Appointments available 7 days/week

Dr. Derse understands that life gets busy and it can be hard to schedule a time to take your pet to the veterinary hospital. Make an appointment before or after you get home from work, or on a weekend. Schedule an appointment by calling 847-672-7737.

Compassionate euthanasia in your home

Saying goodbye to a pet is a difficult process. Dr. Derse can help make this transition as peaceful and comfortable as possible by providing at home euthanasia services. Cremation services are also available.

Multiple pets? No problem!

Multiple pets can make it challenging to get them all rounded up, in the car, and to a veterinary hospital. Dr. Derse can get the job done without the hassle of transportation.

Welcome to Veterinary Housecall Care

Welcome to Veterinary Housecall Care! My name is Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse and I decided to open a housecall practice after hearing many clients over the years ask me if I could come to their home to treat their pet. I understand that pets are part of the family and am committed to treating yours as I would treat my own. My goal is to develop a personal relationship with each of my clients and patients, and to provide exceptional veterinary care in the comfort of your home. A housecall is ideal for pets that become fearful at the veterinary hospital, do not enjoy car rides, and for clients with multiple pets or who would benefit from the convenience of having a vet come to you. Schedule an appointment today by calling 847-672-7737, or emailing me at I service Lake County, IL, and am eager to meet and care for your pets!

About Dr. Derse

Jami-Lyn Derse, DVM, is the founder of Veterinary Housecall Care, a comprehensive home visit vet service that provides personalized and compassionate care for pets in the Chicagoland area. In addition to operating her housecall practice, Dr. Derse is an emergency and critical care doctor at specialty and emergency animal hospitals in Chicago and the northern suburbs. She has experience providing routine preventative care as well as performing advanced emergency procedures. Dr. Derse works exclusively with dogs and cats.

Dr. Derse received a B.S. in Biology and Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, her doctorate from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine (St. Kitts, West Indies), and did her clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of the veterinary community, belonging to both the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Derse can also be frequently found giving educational lectures to numerous groups in the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Derse lives in the northern suburbs with her husband, two daughters, German Shorthaired Pointer Emma, Golden Retriever Birdie, Goose, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Picasso, a marble tabby.


Dr. Derse treats a wide variety of veterinary conditions and  offers services including but not limited to:

  • Allergies

  • Anal Gland Expression

  • Bloodwork

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Corneal Ulcers

  • Diarrhea

  • Ear Infections

  • Heartworm Testing

  • Hospice Care

  • Humane Euthanasia

  • Lameness

  • Minor Laceration Repair

  • Nail Trims

  • Nutritional Consultations

  • Pain Management

  • Parasite Prevention and Control

  • Vaccinations

  • Vomiting

  • Wound Care

  • Wellness Exams


“We are the proud owners of a Red Lab, two mini Dachshunds, and a rabbit. We found ourselves going to and from the vet for different vaccinations and the occasional ” I think he ate something visit”. When started using Dr. Derse we almost completely eliminated our trips to the vet office. Dr. Derse comes to our house and in a short time takes care of all of your pets. So if she’s there to check up on one of the dogs, she can check on everyone without us having to drag everyone to the vet! Not to mention it is a much more relaxed environment for the animal No one likes going to the Vet! It is super convenient and the best part is that the pricing is competitive with the freestanding Vet office that we used to visit. Seriously the best thing that we ever found!”


“When my dog punctured his foot while running outside, I called Dr. Derse to come to our home and look at the wound.  Dr. Derse arrived promptly, examined the foot, and told us exactly what we needed to do to heal the foot.  She also prescribed antibiotics for our dog.  Not only did she provide excellent care for our dog but the in-home service was invaluable to us.  Our dog has a lot of anxiety going to a veterinarian’s office and needs to be muzzled when we go. However, our dog did not have anxiety and was very pleasant when Dr. Derse examined him.  In addition, with a busy family schedule, it was so much more convenient to have Dr. Derse come to our house.  She examined our dog while I was getting our son ready for soccer and dinner on the table.  Finally, her rates were very reasonable and not any more expensive than the fees we experienced when taking our dog to the veterinarian’s office.  We plan on using her in the future for emergencies as well as wellness exams and vaccinations for our dogs.  I would not hesitate to use her as your veterinarian in the future!”

