Internist

Dr. Astrid Nielssen

DVM, MVSc, DACVIM

My Commitment To You

My commitment to our referring veterinarians is to do my best to help assimilate the often extensive clinical and diagnostic information that has been documented prior to referral, to conscientiously review those findings and present recommendations for any indicated further investigations to the client, and to ensure that this process results in the implementation of the best care and treatment for that pet.
My commitment to pet owners is to do my best to understand their concerns and observations regarding their pet, work as efficiently as possible to obtain a full understanding of their condition, convey that understanding to them in comprehensible terms, and thoroughly review the available treatment options and prognoses for their illness.
– Dr. Astrid Nielssen

BIO

Dr. Astrid Nielssen is a native of British Columbia who completed both her veterinary degree and later her small animal internal medicine residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.

Dr. Nielssen spent several years in general practice prior to pursuing her specialization in internal medicine and feels strongly that a comprehensive team approach to addressing a patient’s medical concerns, working closely with the client, referring practitioner and other specialists as needed, is critical to ensuring delivery of the best possible care to her patients.

Dr. Nielssen has a particular interest in immune-mediated diseases, endocrine disorders and diseases of the blood.

Dr. Nielssen is currently providing initial internal medicine consultations only on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Nielssen is available for rechecks for current patients at least once per week.

Credentials

Board Certification
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Education
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA-Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK-Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, honors
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK-Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, SK-Master of Veterinary Science
Awards
  • Dr. Dennis Shute Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in publishing
  • Stan Olson Clinical Teaching Award
Memberships
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
Publications
  • Nielssen, A,; Taylor, S.M.: Diseases of the Lower Airway Handbook of Small Animal Practice, Fifth Edition (R.V. Morgan, R.M. Bright, M.S. Swartout, eds.). Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa., 2008.
  • Nielssen, A,; Taylor, S.M.: Diseases of the Lower Airway Handbook of Small Animal Practice, Fourth Edition (R.V. Morgan, R.M. Bright, M.S. Swartout, eds.). Saunders, Philadelphia, Pa., 2003; pp 163-171.
  • Heseltine J.; Carr, A.; Nielssen, A..: Diagnosing and Treating Ehrlichiosis in Dogs and Cats Vet. Med. 98(7):595-600; 2003.
  • Nielssen, A.; Carr, A.; Heseltine J.: Update on Canine Lyme disease Vet. Med. 97(8):604-610; 2002. Supported by a National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates stipend.

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