The first time Dr. Brittany Childs came through the door at West Suburban Veterinary Associates (WSVA) she was carried. That’s because she was a one year old tot, and the family dog, Pal, needed care. The Downers Grove family would visit WSVA with a variety of pets throughout Dr. Childs’ youth.
Every summer during her high school years she worked at WSVA, and she came to love the place, the medical team and especially the patients. She knew what she wanted to do as a career.
“My high school experiences at WSVA solidified my commitment to become a vet and made me better understand the qualities in a hospital that make it outstanding,” Dr. Childs said.
After receiving her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016, she has come home again by joining West Suburban Veterinary Associates (WSVA) as an associate veterinarian. WSVA is located at 518 N. Warwick Ave., Westmont, Illinois.
Dr. Childs brings unique training in medical care for exotic pets allowing WSVA to expand its services beyond cats and dogs. Exotics include rabbits, Guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, ferrets, turtles, non-venomous snakes, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, blue-tongued skinks, small and medium birds and large parrots.
“My mom taught me the wonder of nature and how special birds, reptiles and amphibians can be,” Dr. Childs said. “These creatures present an added challenge in that their medical care is a rapidly changing area of the veterinary field which I find exciting. Our scaly and feathered friends are just as important as the furred ones.”
Previously, Dr. Childs was an associate veterinarian at Terry Animal Hospital in Wilmette.
“I am excited to be working at WSVA, because it provides exceptional veterinary care through a commitment to client education, patient comfort and cutting-edge medicine,” she said. “For me, there is an added level of excitement working with exotics and all creatures who cannot speak for themselves. I enjoy solving problems together with the humans who care for them.”
Dr. Childs received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and her bachelor of arts degree in Biology with minors in Environmental Studies and Biochemistry in 2012 from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington.
She resides in Woodridge with her cat Niko. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
“We welcome Dr. Childs to the practice,” said Dr. Alan Main, owner of WSVA. “Her experience and her unconditional love for all animals make her a valued member of the team.”
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