Lynne Nelson

Lynne Nelson

Associate Dean, Faculty Programs & TeachingProfessor, Cardiology    

Dr. Lynne Nelson is the veterinary hospital’s lead cardiologist, directs the Cardiology Service, and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Nelson studies acquired systemic hypertension and underlying mechanisms of heart failure by comparing heart disease in multiple species such as dogs, cats, bears and ground squirrels. She works with zoos and nonprofit organizations around the world assessing heart disease in wildlife.   Dedicated to the importance of teaching in the veterinary profession, she is an active member in the college’s Teaching Academy and the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. She has also served on the academic council to the Dean, and serves as an Associate Chair of Veterinary Medical Education for clinical programs.


  • MS, Iowa State University, 1996
  • DVM, Auburn University, 1990
  • BS, Auburn University, 1986


  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, (Diplomate ACVIM), companion animal cardiology
  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, (Diplomate ACVIM), small animal internal medicine

Research Interest

  • Cardiac physiological adaptations to extreme hemodynamic and metabolic stressors
  • Comparing naturally occurring hemodynamics (such as bear hibernation) to cardiac disease (dogs and cats)
  • Early indicators of systemic hypertension in pets and wildlife
  • Wildlife conservation medicine, in particular, understanding the role of cardiovascular assessment as indicators of health or disturbance to the natural biology of the animal
  • Cardiac disease and associated pathologies of bile-farmed Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) in China


Professional Service

Honors and Awards

  • Wescott Clinical Teaching Scholar 2020
  • Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, WSU Faculty of the Year Award given to the Cardiology Service team 2018