South Loop Animal Hospital

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1640 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Driving Directions

(312) 753-5551


  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM- 9:00 PM
  • Sat: 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hrs ER: Please contact Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center at 773-281-7110.

South Loop Animal Hospital is a full-service practice that strives to offer excellent care to our patients. We understand the uniqueness of each pet, and we are committed to working with each pet owner to help ensure his or her pet’s overall wellness. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment are important to the care we provide, but that is only part of our story. You and your pet will be treated with care, compassion, and professionalism, which are critical to the friendship we hope to build with you. Call today to learn about our services or to schedule an appointment.

South Loop Animal Hospital Services

  • Dental Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

South Loop Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Dr. Dan Sanchez

Co-Founder/ Veterinarian
Dr. Dan Sanchez, co-founder of South Loop Animal Hospital, graduated from Ross University after completing his clinical year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from New Jersey, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Sanchez worked for a number of years in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood prior to establishing South Loop Animal Hospital with Dr. Manrique. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Sanchez lives with his wife, a native Chicagoan and also a veterinarian, and two great, but often misbehaved, dogs named Margot and Vincent.

Dr. Sanchez is excited about the prospect of bringing the highest level of veterinary care to the South Loop and he looks forward to a long relationship with its residents, both two and four-legged.
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Years in Practice: 10

DVM- Ross University

General Practice

Dr. Maria Manrique

Co-Founder/ Veterinarian
Dr. Maria Manrique, co-founder of South Loop Animal Hospital, is an Illinois native born and raised in Chicago. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois, and went on to receive an MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from Indiana University. She received her DVM from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation, Dr. Manrique relocated to Florida to practice at a 24-hour emergency animal hospital in Miami. She returned to Chicago and practiced for several years in the Lakeview neighborhood before opening South Loop Animal Hospital (SLAH) with Dr. Dan Sanchez.

Dr. Manrique is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a relief surgeon at PAWS Chicago’s Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic. In her spare time, Dr. Manrique enjoys outdoor activities (biking, hiking, and kayaking), traveling, and expressing her creative side through painting and other media. She is the proud owner of an unruly, yet sweet, American Bulldog pup named “Nelson” (a regular visitor at SLAH) and a 10-year-old black cat named “Lola.” 
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Years in Practice: 11

DVM- Purdue University

General Practice

Dr. Claire Ojala

Dr. Ojala graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after completing her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University. After graduation she returned home, to Chicago and its suburbs, where she practiced for 5 years before joining South Loop Animal Hospital.

Dr. Ojala believes that with patience and an understanding of a pet’s unique concerns that veterinary visits can be a positive experience for both animals and their owners. She is particularly passionate about helping pet owners understand the causes of chronic medical conditions so that they can be actively involved in the prevention and treatment of their pets’ illnesses.

In her free time she enjoys running (10Ks are her favorite distance), enjoying Chicago’s performing arts (particularly dance), yoga, and finding great “hole in the wall” restaurants. She is a volunteer surgeon with local rescue organizations and shares her home with two rescued pets: an energetic 7-year-old pit bull mix and a loving but temperamental tortoise-shell cat.
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Years in Practice: 9

DVM- University of Illinois

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