VCA Hawthorn Animal Hospital

Kathleen Laux, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Cornell University


Dr. Laux was born and grew up in a suburb of New York City.  She enjoyed horseback riding as a child and showed horses on the hunter circuit.  She attended undergraduate at Bucknell University in Lewisberg, PA and received a bachelors of science degree in cell biology and biochemestry.  She rode on the Equestrian team during her undergrad.  She then attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating she did an equine internship in Rhinebeck, NY.  She then practiced equine medicine for one year in Illinois before deciding to change to companion animal medicine and surgery.  She still enjoys horseback riding and hiking with her husband and dog in her spare time. 


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.

Veterinary Specialty Center (847) 459-7535 

1515 Busch Parkway Buffalo Grove, IL  60089


Animal Emergency and Treatment Center (847) 548-5300

1810 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030