Dr. McDonald was not born into a horsey family. She began taking riding lessons in Rhode Island at 4 because her parents believed her gymnastics classes were too dangerous. Since then horses have been a major part of her life.
Jen studied Animal Science at The University of Vermont, where she competed on the UVM equestrian team. During her time at the university, she studied abroad for a year at The University of Limerick in their Equine Studies program. Post graduation, she went on to work for a small eventing yard in Northern Ireland. Upon her return to the states, she worked in cardiovascular research until she decided it was time to follow her dreams and apply to vet school.
As a veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College in London, Jen spent her time outside of the classroom at externships at clinics across England and Ireland and riding through the beautiful countryside on horseback. London is also where she met her husband, Matt, a landscaper from New Zealand.
After graduation, Jen worked at Meddleton Equine in New Mexico where she enhanced her knowledge of performance horse lameness and cultivated her interest in chiropractic work. Jen joined The Equine Clinic at Oakencroft in 2012 and became certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation in February of 2013. Soon after, she went on to complete her Acupuncture certification at The Chi Institute in Florida.
Jen currently lives in Canaan, NY, with Matt, their dogs Archie and Nemo, her horse Willy, and her two donkeys Charlie and Timmy. She enjoys spending her time off outside with her husband and pets pottering around their property.