Dr. Hayley McDonald
Dr. Hayley McDonald
BVSc Dip ECVIM-CA, PhD MRCVS (Cardiology)
Dr. McDonald grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and obtained her veterinary degree from Massey University in 2009. After working as a small animal veterinarian in Australia, she went on to complete a PhD at the University of Queensland. Her PhD focused on pharmacologic modulation of inflammatory and fibrotic pathways in ischemic heart disease with the aim of developing novel therapeutic strategies for human patients with coronary heart disease.
Dr McDonald moved to the United Kingdom in 2015 to undertake a Cardiology residency at the University of Glasgow. She successfully completed the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) exams and the Cardiology specialty boards to become a Diplomate (Board Certified Cardiologist) in the specialty of Cardiology in 2019. After completing her residency, Dr McDonald stayed on at the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer & clinician in Cardiorespiratory medicine. In 2019 she moved to Dick White Referrals, a large private speciality hospital in Cambridgeshire, England. At this hospital she was part of the Mitral Valve repair team, one of only a few centres around the globe offering the highly specialised valve repair surgery and other cardiac surgery procedures performed under cardiopulmonary bypass.
In 2022 she moved to California and joined the team at LAASER where she enjoys helping all pets with cardiac disease and hopes to grow the interventional cardiology caseload, having a special interest in this area. Dr McDonald loves all aspects of veterinary cardiology & advancing this field. She has a particular interest in cardiac imaging. After spending many years throughout her PhD focusing on the use of ultra-high field cardiac MRI for tissue characterization, she ultimately hopes to help translate this knowledge and experience towards helping her canine and feline patients with heart disease. She is the founder of HeartHealth, a veterinary corporation providing medical and preventative care to patients throughout the United States and working to advance veterinary medical research worldwide.
When not in the clinic, you will never find her far from the water, as an avid kite surfer she spends all her free time in the ocean and loves chasing the waves in California! Dr McDonald also loves travelling the world and spending time visiting her friends all over the globe. She also loves skiing and hiking, having spent a lot of time in the highlands in Scotland and climbing & skiing mountains in New Zealand.