Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake | Jay McDonnell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM | Annapolis & Towson, MD

The Other Veterinary Neurosurgeons at VNoC

Two well-known veterinary neurologist neurosurgeons have joined the staff of VNoC as relief veterinarians: Allison Haley DVM, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Georgia, and Peter J. Early, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology, at North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Complex.


"I've known Allison and Pete for years. Both are highly skilled neurologists and neurosurgeons," said Dr. Jay McDonnell recently. "I'm blissed out that they will be helping me out by covering two to five days a month."


Dr. Allison Haley

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono, Dr. Haley attended Tufts University where she met Dr. McDonnell, who was then chief of Neurology-Neurosurgery. “Jay lectured our class about clinical neurology and I was hooked,” she explained. “He had moved [to Annapolis] before I was on clinics, but we kept in touch through the years. He has been a great mentor and friend to me. In fact, I credit (blame?) him for wanting to become a neurologist!”


After graduating from Tufts, Dr. Haley undertook a neurology/ neurosurgery internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, and residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She received a postgraduate certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Glasgow where she was a lecturer in Neurology and Neurosurgery from 2010 to 2012.


Dr. Haley, who began working at VNoC in July 2014, said, “I took the position in part because I thought that it would be fun to experience what it is like to be in a private practice. Working in academia is fun and rewarding, but a bit slower as we take a lot of time out to teach students, interns and residents. It has been fun to work at a faster, more efficient pace. The staff at VNoc are exceptional - friendly, hardworking and efficient. It makes the day enjoyable!”




Dr. Pete Early

Like Dr. Haley, Dr. Early is a long-time friend and colleague of Dr. McDonnell. "I've known Jay for years," he said. "I've gotten to know him better in the last five years through UPenn where we were Locum Clinical Professors. I am primarily an academic person but up to a quarter of my time is spent working in specialty practice. I appreciate the opportunity to practice at VNoC. My goal is to provide excellent  neurosurgery. "


After graduating from the University Of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Early interned at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and continued with a residency at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Early, who started at VNoC  in August 2014, has been a Locum Clinical Professor at both Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Clinical Neurologist at practices in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

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