Effective March 2022: ONE person may accompany their pet into the hospital for appointments with a doctor. Technician Appointments, Technician Drop offs, Cardiology Drop offs and ALL Food and Medication Pick ups may also be done in person, BUT Please call when you arrive to ensure that we can accommodate you in our lobby. We will continue to offer a Cubrside option for all services. Masks are required at all times.

Meet the Doctors of Bramer Animal Hospital


Bramer Animal Hospital is proud to serve veterinary medical and surgical needs to the Evanston, IL area.

Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is locally-owned and directed.

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Valerie Schoen, DVM

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Dr. Valerie Schoen achieved the goal she set as a four-year-old by graduating from veterinary school at the University of Illinois in 1997 …
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Ken Swiatkowski, DVM

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As a child, Dr. Swiatkowski enjoyed learning anything and everything he could about animals—because of this …
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Katherine Bellamy, DVM

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From a young age, Dr. Bellamy knew she wanted to work with animals, especially because she felt a deep regard …
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Elizabeth Retseck, DVM

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Dr. Retseck became a veterinarian because it combined her love of science and animals …
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Lindsey Driscoll, DVM

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Dr. Driscoll has always felt a deep connection with animals, and she appreciates the ways in which they teach us and enrich our lives …
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James Hagedorn, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Retired)

After more than 36 years with Bramer Animal Hospital, Dr. Hagedorn retired in December of 2021. We are ever grateful for Dr. Hagedorn’s commitment to his staff, clients and patients. Please check back for information on a celebration when it is safe to gather in large groups again.