Our History:

The Hillchester Animal Hospital was founded in 1955 by Dr. Bergland and later joined by Dr. Hendrickson to provide the highest quality comprehensive medical, dental, and surgical care for the community's dogs and cats. Today Hillchester continues that tradition, by providing a preventative health care program, in-house diagnostic laboratory, in-house digital x-ray capabilities, in-house surgery suite, comprehensive dental care capabilities, and a complete in-house pharmacy.



Dr. Scott Hendrickson:

Dr. Hendrickson graduated from the University of Illinois with his B.S. in Zoology in 1968. He went on to earn his M.S. in Embryology and Developmental Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Finally, he received his D.V.M. at the University of Illinois in 1976. He practiced two years before joining Hillchester in 1978. He became a partner in 1981 and full owner in 1999. Dr. Hendrickson is an active member of ISVMA (Illinois State Veterinary Medial Association), CVMA (Chicago Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), and AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). While he enjoys all aspects of practicing veterinary medicine Dr. Hendrickson takes a special interest in ear treatments including the use of otoscope, deep ear cleanings, and ear cropping. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his three children and seven grandchildren. He also takes pleasure in fishing, golfing, tending his Koi ponds, wildflower gardening, and scuba diving.


Dr. Sarah Child


Dr. Child received her degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and joined HillChester Animal Hospital in 2011.  Dr. Child has both general and emergency medicine experience, and enjoys promoting lifelong wellness in her patients.  When she is not at work, Dr. Child enjoys spending time with husband and daughter, hiking and walking outdoors, reading, and is currently learning to play the guitar.  Dr. Child also enjoys spending time with her mixed breed dog Howard.