Speaker. Author. Consultant. Advisor. Friend.
Dr. Amanda Donnelly is a sought-after speaker, author, business consultant, and second-generation veterinarian. Having worked in her father’s practice growing up, she developed a passion for veterinary medicine at a young age. With over 30 years of experience in the veterinary profession, Dr. Donnelly understands the challenges facing practice teams. She is driven by her goals of helping veterinarians become better leaders and teaching teams how to enhance the client service experience.
Well known as a dynamic speaker, Dr. Donnelly was named the 2023 Practice Management Educator of the Year for the Western States Veterinary Conference. She has also twice been named Practice Management Speaker of the Year for the VMX Veterinary Conference. She brings her knowledge, passion and business savvy to audiences as a speaker and trainer. What makes Dr. Donnelly unique is her ability to relate to all members of the team. She combines a down-to-earth attitude with practical information to deliver programs filled with actionable takeaways.
Dr. Donnelly is the author of the book Leading and Managing Veterinary Teams: The Definitive Guide to Veterinary Practice Management. She is a contributing author for Pet-Specific Care for the Veterinary Team as well as Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult and has published numerous articles in veterinary journals.
Dr. Donnelly is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned her MBA from Baker University in Overland Park, Kansas and also holds a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute (VMI) at Purdue University.
She began her professional career with 15 years of experience in small animal practice and emergency medicine. In the latter capacity, Dr. Donnelly was responsible for a successful turnaround for the emergency practice she ran within a large referral hospital. Her leadership as Chief of Staff resulted in increased profitability, enhanced client service and a more satisfying practice culture.
Prior to starting her consulting firm, Dr. Donnelly served as a Technical Services Veterinarian in industry for 4 years. During this time, she developed a reputation for her outstanding communication skills, project management, leadership, and ability to build strong relationships.
Dr. Donnelly is Past President for VetPartners™ and a past president of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and multiple veterinary associations.
Dr. Donnelly lives in Nashville and shares her home with her beloved long-haired dachshund, Gidget. When not working, she enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, traveling to new destinations, watching football (Go Chiefs and Titans) and spending time with family and friends.