Kristin MacDonald
Veterinary Specialist DVM, PhD, DACVIM/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.

Feline Cardiology

Feline Cardiology is the first book dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in cats.  Designed for use in clinical practice, this reference combines cutting-edge information with practical applications, using a consistent format for ease of use.

E Cote, KA MacDonald, K Meurs, M Sleeper. Wiley Blackwell


November 2011  

The Effect of Ramipril on Left Ventricular Mass, Myocardial Fibrosis, Diastolic Function, and Plasma Neurohormones in Maine Coon Cats With Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Without Heart Failure

Ramipril will reduce LV mass, improve diastolic function, and reduce myocardial fibrosis in cats with HCM without congestive heart failure (CHF).

KA MacDonald, MD Kittleson, RF Larson, P Kass, T Klose, ER Wisner


J Vet Intern Med. 20 (5) 2006   ; 1093-105

Book Chapters Authored

Authored multiple chapters in Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Advisor, Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Current Veterinary Therapy, and Vet Clinics of North America, section editor Handbook of Small Animal Practice.