All about Blum!

Photos courtesy of Blum Animal Hospital

Photos courtesy of Blum Animal Hospital

While many of our clients have been coming to us for over 30 years, we also have some newer clients who may not know the history of Blum Animal Hospital.

Blum Animal Hospital was founded in 1952 by Dr. Sanford Blum, who had graduated eight years earlier from Middlesex University in Massachusetts.  Before Blum moved to its current location at 3219 N. Clark Street (Clark and Belmont), the prior business was a tavern that had the longest bar in Chicago. When Blum originally opened its doors, Dr. Blum only had one member on staff, a part-time kennel assistant.

Slowly, Blum Animal Hospital started to grow.  In 1968, after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sheldon Rubin joined the practice, eventually becoming a co-owner with Dr. Blum. Then, in 1979, Dr. Robert Dann joined the practice after one of his professors in veterinary school at Illinois recommended him for an interview with Dr. Blum. Just five short years later, Dr. Dann became a partner at Blum and remained an owner until 2014.  A year earlier, in 1983, Dr. Blum sold the practice to Dr. Rubin who worked at Blum Animal Hospital for 41 years.

Three years before his retirement, Dr. Rubin sold the practice to Dr. Dann.  With Dr. Dann stepping down as an owner and director at Blum, Dr. Julia Georgesen and Dr. Natalie Marks became owners of the practice in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

In 1972, Blum became an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital. This is a prestigious accolade and measurement of quality in an animal hospital.   This means that Blum has to adhere to strict rules and regulations in order to maintain their accreditation, which ensures that the practice is operating at the “highest standards of excellence in animal care.” With Blum’s well-known reputation, the practice steadily grew in size, and by 1990 had a staff of 5 doctors. Since this time, Blum has consistently employed about eight doctors and has a support staff of over 50 people.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.