Our Skokie Veterinarian

skokie, chicago veterinarianDr. J. Thomas Johnson, DVM, Owner

ABVP Diplomate (Canine and Feline)
ACVIM Diplomate (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Even after over 40 years of protecting the health of Chicago's cats and dogs (and occasionally when on vacation, wildlife) Dr. J. Thomas Johnson – or "Dr. J" as his clients and colleagues affectionately call him – is as passionate and excited about his profession as he was when he first set his sights on becoming a veterinarian as a child.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Dr. J attended the University of Illinois and after two years as an undergraduate, was admitted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1968.

After settling in Chicago's suburbs, Dr. Johnson built North Shore Veterinary Clinic in Skokie in 1972. Outside running his new practice, he also attended veterinary seminars and classes and spent time at Purdue University's veterinary school. Long before echocardiograms were available for pets, Dr. J religiously sat in at Cook County Hospital as they began performing these procedures in people. Constantly seeking to expand his knowledge, Dr. J also attended courses and discussions at Lutheran General Hospital in Cardiology.

He received his certification in Canine and Feline Medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1980 and in Small Animal Internal Medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 1981.

In an effort to share his impressive breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, Dr. J has given lectures at many veterinary associations, including Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Northern Illinois veterinary associations, as well as nationally at the ACVIM convention in Washington DC. He has published several articles in veterinary journals. Dr. J has participated in research projects in cardiology, gastroenterology, arthritis studies, and coagulation testing. Two of the studies were for major pharmaceutical companies and were submitted to the FDA.

Dr. J was the first to use calcium channel blockers successfully in dogs and his pioneering treatments are used for many disorders in cats and dogs. He was also one of the first veterinarians to implant a pacemaker into dogs, and his revolutionary work made the local and national news. He has since performed over a dozen implants.

Dr. Johnson and his wife Annette, a retired school teacher, have two grown children, Lindley and Derek, and two Labradors, Raven and Natasha. In his free time, he enjoys being active in his community and his church, playing tennis, and camping in very remote areas.

Professional Association Memberships:

American College Of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
American Board Of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA)
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

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