Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake | Jay McDonnell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM | Annapolis & Towson, MD
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In appreciation for all they do, Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake offers free or discounted care to service dogs, rescue organizations and military family pets throughout the region.

 

Why Volunteering Makes Me a Better Doctor

 

In The Animal Report, the newsletter of the Washington Animal Rescue League, Dr. McDonnell wrote:

 

"Most people would say they volunteer because it makes them feel good to give back, it fulfills a sense of obligation, or it increases their appreciation for animals and people. I can certainly understand - those are most of my reasons for volunteering. But to be honest, there is a very big, underlying, selfish reason I volunteer at the League: I learn so much from the animals and people there.

 

"I see animals with severe illnesses that I have not seen in years (or sometimes ever). The cases challenge me, making me strive to gain further knowledge and skills that help me become a better doctor. Almost every time I consult for the League, I have an 'Aha" moment. The folks that work there also inspire me with their care, love, and generosity towards each other and the animals. It is a wonderful place, with fantastic people, caring for amazing animals. My thanks to the League for letting me be a part of their wonderful program and helping me become a better doctor - and person - in the process!"

 

Where We Give Back

Dr. McDonnell volunteers at shelters including BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc.), GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training), and MAGAR (Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue).

 

He has also worked with State Police K9 units and dogs in service to the University of Maryland Homeland Security.  

Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Jay McDonnell | Annapolis & Towson, MD