A native of Louisiana, Dr. Katy 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. 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. Dr. Nelson 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. She 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. Along with Steve Pelletier from SlimDoggy and Krista Wickens from DogTread, she is a founding partner of PetsMove.org, a national health and fitness initiative aimed at getting people healthy alongside their dogs. Dr. Nelson is 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. Dr. Nelson is the Animal Health Reporter for WJLA ABC 7 and you can find her past reports on Wjla.com. You can read "Ask Dr. Katy" quarterly in the Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine.