VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County

Kristin MacDonald, DVM, DACVIM/Cardiology, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Auburn University
Certifications: DACVIM/Cardiology
PhD, UC Davis
Departments: Cardiology


Kristin MacDonald, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. MacDonald is a board certified veterinary cardiologist in the College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and has worked at the Animal Care Center of Sonoma since 2003. Dr. MacDonald graduated veterinary school from Auburn University in 1998, and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan State University in 1999. She finished a residency in veterinary cardiology at UC Davis in 2000, and earned a PhD at UC Davis Comparative Pathology graduate group in September 2005. Her doctoral research involved hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Maine Coon cats, and the effects of ACE inhibitors. Dr. MacDonald taught on faculty at UC Davis for one year, before becoming a full-time clinical cardiologist at VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma. She is active in clinical research involving canine congestive heart failure and feline cardiology, and enjoys working closely with referring veterinarians and clients to help their beloved pets. Dr. MacDonald also enjoys performing interventional cardiac procedures such as pacemaker implantation, pulmonic stenosis valvuloplasty, and percutaneous catheter based closure of patent ductus arteriosus. She is coauthor of Feline Cardiology, a textbook released November 2011, which is the only text dedicated specifically to feline heart disease. She has published several chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America, The Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, section editor for Handbook of Small Animal Practice, as well as authored several articles for Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Journal of Veterinary Research. As a mother of 2 young girls, Dr. MacDonald spends free time with her family and yellow Labrador Retriever Stanley, as well as hiking and enjoying food and wine.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Animal Care Center provides round-the-clock emergency services to care for your pet when your family veterinarian is not available. We have six veterinarians and many technicians on staff that specialize in emergency services and critical care to attend to any type of small animal emergency including trauma, toxin exposure, surgical and medical crises, just to name a few. Our experienced staff continually receives advanced training specific to emergency practices and procedures to insure your pet gets the best care possible.

In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by family veterinarians. Our clinicians are on staff 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays, allowing us to monitor and provide continuous care.