Byron de la Navarre, DVM — Chief of Staff
Past-President, Assn. of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
Past-President, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
Illinois State Liaison, Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)
Co-Director, Midwest Exotic Pet Seminars (MEPS)
Chairperson, Chicago Herpetologic Society's (CHS) Conservation & Research Committee
Member, Member Services Committee, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Dr. Byron de la Navarre is Chief of Staff at Animal House of Chicago. He opened this practice in January 2003 doing much of the construction on his own with help from friends and family. He takes great pride in his work as well as in his practice of veterinary medicine.
His love of animals began as a young boy growing up outside New York City. He had his own pet sitting service as well as his own business "Fish-ician" setting up and maintaining Aquaria in various homes and businesses. He managed one of the largest privately owned pet stores in New York specializing in exotic pets. Dr. de la Navarre attended Cornell University as an undergraduate. There he did Honors Research in Captive Husbandry & Breeding of Perigrine Falcons at the Cornell Ornithology Laboratory. He also took part in a Master's Research project in Psittacine Nutrition. Dr. de la Navarre then went on to the Veterinary College at Cornell, receiving his DVM degree in 1990.
Jennifer Ivankovig, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Ivankovig ("Dr. Jenny") has been practicing veterinary medicine at Animal House of Chicago for the past six years. She grew up in LaPorte, Indiana and currently resides in Chicago. Dr. Jenny completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 2000 and then went on to earn her DVM degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Prior to joining us, Dr. Jenny worked at a small animal practice in Wake Forest, North Carolina for nearly two years. Her medical interests include Exotics (small mammals and birds) as well as Feline Medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Jenny enjoys reading, baking and riding her bike. She has two cats (Oliver and Claude) and one bird, a Red Lored Amazon Parrot, named Leroy.
Jennifer Nix, DVM
Dr. Jenifer Nix is originally from Normal Illinois. She had always had a love for creatures of all shapes and sizes since she was a small child, and has kept a menagerie of pets, ranging from dogs and cats, to rabbits, mice, hamsters, fish, and insects. She decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian at the age of four. From 6th grade through the end of high school, she participated in the Junior Zookeeper program at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington Illinois. This was where she developed a love for exotic species.
Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Since graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Nix has worked in small animal-exotics practice. Her interests include all aspects of exotic animal medicine, especially with aquatic species. She is currently a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) and the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV), and she loves to promote aquatic animal health and welfare by educating the public about good fish care.