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Samantha Nelson, DVM, DACVS-SA Samantha Nelson, DVM, DACVS-SA Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons American College of Veterinary Surgeons

  • Veterinary school: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Advanced training: University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Rotating Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery)
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 3-year Residency in Small Animal Surgery
  • Specialty certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS-SA)

Born and raised in Seattle, I originally had a career in geology, but I found great satisfaction in my volunteer work with animals, and wanted to channel this passion into a career where I could have the greatest impact helping animals and their families. I made the decision to leave that profession for veterinary medicine to allow me to fulfill the joy of the art and science of veterinary medicine and my desire to contribute to the greater good by helping pets and their people.

While I love all aspects of surgery, I am most passionate about cancer surgery, especially skin reconstruction after large/difficult tumor removal, wound management, cranial cruciate ligament injury, and the intricacies of feline surgery and how they often are not just “small dogs”. My utmost priority is providing the highest quality care for patients (in and out of the operating room) and compassionately and comprehensively guiding owners through what can be a daunting process when their pets require surgery.

After being back on the East Coast for too long, away from my PNW roots, I am so grateful to be back in the beautiful PNW. I spend my free time doing CrossFit and being outside as much as possible – hiking, climbing, mountaineering, cycling, relaxing on the Oregon Coast, or, in the snowier months in the mountains, snowboarding and snowshoeing, as much of this with my energetic, happy-go-lucky Flat Coated Retriever, Finnegan, whenever possible. When at home, I am held hostage by my snuggle-loving cat, Dillinger (aka “Dilly”).