VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital


We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Donna Almondia

    Veterinary Specialist
    VMD, University of Pennsylvania
    Certifications: DACVR
    University of Georgia
    Departments: Diagnostic Imaging

    Dr. Donna Almondia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angelos Animal

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  • Akiko Koshino

    Veterinary Specialist
    University of Tokyo
    Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
    Michigan State University
    Departments: Oncology

    Dr. Akiko Koshino is a board certified oncologist who works at both VCA Berwyn and VCA Aurora. She received her BVM at the University of Tokyo in 2005. Before moving to the United States, she worked

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  • Lynn Schmeitzel

    Veterinary Specialist
    DVM, Auburn University
    Certifications: DACVD
    Departments: Dermatology

    Lynn Schmeitzel is a 1981 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She interned at University of Pennsylvania and was boarded by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology

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  • Stephanie Orzyp

    Associate Veterinarian
    DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

    Stephanie  Orzyp, DVM attended Western Michigan University on a teaching assistant scholarship in Medical Anthropology when she decided to put her graduate studies on hold when she was accepted

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Call 708-749-4200 if you have any questions or concern regarding your pet.

We provide emergency care from 8am until 1am seven days a week. We are closed on holidays.

Some symptoms that may indicate your pet may need to be seen on an emergency basis include:

  • Difficulty Breathing and/or pale or blue gums or tongue
  • Heavy Bleeding - apply direct pressure to the wound
  • Major Trauma - if your pet has fallen, been hit by a car or has multiple wounds
  • Gaping Wounds
  • Collapse/Loss of Consciousness
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations and Bite Wounds
  • Poisoning
  • Infections - or if your pet suddenly gets worse while on medication for an infection
  • Difficulty Urinating - frequent attempts to urinate that don't produce a normal urine flow could indicate infection or obstruction - especially in male cats!
  • Eye Problems - redness, tearing, pain, squinting or eyelid spasms
  • Prolonged or multiple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea