Dr. Emil Baukert joined the practice as a veterinary student in 1973 and then as a veterinarian in 1977. He became a partner in 1983 and eventually assumed full ownership in 1998. In June 2015, he sold the practice to two of Riser’s associate veterinarians, Dr. Ingrid Baksys and Dr. William Sutkay.
Dr. Baukert has served the veterinary profession in many roles. He has served as president of both the CVMA and the ISVMA, and has been recognized by many associations for his contributions to the profession, primarily in the fields of the human-animal bond, disaster preparation, and animal welfare. In 2004 Dr. Baukert was recognized as an outstanding alumnus by both the University of Illinois and Lincoln College. Dr. Baukert is most proud of his role in creating and operating a Pet Loss Helpline and Support Group, that has been helping grieving pet owners for over 20 years. He also organized SEVnet, a statewide emergency network to assist animals and owners in case of a disaster.
Dr. Baukert is married to Dr. Mary Baukert, a fellow veterinarian, with who he has two daughters. During Dr. Baukert’s free time he enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with his family.