Kayla D. Golan, DVM
Dr. Golan was born and raised in Deerfield, IL. She began working with animals at a young age with her mother who was a veterinary nurse and a wildlife rehabilitator. She earned her undergraduate education at the University of Arizona and majored in Wildlife Sciences and Veterinary Sciences and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
During her career at veterinary school Dr. Golan was very active in several student organizations. Some positions included; President of the Integrative Medicine Club and Vice President of the Student Board of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. These board positions allowed her to become more familiar with integrative medical therapies and created a good foundation for applying a holistic approach to treat disease and promote animal health and wellness. She hopes to become certified in both veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic medicine in the near future.
Her hands-on experience with exotic animals comes from several externships, including the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota, the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, the Wilds of Ohio and Ness Exotic Wellness Center. Being a team leader and Conservation Chair for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic allowed her to practice medicine at an advanced level and teach underclassmen and other veterinary students about approaching a medical case and case management. One of her favorite experiences in veterinary school was completing a month-long wildlife conservation and game capture course in South Africa.
Dr. Golan currently lives in the western suburbs with two mixed breed dogs (Alula and Shy), three cats (Bailey, Tyson and Forbin) and Leopard Gecko (Princess Buttercup). In her spare time she enjoys seeing live music, traveling, many outdoor activities and playing disc golf.
- Avian Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Wildlife Rehabilitation