Dr. Kotev has cared for pets as an associate veterinarian at Lake Street Animal Hospital since 2010. Originally from Bulgaria, he graduated from Thracian University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. He came to the U.S. in March of 2000 to take a position as a research associate in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery in The Ohio State University. He spent one year there working on research projects involving coronary artery bypass surgery in dogs. Then he practiced three years in Forest South Animal Hospital, located in University Park, IL. Subsequently, his career path led to Kalamazoo, MI where his wife was completing Internal Medicine Residency in Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. For two years, he practiced as an associate veterinarian in Oakwood Animal Hospital in Kalamazoo. Dr. Kotev's professional interests include internal medicine, abdominal and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, flexible endoscopy. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, playing volleyball, swimming, hiking and biking. But most of all, he and his wife Kristina enjoy spending time with their beautiful daughter, Victoria.