Nicole McDonagh

Dr. McDonagh was born and raised in San Francisco, California and has had a passion for animals since she was a child. From a very young age she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. While in high school and college, Dr. McDonagh worked at multiple small animal veterinary hospitals and animal rescues.

During her visits with patients, Dr. McDonagh strives to provide the best quality care in a stress-free environment. She wants each pet, and their owner, to feel safe and comfortable. She also wants pet owners to gain knowledge about their pet during each visit. Dr. McDonagh believes that trust is the foundation of the patient, owner and doctor relationship and works hard to gain the trust of pets and their people.

Dr. McDonagh was initially interested in working with large exotic. In fact, she completed internships with a local zoo and in Africa where she worked with animals including tigers, rhinos, hyenas and elephants. She also has experience working with horses—with a focus on reproduction. During veterinary school, Dr. McDonagh began to focus more on small animal medicine.  She took a specific interest in soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine with the exciting knowledge of providing quality treatment methods and care for her patients.

Dr. McDonagh shares her life with Oden, a 10-year-old Golden Retriever and Mabel, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever. Having worked at a veterinary clinic in Las Vegas for several years, Dr. McDonagh is happy to be in Chicago where she is closer to family. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, paddle-boarding and staying active. A foodie, she looks forward to trying out our many West Loop restaurants. She also enjoys live music and going to baseball games.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science - California Polytechnic State University – Animal Science

Professional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
  • Morris Animal Foundation – Golden Retriever Lifetime Study
  • Veterinary Information Network (VIN)

Joined West Loop

May, 2022

Fun Staff Facts

When she was little if she didn’t become a veterinarian, Dr. McDonagh wanted to be an archeologist.