The staff at Animal House of Chicago operates as a team. We take pride in our staff's veterinary training, knowledge and capabilities, and we want you to have the same confidence as we have. The members of our staff frequently attends or hosts seminars about new medicine and technology; they never want to stop learning. Our veterinary team has been specifically trained in handling all exotic pets with an emphasis on birds. Each individual client and pet has special needs, and our staff will do its best to meet each and every one of those needs.

Tracy de la Navarre, Hospital ManagerTracy de la Navarre has also always loved animals, especially birds. She received her BS degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied Biology and Behavior specializing in birds. She worked for several years for the USDA Quarantine Station for exotic animals as well as managed a Noah's Arc Pet Store specializing in birds. Tracy worked as head veterinary technician at Niles Animal Hospital & Bird Medical Center as well as at Misener-Holley Animal Hospital and Exotic Creatures Care Clinic.

 

Veterinary Technician Susie with LizardSusie is all about the "Wooja"(the LOVE)! For over 22 years she has taken pride in making sure all animals are not only receiving quality care, but are made to feel as comfortable as possible while in her care. Susie graduated from University of Dayton with a BA degree in Interior Design, but soon realized her calling was to work with animals. She has worked with Dr. Byron and Tracy for over 20 years and along with them is an Animal House of Chicago original team member. Susie wears many hats including Marketing Director, Veterinary Technician, Boarding Coordinator and Receptionist.

When she isn't working, she's spending time with her family or singing. Susie's "animal family" consists of a Yorkie-Poo, a Chi-Weenie, a cat, finches, a Blue & Gold Macaw, and her Amazon Parrot of 22 years.

Aida KarajicAside from having a passion for martial arts, there is nothing Aida enjoys more than being with animals. She is currently attending Triton College to one day become a Film Director. Aida has a 3-year-old English bulldog at home.

 

 

Veterinary Technician Linda with TurtlesLinda has never met an animal she didn't like! She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2006 after earning her BA degree in Theater from Middlebury College and spending several years on the National Horse Show Circuit. Linda particularly enjoys turtles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She is the proud mother of many wonderful critters, including a Cavalier, cats, Guinea Pigs, a gerbil, turtles, snakes and birds.



Paige DaviesPaige has loved animals all her life. Before becoming a veterinary technician, she worked at a pet store for three years. She is also currently volunteering at the Shedd Aquarium and plans to do many volunteer programs for wildlife in other countries such as the Bolivian Animal Sanctuary. She has a large family of pets including two Belgian sheepdogs, a kitten, three rats, a bearded dragon, and an eyelash crested gecko.

 

Veterinary Technician Sara with DogSara has loved animals her entire life and began her career working with them at a family-owned pet store. She earned her certification as a Veterinary Assistant in 2009, and is currently working toward her Veterinary Technician degree. Although Sara loves working with all the animals, she is especially fond of working with rabbits and reptiles. Her pets include 4 dogs, a Blue Tongue Skink, a Map Turtle a Water Dragon, Fire Bellied Toads and Polypterus Fish.

 

Veterinary Technician Michelle with GroundhogAfter earning an Associate Degree in Elementary Education, it was very clear that all Michelle wanted to do was work with animals. Growing up in a home known as the "Wild Animal Kingdom" (thanks to Michelle), it is no surprise that she ended up where she is today.

Michelle currently shares an apartment with six cats, a bearded dragon (complete with her own dubia roach colony) and a lovely bunch of fish.

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Elizabeth’s background includes earning a BA degree in Communication from California State University San Marcos, working as a licensed broker at the Chicago Board of Trade, and as a case manager for disabled persons. Always in the foreground has been her love for animals.

When she lived with her family, Elizabeth had warm experiences with many animals – cats, dogs, chameleons, rabbits and a turtle. Her love for animals motivated her to pursue her certification as a Veterinary Assistant in 2016, which opened the door to her current position at Animal House of Chicago.