Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.

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paw Team Spotlight
Alena Rice
DVM Area Medical Director
Dr. Rice has been VCA Chicago North Animal Hospital's Medical Director since 2017. Dr. Rice grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where, as a child, she enjoyed working with dogs, cats, and horses. She attended college at Illinois Wesleyan University and veterinary school at University of Illinois. She now lives in the city with her two cats, Dotcom and Charlie. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include reading, traveling, and exploring Chicago.
Dana Wellwood
Hospital Manager

Dana started at VCA Chicago North as Veterinary Technician in 2005, soon after, she became the Tech Supervisor. In 2011, she became VCA Chicago North's Hospital Manager. She has a strong passion for veterinary medicine, but really enjoys her leadership role. When Dana is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking with her dog, Kaida. She also loves spending time with her 2 cats, Haddy and Freyja, and 2 guinea pigs, Sunny and Nat. Dana's favorite season is winter because she absolutely loves snow.


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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