “girl friend,” Jane. Jane also grew up on a dairy farm, in Western Illinois. And soon after Dr. Stubblefield received his Bachelor’s Degree, Jane became Dr. Stubblefield’s wife. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Stubblefield served two years in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) as a Commissioned Officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, stationed at the Southwest Rabies Investigation on the campus of New Mexico State University. From the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia, he was a principal in the development of oral rabies vaccine as an immunizing agent to control rabies epidemics in the wild life populations of raccoons, foxes, and skunks. After his service for USPHS, Dr. Stubblefield was the primary internist surgeon for a multiple location, multi veterinarian companion animal practice for two and half years. Then, Dr. Stubblefield acquired Acre Hill Veterinary Clinic to serve this community for the past 4 decades.
Dr. Stubblefield has always had a passion for helping patients receive the best medical care possible to live long and healthy lives. This includes ensuring that pet owners have a complete understanding of proper care, addressing any questions or concerns our clients may have, and being available as health concerns may occur.
Dr. Stubblefield’s lovely wife’s name is Jane and they have 6 children, 3 of their own and 3 who have elected to join their family through marriage, and 4 grandchildren. Dr. Stubblefield and Jane have two cats, Matt and Bob. Matt is Dr. Stubblefield’s cat and he has been trained to do tricks, i.e. jumping through hoops. They also have 3 box turtles, Tina, Toby (who is at least 25 years old), and their baby box turtle (who has No Name), 1 Greek tortoise, and two African Spurred tortoises, Michael and Bernice. In Dr. Stubblefield’s free time he likes to go camping with his family and going to his grandchildren’s school and sports activities.
Steffen Cody is a recent addition to the Acre Hill team. He will be working in the office to help everything run smoothly. He will also be on hand to assist Dr. Stubblefield with taking care of our patients and clients.
Ever since he was little, Steffen has always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian someday. Being raised with dogs encouraged him to grow to love animals. Steffen has just recently graduated from the Parkland Veterinary Technician program and is licensed as a Certified Veterinary Technician. His time in the program allowed him to not only learn and hone the techniques associated with the profession, but exposed him to a myriad of species and aspects of veterinary medicine.
Currently, he has an 8 year old German Shepherd mix named Sebree. She's a shy little thing, but she loves her family. She isn't as active as she used to be, but she still has plenty of energy!
Steffen is very excited to be a part of our team and looks forward to meeting everyone and helping out in any way he can.
Kathryn Burkert is a recent addition to the Acre Hill team. She will be working in the office to help everything run smoothly. She will also be on hand to help Dr. Stubblefield with taking care of our patients and clients.
She has always loved animals and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Stubblefield. She had several small animals of her own when she was growing up. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Child and Developmental Psychology.
She is married and has a 1 year old Pit Bull mix named Willow. Willow is a shy girl at first, but really loves people and her family. She has plenty of energy and loves to get into things.
Kathryn is very excited to be part of our team and looks forward to meeting everyone and helping out in any way she can.