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815 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
P: 312-421-2275
F: 312-829-8387
info@westloopvet.com


PARKING

Parking conveniently located in front of clinic on Randolph. There is street and metered parking on adjacent streets. We are located on the south side of Randolph St., west of Halsted St.


WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

West Loop offers a folding ramp for easy wheelchair access. Please call ahead so we can put it in place.




HOURS BY APPOINTMENT



MONDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
TUESDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
WEDNESDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
(Closed from 1pm - 3pm for team training)
THURSDAY:  7:30am* - 8:00pm
FRIDAY:  7:30am* - 7:00pm
SATURDAY:  8:00am - 4:00pm
SUNDAY: Closed

*Early intake appointments begin at 7:30am. By request only, please. DVM appointments begin at 8:00am.

Any critically ill or injured pet will be seen immediately


About Us


West Loop Veterinary Care was born from the vision of David Gonsky, DVM. Created to provide exceptional veterinary care to companion animals and the people who love them, our facility combines the latest technology with highly compassionate care. Our seasoned veterinary staff strives to meet the individual needs of you and your companion animals at all times.

Our Hospital and our Veterinarians are proud to be members of:
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA)
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)



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David Gonsky, DVM

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  • Class President, 1997 Graduate, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Executive Board Member 2003-2010, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • Contributor, Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press
  • Guest, NBC Morning News, Chicago

From an early age, Dr. Gonsky showed an affinity for animals. In fact, his mother says that the first word he spoke was the name of the family dog. That love of animals caught up with him as he began pursuing a major in business at Indiana University. Realizing that working with animals was his life’s passion, he decided to shift gears and pursue a major in pre-med with an eye on attending Veterinary School. After serving as president of his class at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gonsky began an impressive career that has led to the opening of West Loop Veterinary Care.

Dr. Gonsky’s more than 18 years of veterinary medical care experience includes Blum Animal Hospital, Chicago, Ill.; LePar Animal Hospital, Evergreen Park, Ill.; and Dr. Gonsky’s Chicago Veterinary Housecalls, Chicago, Ill. During this early part of his career, Dr. Gonsky developed a profound interest in internal medicine and gained practical awareness of natural and alternative medicine and treatment. His knowledge, skills and experience helped him in the design and creation of West Loop Veterinary Care. When he’s not at West Loop Veterinary Care, Dr. Gonsky enjoys spending his free time with his family.



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Dr. Emily Yacker

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Dr. Emily Yacker developed a love of animals at an early age, but she didn’t always plan on becoming a veterinarian.

Growing up in Maryland, Dr. Yacker rode horses and shared her home with several golden retriever dogs. When it came time for college, Dr. Yacker decided to pursue a degree in finance at Miami University. Upon graduation, Dr. Yacker began working as a business consultant, a career she followed for several years.

During her years in business, Dr. Yacker volunteered at local animal shelters. Realizing that animal care was her true passion, Dr. Yacker left the corporate world to become a veterinarian. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her DVM.

Dr. Yacker recognizes that animals can be hard to read and they often hide signs of illness. She likes to help give sick animals a voice by detecting subtle clues to their illness through examinations and diagnostics.

Dr. Yacker also focuses on effective communication with owners. By taking the time to talk with owners, she can help them understand the intricacies of disease, and hopefully alleviate their concerns and anxiety when their pet is ill.

Dr. Yacker is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). She has a special interest in canine medicine, including dermatology, geriatric medicine and behavior. Dr. Yacker lives in Chicago with her husband and son. They regularly open their home to foster dogs.




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Dr. Steve Larson

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Dr. Steve Larson always knew he wanted to be a doctor, and his love for animals led him to a career as a veterinarian. Growing up, Dr. Larson was always surrounded by dogs. His mother raised miniature poodles and his older brother had a Brittany Spaniel. Even as a child, he was impressed with the fierce loyalty dogs have for their families.

A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Larson has worked as a primary care veterinarian in the Chicago area for more than 23 years. He brings a broad range of experience to West Loop Veterinary Care, including experience in soft tissue surgery, oral health, ophthalmology and care for injured and geriatric patients. Dr. Larson adheres to a collaborative, team-building approach to veterinary medicine and is committed to ongoing professional development.

Dr. Larson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. In his free time, Dr. Larson enjoys traveling, cooking, dining out, running, biking, and spending time with his dog Chloe, a chocolate Labrador retriever.




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Dr. Gina Camarata


Dr. Gina Camarata always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her passion for animals started at an early age, and she would often bring home various creatures that she encountered in her neighborhood near Kansas City, Kansas where she grew up.

As a student, Dr. Camarata loved studying biology and received her B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She then combined her love of biology and her love of animals by attending the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she earned her DVM. She worked at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals as an intern and a veterinary technician. She later joined the Fox Valley Equine Practice. Today, Dr. Camarata is excited to bring her veterinary skills to an urban environment and work with cats and dogs in Chicago’s West Loop.

Dr. Camarata is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA). She also enjoys spending time with her menagerie of animals, including her horse Simba, a former racehorse who she has had since she was 15 years old, her mixed-breed rescue dog Miss Indy, and a red eared slider turtle, Inés. Dr. Camarata and her fiancé enjoy spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Fighting Irish.




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Dr. Rebecca Holloway


Even at age 5, Dr. Rebecca Holloway knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. In kindergarten, she wrote a book titled, “I Want A Dog, But My Mom Won’t Let Me Have One”, which she read to the entire class. After also reading the book to her parents, they finally agreed to add a dog to their family. In high school, she spent time shadowing her golden retriever’s veterinarian, which validated her dream to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Holloway received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and also earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She spent a year as an exchange student in Australia and completed a veterinary externship at the Taronga Zoo and Wildlife Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

During veterinary school, Dr. Holloway was honored with three awards voted on by faculty and veterinary school residents at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She won awards for her interest and proficiency in radiology and in orthopedic surgery. She is, however, most proud of the humanitarian award she received for demonstrating compassion and care to the patients and clients she worked with during her clinical year.

In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, playing tennis, horseback riding and traveling, especially to visit family in Wisconsin and Australia.




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Green Practices


West Loop Animal Hospital is good for your pet and good for our planet!

West Loop Veterinary Care was designed with environmentally sustainable practices in mind. As guardians of our pets and also the planet we share, we’ve created an environmentally friendly facility that is both good for your pet and good for our planet.

Our animal clinic has been designed to utilize energy efficient elements including brick walls, high ceilings and large windows for natural lighting. Other green efforts include: the use of Low VOC paints, GREENGUARD® counter tops, hot water piping insulation and re-circulating pumps. We conserve water with the use of front-loading washing machines, dual-flush toilets, hand-towels and cloth rags instead of paper towels and low-flow aerators.

Our electronic medical records and in-house recycling program minimize the use of paper and West Loop Animal Hospital responsibly recycles what we do use.

Our cleaning products are environmentally friendly, hygienically safe for animals and biodegradable in nature. We will continue to seek additional ways to enhance our Green practices. West Loop Veterinary Care is committed to delivering you optimal, compassionate care in an environmentally sustainable manner!



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