Katy Nelson, DVM

Katy Nelson, DVM

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Educations & Trainings

Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine - 2001


Activity & Honors

  • Board of Directors for the Humane Society Veterinary Medicine Association
  • Board of Directors for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington
  • Board of Directors DelRay United Methodist Church

Professional Memberships


Dr. Katy Nelson

Dr. Katy Nelson is the Senior Veterinary Relations Manager for Chewy Health, as well as an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. She served as the host of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy" on Washington DC's WJLA ABC 24/7 news channel for 8 years. As the animal health expert for Washington DC's All News Radio Station, WTOP News, she’s known in the DC area as “Dr Pawz.” She also worked as the animal health reporter for Washington DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA ABC 7 for 7 years.

She has been featured on the TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Sirius XM, NPR, CNBC, The Meredith Vieira Show, HuffPost Live, and was the expert for the second season of the popular show “Unlikely Animal Friends” on NatGeo Wild. She is also a frequent contributor to Family Circle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Cheddar TV, HuffPost Pets, BarkPost and and is featured in over 200 pet health videos on PetMD.

Dr. Katy earned her veterinary degree in 2001 from the Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ), accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ). Through her consulting business, KJN Pet Marketing, she served as a valuable source to reporters around the country for 11 years, and as a marketing consultant for pet-related companies - from Fortune 500 corporations to pet/pet parent targeted start-ups.

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Katy now lives in Washington DC with her husband, their sports-loving son and daughter, and their rambunctious rescue dogs Mookie Betts, an incredibly lovable Labradoodle, and Eddie Underbite, a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix, and two rescued parakeets named Ouizer and Truvy. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, VA, and Del Ray United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA.

Recent Articles

How to Keep Pets Safe From COVID-19
During these unprecedented times, new phrases seem to be coined daily. “Social distancing.” “Novel virus.” “Presumptive case vs. positive case.” “Shelter-in-place.”  But while our vernacular may be changing, one thing has stayed the same—how much we love our pets, and how much they love us. And when we’re scared or stressed, there’s nothing better than being close to your...
How to Plan for Your Pet’s Care if You Get COVID-19
Updated on April 27, 2020 By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM   As communities around the world respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19), you should have the most up-to-date information on how it impacts you and your pets. Because we know that pets can become infected, you should take every precaution to not give the virus to your pets. And this may mean that someone else will need to care for them until...
COVID-19 and Pets: Latest Information
Last updated 5/13 We’ve all been glued to the news, watching the number of COVID-19 cases around the world grow exponentially. We’ve seen extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness from first responders, retired healthcare workers, veterinarians, truck drivers, grocery store personnel, restaurant workers, and numerous others considered to be essential. We’ve also seen vulnerability from...
Why You Need to Stay Current on Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Protection
All over the country, temps are on the rise, trees are starting to bud, and flowers are starting to bloom. While we may be practicing social distancing, bugs are still out there causing problems for our pets. But if you could protect yourself, your family and your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworms by administering a monthly, quarterly, or even semi-annual dosage of a medication to your pet,...
COVID-19 and Pets: Should I Go to the Vet or Wait? What’s the Protocol?
By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM It’s a scary time right now, and everyone is adjusting to a new normal. During this time of social distancing, we should all be trying to do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. This means staying home, eating in, and reducing unnecessary contact with others.  While our pets are probably loving this extra cuddle time with us, what do you do if they need to...
Dog Breeds That Suffer from Eyelid Problems
Katy Nelson, DVM Over the past 100 years, breed confirmation of many of our favorite dog breeds has changed dramatically, and not always for the better. Dachsunds have become shorter and Bull Terrier’s faces have become more sloped, as has the rear end of German Shepherds. Bulldogs have become more severely brachycephalic, and Shar-Peis have become wrinklier.  These changes have many health...