Samantha Nelson, DVM, DACVS

Surgery

Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Seattle, WA and attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.  She then earned a Master’s Degree in Geology in Buffalo, NY, and worked as a hydrogeologist.   Samantha decided to change professions and pursue a career in veterinary medicine to allow her to fulfill her desire of helping pets and their owners.

Dr. Nelson earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 2009.  After obtaining her DVM, Samantha came down to the south for a 1-year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia.  During her time in Georgia, she fell in love with the south, especially sweet tea, southern hospitality, and beautiful weather.  Samantha went on to complete a 3-year residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University.  During the residency, her research focused on cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury in dogs and determining the optimal surgical treatment for this common injury.  Her study comparing two surgical methods for CCL (ACL) tears in dogs was awarded the ACVS Outstanding Surgical Resident Award for a Veterinary Surgery Publication in Clinical Research in 2013.  She was also awarded the Class of 1974 Veterinary Resident Award presented in recognition of outstanding patient, pet owner care, and dedication to the training of 4th year veterinary students. 

After finishing her residency, Dr. Nelson returned to Buffalo to join her geologist husband, Travis, where she practiced as a small animal surgeon.  She attained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in early 2014.  Dr. Nelson "absolutely loves her job as a surgeon and looks forward to coming to work every day."  While she loves all aspects of surgery, Samantha is especially passionate for cranial cruciate ligament disease in dogs, trauma surgery, oncologic surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.  Her utmost priority is providing the highest quality care for her patients, both in and out of the operating room, and compassionately and comprehensively guiding pet owners through the process when their pets require surgery.  Dr. Nelson feels that the staff, facility and technology at CVRC will allow her to provide this high standard of care.

In her free time, Samantha enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, mountaineering, snow-boarding, rock-hounding, gardening, hiking with the dogs, and experiencing all of Charleston’s coastal activities.  Her fur-kids include; Gracie, an agility-crazy Border Collie mix rescued from northern California, Finnegan, a happy-go-lucky Flat-Coated Retriever, and her two cats – Dillinger (aka Dilly, named after the bank robber John Dillinger), and Dexter, a rescued Ragdoll kitten.

Education / Experience: 

2015-presentSurgeon - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2013-2015Staff Surgeon - Veterinary Specialists of Western New York, Buffalo, NY
2014Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
2010-2013Residency – Small Animal Surgery, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
2009-2010Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA
2009Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
2001Master of Arts - Geology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1999Bachelor of Arts - Geology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Publications (maiden name: Collins)

Krotscheck, U, Todhunter, RJ, Nelson, SA, Sutter, NB, Mohammed, HO. 2014. Precision and accuracy of ground reaction force normalization in a heterogeneous population of dogs.  Veterinary Surgery. 43 (4). 437 – 445.

Krotscheck, U, Todhunter, RJ, Nelson, SA, Sutter, NB, Mohammed, HO. 2014. Precision and accuracy of ground reaction force normalization in a heterogeneous population of dogs.  Veterinary Surgery. 43 (4). 437 – 445.

Nelson, SA, Krotscheck U, Rawlinson J, Todhunter R, Zhang Z, Mohammed H. 2012. Long-term functional outcome of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy versus extracapsular repair in a heterogeneous population of dogs. Veterinary Surgery. 42 (1). 38-50.

Schmiedt, CW, Nelson SA, Brainard B, Brown CA, Vandenplas M, Hurley DJ. 2012. Bilateral renal ischemia as a model of acute kidney injury in cats.  Research in Veterinary Science. 93. 950 – 959.

Ortved, K, Krotscheck U, Collins S, Rawlinson J, Dyce J. 2009. Cementless total hip replacement in an alpaca. Veterinary Surgery. 38 (5). 583 – 587.

Abstracts (maiden name: Collins)

Nelson, SA, Schmiedt CW, Brown C, Hurley DJ.  2010.  Effect of warm ischemia-reperfusion injury on renal function and vasoactive peptide expression in feline kidneys.  Veterinary Surgery.  39 (Supplement S1),  E46.

Collins (Nelson), SA, Krotscheck U, Rhinehart I, Mohammed H, Rawlinson J.  2009.  Comparison of long-term functional outcome of tibial plateau levelting osteotomy (TPLO) versus extracapsular fixation in a heterogeneous population of dogs using force-plate gait analysis and survival analysis.  Veterinary Surgery.  38 (6), E29.