Yvonne Wong, DVM


Yvonne Wong, DVM


Please meet Dr. Wong, a new member of the Ness Exotic DVM team….
Dr. Yvonne Wong was born in Hong Kong and spent a portion of her childhood living in Chinatown before moving to the suburbs of Chicago. She didn’t grow up having pets but spent a good deal of time trying to take care of any wildlife that came her way. Dr. Wong graduated as a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois where she spent the majority of her time either in the Wildlife Medical Clinic or doing shelter work for small mammals like rabbits and guinea pigs. She once fostered 20 guinea pigs in her home!

Dr. Wong served as one of the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s fundraising chairs while also serving as the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians student chair. During her breaks, she would assist with research projects and medical procedures at Brookfield Zoo. Dr. Wong has an interest in surgery and diagnostic imaging and recently obtained a certification in soft tissue ultrasonography. Her hope is to obtain her certification in echocardiography by 2025 and then further her training in diagnostic imaging.

Having been connected to her Chinese roots, Dr. Wong is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Her struggles as an immigrant have strengthened her love of shelter medicine and helping homeless pets find their forever home. She is a proud member of Bunnies United Network (BUN) and NAWS Humane Society. Outside of work, Dr. Wong has two Persian cats (Dewey and Lydie) and two rabbits (Coraline and Risotto) – all of which she adopted through organizations she was/is involved in. One of her favorite hobbies is gardening and composting to reduce her carbon footprint. She has recently started raising worms and isopods for composting reasons too.