Dr. Claire Ojala

Dr. Ojala graduated as salutatorian from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after completing her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University. After graduation she returned home, to Chicago and its suburbs, where she practiced for 5 years before joining South Loop Animal Hospital.

Dr. Ojala believes that with patience and an understanding of a pet’s unique concerns that veterinary visits can be a positive experience for both animals and their owners. She is particularly passionate about helping pet owners understand the causes of chronic medical conditions so that they can be actively involved in the prevention and treatment of their pets’ illnesses.

Dr. Ojala loves that general practice allows her to use all her skills from cardiology to surgery, but she has special interest and education in veterinary behavior, internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, and pathology. She also works at one of Chicago’s busiest veterinary ERs on a regular basis—in addition to keeping her emergency skills sharp, she enjoys the ability to work hand in hand with numerous specialists on challenging cases and keep abreast of the most current diagnostic and treatment options.

In her free time she enjoys running (10Ks are her favorite distance), yoga, enjoying Chicago’s performing arts (particularly dance), and finding great “hole in the wall” restaurants. She is a volunteer surgeon with local rescue organizations and shares her home with two rescued pets: an energetic 8-year-old pit bull mix and a loving but temperamental tortoise-shell cat.