VCA Hawthorn Animal Hospital

Client Services

  • Receptionist

    Mechele "MeMe" Cossey

    MeMe joined Hawthorn Animal Hospital in 1998 as a receptionist. She enjoys seeing the puppies and kittens and watching them grow along with their families throughout the years. She is married with three lovely children. They reside in Lake Villa with their one dog Shiloh and their two cats Blondie and Smokey. MeMe also has her beloved turtle Sally which she rescued off of the side of a busy road three years ago. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and writing poetry.

  • Receptionist

    Sheri Kwiatkowski
    School: Western Illinois University, Bachelors of Science in Agriculture

    Sheri has been in the animal care industry for over 10 years.  She loves to work with customers and fellow staff assisting customers as we care for their pets.  When she is not working in the office she spends time with her rat terrier Conrad or hanging out with friends and family. She is also very active in her church community.

  • Receptionist

    Sydney Maiers

    Sydney recently began working for VCA Hawthorn Animal Hospital. She is a receptionist, as well as one of our kennel staff workers.  Sydney enjoys both of her postions because she is able to be hands on with our customer's pets and constantly learning new things. Her canine companions Moe, a German shepherd -husky mix and Bella, a Papillion provide her with a lot of joy. She also has a bird named Dovey!  Outside of work, she enjoys sampling all types of cuisine and drawing still life art.


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. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.


Premier Veterinary Group (847) 548-5300

1810 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL  60030 


Veterinary Specialty Center (847) 459-7535

1515 Busch Pkwy. Buffalo Grove, IL  60089