Kerri Nelson, DVM

DVM – Kansas State University, 2016

Rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery – Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital – 2017

Why Emergency Medicine?

I actually fell into emergency medicine sort of by default. I flirted with every single specialty and almost took a residency in ophthalmology, but couldn’t commit to only treating eyes for the rest of my life. I love working up critical cases, and I love the challenge that emergency medicine offers intellectually. But more than anything, I love being the person who is there for people and their pets in the middle of the night, or on Christmas Day, or whenever an emergency arises – the opportunity to be a hero is the best feeling in the world. There is nothing better than watching an animal walk out of the hospital with their family, especially when they arrive in a critical condition.

Dr. Nelson joined VEG in 2019 and is the medical director of the first Denver location. She has worked at multiple large specialty and 24 hour emergency hospitals prior to joining VEG, and she is very excited to be part of the VEG family. Her clinical interests include endocrine emergencies such as Addisonian crisis and diabetic ketoacidosis, acid-base derangements, respiratory distress, and polytrauma. She is also a certified pet-loss grief counselor (PGRS-C) and passionate about the human-animal bond.

Outside of work, Dr. Nelson spends the majority of her time training for marathons, skiing, and spending time with friends and family. She has two rescue dogs, a German Shepherd mix named Maddie (“Dingo”), who was the first dog she ever spayed in vet school; and Finn, a purebred German Shepherd who was almost euthanized due to epilepsy but Dr. Nelson felt he deserved another chance. She also grew up as a competitive equestrian and currently leases a Hanoverian mare named Phoenix, who loves eating PopTarts and hates having her girth tightened.

Get to know me

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: 

Being able to talk to animals!

What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?

Running, riding my horse, skiing, doing anything outside.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career/position?

The most rewarding part is happening right now – watching VEG Denver come to fruition!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: 

If you’re offered a seat on a rocketship, don’t ask which one – just get on board.

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