Dr. June Lafave

VMD, cVMA
veterinary hospital

Dr. LaFave is a founding partner of Metropolitan Veterinary Center. She was most recently the Medical Director of the ER at Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center and also held tenure as Chief of Staff at PAWS. She left the ER to open Metropolitan Veterinary Center, and pursue her goal of changing the way people view their primary care veterinarian by creating a clinic that provides compassionate and comprehensive care with the most convenient hours in Chicago.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology (with a concentration in Human Biology) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She received her VMD (Veterinary Medical Doctorate) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Dr. LaFave is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA).

Dr. LaFave has a strong interest in emergency and critical care medicine, surgery, pain management, the management of arthritis, ultrasound and holds a certification in cancer treatment.

She is a member of:

  • Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
  • International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
  • College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

Dr. LaFave is certified by the USDA to provide Certificates of Veterinary Inspection or ‘Health Certificates’. She is also currently taking a two year course towards a Graduate Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine.

She has written protocols and lectured on several topics including CPR, Critical Care Nutrition, Feeding Tubes, Heat Stroke, Parvovirus, Anesthesia and Tracheostomy Tube Care.

Dr. LaFave and her husband are originally from the East Coast. They moved to Chicago in February 2005 after falling in love with the city during a visit. They have an Akita named Moe, a pocket pittie named Dino Eddie Jr. (or Dean for short) and a cat named Larry.

Dr. LaFave is a 2015 Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma survivor. When she’s not at Metropolitan Veterinary Center, you can find Dr. LaFave spending time with her husband, watching Flyers hockey, eating seafood, exercising, learning photography or enjoying urban and outsider art.