Dr. McMichael received her BS in Biology from Columbia University and her DVM from Cornell. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care as well as professor and Service Chief of the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Section, Director of Small Animal Blood Bank and a professor at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.
Her Research interests include: The microbiome and gut health, blood transfusions and leukoreduction, oxidative stress in health and disease, treatment with antioxidants, pro-thrombotic states and coagulation testing. She has published over 65 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and two emergency textbooks.
She has been dedicated to keeping working dogs healthy since her first encounter with Bretagne in 2001. Bretagne was a Search and Rescue (SAR) dog that had travelled to the World Trade Center after 9/11. She was then deployed to the Utah Winter Olympics and Dr. McMichael worked with her handler to acclimatize her to the Utah Winter. Dr. McMichael has received special recognition from Texas Task Force 1 for her work with their working dogs. In Illinois she has taught canine first aid and CPR to SAR groups, bomb squads, SWAT teams, EMS teams, Arrow Ambulance personnel, and the canine handlers at the Springfield Police Training Institute.
She recently partnered with Dr. Mitek to create an educational video on Opioid Dangers for Working Dogs and they continue to create educational materials to help prevent these dogs from suffering the effects of an overdose. She has two wonderful dogs, two feisty rats, and one bee hive.