Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Koss

About Our Doctor:

Dr. Joella Koss grew up on a small grain farm outside of Pesotum. Since she was a child, she has been passionate about school, athletics, and animals. She graduated from Unity High School in 2000 where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball, was President of the National Honor Society, and Vice President of the Student Council.

Dr. Koss continued her education at Lake Land College where she pitched two winning seasons on a softball scholarship. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 2004 with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 2008.

She worked in Decatur at Northgate Pet Clinic for two years and then joined Animal Health Care Center in Arcola to be closer to her family. She is now pursuing another aspect of veterinary medicine by becoming an owner. She has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, dentistry, and dermatology.

She and her husband Lucas have four kids, two of the human-kind, Lane and Paisley, and two furry canines, Tuck and Chevy. She and Lucas both had a dog named Chevy before they got married. Dr. Koss lost her first love, Chevy, an 11-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, in 2013. While she misses Chevy dearly, she finds comfort knowing that she is now peaceful, happy, and a puppy once again across the Rainbow Bridge. Chevy can be seen in all her beauty in the painting pictured above.

In her free time, Dr. Koss enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, 4-wheeling with her husband, and watching drag racing. She is dedicated to continuing education and promoting the human-animal bond. She can’t wait to meet you and help you keep your furry loved one happy and healthy.

A Note From Dr. Koss:

As a pet owner and pet lover myself, I’m highly empathetic to your concerns and needs. I work to support and nurture the health of your special animal friends by offering them the most caring, convenient, and high-quality veterinary support possible.

Meet Dr. Rutherford

Dr. Kate Rutherford joins All About Animals Pet Clinic boasting an entire lifetime of veterinary experience. Born and raised in a veterinary family in Shelbyville, Illinois, Dr. Rutherford practically grew up in her family’s veterinary clinic – her father was a large and small animal Veterinarian and her mother was the Practice Manager. As a child, 4-H was a big part of her life with projects ranging from dog shows to baking. We are proud to announce Dr. Rutherford is another Illini joining our ranks; she graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor’s in Animal Science and then attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated as the co-salutatorian of her class in 2007. She returned to her family’s clinic and developed her love of internal medicine and geriatric care.

In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Rutherford expanded her career in other aspects of the veterinary industry. She spent time with the Veterinary Information Network, an online educational resource for Veterinarians. She then jumped at the opportunity to teach future veterinary professionals as an instructor with the Parkland College Veterinary Technology program. She currently leads courses in anatomy and veterinary practice management software for future Certified Veterinary Technicians. Her diverse experience in private practice and education bring an exciting level of care and knowledge to our patients.

If she isn’t seeing patients or teaching, Dr. Rutherford is likely biking with her husband, Joe, or at the barn with her horse, Lucky. Her family also includes rescue dogs Yoshi (pictured) and Llewey.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Rutherford as the first Associate Veterinarian at All About Animals Pet Clinic! We trust our existing clients will find her attention to detail and commitment to advanced care to exceed expectations. New clients will enjoy the enhanced ease of scheduling and the ability to have TWO highly skilled Veterinarians looking after their furry family members.