Vijay Nair, VMD

Regional Medical Director and Technology Czar

VMD in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania

Why Emergency Medicine?

My mother can attest that I was never particularly good at sitting still  And while this quality made me a very difficult child (sorry Mom), it is precisely why I love emergency medicine.  Emergency medicine is a constantly evolving challenge with unpredictability at its core. We are by nature faced with the most critical patients, the most anxious owners, and the most challenging cases.  A good ER doctor is on their feet, running from table to table, not sitting behind a desk. But while some may see these challenges as obstacles, a good ER doctor recognizes them as opportunities. It is when people are the most in need that you have the greatest opportunity to really help them.

That’s what I love about emergency medicine and what I love about VEG. We truly are “Helping people and their pets when they need it most”

Dr. Nair joined VEG back in 2014, before it was even VEG at all. He had worked with VEG’s founder, Dr. David Bessler, at BluePearl while he was a rotating intern. When Dr. Bessler left BluePearl to start Veterinary Emergency Group, Dr. Nair decided to follow him once his internship ended. Dr. Nair has been with VEG ever since as an emergency vet in White Plains, then the medical director of our Upper East Side/Manhattan Location, and now the regional medical director.

At home, Dr. Nair has two dogs of his own: Kaya who is a young, rambunctious Catahoula Leopard Dog mix (which is just a fancy way of saying she has cools spots), and Calypso (Caly, for short) who is a shockingly sweet, but very mischievous Chihuahua. In his spare time, Dr. Nair loves to travel and eat. He’ll try anything once, and the weirder, the better! You never know what your new favorite food might be!

Get to know me

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: 

I would hope for something cool and powerful like super speed, but realistically it would probably be something lame like squirrel girl. We can’t all be superman.

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

I’m happiest when I’m trying a new restaurant. Major bonus points if it’s a cuisine I’ve never tried before.

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

As a manager, cultivating talent in the people around you is the most rewarding thing you can do. To watch your team develop, grow and challenge you is better than anything.

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

The best advice that I was ever given –  “Stop growing out that rattail. It’s an unattractive hair style and will never be cool” I only wish I had gotten the advice sooner. Middle school could have been so different.

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