Dr. John J McDonnell

Veterinary Neurology
of the Chesapeake

Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake was founded by Dr. Jay McDonnell, a board-certified veterinary neurologist with more than 15 years of clinical experience, who has been practicing in Maryland since 2004.

Veterinary neurology is the branch of medicine that treats diseases of the nervous system; the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. This encompasses such common problems as epilepsy, slipped disks, spinal and head injuries, meningitis, and cancer of the nervous system. As in human medicine, veterinarians are increasingly specializing to provide the best care for your companion.

Patients can be seen by Dr. McDonnell at two locations: Annapolis and Towson, Maryland. Call our appointment line at 410-224-0121 to schedule your appointment.  You can also submit your information via our online form or by faxing the form located in the Patient and Veterinarian sections of our website.

Two highly skilled veterinary neurologist neurosurgeons provide coverage several days a month: Dr. 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.

Associate veterinarianS Emily Kennedy, DVM and Megan Davis, DVM assist Dr. McDonnell in Annapolis by providing in-hospital care to hospitalized patients. They do not see patients for any appointments; and all patients cared for by VNoC are evaluated by Dr. McDonnell or another board certified neurologist.

VNoC is currently participating in two brain research projects: Learn more about these projects that address malignant gliomas and meningiomas.

Baer testing: Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake also offers BAER testing (brainstem-auditory-evoked-response testing), the only 100% reliable method for determining that a dog is deaf.