Former Illinois veterinarian convicted on 11 charges, including felony animal cruelty

This is a very unusual case involving a former veterinarian from Creal Springs, Illinois who was convicted last week on 11 charges, including felony animal cruelty. She was originally charged in May 2015 after police found feces, animal carcasses and animal organs on the floor of her Williamson County home.

Elisa Kirkpatrick
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Elisa Kirkpatrick was at one time a respected veterinarian. Something happened to change her. Perhaps it was a downturn in the economy, or perhaps she ended up a bit irrational. The news media doesn’t say exactly what happened for Kirkpatrick to lose her veterinary license.

In addition to being charged with four counts for practicing veterinary medicine without a license (which she admitted to in court last week before the judge), she was charged with felony animal cruelty and five counts of owner’s duties. Owner’s duties means the animals in Kirkpatrick’s care were in dangerous conditions.

Attorney John Clemons said that Kirkpatrick began with good intentions and always believed she was helping them and not hurting them. Clemons believes she was performing surgery on her kitchen island to earn money to get her license back stating

“I hope that someday this lady is out there somewhere treating animals again, with her compassion and her dedication.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Cervantes with Williamson County said Kirkpatrick knowingly kept her lack of a veterinary license from her clients, knew she shouldn’t practice veterinary medicine on a kitchen table, and admitted she was desperate for money. He pointed out Kirkpatrick did nothing to improve the condition of her home, and didn’t seek veterinary help for the animals she ended up harming.

Punishment for the felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty charge will be determined in court on September 9. Kirkpatrick could be sentenced a maximum of three years in prison.

How do the readers here feel about this case? Should Kirkpatrick be allowed to practice veterinary medicine once this is all behind her, or is she a danger to animals? This is the “Cliff Notes” version of this case. Click here for a more detailed report.


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9 thoughts on “Former Illinois veterinarian convicted on 11 charges, including felony animal cruelty”

  1. This woman is seriously ill. I believe that all professionals who deal with living beings (cops, vets, doctors, nurses) should undergo yearly psychological exams.

    • She wasn’t licensed so she wouldn’t have been caught anyway.
      However all vet clinics should undergo through inspections yearly and include a check list that makes sure they are in compliance. If the vet who blinded and likely killed Kitten had been inspected on all aspects of her practice she would have been flagged. Probably still would be. Someone else put up a review where she was now googling on the internet to try and figure out how to treat animals.
      It would appear from this review she has issues. I hope the poster of that review took my suggestion to report her to the NMBVM

  2. She sounds like she has the mental capacity of a cat hoarder. For there to be feces and organs in the kitchen floor shows she has a lot more problems than just needing money to get her license back.

    The people in her area would never trust her again and a lot of the vet experience is built on client trust. She needs to find another occupation. If she wants to be around animals then just volunteer at a shelter to walk the dogs or clean the cat cages.

  3. An unlicensed veterinarian who would perform surgery on a kitchen island at home, for whatever reason, is exhibiting a major lack of good judgment. There would be no supportive measures available in case of the slightest emergency situation. Surgical procedures definitely require access to lab work, oxygen supplies, emergency medications, and major life support systems. The fact that she did not comprehend the danger involved in this situation speaks volumes. I do not think that she should ever regain her veterinary license. She has the potential to harm any animal she treats. Every life matters. Those precious lives lost all matter.

    • Because successful and respected veterinarians who perform medical procedures on farm animals on the wooden or dirt floor of a manure-scraped barn stall also have all that equipment available. Don’t be sensationalist bambi-cartoon-educated pavement-brained morons.

  4. Whether or not she intended harm, it happened as a result of her decisions. She seems mentally unstable with poor judgement, and I don’t think that’s going to change. I hope she doesn’t get her license back.

  5. To me this is a sad but interesting case. What a shame she screwed up and lost her license and then compounded the problem with criminal activity. When she was training to be a vet and when she was first a vet I’d expect that she was a decent person. Something went wrong. That said, she has done wrong and something happened to cause her to lose her license.


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