Welcome to 

North Shore Animal Hospital

located in Caledonia. 

Serving clients and their pets 

in the Racine, Wisconsin

and surrounding areas 

since 1970.


Call us at (262) 639-7500     

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Through our relationships,
we help our patients 

live longer and healthier lives.

We have been serving pet parents in the Racine and surrounding areas for almost fifty years. We strive to treat our clients the way that we would like to be treated and our patients as if they were our own pets. North Shore Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital, providing  complete diagnostics including;  in-house  laboratory,  digital radiography and digital dental radiography.  We also offer cO2 surgical and therapy laser for our patients.

We are here to provide you with the resources that will enable you  to keep your pets happy and healthy. 


Pet Surgery

CLICK HERE to learn more about our surgical procedures and protocols.


If you have any questions, please call us at: 

(262) 639-7500  

  or email us at: Northshoreah@gmail.com           

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Pet Dental

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At North Shore Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members that they are.

Dr. Linda Axnick 

Dr. Todd Whitney

Dr. Heidi Jahn

 Dr. Al Arbas

Dr. Thomas Torhorst

Dr. Chantil Ayres


 North Shore Animal Hospital | 262-639-7500  |  FAX: 262-639-7658

4630 Douglas Ave.
Racine, WI 53402


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We are proud to implement the following benchmarks in order to provide your pet with the highest level of care.

Meet the Doctors

at North Shore Animal Hospital

  • Dr. Linda
    Axnick
    Associate and Co-Owner

    Education

    • UW-Madison
    • UW-Madison college of Veterinary Medicine

    As part of the NSAH team since 1999, Dr. Linda Axnick enjoys practicing preventative medicine as well as performing surgery. Along with her husband Dr. Whitney, she spends much of her free time participating in dock diving and agility with their four Retrievers.

  • Dr.
    Todd Whitney
    Associate and Co-Owner

                                                   

    Education

    • UW-Madison
    • UW-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Whitney joined the North Shore Animal Hospital Team in August of 2012 when he became a co-owner with his wife Linda, who is also a Veterianrian here at North Shore Animal Hospital. 

    Dr. Whitney is from Green Bay and graduated from UW Madison in 1995 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. One of his favorite things about working at North Shore Animal Hospital is educating clients regarding pet health and especially helping new puppy and kitten parents with behavior training to give them a happy start. When Dr. Todd isn’t spending time with NSAH patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda and their four dogs; Pink, Skye, Effie and Duncan. They travel around Wisconsin and the country competing in (and winning) Canine Agility and Dock Diving Competitions with their dogs.

  • Dr.
    Heidi Jahn

    Education

    • UW-Madison
    • UW-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Heidi Jahn has been with NSAH since 1991. She has a special interest in internal medicine and working up complicated cases. She loves her patients and they love her back.

     Dr. Jahn received her degree from the University of Wisconsin with the second graduating class in the School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a Veterinarian since 1988 but has been keeping North Shore Animal Hospital patients happy and healthy since 1991!

    When Dr. Jahn isn’t giving lots of attention and TLC to our client’s pets, she has five cats of her own that she enjoys spoiling and spending time with her three senior cats; Bucky, Miranda, Esme and four year old feline twins, Gilley and Roarke. She also enjoys traveling, photography and spending time at the lake hiking, swimming and lots of book reading.



  • Dr.
    Al Arbas

    Education

    • Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine

    As part of the North Shore family since 1992, Dr. Arbas currently works part time and enjoys educating our clients on the importance of preventative medicine, wellness exam and vaccines.  When he isn't helping keep our patients healthy, Dr. Arbas enjoys cooking, golfing and being outdoors, fishing and traveling with his wife, Anne.

  • Dr.
    Torhorst

    Education

    • UW-Madison
    • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Dr. Torhorst is the founder and former owner of North Shore Animal Hospital. He sold the practice in 2012 and still works part-time, performing surgeries at NSAH.

    • He was born in Burlington and has been an important member of the community and  North Shore Animal Hospital for almost five decades! Dr. Torhorst graduated from UW- Madison with a degree in Economics and then went on to receive his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1968. (UW-Madison did not have a Veterinary School at the time).
    •  In 1972 he becaome a Veterinarian at the Racine Zoo where he worked until 1997.  He was the Zoo Director and President of the local Zoological Society for several years and also became a Wildlife Rehabilitation Veterinarian. It wasn’t unusual to see wildlife and zoo animals, such as; Fox, Bald Eagles. Deer, Leopards and Ostriches at the clinic back then.
    •  Dr. Torhorst also performed many surgeries for injured wildlife and zoo animals, including a c-section on Bonnie, the zoo’s famous White Tiger. 
    • Dr. Torhorst and his wife, Jeanne have three sons and nine grandkids, a retriever named Annie and a cat named Tebs. Their home also doubled as a nursery for Orangutans, Fawns, Lion Cubs and many other furry babies that needed extra TLC and rehabilitation.
  • Dr.
    Chantil Ayres-Ruud

    Education

    • Pepperdine University
    • Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine

    Dr. Ayres-Ruud has been a part of the North Shore Animal Hospital Team since 1997.  She and her husband have three children and several dogs, cats and horses.  Dr. Ayres- Ruud enjoys spending time with her family, competing in horse shows with her children and is an avid Iron Man Triathlete.  Due to her busy and active family life, she currently fills in and helps keep our patients healthy and happy when other doctors are out of the office.  


Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

    "The staff are always very good- friendly, caring and efficient and always follow up to see if there are any questions or new developments. I always feel that my pets are both well cared for and cared about. Thank you for all of your help."

    Scott Farnsworth

    For a first time Dog owner, I am extremely grateful that the clinic answers all of our questions and ensures our puppy is growing in a healthy manner. All of the staff are nothing short of Wonderful!

    Andy Donovan

    North Shore's staff is extremely friendly and knowledeable. They go above and beyond to make their furry patients feel safe and calm. My dog is extremely cooperative and happy while she is in their care. I highly recommend their services.

    Erica Frazier

    We have been coming to North Shore for at least 15 years. Our cats have always been treated with respect and kindness. From the moment we step through the doors, we are treated as guests!

    Terry Preischel

    As a new pet owner, I had lots of questions. The staff answered all of my questions. The staff was so friendly and kind to myself, dog and children. I was expecting to feel uncomfortable as a new pet owner, but my first visit was beyond my expectations.

    Erica Pie

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Our Regular Office Hours

Hours are subject to change. Please note: We are closed for most major holidays.

North Shore Animal Hospital

Monday:

8:00 am-6:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:30 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed