Dr. Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. as well as the host and executive producer of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy" on Washington DC's News Channel 8 - the show airs at 11am on Saturday mornings. Dr. Nelson is also known as "Dr. Pawz" on Washington DC's All News Radio Station, WTOP. Read her blog on WTOP Living every Wednesday morning and catch her live in-studio every other Thursday at 12:20 pm talking about timely topics for your pets. She takes listener questions after each appearance from 1pm-2pm during a live web chat at www.wtop.com. Dr. Nelson is the Animal Health Reporter for WJLA ABC 7 and you can find her past reports on http://www.wjla.com. You can read "Ask Dr. Katy" quarterly in the Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine, or online at http://www.thevirginia-marylanddog.com.
Through her production company Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC, Dr. Nelson creates original programming for network television. A partnership with Emmy-Award winning producer Judy Plavnick, Dr. Nelson and Judy are committed to producing educational and entertaining film that you can't look away from.
Dr. Nelson is passionate about health and fitness, and she strives to help dogs and cats to live the longest, fullest life that they can lead by staying fit and trim. Along with Steve Pelletier from SlimDoggy (www.slimdoggy.com) and Krista Wickens from DogTread (www.dogtread), she is a founding partner of PetsMove.org, a national health and fitness initiative aimed at getting people healthy alongside their dogs.
A lover of fashion and beauty, she envisions a world where all products are cruelty-free, not tested on animals, made in a sustainable manner, and free of harsh chemicals that are unsafe not only for us, but for our pets. She is also a passionate advocate for pet rescue and Pit Bull Type Dogs, and speaks ardently on the subjects in many different forums.
Dr. Nelson is a Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ), accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ). She is the former President of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the oldest and largest veterinary continuing education society in the United States. She was a charter member of The Iams Pet Wellness Council, and served as a media spokesperson for P&G Pet Care’s The Iams Company for many years. She is a reporter for Veterinary News Network and a weekly guest on Washington DC’s News Channel 8's Let's Talk Live. Through her consulting business, KJN Veterinary Consulting, Dr. Nelson has served as a valuable source to reporters around the country for the past 5 years, and speaks passionately on many topics for various corporations, including Pfizer Animal Health, Bank of America, Butler-Schein, MWI, The Iams Company, and others.
A native of Louisiana, Dr. Nelson was raised on a small farm in the heart of the state where her childhood was filled with many beloved pets. She earned her veterinary degree in 2001 from the Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nelson has had some very unique opportunities in her career to hone her skills in both small animal practice and corporate veterinary medicine. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, their son and daughter, their rambunctious dogs Papi (Dr. Nelson's co-host on "The Pet Show"), an incredibly lovable Labradoodle, Eddie Underbite, a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix obtained through Mutts Matter Rescue and Petfinder.com, and Tina, the Southern Painted Turtle.
Despite being a very busy wife, Mom, pet parent and doctor, Dr. Nelson still carves out time for many charitable organizations in the DC area and beyond. She is committed to helping the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary become a reality. She serves as the Executive Chair for the Washington Humane Society's Fashion for Paws Advisory Board, the Washington DC area's premier philanthropic fashion event. As a fundraising model for the event for the past three years, Dr. Nelson raised enough money each year to be classified as an "F4P Super Model" and is honored to be featured in the 2011, 2012, 2013 Fashion for Paws Calendars. Dr. Nelson also serves on the Public Relations Board for The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, on the Events committee for The Tigerlily Foundation, and has been a passionate fundraiser for many years for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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