Our Veterinary Clinic in Skokie

Proudly Serving the Chicago Area

Veterinary Hospital near chicagoYour Source for Trusted Veterinary
Care in Chicago Since 1973

In the Chicago area, the number of veterinary hospitals is astounding. How do you know you are making the right choice for you and your pet?

When you choose Dr. Johnson ("Dr. J" as he's known to his clients and colleagues) and the staff at North Shore Veterinary Clinic, you can be assured your pet is receiving the most advanced veterinary care from an experienced and compassionate team with a long history of helping Chicago pets live healthy, happy lives.

At North Shore Veterinary Clinic in Skokie, your pet will see Dr. J – the clinic's owner and sole veterinarian - at every visit. This means you have a dedicated veterinarian who thoroughly knows your pet's health status and medical history, and can enjoy a more meaningful long-term relationship with your pet's doctor. In addition, few other veterinarians – not just in Chicago, but in the entire country – possess Dr. J's knowledge and medical expertise. Not only does Dr. J have more than 40 years of experience in private practice, he has over 30 years of experience as a board-certified specialist in both internal medicine and companion animal medicine.

Complete Veterinary Care Based on Your Pet's Needs

The centerpiece of your pet's healthcare plan at our veterinary clinic in Skokie is comprehensive and customized pet wellness care, which includes annual nose-to-tail examinations, dental examinations and cleanings, appropriate vaccinations and parasite prevention.

If your pet becomes sick or injured, Dr. J and our medical team are here to provide the right kind of care when your pet needs it most. As a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, Dr. J can provide your pet unmatched expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of complex diseases.

Cat Comfort is Our Specialty

North Shore Veterinary Clinic is committed to making sure each cat we see has the best experience possible. We are very cat friendly and take special steps to ensure your cat is calm and relaxed during appointments. And while most hospitals take your cat into another room for blood draws, 99% of our blood draws are performed in the examination room with the help of one of our gentle technicians – so your cat never needs to be separated from you.

We also schedule cat appointments to minimize the possibility your cat will come into contact with dogs or other cats while at our clinic.

Your First Choice for Veterinary Care in the Chicago Area

Dr. J and the staff at North Shore Veterinary Clinic strongly believe great veterinary care begins with taking the time to get to know your pet, talking with you and giving you all the information you need to be the best possible caregiver for your companion. That's why we prioritize old-fashioned warmth and friendly customer service as highly as we value exceptional veterinary medicine.

chicago area veterinary carePlease take some time to read about the veterinary services we provide and about why you should trust us to be your pet care partner. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at (847) 966-3080.

Our Skokie Veterinary Clinic Hours

Monday: 9am – Noon & 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am-Noon & 2pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 9am – Noon & 2pm – 4pm*
Thursday: 9am – Noon & 2pm – 6pm
Friday: 9am – Noon & 2pm – 5pm
Saturday: 9am - Noon

*Doctor not available, but a member of our veterinary team is in the office to answer questions, schedule appointments and for medication and prescription diet pick-up.

Our Policies

Payment Policy

Payment in full is due upon completion of services. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, personal checks and cash. If a check is returned, a $30 charge will be applied and we reserve the right to refuse acceptance of payment by check in the future.


We are happy to provide you with an estimate for any veterinary services. Estimates are valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. Estimates are not guarantees of cost because we cannot perfectly predict all potentialities.

Making an Appointment at our Chicago Vet ClinicAppointments

All visits require an appointment. If you are late for a scheduled appointment, we may need to reschedule your visit for another day due to time constraints. We appreciate 24 hour notice of canceled appointments. Referral appointments may be charge $50 if notice of cancellation is not received at least 24 hours prior to appointment.

We accept drop-offs following a brief scheduled appointment to determine services to be performed.

If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please call us before leaving home so we can prepare for your arrival and ensure your pet receives the most rapid and thorough medical care possible.

Privacy Policy

We collect information only so we may provide medical services to your pet and contact you as needed for continuing care. We will only provide information to third parties with permission or in compliance with legal authorities.

The above policies are subject to change without notice or warning. For any questions or concerns, please contact North Shore Veterinary Clinic at (847) 966-3080. Please do not send any questions or comments about our policies via email. We prefer to answer them in person or over the phone to avoid misunderstanding.

Resources for New Clients

New Client FAQ

New Client Information Sheet

If your regular veterinarian referred you to Dr. Johnson for his expertise as a board-certified veterinary internist, please ensure you have the necessary medical records and materials. When you call for your appointment, we will give you the necessary information to prepare for your pet's appointment and what records, blood work, or radiographs we may need from your regular vet.

Community Involvement

Dr. Johnson has worked with Guardian Angel Basset Rescue (GABR) for many years. He has helped their rescue dogs through a wide variety of problems, some simple and some complex. In return for his service, GABR awarded him as "Professional Of The Year" in 2005. Dr. Johnson has also been active in the Skokie community with Boy Scouts and has been recognized for outstanding service to youth by the Evanston Optimist club.

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