VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital

Christa Baumgartner, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Northern Illinois University


Animals have always been Dr. Baumgartner’s passion. She has lived with housefuls of animals for most of her life. She believes all animals bring a joy and completeness to our lives that is so basic yet so complex; our lives are touched permanently by every relationship we have with our pets.

Dr. Baumgartner has been a general practice veterinarian with VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital since 1997. Her practice focuses on sick pet care, wellness, education and consultation to enhance and sustain quality life for all pets and their relationships with their human families. She also serves as an emergency veterinarian, providing rapid and complete assessment of emergency illness and injury while helping owners deal with stressful decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Baumgartner’s background also includes veterinary experience with Palatine Animal Hospital and Sauganash Animal Hospital. In addition, she served as a veterinary assistant for several years while in high school and college.

Dr. Baumgartner graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. While at the U of I she was on the dean’s list and was a member of Phi Zeta, the Veterinary Honor Society. She received the Salisbury Scholarship and the Robert B. Gruelle/MONY Award for Excellence in Small Animal Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Illinois Chicago.

She lives with her husband and two children in the western suburbs of Chicago. She has two cats and two Catahoula mixed breed dogs – all rescues.

Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately (708)-749-4200.

We provide emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year.