New Faculty Focus: Amy Nichelason


Amy Nichelason


Clinical Assistant Professor in Primary Care


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Educational/professional background:

After obtaining my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis, I did a rotating internship at Red Bank in New Jersey. From there I worked overnight emergency for several years before realizing I liked the day more than the night, and transitioned to general practice in California. I spent eight years at a high-end small animal practice in the Bay Area, where I decided to continue my education and became boarded in Canine and Feline Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2016.

What attracted you to UW-Madison?

The comradery between the different departments and the student-focused education really appealed to me. There is a lot of crosstalk, which is great for continued learning, teaching and, most importantly, great for patient care.

What was your first visit to campus like?

It was at the beginning of COVID (I started April 2020), so it was a very quiet and surreal experience. The lakes were particularly amazing, and I got to enjoy a very peaceful walk around our beautiful campus.

Favorite place on campus?

The Terrace or Picnic point.

This is a unique point in time, as we’re returning after more than a year of pandemic. What do you most look forward to?

I look forward to being able to interact and engage authentically with students in-person instead of remotely.

Do you feel your work relates in any way to the Wisconsin Idea? If so, please describe how.

Absolutely! I have a major interest in clinical reasoning and how to best teach students to be lifelong learners both inside the classroom but, perhaps more importantly, after they graduate.

Hobbies/other interests:

Bird watching, exploring Wisconsin, hiking, and exploring the many breweries Wisconsin has to offer.

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