Cat Hospital Of Chicago
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2851 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60618
Welcome to the Cat Hospital of Chicago:
Where We Get Cats
Each of us here at Cat Hospital of Chicago has a genuine love for cats and believes in the human-animal bond. We understand the cat you bring to us – our patient – is a member of your family. We are dedicated professionals who are committed to providing the best care to each of our cat-patients, consistently practicing state-of-the-art feline medicine. We form a team with our patients' owners and caretakers so that together we can provide a healthy and enriched quality of life for the cats entrusted to our medical care.
Our team provides high-quality, compassionate, feline-friendly medical care for our patients. We have been designated as a Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, which means we incorporate the optimum level of established cat-friendly criteria. We are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which means we have been evaluated on 900 standards and demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service. We invite you to visit our cat hospital in Chicago and explore our website. We welcome your inquiries and comments.
Cat Hospital Of Chicago Services
- Behavioral Medicine
- Dental Care
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Fully Stocked Pharmacy
- Hospice and Euthanasia Services
- Laser Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Parasite Prevention and Control
- Radiology (X-Rays)
- Senior Care
- Wellness Exams
Cat Hospital Of Chicago Staff Profiles
Colleen Currigan, DVMDr. Colleen Currigan is the founder of Cat Hospital of Chicago. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Currigan graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Mary's College/Notre Dame. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Currigan has practiced her entire cat-exclusive veterinary career in Chicago. From 1993 through 1998 Dr. Currigan operated her own feline homecare practice. She relocated to the Chicago area after veterinary school to practice at one of the few cat-exclusive veterinary practices in the country at that time.
Dr. Currigan's desire to work with felines was influenced by her family's love of cats—especially her Dad—and her feline pets, Sparky and Midnight, that were an integral part of her childhood (there were also dogs, turtles, rabbits, hamsters, and briefly even a duck).
Dr. Currigan serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), where she was its President for the 2016 year. She is also an active member of the AAFP's Cat Friendly Practice Committee. Dr. Currigan served on the Tree House Humane Society Board of Directors from 2008-2017. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Currigan recently opened HypurrThyroid Treatment for Cats, a center dedicated to radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats. The facility operates out of Cat Hospital of Chicago.
Dr. Currigan is an avid sports fan. She follows the Denver Broncos, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Blackhawks. She enjoys Chicago art and street festivals, Chicago city life, Colorado skiing, bicycling, mountain hiking, entertaining, and traveling. She relishes quiet evenings at home with her rescue cats Dennis the Menace (pictured here with Dr. Currigan) and Tracey.
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Daphne Thompson, DVMDr. Daphne Thompson joined Cat Hospital of Chicago in August 2009. Dr. Thompson previously practiced at several feline-only veterinary facilities, including three-and-a-half-years at Calgary Cat Clinic in Alberta, Canada, and another five years at Cat Hospital at Towson Veterinary Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She decided to focus her career on felines during an externship at The Cat Clinic in York, Maine, and while she served as a technician and assistant at Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Thompson has a Bachelor of Science in Pre-medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dayton. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Dr. Thompson is trained in veterinary acupuncture and is currently finishing her certification requirements through Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, the leading veterinary continuing education provider of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. She has also done training in Chinese food and herbal therapies. Dr. Thompson welcomes the challenges that come with complex feline medical cases as well as the complexities of pain relief situations and hospice care.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and several state and provincial medical associations. In 2004, she served on the American Animal Hospital Association committee that drafted feline practice guidelines. Dr. Thompson is a Petplan 2015 Veterinarian of the Year nominee.
Fluent in Dutch, Dr. Thompson was born in Holland and moved to the Midwest as a small child. Her interests include hiking, Celtic dance, photography, reading, horseback riding, baking and cooking for parties. A travel enthusiast, Dr. Thompson's favorite places to visit include Prague, Bruges,, and western Ireland. An admitted sucker for classic tabbies, she shares her home with her cats, all of whom were rescues and require continued medical attention. Dr. Thompson also has a weakness for giraffes and frogs.
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Elizabeth Czerwonky, DVMDr. Czerwonky, also known as Dr. Z, graduated from the University of Chicago in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She decided to pursue feline medicine and got her first job after veterinary school at Cat Hospital of Chicago in July 2001. Dr. Z is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. She enjoys attending continuing education conferences that focus on feline medicine.
She considers herself fortunate to have found a practice with smart, caring doctors and an amazing support team. In the years since she first began practicing, Dr. Z has developed a strong interest in feline dentistry and dental surgery, as well as partnering with owners to personalize their long-term care options with chronic illnesses. She recognizes that as feline medicine advances, the options and choices can be overwhelming. She believes it is vital for families to understand those options and be involved in their cat's care.
Dr. Z and her husband, ER veterinarian Dr. Will Fischbach, have a mixed herd residing at their home. She has three senior cats: Beeb (better known as Chicken), Irving Magic (the resident tripod), and Isabella. The family also has a "dog" named Reggie — a 6 pound black and white mix who is beloved for his good looks and desire to keep laps warm. Dr. Z's children make up the last and most time-consuming members of the herd; since Charlotte and Zane arrived home has never been the same. What's been lost in sleep and order has more than been made up for in silliness, cuddles, and the privilege of helping these little people become big people.
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