Gold Coast Animal Hospital has seen many changes throughout the years. Our hospital, originally known as Lake Shore Animal Hospital, was built by a woman, Florence Fitzgerald in the early 1960′s. Ms. Fitzgerald envisioned a state of the art animal hospital, and for an astounding 1.5 million dollars, built the only veterinary clinic in Illinois that measured up to human hospital standards. Dr. Lloyd Prasuhn was hand picked to run the most advanced veterinary hospital of the day. From 1961 until 1988, Dr. Prasuhn hosted instructors from various schools of veterinary medicine. These professors instructed the veterinarians of Lake Shore Animal Hospital in surgery, oncology, and internal medicine. While the hospital cared for the pets of the rich and famous such as Hugh Hefner and Mayor Richard J. Daley, Dr. Prasuhn also held vaccine clinics for the poor of the area.
Dr. Harold F. Reece, came to Lake Shore in the Spring of 1968 to complete his preceptorship as a fourth year veterinary student. Upon his graduation from Auburn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Reece worked one year full time for Dr. Prasuhn. In 1969, Dr. Reece began to work at Palos Animal Hospital, a clinic he would later own. However, for five years, Dr. Reece returned to Lake Shore weekly, to pursue one his passions in veterinary medicine, surgery.
Upon Dr. Prasuhn’s death in 1988, our animal hospital was closed for one year. In 1989, Dr. James Work purchased the hospital. Under his ownership, the hospital became known as the Animal Medical Associates. In 1997, Dr. Work bought a veterinary hospital in Wisconsin, and moved, in order to run his new clinic. Ms. Fitzgerald, the builder of the clinic, introduced Dr. Work to Dr. Reece, and in 1997, Dr. Reece, coming full circle, was once again at 225 W Division Street, this time, as the owner of the practice. Shortly after taking ownership, the hospital once again underwent a name change, this time to Gold Coast Animal Hospital.
Gold Coast Animal Hospital is a full service small animal and exotic hospital. We offer routine surgery, orthopedic surgery and laser surgery. We have developed a physical therapy unit and a health and fitness club for our clients’ pets. Dr Reece, always on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, purchased the first CO2 laser unit in the city of Chicago in 1998. Surgeries are monitored with a pulse oximeter and are performed under the most up to date gas anesthetic agent, Sevoflurone. Gold Coast Animal Hospital houses a complete lab, radiology, and ultrasound department, and offers other diagnostic services such as endoscopy. Our certified veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses perform dental cleanings, assist the veterinarians, and care for our patients.
Gold Coast Animal Hospital, in an effort to give back to the community, works closely with many animal shelters in order to provide excellent medical care to homeless pets. We also travel to schools and various condo buildings, giving talks and educating pet owners as to how best care for their pet.
Gold Coast Animal Hospital invites you to explore the rest of our site. Our FAQ page answers questions our clients most commonly ask. We also ask that you email us pictures to add to our brag book.
We care a great deal about you and our animal friends. We welcome any comments or suggestions that would improve endeavor to provide only the best in customer service and veterinary care. Please feel welcome to stop by for a tour of our facility.