Animal General of Cranberry

Dr. Marc McDanel

Dr. Marc McDanel had no idea what a veterinarian was when he was a tiny boy, so since he could speak he told his family he would be a “farmer” to follow in his grandparents’ footsteps. His mother (a nurse) kindly said, “How about you be a doctor?” Little Marc answered very quickly, “NO! I’ll be an animal doctor…”

Dr. McDanel is a Beaver County native who received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University, and his D.V.M. from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with a clinical year rotation at the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. McDanel was voted President of the Pre-Vet Club for several years at PSU and acquired special training from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council while also working as head technician and office manager of a busy Penn State veterinary clinic. In addition, he was an avid member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Before leaving for veterinary school, Dr. McDanel embarked on a six-month journey into the deep coastal jungle regions of Central America. Dr. McDanel worked for the national Costa Rican government in conservation and anti-poaching projects to support the critically endangered Leatherback sea turtles.

After leaving his bamboo hut and grass roof behind, he was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While living on the island of St Kitts, Dr. McDanel was Co-founder of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network. When not meeting with the local government, tagging turtles at night, releasing hatchlings, or attending classes, he would enjoy free-water diving to catch and tag juvenile green turtles and put extra time in at the school’s exclusive large aviary. While at Purdue University, Dr. McDanel embraced elective rotations in exotic and avian medicine and surgery along with extra rotations in Dermatology and Oncology. He also volunteered time with the state of Indiana surgically implanting tracking devices in the elusive southern rattlesnake population.

Dr. McDanel was lucky enough to find Dr. Michael Hutchinson, in 2007 near his hometown, who shared his passion for not only dogs and cats but for avian, exotic and reptile patients. Dr. McDanel owns his original “island rescued” surgery dog and at least eight cats at any given time. He enjoys hiking, boating, and fishing while spending as many weekends as he can at either his family’s remote mountain cabin or lake cottage.