DR. SHANNA NELSON
Associate Veterinarian, DVM
Equine & Small Animal
I grew up in southwest Missouri, went to Drury University for undergrad and the University of Missouri for vet school, and then did an internship near Kansas City at an equine referral practice before coming to Fox Creek. I started riding horses at a young age and became interested in their keeping and medical care as a result. I love being an advocate for the patient and helping the animal to live its happiest, healthiest life while managing the expectations and concerns of the owner.
I am a member of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) and I have a research background accrued as a veterinary student (two studies regarding the endocrinopathic mechanism of laminitis and the patterns of naturally-occurring compensatory lameness). My awards include previous prestigious scholarships from the AAEP, AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association), Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine), and the Gentle Doctor award. My passions include preventative medicine and general animal welfare/husbandry to improve the human/animal bond.
My family consists of my fiancé, Jeremie, is a research scientist. Together, we have a dog, Dobie; three cats, Ophelia, Xena, and Gaia; two guinea pigs, Atlas and Chronos; and a chinchilla, Petra. I also have two horses named Brandy and Bones.
In my free time I enjoy music, creating artwork, hiking, and exploring.