Our Veterinarians

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianMichael Schelkopf, DVM

Dr. Michael Schelkopf is a Veterinarian, swine specialist and one of the owners of Bethany Animal Hospital. As a native of Sycamore, Dr. Schelkopf attended Sycamore High School then continued his education at the University of Illinois where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He attained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1978 also from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Schelkopf has three children, Christopher, Andrea and Colin, whom he enjoys spending time with. Christopher received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2011 and is currently practicing in a mixed animal practice near Princeton, IL. Andrea is currently studying toward her veterinary degree in England. Beginning with Russell Schelkopf to Michael and their mother Deborah, Chris and Anna continue the family's passion for veterinary medicine. When Michael finds free time he enjoys skiing hunting, golf, forest conservation and wild life habitat.

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianCharles R. Schelkopf, DVM

Dr. Charles R. Schelkopf graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1981.

As an owner of Bethany Animal Hospital and a busy swine veterinarian, Dr. Schelkopf can still find time for leisure activities. Some of his favorites are golf, hunting and snow skiing.

Dr. Charles Schelkopf is married to Nancy and together they have three children – Adam, Stuart and Jennae. Adam is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently he is a large animal practitioner with Pipestone Veterinary Clinic. He is a third generation practicing veterinary medicine.

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianSteven P. Feuerbach, DVM

Dr. Steven P. Feuerbach received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1987. After completing his undergraduate studies, he continued at Iowa State University where he was awarded his doctoral degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Feuerbach is a second generation veterinarian. His father, Orlyn Feuerbach, was a mixed animal practioner in Prestion, IA for 49 years.

Dr. Feuerbach and his wife, Lisa have five children that keep them very busy. He enjoys all sports, gardening, fishing and all activities involving his family.

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianTom Gillespie, DVM, Diplomate, ABVP

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a DVM degree in 1979 and initially entered into a mixed animal practice in Illinois before moving to a mixed animal practice in Rensselaer in 1981. After several years of focusing on swine production medicine, he started Rensselaer Swine Services, P.C. in 1991. He obtained diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Swine Health and Management Specialty in 1989 and recertified in 2008. He is a graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program from University of Illinois in 2009. Tom consults with swine operations worldwide and has been involved in the swine industry since his 4-H years on a hog and grain farm in north central Indiana. Tom is the past president of American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and chairperson of the AASV Task Force on PCVAD from 2006 till 2009. He continues to serve on numerous committees.

He has several papers on different topics and pathogens in the literature. Tom has lectured in most hog producing states in the United States and Canada, and several countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. Tom and his wife, Denise, live in Rensselaer and have three kids: Kevin is an employee of Weaver Popcorn and has four children; Matthew is working as a supervisor for ADM in Beach Grove, Ind.; and Kendra is employed at Rensselaer Swine Services as PigCHAMP data entry. Tom's hobbies include gardening (especially growing roses), spending time with his family, shooting sports, camping and fishing.

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianBrian Payne, DVM

Dr. Brian Payne received his bachlor of arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001, and graduated from the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Brian practiced swine veterinary medicine for a few years immediately years out of school.

Brian then joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. as a Professional Service Veterinarian, serving swine practitioners throughout the United States. In 2012, he had the opportunity to live in Japan, while assisting colleagues on health and production issues in Asia. After returning to the U.S., Brian became involved in Technical Management of disease at BIVI and worked on developing business and people management skills as a Senior Associate Director of the Swine Division.

Brian rejoined Bethany Swine Health Services in 2016 after being ready to return the farm, interacting with the producers and taking care of their pigs. Here, he enjoys making an impact on farmers’ businesses by focusing on both health and production.

Brian, his wife, Crystal, and children, Bentley and Brylie, live on a small farmette in Illinois. Together they enjoy raising animals throughout the year and a garden during the summer. Together, they all enjoy cooking.

Bethany Swine Health VeterinarianWesley Lyons, DVM

Dr. Wesley Lyons received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his father, Dr. Chuck Lyons, before joining Pig Improvement Company as a Health Assurance Veterinarian. He joined the Bethany Swine Health Services's team in March 2016.

Wesley is married to his husband Preston who is in seminary in Chicago at Lutheran School of Theology to be a Lutheran pastor. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, skiing and staying active with their two dogs, Oakley and Chaco. They are die-hard University of Tennessee Volunteer fans. Wesley is also a marathon runner and enjoys hunting on his family farm in Paris, Tenn.

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