Dr. Emma Klein, Director of Veterinary Services

Dr. Emma Klein graduated from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Following graduation, she moved to New York City to complete a one-year rotating internship at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. Following her internship, which offered graduate training in shelter medicine, she remained in NYC working in private practice and as a per diem shelter veterinarian.

In 2017, Dr. Klein joined the ASPCA’s Community Medicine department where she practiced high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgery and provided basic veterinary care to underserved communities. In this role, she developed a passion for community engagement and training other veterinarians in spay/neuter surgery. She has performed over 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date. Originally hailing from the Midwest, Dr Klein is thrilled to return to the Chicago area where she can raise her young son closer to family. She also has 3 cats, all of them foster fails: a senior from the Bronx named Busy and two new Tree House cats, Smudgey and Pastel.

Dr. Jesse navatta, veterinarian

Dr. Jesse Navatta graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While in school, his focus moved from zoo and wildlife medicine to shelter and community medicine. Taking many opportunities to reach underserved populations, Dr. Navatta worked abroad in many countries including Bulgaria, Mexico, and Brazil.

After graduation, he continued to pursue this passion by working with community members on the Southside of Chicago as well as teaching veterinary students high volume, high-quality spay/neuter techniques through FARVets, an outreach program through Cornell University. Born and raised in New York, Dr. Navatta has lived in Chicago since graduating from veterinary school. He enjoys exploring the city with his husband as well as gardening at home with their two cats and box turtle.

Careers and Externships

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