Jennifer Ondera, Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Ondera graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and then went on to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2013. During her clinical year, Dr. Ondera found a love for behavior and exotics, and completed externships at Brookfield Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, and Brevard Zoo. 

After graduation, she completed a yearlong small animal rotating internship focusing on exotics, zoo, and emergency medicine. She then spent the next couple of years practicing emergency medicine, before transitioning to general practice. Dr. Ondera joined the VCA Hawthorn team in April 2019. She is a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. Her interests include behavior, exotics, and rehab medicine. In her free time, she loves traveling, doing activities with her dogs Sophie, Ruby Leigh, and Maggie, reading, and watching the latest movies!
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