Dr. Rudd Nelson comes back to Ottumwa

Friday, August 09, 2019

OTTUMWA — There’s a man with 13 dogs, two rabbits, a hedgehog and two aviaries who recently moved back to Ottumwa.

This isn’t just anybody, but long time veterinarian Dr. Rudd Nelson.

Nelson grew up in De Soto, Iowa and got his degree in veterinary medicine from Mississippi State in 1999. He wanted to be a veterinarian because he grew up with a love for animals. “Growing up in Iowa, it was a way of life,” Nelson said, “There’s a picture of me being caught delivering kittens, since then it was expected I’d become a veterinarian.”

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