A native of Chicago, Dr. Lawrence M. Fox received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 1968. At the time, he was the youngest veterinarian in the country. He returned to Chicagoland after serving as a Captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps in Washington state. He established the Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital in 1972.
In 1981, Dr. Fox became one of the first 37 veterinarians in the country to become board-certified in Canine and Feline Practice, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He has since been re-certified every 10 years, and is now one of only 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad. What does that mean? A Diplomate makes a choice to undergo a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This process takes a minimum of three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence. ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals. How does this affect you? You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care.
Dr. Fox has been actively involved in the community through service and school organizations. He and Hairy are happy to make an annual appearance at the Elmwood Park High School's Career Day. He was a founding director of the Animal Care League in Oak Park. He has served as an Executive Board member and President of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. He co-founded the CVMA's Public Education committee & co-chaired it for 14 years. He has appeared regularly in the electronic media, edited "Chicago Vets on Pets" for the Sun-Times and Pioneer Press and belongs to Mensa. He is also a published author on veterinary topics including novel treatments for canine parvovirus & innovative surgical techniques.
Dr. Fox and his wife are the parents of 3 adult sons and share their home with numerous pets. When not working or babysitting their grandchildren, the Foxes enjoy movies and ballroom dancing.