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Our Goal is to Provide a Caring & Flexible Environment for Our Pets & Owners.
  From the Doctor...
My goal at Jewell Animal Hospital is to provide a warm, caring, and flexible environment for our pets and their owners. With an emphasis on great customer service and the latest medical, surgical, and pain management techniques, I want clients to walk away feeling that their companion animals received the best possible care and attention available anywhere in the city!


About the Doctors

Dr. Jewell - A native of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Dr. Leonard Jewell graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts in 1998. After briefly working in Massachusetts in both emergency and small animal medicine, Dr. Jewell got the opportunity to work at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Lake Zurich, Illinois under the tutelage of Dr. Andy Cox. Moving to Palm Springs, California, Dr. Jewell worked at Desert Animal Hospital, again, honing his skills at small animal oncology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery. Before starting Jewell Animal Hospital in March 2007, Dr. Jewell worked as a contract veterinarian in Chicago and the southwest and northwest suburbs. Working at close to fifty veterinary practices over the course of four years has enabled Dr. Jewell to envision the type of personalized hospital experience not found at most veterinary facilities in the area. Dr. Jewell has two sixteen-year-old cats, Elsa and Tiger, both found as alley kittens in the South End of Boston.

Dr. Czekala - Dr. Anna Czekala was born in Poland but moved to Long Island NY when she was 9 years old. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from SUNY Geneseo in NY and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. After graduating vet school, Dr Czekala completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship from the Animal Medical Center in NYC, rotating through Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology and Dermatology. In 2010, she moved to Chicago and began working at the Veterinary Specialty Center in the Emergency/Critical Care department. She joined our practice in July 2015. Dr. Czekala is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. She has two dogs, a Pit Bull mix named Sabina and a Mastiff/Great Dane mix named Franklin.

Dr. O'Connor - Dr. Lauren O'Connor moved to Chicago in May 2009 and originally joined our practice in August 2010. After a hiatus back to California and then Ohio, she is now back with us to stay. Born and raised in sunny California, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. She then moved to Illinois to attend the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2009. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and has a lab/beagle mix named Lily who constantly gets into trouble as well as 3 cats that are very spoiled, one of which is special needs. Her husband owns a myriad of reptiles and amphibians who also share her home in beautifully decorated cages. When she is not working, she spends her free time gardening, hiking, backpacking, and camping, working toward visiting every National Park in the US.

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  And that’s not all…

We are equipped with the most modern blood analyzing machines.

Surgical patients at Jewell Animal Hospital are monitored for all vitals during procedures including "Bair Huggers" to keep anesthetized patients warm and cardiovascular machines to measure anything from blood pressure to carbon dioxide output.

We have access to the latest information using the Veterinary Information Network and have established relations with veterinary specialists from neurologists to dermatologists.
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