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Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center

Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center

7278 N. Milwaukee Ave. | Niles, IL 60714

Call 847-440-5569
Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Comprehensive Dog and Cat Care
  • Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine
  • In House Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Digital Radiography
  • Dentistry and Surgical Services
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Declawing
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Docking
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Your pet deserves the best care available! We have been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association(A.A.H.A) since 1953. Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center is a full-service veterinary hospital located in Niles, Illinois. We have been providing quality pet care since our founding in 1949 by Dr. T. J. Lafeber and that tradition has continued under the direction of Dr. Peter S. Sakas.

We provide veterinary care for dogs, cats, small mammals and pet birds. Our pet bird practice is nationally recognized. In addition, we work closely with animal rescue organizations and wildlife rehabilitators. The professional and courteous staff at Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center seeks to provide the best possible preventive health care, senior care, diagnostic services, medical treatment, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients. Dr. Don Staunton, a 1994 University of Illinois graduate (who grew up in the Niles area), is a very skilled surgeon who has increased our capacity to perform more advanced surgical procedures, including "Veterinary Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy". In addition to seeing dogs and cats, he provides care for small mammals as well.

Niles Animal Hospital was recognized by Town and Country Magazine in July 1997 as being excellent in an article rating veterinary hospitals. Niles was also the featured practice in Trends Magazine (published by A.A.H.A) in 1991. Dr. Sakas was named as one of the best avian veterinarians in Chicagoland in an article rating veterinarians in Chicago Magazine. In addition, Dr Sakas was honored as one of the nation’s best veterinarians in 2007 by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Another distinction, Niles Animal Hospital was named one of the “Best Vets for Your Pets” in the Summer/Fall issue of Chicago Consumer’s Checkbook. In 2011, Niles Animal Hospital was awarded the C.M.US (Celebration Media U.S.) Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. We were also recognized in 2011 by Angie’s List for excellence in customer satisfaction.

Niles has been featured in various public service announcements and educational videos. In fact, a former Miss America, Dr. Debbye Turner (a veterinarian) filmed a promotional video for the American Veterinary Medical Association at Niles Animal Hospital in December 1991. A case from the hospital, featuring Dr. Kostuch, was on an episode of the television show, “My Dog Ate What?” Recently, Niles Animal Hospital, Dr. Sakas, Dr. Staunton, some of our clients and their pets were featured in some instructional videos about pet care produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association. There are other awards and distinctions Niles Animal Hospital has achieved through the years.

Our goal is to provide superior service so that each visit is beneficial and enjoyable for our clients and their pets. We pride ourselves on our client education so we endeavor to make each visit instructional as well. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and strengthening the human-animal bond, so that you can have a life-long, loving relationship with your pets.

We appreciate your continued trust and faith in us through the years as Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center continues to offer excellence in veterinary care to the Chicagoland area and surrounding states.

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Peter S Sakas , DVM
Peter S Sakas , DVM

Peter S. Sakas received his BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree in biology from Northwestern University in 1974. He then traveled to Auburn University in Alabama and pursued his MS (Master of Science) degree in Zoology-Entomology which he achieved in 1979. While at Auburn, he studied the immune response of dogs with canine heartworm disease in conjunction with the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He presented his Master’s research findings at regional and national parasitological association meetings. In addition he helped develop a test for the detection of occult heartworm disease in dogs and cats which led to a publication in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).

While a graduate student at Auburn University, he received a teaching assistantship and assisted in General Biology, Animal Biology and Cell Biology classes for four years. He was named to a faculty position at Auburn University as a lecture instructor in Animal Biology during the 1978-79 school year, where he taught classes of 75-150 students. He was also very involved with youth sports, coaching teams in football, basketball and baseball while at Auburn.

Despite his success at Auburn University, his lifelong goal was to become a veterinarian and his graduate school experience was a stepping stone to realize that dream. He gained acceptance into the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where he began classes in the fall of 1979 and received his DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in 1983. He received a research assistantship while in veterinary college and began conducting his diagnostic test for occult heartworm disease, which had been utilized at Auburn University. In 1981, he conducted a Veterinary College-wide survey of the student body, dealing with stress in veterinary students. He presented his findings to the American Veterinary Medical Association national convention in St. Louis that year.

