Vivian Lee, DVM, CertAqV (House Officer)



Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Cert AqV (Certified Aquatic Veterinarian)

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)

Areas of Interest

Aquatic and Zoo Medicine

“I decided to become a veterinarian because I wanted to make a profound impact on the health of animals, humans, and the planet. I have always been enamored by the beauty of nature and the life forms that flourish within it, and as a child always sought out animals for comfort, wonder, and joy. After volunteering at many animal shelters, zoos, and aquariums, I found my life calling to be helping animals and protecting species from extinction. For me, it was through veterinary medicine that I felt I could achieve this lifelong mission.

The ultimate goal is to specialize in zoological medicine, with a focus on aquatic animal health. I have always had a deep love for the ocean, and have witnessed many of the unfortunate consequences of overfishing, ocean pollution, and global warming, to name a few. My hope is to combine my skills in clinical medicine, along with strong interests in research and policy, to make a difference for aquatic animals on a national and global level.”


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project