“How does one go from sadness to peaceful at the loss of a canine family member of 17 years?  Taylor, our Maltese, grew up with me and my two brothers from grammar school to college.  He was always there for us during the happy times and was there to listen and comfort us during the difficult times.  When his age caught up with him, facing a difficult decision of putting him to rest was almost unbearable to think of.  Even though I knew it was the right thing to do for Taylor, I was deeply saddened about saying goodbye.

Dr. Derse talked me through the process and helped put my mind at ease.  I asked her, “How are you able to this as part of your everyday job?”  She explained that knowing it is the right thing to do for the animal helps her get through it.  Dr. Derse was extremely kind and compassionate and made the last few moments with Taylor extremely peaceful and I am grateful she was there with me.”

“With a squirmy 9 month old son at home and a 6 year old cat who doesn’t enjoy car trips, Veterinary Housecall Care is a lifesaver. Dr Derse was flexible and accommodating with scheduling the appointment and was great with our little (err…big…weighing 16 lbs) scaredy-cat. Our cat is on the mend and our family is very happy to avoid a frustrating trip to a vet. With so many hassles in life, it’s great to hit the “easy button” and call Dr. Derse!”


“It has been my pleasure to have Dr Derse as my dog’s veterinarian for about a year now. Due to one of my dogs no longer able to get in my car, I had to find a vet who could make home visits. Dr Derse came to our home and was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and proficient. She also has an immediate repoire with animals, which made me know I had made the right decision!

Unfortunately, one of my dogs recently needed to be humanely euthanized, which I had Dr Derse perform, She could not have been more loving and respectful both to my sweet girl and to me throughout the entire process. She became a trusted confidant who I could contact with questions and concerns and was always there for us. I am so grateful to Dr Derse for how she helped us through that difficult time.

I have since adopted another rescue and could not imagine working with another veterinarian! She has truly become a trusted advisor and Dr for my family pets!”

“Cats really do have 9 lives and Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse has saved my cat Sox 3 of her lives so far.

I am truly grateful for Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse and her staff at Veterinary Housecall Care LLC. Back a couple of years ago I was in the hospital for 5 days and a friend was taking care of my cat Sox. She sent me pictures of her and it prompted me to look at older pictures. Well I noticed then that Sox had lost a tremendous amount of weight. Sox also was throwing up a lot when I returned from the hospital. I reached out to a friend of mine from Church Tracey and she recommended Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse. I called and told her the situation and she and her assistant came out right away. They took blood work and the test results came back with bad numbers. Sox had to go to the Companion Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital (this is where Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse too I also highly recommend this establishment too). She had to get fluids into her and stay the night. Life 1 saved.

Second episode sometime after was very similar Sox was throwing up a lot and losing weight. She needed an adjustment to her medications and more fluids. Life 2 saved.

Third episode Sox either had stroke or a seizure in the middle of the night which scared me to pieces. They came out again. Sox was doing ok, but we had to keep an eye on her (Thanksgiving will be a year since this episode). Life 3 saved.

I am hoping that Sox prior to me getting her didn’t have any other lost lives and that I still have 6 more lives with her left all due to Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse.

I have already recommended all of them to many people and will continue to do so. All her assistants are Rockstars too.”

“With two small children and two large older cats with diabetes, asthma and cranky attitudes, taking the felines to the vet can be a challenge! Dr. Jami-Lyn Derse is a godsend! It’s so wonderfully convenient to have her come to our house to clip the cats’ nails, discuss their medications and ensure we are giving them the best care. Her bedside manner is warm, patient and professional and she’s wonderful to work with!”

“Dr. Derse has been treating both our golden retriever puppy Pappy and 15-year-old cat, Fat Joe, for over a year. She was super helpful when I was 8 months pregnant with twins. I wasn’t able to lift Pappy in our car, so she came to our house and gave him his vaccines. She also diagnosed Fat Joe with a hyper-thyroid and has since been monitoring her through bloodwork tests. She is always on time and our pets love her! I can’t imagine what we would do without her at-home services. Thanks, Dr. Derse!”


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