Dr. Julie Nielsen was born and raised near Burlington, Ontario. At the age of five Julie stated she would become a veterinarian because of her love of animals and science. Before becoming a veterinarian she spent six years in the Naval Reserves while completing a BSc at the University of Guelph. After working for five years with a growing environmental company, Julie set her heart on pursuing her childhood dream, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2008. Since graduation Dr. Nielsen has worked in general, specialty and emergency practices, as well as completing a one-year medicine and surgery internship, and graduating from the Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University. In 2015, Julie and her husband found their dream farm in Ottawa, and live there with Griffon their Labrador Retriever, Lucy the house cat, and a flock of laying hens. Julie also enjoys renovating, gardening, reading, music and stained glass.