Dr. Emily Nielsen completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of North Texas in 2012. She then graduated cum laude from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, after which she joined SEAVS in order to pursue a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine.  She completed the internship in 2017 and became an Associate Veterinarian at SEAVS.

Dr. Nielsen was born in Canada, but spent the majority of her childhood in Australia prior to her move to the United States in 2006 to attend college. She has had an interest in exotic animals since before she can remember, and was an avid breeder of lovebirds and rainbow lorikeets in Australia. She now enjoys working with all exotics, but has a special interest in reptile reproduction, having recently had her research paper in ball python reproductive cycles published in the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Nielsen is looking forward to eventually completing board certification in exotic companion mammal practice.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Nielsen is an avid outdoorsperson and enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, waterskiing, and competitive horseback riding in dressage. Other hobbies include breeding and selling ball pythons, singing, and painting. She lives with her fiancé, Adam, her 2 children, three dogs, goats, chickens a horse, 2 tortoises and a collection of snakes.