Dr. April Finan is an Illini through and through. After earning both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she worked at Blum Animal Hospital and then at Animal 911, where she was bitten by the emergency medicine bug.
Dr. Finan loves being able to make the animals, and their humans, feel better quickly. She also enjoys the variety of cases and the many challenges that emergency medicine provides.
In her spare time, she enjoys training for and competing in triathalons.
Her family includes her husband, daughter and a 10-year-old greyhound named Rebel, who they adopted when he broke his leg on the racetrack and needed a home where he could recover.
Degrees:BS (Animal Sciences), DVM
School(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Donna Jacobsen gets her adrenaline rush from adventure travel in exotic locations around the globe. But when she's in Chicago, she enjoys the excitement and intensity of trauma cases and emergency surgeries. At Chicago Animal ER, she also enjoys engaging with the students and interns who receive training at this University of Illinois facility.
Dr. Jacobsen is a University of Illinois graduate, earning her veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She also completed an internship in small animal medicine at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J., before spending seven years as an emergency veterinarian at Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Northbrook, Ill.
Dr. Jacobsen stays abreast of medical advances through membership in the American Veterinary Medicine Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
She and her husband Jason—who is also a veterinarian—have two children, Larkin and Reid, and three dogs and two cats, Jersey, Libby, Finnegan, Taco and Lola.
Degrees:BA (Molecular Biology), DVM
School(s):Yale (BA), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (DVM)
Annie Crossin worked at a primary care veterinary practice that provided a mix of general care and emergency care before she joined Chicago Animal ER. She is a graduate of Fox College, where she studied animal technology, and she is a certified veterinary technician in Illinois.
Annie shares her home with her three dogs: Boots, Jesse, Nina and cat, Tabby. She loves to be outside socializing, but when the weather does not cooperate she settles for watching movies and doing puzzles.
Degree:AAS (Veterinary Technology)
Chicago native Catherine Groszek received her veterinary technician training at Parkland College in 1994. Although she worked as a certified nurse's assistant after high school graduation, her heart belongs to her animal patients.
With 14 years of emergency medicine under her belt, Catherine loves that challenges and "never-knowing-what-will-happen-next feeling" that comes with working in an ER.
She grew up with both cats and dogs but now shares her home with six rescued feline companions: Tommy (the oldest at 12 years), Twiggy, Earl, Mama, and sisters Sammy Jo and Moo Moo.
Catherine approaches each day by trying to find the good in everyone and everything. She enjoys singing and is a big fan of the eclectic vocal group, Celtic Thunder.
Degree:AAS (Veterinary Technology)
Patricia Jurczyk loves the fast pace of the ER. For the past three years she has worked as an ER technician, and she has also worked in various Chicago area clinics as a relief veterinary technician.
Her educational background includes earning her A.A.S. in Animal Technology at Fox College. She has also earned the designation "certified veterinary technician" (CVT) in Illinois.
Patricia shares her home with her naughty Pomeranian mix, Misiu (Polish for teddy bear), and her sassy African Red Belly parrot, Eloise. She is an amateur baker in her free time and dreams of someday opening her own bakery.
Degrees:AAS (Veterinary Technology)
Rachel Kinser earned a B.S. in zoo science from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and an A.S. in veterinary technology from Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rachel has over six years of experience in the veterinary field, and has worked in general practice both large and small animals. Before joining Chicago Animal ER, she spent two years working at emergency clinics in Indianapolis.
Currently working toward a technician specialty in emergency medicine and critical care, Rachel is also certified in canine and equine massage therapy for performance animals and rehabilitation.
Rachel and her two terrier mixes (Finn and Lily) are looking forward to exploring the city.
Degree:BS (Zoo Science), AS (Veterinary Technology)
School(s):Friends University (BS), Harrison College (AS)
Jen Stalter earned a degree in animal sciences from The Ohio State University with a minor in veterinary technology. While at OSU, she also received an A.A.S. degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. Jen is a licensed veterinary technician in both Illinois and Ohio (CVT, RVT), and is also a certified professional animal scientist (PAS) specializing in companion animals.
Jen spent three years as a veterinary assistant, and later, veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in Ohio. Before joining the staff of Chicago Animal ER, she returned to OSU to work at their College of Veterinary Medicine's Microbiology and Infectious Disease Clinical Laboratory.
Joining her from Ohio, Odin, Jen's English Labrador Retriever loves to swim at the local dog beach. In her free time, Jen enjoys exploring the many restaurants and attractions of Chicago.
Degrees:BS (Animal Sciences), AAS (Veterinary Technology)
School(s):The Ohio State University College of Animal Sciences (BS), Columbus State Community College (AAS)