Kristen Malinak


  • BS Biology, Stanford University, 2013
  • DVM, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2018

Postgraduate Training:

  • Internship- Friendship Hospital for Animals, Washington, DC, 2018-2019


  • Member of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
  • Member or American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of the NCVMA

Dr. Kristen Malinak is one of the team of Emergency veterinarians who works with urgent cases presented to the VSH facility as well as helps to manage inpatients overnight. Dr. Malinak’s areas of special interest include laceration repairs, cardiology cases, and feline urinary obstruction. She spends most shifts at the Cary location but can be found at all three.

Dr. Malinak grew up in the suburbs outside of Washington, DC. During her childhood and through college, she was an active equestrian and rode in competitions in hunter/jumper and eventing competitions. She loved her four years at “The Farm” (Stanford University) where she was able to get a taste of life in California. Ultimately, she fell in love with Raleigh during veterinary school and decided it was the best place to continue her career as a veterinarian. While not at work, she is found traveling both near and far (Dr. Malinak has been to 5/7 continents), trying all the restaurants in the Triangle, and plotting her return to the equestrian arena. She is currently pet-less, but looks forward to adopting at least two kittens soon.