Our office is in a quiet neighborhood in the lovely, historic town of Mount Joy, Pa. Our doctors and staff make up a compassionate team of professionals who are personable and knowledgeable in small animal veterinary care. Our pets are part of our families and we treat your pet as one of our own. We want to help your pet be the happiest, healthiest companion he or she can be.
We offer preventative care, routine and orthopedic surgery, digital radiology, dental care, in-house routine and diagnostic labratory testing, microchipping, and an in-house pharmacy. We carry Hill's Science Diet Prescription diets, IVD Royal Canin diets, flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives, dental care products and treats.
Services we offer
Donegal Animal Hospital is a full-service small animal veterinary hospital. In addition to providing routine preventive care for dogs and cats, we also offer dental cleanings, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, digital radiography and HomeAgain microchipping. We have an in-house pharmacy and laboratory, prescription diets, and carry flea and tick topicals and heartworm preventatives.
We love small pets, too!
Do you have a pet that doesn't meow or bark? Dr. Dill also treats rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and rats.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to deliver test results sooner for many routine and diagnostic tests, including health screening, preanesethtic blood work, blood chemistry panels, and parasite and viral testing. We work with outside laboratories when more specialized testing is needed.
Our on-site pharmacy carries medicated shampoo, parasite preventative medications and treatments, dental hygiene products, as well as prescribed medications, like antibiotics, vitamins and supplements. Is your furry friend in need a medication refill? Call our office during our regular hours and we normally can have your refill ready to pick up in 24 hours.
Many pets have special dietary needs due to allergies, illness or weight problems. We carry dry and canned Hill’s Science Diet prescription foods and treats, IVD Royal Canin diets, Greenies feline dental treats, and Greenies Pill Pockets to help lessen the chore of giving your dog or cat their medication.
Pets age much more rapidly than we do, so yearly exams are highly important. Annual wellness exams keep your pet healthy and provide early diagnosis of serious health issues. As well as a physical exam, our veterinarians recommend checking for internal and external parasites on a regular basis, and a great time to do this is during your pet's yearly physical exam. Vaccinations are also part of our preventative care.
Donegal Animal Hospital provides our patients with routine surgeries such as spaying and neutering. Other surgeries include growth removals and cherry eye repairs, orthopedic surgeries for setting broken bones, bone plating, pinning and cruciate ligament repairs. During surgery, our patients’ anesthesia levels and vital signs are monitored by our trained technicians with the latest equipment. A warming blanket under the patient helps maintain body temperature. Patients are closely monitored after surgery to ensure safe recovery.
Dental procedures keep your pet’s oral hygiene in perfect condition. Our dental suite includes a high speed drill and digital dental radiography, in addition to the basic polishing and cleaning equipment. This instrumentation allows us to diagnose dental disease at its earliest stage and intervene to prevent further progression of the disease. Not only does this help protect your pet from long term bacterial infections, gum loss, and bad breath, but can also help to prevent kidney, liver and heart disease.
Before dental cleaning
After dental cleaning
Digital radiology allows your veterinarian to assess your pet's x-rays much faster compared to traditional x-rays, with the added benefit of having better image quality. The x-rays can be copied to a CD for transport to a referral specialist, or if you are a referred client, the CD can be given to your referring veterinarian.
At Donegal Animal Hospital we perform orthopedic surgery that includes cranial cruciate ligament repair, internal fixation for fracture repair, as well as correction and repair of congenital (birth) defects that cause abnormalities in the hips. We also will design a post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation program and educate our owners on how to best bring their pets back to normal day to day function.
Whether your pet is recovering from surgery or dentistry or has been hospitalized due to illness, our patients are closely monitored and kept in comfortable cages with plenty of clean, soft blankets. We have a separate room for cats, a room for small and medium-sized dogs, and an area with large kennel runs for large dogs.
Our office is in the former Washington School, which was erected in 1933 by the School District of East Donegal Township. Although our building is no longer utilized as a school, we still place high importance on educating our clients. Totally remodeled in 2006, the hospital is state of the art while still retaining the elementary school feel. Look for the blackboards, antique school desks, and some of the school’s original signs in our lobby!
Donegal Animal Hospital was established in 1989 and was purchased by Dr. McGrath in 1993. Since then, our hospital moved to a new location and has grown to a staff of 11, including 3 doctors. Before owning Donegal Animal Hospital, Dr. McGrath worked for Dr. Harpster and Dr. Albright when they owned West Shore Veterinary Hospital in New Cumberland. Dr. Albright became an associate veterinarian in 2005; Dr. Dill joined our practice in 2011.
On staff are Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVT), who have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited college and are licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These Certified Veterinary Technicians work closely with the veterinarians to provide the excellent animal care your pet deserves. Like their human health care counterparts, veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians are required to accumulate education hours each year to remain licensed. You can be assured that they are knowledgeable and on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.
To always provide the highest quality of veterinary medical and surgical care for our patients in a professional, caring and timely manner. We want every interaction with our clients and patients to reflect our goal of providing compassionate care to pets and their owners.
