Robert Castillo, DVM at North Center Animal Hospital
Dr. Robert Castillo grew up in the neighborhood 2 blocks east of Wrigley Field, long before the neighborhood became the Wrigleyville of today. Having no Siblings, Dr. Castillo considered his big black Labrador named Claude his brother. As a young boy, Dr. Castillo learned how powerful the human-animal bond is. Claude was his playmate, protector and best buddy. He had various other pets growing up as well, often times strays he couldn’t help but bring home. He always enjoyed going with Claude to visit the veterinarian and decided early on that he wanted to help animals live long, comfortable lives and to be with their owners as long as possible.
Dr. Castillo began his veterinary career at North Center Animal Hospital when he was in high school and worked his way up from a general cleaner to a technician over the next 7 years until he was accepted into the Veterinary school at the University of Illinois. He continued to work at the hospital over the summers and was overjoyed to be offered a position as a veterinarian here upon his graduation in 1996.
Dr. Castillo truly enjoys the challenges and rewards of diagnosing and treating animals, performing surgeries and dentals, and watching his patients grow up through the years.
Dr. Castillo has always had Labradors and currently has a brother/sister pair (Butkus and Payton) whom he adopted when they were 7 years old. At the time of their adoption, they had never been swimming. It gives him the greatest joy to watch them playing in the lake and enjoying their new life. Dr. Castillo also has a completely blind kitty named Marley (who incidentally runs the house) and a semi-feral cat named Ketel who was originally part of a feral colony. Dr. Castillo couldn’t stand to see her put back outside as a 3lb kitten in 2004. He also has a one-eyed cat named Chico and a kitty named Chili who is a fearless guy who is always willing to put the occasional Labrador foster dog in check whenever needed. His most recent addition is a foster-failure named Riggs (aka Rig-Dog), also a chocolate lab. Three of his kitties came through the Tree House Humane Society where Dr. Castillo has been going once a week to work since 1999. He truly values his time there and the ability to have helped so many homeless kitties.
Dr. Castillo also works part-time at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency services where he met his wife Angela when she was a technician. They were married in 2005. Angela shares his passion for animals and is now the operations manager for the emergency and specialty center.
When not at work, Dr. Castillo can be found at the lake with his 4 legged kids, performing some kind of insane CrossFit workout, training for a triathlon, or at Wrigley watching his beloved Cubbies from the seats he has held for over 15 years.