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Dr. MacHarg grew up in North Carolina. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. After completing an internship at Illinois Equine Hospital and Clinic she entered a large animal surgery residency at Purdue University where she performed numerous research projects and successfully completed a Master’s of Science degree and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. MacHarg returned to Illinois where she was part owner of Illinois Equine Hospital and Clinic until opening Kendall Road Equine Hospital. Dr. MacHarg owns several horses and actively competes in the USEF adult jumper divisions.
Dr. Vacek was born and raised on a small farm in Littleton CO. He attended Washington University in St Louis where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then attended Colorado State University where he did research and studied mathematics and biology before entering the College of Veterinary Medicine and earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. After completing an internship at Illinois Equine Hospital and Clinic in he entered a large animal surgery residency at Texas A&M University where he trained and taught for 3 years. He was awarded several research grants and the Johnson Scholarship Award for achievement in postdoctoral studies in veterinary surgery. Dr. Vacek returned to Illinois where he has practiced for over 30 years. He has given presentations at the local, state and national levels and has published more than 20 articles on various aspects of equine medicine and surgery. In 2004 he and Dr. MacHarg opened Kendall Road Equine Hospital. He and his wife raised 4 sons in Batavia.