Dr. Jim Nelson was born in Colorado and lived in South Dakota, and Pennsylvania before moving to Reno for his Junior year of High School. After graduating from Reno High School he went on to receive his BS from the University of Nevada then on to the University of Missouri for veterinary school. Jim graduated vet school with the class of 1993. He and Dr. Ross were room mates during vet school and shared in all the blood sweat and tears of those 4 years, as well as the fun! After vet school Jim worked in a small animal practice in Reno where he developed a love for emergency and critical care. That love moved him back to Kansas City where he joined a specialty practice and worked as an ER clinician. Nevada called him home in 1996 and he took a position at the Animal Emergency Center of Reno as an ER clinician. After 20 + years there he has now made his final move back to CVVH. Jim has enjoyed a variety of job related interests and has a passion for wildlife. He has worked closely with NDOW, as well as the USFWS dealing with many wildlife issues. He has worked with bears, bighorn sheep, antelope and deer to name a few. He has been President of NBU and is currently on the advisory board for the College of Agriculture, biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada. Jim is married to an Equine veterinarian, Kris Purcell and together they are raising a beautiful daughter, Ashlyn. In his free time Jim enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping, bow hunting, fishing with a special need for chukar hunting. He has completed numerous ultra running events, and even a half iron triathlon. He shares his home with 4 dogs, a cat and way to many horses.