August 4, 2010

Thomas N. Phillips, DVM, 79, died July 30, 2010 at home surrounded by family.

Philips attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He was a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, specializing in the treatment of equine foot problems and concerns. He then moved to Naperville, IL, where he established the Illinois Equine Hospital and Clinic. Drawing a cadre of dedicated and talented equine veterinarians, Phillips built a clinic that earned a reputation that was unrivaled in the Midwest.

In addition to providing care for hundreds of saddle horses of various breeds, the clinic served the needs of racehorses from Chicago-area and other Midwestern racetracks. Phillips and the clinic boosted the careers of numerous farriers. A generation of farriers benefited from Phillips’ instructions on how to evaluate radiographs of the feet and lower limbs.

In honor of his commitment to education, horses, and the equine community, Phillips became a member of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame as part of its Class of 2010.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 pm, Saturday, August 7 at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60540. The funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Dr. Thomas Phillips for student scholarships to the University of Illinois Foundation College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Advancement 2001 S. Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61802.