Jeffrey D. Clarke, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Joins Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake

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Dr. Jay McDonnell, founder of Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake (VNoC), has announced that Jeffrey D. Clarke, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), has joined the practice staff. Dr. Clarke will divide his time between VNoC's two offices, in Annapolis and Towson, Maryland.

Dr. Jay McDonnell and Dr. Jeff Clarke

Dr. Jay McDonnell welcomes Dr. Jeff Clarke to Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake.

Dr. Clarke's credentials are sterling; he brings experience in microsurgical techniques that were pioneered at his former practice, North Florida Neurology; and his work in atlantoaxial subluxation surgery is nationally known.

Dr. Jay McDonnell, founder of Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake (VNoC), has announced that Jeffrey D. Clarke, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), has joined the practice staff. Dr. Clarke will divide his time between VNoC's two offices, in Annapolis and Towson.

In making the announcement, Dr. McDonnell said, “We were fortunate to have a number of excellent candidates for the position, but Dr. Clarke stood out as a great fit. His credentials are sterling; he brings experience in microsurgical techniques that were pioneered at his former practice, North Florida Neurology; and his work in atlantoaxial subluxation surgery is nationally known.”

A 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Clarke first practiced in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was an associate in general medicine and surgery. “I'd had the opportunity to do an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey that included neurology. I fell in love with it and the systematic approach to establishing a diagnosis and treatment plan. At the end of the internship, I wasn't sure about being a specialist because I really enjoy contact with clients, and I was afraid of losing that. After three years in general practice, I was drawn back to neurology where, I realized, I could still have client contact, although the relationships were likely going to be shorter and more intense.”

During his three-year neurology and neurosurgery residency at North Florida Neurology, Dr. Clarke had additional rotations in pathology, internal medicine and radiology that were supervised by board-certified veterinary specialists in each discipline. After completing his residency, he stayed on in the practice, where he developed a special interest in spinal surgery, especially arachnoid diverticulum (cyst) marsupialization and spinal stabilization. “I had the opportunity to operate on many Pugs, a breed that, along with Boston Terriers and Rottweilers, is prone to these cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs. We're working towards learning more about this condition.”

Dr. Clarke is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Dr. McDonnell, a board-certified veterinary neurologist with more than a decade and a half of clinical experience. Formerly the chief of Neurology-Neurosurgery at Tufts University, Dr. McDonnell is known for his work in the definitive treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, central nervous system imaging, Chiari malformation (structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance) and Wobbler’s disease (a condition of the cervical vertebrae that causes an unsteady—wobbly—gait and weakness).

“Dr. McDonnell is a big part of why I decided to join VNoC,” explains Dr. Clarke. “We both see our relationships with referring veterinarians as very important. The practice is growing; he's surrounded himself with a wonderful staff; and the standards of care and medicine are high. He felt so strongly about having the best diagnostic tools available that he opened Veterinary Imaging of the Chesapeake, so that now there is a veterinary MRI scanner on-site at the Annapolis office. I'm excited to move forward and work with the VNoC and VIoC staffs, and to get to know the referring veterinarians.”

Dr. Clarke and his wife, Sarah, a veterinarian who has focused on feline care, will be living near Towson, along with their nine year-old daughter, Katie, and six year-old son, Andrew. “Sarah will be looking to get everyone settled before starting back in practice. Katie plays piano and wants to get into acting, while Andrew enjoys sports, especially soccer. My wife has roots in Baltimore and, from my time in northern Virginia when I was a small boy, I'm a die-hard Orioles fan. I'm looking forward to taking the family to a game and being able to cheer along with other Orioles fans!”

For more information on Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake, visit vetneurochesapeake.com. To make an appointment with Dr. Clarke in Towson, call (410) 828-0911; for an appointment in Annapolis, call (410) 224-0121 then press 5. The Annapolis office is now open Monday through Friday, while the Towson office is now open Tuesday through Thursday.

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