Dr. Nelson began his career at the Fishler Animal Hospital in Elkhart in 1976 after graduating from Michigan State Veterinary School. He opened Animal Aid Clinic South in 1980 and has been practicing veterinary medicine here ever since. He and his wife, Barb, have two sons. Jesse and his wife reside in Lansing, MI with their son. Ian and his wife live in Fort Wayne, IN with three young daughters. The Nelsons also have an adopted daughter, Dojo, who lives in South Africa with her husband and two sons. Dr. Nelson has a dog, “Z”, who is a wild, eleven year old Chocolate Lab, and an Australian Cattle Dog puppy who lives up to their reputation of being part Dingo! Dr. Nelson’s hobbies include football officiating, traveling, and nature. In fact, he has officiated in almost every venue possible – high school, Big Ten, Canadian Football League, and Arena Football. The Nelson’s also like to get some time with their grandchildren whenever possible! Dr. Nelson enjoys the variety of the profession and his biggest passion lies in doing surgery. Dr. Nelson is also a board certified specialist with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.