Our clients are our close friends as well as our customers, and we value their continued trust and goodwill. Courtesy and patience with clients and their pets are our top priorities. “We are glad you are here” is an attitude we strive to convey to every client.
Dr. Thomas McGrath, Owner
Dr. McGrath is a native of the Hudson River Valley of New York. He received his BS from Cornell University and his MS, DVM and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A & M University. He has practiced in Pennsylvania since 1987 and acquired Donegal Animal Hospital in 1993. His special interests are in surgery, especially orthopedic surgery.
When Dr. McGrath is not at the hospital, he is doing something outside: golfing, shooting sports, hiking, biking. His other interests are live music and fitness.
Dr. Cynthia Albright
Dr. Albright is a native of Lewisberry, PA. She received her BS from Lebanon Valley College and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interest is internal medicine, including dermatology and cardiology.
Dr. Albright is the proud recipient of the 2006 Doris Day Animal Foundation's Kindred Spirit Award and is the only Pennsylvanian to be so honored. The award is given by the Foundation to individuals who have shown extraordinary compassion or kindness towards animals and who inspired others to follow their fine example. Dr. Albright is a cellist with the York Symphony Orchestra and The Andante Piano Trio. She enjoys running and gardening.
Dr. Jeffrey Dill
Dr. Dill is from St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri for an undergraduate degree in animal science. He recieved his DVM in 2008 from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. His special interests are emergency and critical care as well as surgery.
While away from the hospital he enjoys golfing, running, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He also spends his free time with his wife, Erin, and their dogs, Charlie and Olive.
Allie, Practice Manager
Allie joined the Donegal staff in spring of 2007 and became our practice manager in March 2013. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2000.
In addition to taking a course in laboratory procedures, she also received a certificate in bookkeeping. Over the course of 13+ years in veterinary medicine, Allie has gained experience in all aspects of animal care delivery as well as hospital administration. Allie enjoys spending her time doing outside work, reading and sewing.
Michelle, Certified Veterinary Technician
Michelle is from Halifax and graduated from Wilson College with a BA in Veterinary Technology. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has worked for Dr. McGrath since 1999.
She is especially interested in feline medicine and has cats of her own. Bird watching, gardening, and lazy days at the river are her favorite ways to relax.
Erin, Veterinary Technician
Erin attended Delaware Valley College and earned a BS in Animal Biotech and Conservation. She started as a veterinary assistant at Donegal Animal Hospital in 2005 and became a veterinary technician in 2011. Her special interests are laboratory sample preparation and radiology.
Anything outside with her dog, Freddie, is what helps clear Erin's head. She also enjoys spending time with her bunny.
Abby, Certified Veterinary Technician
Abby started her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Donegal Animal Hospital in 2012. She graduated from Pittsburg Vet Tech Institute in March 2012. Her interests include feline medicine, exotic animals, surgery/anesthesia and internal medicine.
Abby has one dog, Peaches, two cats, Riley and Nora, a rabbit and hamster. When not caring for patients, Abby enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Jessica, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Jessica graduate from high school in 2009 and earned her Veterinary Assistant certificate from Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) in 2010. During her schooling at LCCTC, she completed her volunteer and clinic hours at Donegal Animal Hospital, learning and experiencing a lot during those times.
She enjoys working with and helping dogs and cats. She is owned by 5 dogs, 2 cats 2 rabbits, a bird and a few fish. Jessica is a native of Mount Joy.
Miranda, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Miranda joined our team in 2011. She graduated from Solanco High School and received her Approved Veterinary Assistant degree at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 2011. She volunteered at the Lancaster County Humane League where she gained experience and knowledge in the veterinary field.
Miranda was born and raised in Drumore, PA, where she currently lives. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, her family, and friends and playing with her dogs. She also likes to spend time relaxing at at the beach or her cabin in the mountains.
Taylor, Certified Veterinary Assistant
Taylor graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School and the Veterinary Assistant Program at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 2012. She joined the Donegal Animal Hospital staff in 2012 after completing her internship with us.
Taylor enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her horse and her cat. She also enjoys photography and outdoor activities.
Bryce Wilhelm Memorial
Animal Benevolent Fund
Bryce had an unsurpassed true love of animals, especially pets. It saddened Bryce to hear of pets in emergency and unfortunate situations who did not receive proper veterinary care due to lack of finances. The Bryce Wilhelm Memorial Animal Benevolent Fund was established to address these situations to honor Bryce's sincere love for animals- a love he inherited from his mother, Michelle.
With this fund there will be select financial assistance available to help family pets receive emergency medical care which the owners may not otherwise be able to afford. Funds will be selectively disbursed by Michelle. It is the family's hope that this fund will turn those sad stories into happy ones.
If you would like to donate to this fund, please make checks payable to:
Bryce Wilhelm Memorial Animal Benevolent Fund
c/o Michelle Crist
Donegal Animal Hospital
366 South Market Avenue
Mount Joy, PA 17552
It is the family’s hope to be able to continue to help those in need in memory of Bryce, who would be very honored to provide this support for pets in need.