University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine
Tom Graves
Tom Graves,


Furnetic Director


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Tom Graves brings an intense passion and incisive curiosity to everything he does. And since joining the university's veterinary faculty in 2002, he's done a lot.


For one thing, he envisioned a new approach to veterinary education and helped Illinois emerge as a leader in curricular innovation. He's also studied a variety of health problems in pets, from hyperthyroidism to diabetes, and made discoveries that could improve the lives of animals the world over.

So when Tom became the director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine and its primary care practice, Furnetic, in September 2010, we knew our patients and their people would benefit from his commitment to the highest quality in medicine, teaching, and discovery.

"Furnetic has amazing staff and facilities," he says. "It's the perfect place to engage future veterinarians in a busy, progressive, urban primary care practice, and Chicago is a great city for building partnerships on projects that will find new ways to make pets' lives better."

He is also excited about offering Furnetic patients new solutions to one of the most common and most insidious—yet most overlooked—medical conditions in pets: obesity. As a board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine, he can perform a thorough analysis of your pet's overall health and offer an in-depth diagnosis and treatment options that could significantly extend both the quality and the length of life for your furry friend.

Because he is an expert in small animal endocrinology and metabolism, obesity, and geriatric medicine, he's been invited to lecture at universities and veterinary conferences all around the world. But one of his favorite audiences was right here in Chicago, when he spoke to a group of pet owners at the Anti-Cruelty Society about the special health considerations of caring for their senior pets.

Tom shares his home with four Pekingese pups:

Pablo, Lalo, Tullio, and Pochino. Rounding out the family are two Chihuahuas, Rata and Chiquis; two cats, Martina and Xochitl; and a bulldog named Serafina. 

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