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Meet our Doctors

Lauren MacDonald, DVM

Staff Veterinarian

General Surgery, Primary Care

Dr. Lauren MacDonald

Originally from South Florida, I grew up in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. I graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and a minor in International Studies. I stayed in Gainesville and received my DVM degree at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I also completed a certificate in Shelter Medicine. 

I gradually made my way up the east coast, now living in the D.C. metro area with my husband and our german shorthaired pointer pup, Monty.

After completing a small animal rotating internship at Friendship, I continued as a staff doctor on the Urgent Care Service for a few years and then joined the Primary Care and General Surgery Team. 

As a native Floridian, I love the beach and enjoy being outdoors running or hiking with our pup. I also enjoy traveling to new places and traveling to visit family and friends. 

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Wound management
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Preventative care
  • Toxicology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Shelter medicine

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I love the diversity of our team. Having multiple services, specialists and updated technology in our hospital has allowed our doctors to provide a variety of options to our clients and animals in our community to ensure we are providing the best care for the patients we see.  


  • BS, University of Florida. Major: Animal Science. Minor: Latin American Studies
  • DVM and Certificate of Shelter Medicine: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Internship: Friendship Hospital for Animals

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