VCA South Arundel Animal Hospital

85 West Central Avenue
Edgewater, MD 21037


Karen Donnelly, DVM

A Maryland native, Dr. Donnelly attended Cornell University as an undergraduate majoring in Biology and then earned a Master's degree in biology from the University of Miami before pursuing veterinary school. She graduated from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Donnelly has worked on research projects with primates at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with marine mammals in Florida, and completed numerous rotations at zoos, aquariums, and even a sea turtle hospital during vet school. She has been focusing on companion animals the last few years and has special interests in dermatology, preventive health, geriatrics and hospice care. She is a strong proponent of animal welfare and the "One Health" movement
that connects veterinary medicine with human medicine and environmental health. She continues to have a soft spot for turtles, having grown up in a house with more than 40 as pets.

Sharing Dr. Donnelly and her husband’s home is a goofy, fence-jumping, deer-chasing, Redbone Coonhound named Moby. In her free time, Dr. Donnelly enjoys traveling and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and scuba diving, as well as cooking, reading, and painting.