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Dr. Angela Nester’s understanding and love of animals started long ago. She recalls reading every book in the animal section of the local library in third grade. Growing up in the Air Force, she moved every 3 years to a new base in a new part of the world where her pets were her constant friends along her journeys. Although, she has always loved animals, she honestly can’t say she always wanted to be a vet. She went to Texas A&M University to study genetics/ biochemistry and the turning point happened while in the laboratory where she suddenly realized the day to day life of a researcher is rather boring. After looking at every other profession to figure out her path in life, she volunteered at her local vet clinic and realized her true calling since she loved it! Bringing the solutions to the animals’ ailments, understanding to their owners, and finding the best way to do it all in a challenging atmosphere was exhilarating. During this time her family pet, Duke, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Dr. Nester saw her Colonel father cry for the first time in her life and realized the immense depth of the human–animal bond. Dr. Nester graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics with honors (cum laude) 1997. She then graduated from Texas A&M Veterinary College again with honors (cum laude) in 2001. During her time in vet school, she emphasized behavior medicine and the human–animal bond. After graduation, Dr. Nester worked in many different types of clinics, which has given her a rich background to pull from to properly care for her patients. From very progressive to bare bones, education settings to relief work, a few years in local shelters, and recently being the only doctor at a thriving clinic for over 12 years, she has finally found a new home at South Belt Animal Hospital. Again, it is her love of animal behavior that sets her apart as a veterinarian. She will use distraction and low restraint techniques to minimize the stress on your pet. You can trust that she always has your pet’s best interest in mind. Her approachable and “down to earth” demeanor will keep your stress minimal too. She has a rescue German Shepherd, the sweetest pitbull ever, and a three legged cat. Her and her spouse, Ryan, love immersing themselves in the diversity of Houston and all it has to offer. Their daughter attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying biomedical engineering.