Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Nissen slowly worked her way across the country; she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago in 1996, then received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2002. After completing a year-long rotating internship at a small animal, exotics, and specialty hospital in Arizona, Dr. Nissen moved to San Diego to be closer to family. She worked at two separate small animal and exotics hospitals before joining Palomar Animal Hospital’s team in July of 2013.
In addition to avian and exotics medicine, Dr. Nissen’s special interests include dermatology, nutrition, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound. Dermatology is her favorite professional aspect of her job. She says it’s one of the most common issues presented to her, but one of the most challenging! She loves helping out pets and their owners who have been struggling with skin issues for years.
At home, Dr. Nissen lives with her husband Corby, a stay-at-home dad, and their two children. Bella, a Poodle/Bichon mix, rounds out the family.
Outside of the hospital, Jennifer enjoys knitting, biking, and reading. She especially enjoys science fiction and fantasy novels, and actually met her husband at a science fiction convention!
Dr. Nissen is proud to be a part of Palomar Animal Hospital. She recognizes the strong bond between people and their pets, and looks forward to providing you with the information, support, and care that you need to protect all of your pets’ health for their entire life.