He has been involved with Niles Animal Hospital since 1980 when he began working as a student extern at the hospital under the direction of the noted avian veterinarian Dr. T.J. Lafeber. He worked at Niles whenever he was on break from college through his years in veterinary school. Dr. Sakas became a staff veterinarian upon graduation in 1983 and Dr Lafeber groomed him to be his successor. He bought the practice from Dr Lafeber when he retired in 1985 and has owned it since then.

Dr Sakas lectures frequently to veterinary associations, veterinary colleges, bird clubs, wildlife organizations and avicultural groups. He has lectured at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for over 23 years conducting various guest lectures and labs in avian medicine. He has also lectured at Veterinary Colleges in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa (Iowa State), Indiana (Purdue) and Ohio (Ohio State). He regularly lectures at Parkland College about avian medicine for the veterinary technician students. He has lectured at national and regional veterinary meetings including the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), SCAVMA (Student Chapter of AVMA) Convention, AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), Missouri State Veterinary Association, Wisconsin State Veterinary Association, Minnesota State Veterinary Association and others. He regularly lectures to bird clubs and aviculture conventions locally, throughout the Midwest and nationally. He has also lectured at the International Wildlife Rehabilitor Association Meetings and conducted wet labs (hands on experiences for attendees).

Dr Sakas is dedicated to education and has been actively involved with local high schools and their practicum programs, whereby students get experiences in field of their interest. These students are able to spend time at the practice and see what is involved with a career in veterinary medicine. He frequently will speak at career day programs at various junior high schools and high schools as well. He also allows students to spend time "job shadowing" him.

Dr. Sakas has written numerous articles related to various aspects of dog/cat care, wildlife, avian medicine and pet bird care. He contributes to various bird club question and answer sections or articles for their newsletters. Many of his articles can be viewed on a wide variety of avicultural web sites as well. He has authored the avian section of American Animal Hospital Association’s publication, Exotic Formulary. He is also the author of book, Essentials of Avian Medicine. A Guide for Practitioners second edition (2002), also published by AAHA. He has contributed to other avian books as well. He is on the editorial board for Veterinary Forum Magazine and was a contributor for Pet Veterinarian Magazine. He also is a regular columnist for a local newspaper with columns covering a wide range of pet related topics.

He has served (and is still serving) on the boards of several veterinary organizations and has held directorships for various humane and wildlife associations. He is on the advisory board for Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at Northwestern University and is the editor of the alumni newsletter. He is active in various community activities, including serving as a Little League Manager for several years. He is married with a daughter and son. His household is controlled pandemonium with eleven pets, including dogs, cats and birds.

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Don Staunton , DVM
Don Staunton , DVM

Dr. Staunton knew from the tender age of thirteen, while working at a northwest suburban animal hospital, that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He was born in Oak Park, raised in Glenview, and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1986. He kept his resolve and attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate studies and received a bachelor's degree in animal science. Dr Staunton enjoyed working summers at a western Illinois large animal veterinary hospital before going on to obtain his doctorate in veterinary medicine, also from the University of Illinois. He graduated in 1994.

Since graduating veterinary school, Dr. Staunton has worked in the far north and northwestern Chicago suburbs. He is a member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He returns to the Niles area with an extensive knowledge of dog and cat medicine as well as a love for a wide variety of small mammals like guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, and hamsters.

Dr. Staunton is also an accomplished surgeon. He routinely performs a wide variety of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries such as extracapsular cranial cruciate surgery, patellar luxation repair, and gastronomies, to name a few. He is also certified to perform veterinary stem cell regenerative therapy.

Dr. Staunton is married with two children and has an adopted beagle named Libby. Dr. Staunton enjoys muskie fishing, spending quality time with his family, and listing to the blues.

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