Dr. McKlveen received a B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1992 and a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude, from Colorado State University in 1997. She was in small animal private practice in Albuquerque, N.M., before pursuing board certification in radiology/diagnostic imaging. Her residency was at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 to 2002, where she completed a Master of Science degree and a four-year residency in Diagnostic Imaging. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) in 2002. Before joining the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle in 2004, Dr. McKlveen was a staff radiologist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas.
Dr. McKlveen has received several awards including the D.C. Academy Resident Teaching award and €˜Top Vet' from Seattle Met magazine. Her publications and co-authored publications have appeared in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, and Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. Dr. McKlveen has presented at numerous professional seminars and CE courses and taught in a faculty locum position. She has advanced her MRI interpretation skills by completing an MRI fellowship in 2008. She is currently serving her third year as an examiner for the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
In addition to companion animal patients, Dr. McKlveen is a consultant for PAWS Wildlife, NOAA, SEADOC, several Zoos and Aquariums around the country including the Seattle Aquarium, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She and her husband are active supporters of local animal rescue groups and shelters including Purrfect Pals and the Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH) and have many special needs cats in their own home. Personal interests include road biking and training for long distance bike races (sights set on the Seattle to Portland), and playing the piano.
Dr. McKlveen works closely with the doctors at the Veterinary Specialty Center and referring veterinarians to diagnose patients and assist with treatment plans and follow up monitoring. Her professional interests include ultrasound (abdominal, thyroid and non-cardiac thoracic studies), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).