We are pleased to announce that Merced Animal Medical Center now has two board certified specialists on our team!
Dr Brian MacKie received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 2005. Following graduation, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group in Sacramento, CA. After his internship, he moved to the University of Wisconsin- Madison to complete his residency training in Cardiology from 2006-2009. His clinical interests include, but are not limited to, clinical cardiology such as echocardiography and electrocardiography (ECG), pulmonary hypertension in dogs, syncope (fainting) associated with heart disease and arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure (CHF). His goal in therapy is to maintain an exceptional quality of life for his patients with heart disease. Dr MacKie is available by appointment at Animal Medical Center once monthly. Please call our office at (209)383-0434 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Paster received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001. She then finished a rotating internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in 2003. Dr. Paster worked at the University of Pennsylvania for 1 1/2 years as a post-doc, where she was involved with caninie hip dysplasia research, including the Nestle-Purina life-long study in Laborador Retrievers. She was PennHIP certified in 2003. She also rad the PennHIP clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, educating clients, veterinarians, and dog breeders about PennHIP screening and hip dysplasia. Dr. Paster completed a 3 year surgical residency at UC Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (board-certified surgeon) in 2009. She is now a mobile surgeon working through Mobile Surgery Services. She provides surgical services to Animal Medical Center offering orthopedic, soft tissue and neurosurgical procedures and PennHIP evaluations.