Dr. Susan Nelms — Veterinarian

Helena, AL

Dr. Susan Nelms is many things — gifted surgeon, philanthropist, mentor, community servant, and owner of a highly regarded Veterinary Ophthalmology practice for 25 years. She is known for her generous heart.

Her clients adore her and know she gives the best care possible. She is great with pet owners, showing empathy and taking time to explain things thoroughly.

Dr. Nelms gives her time, talent and resources to help homeless animals, service animals, and therapy animals. She began helping homeless animals at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society in the early 90s and continues to offer free care to rescue animals in need. She provides free eye exams to service and therapy animals annually.

Dr. Nelms serves as a consulting ophthalmologist for Southern Research Institute, the Birmingham Zoo, and the Alabama Wildlife Center. She led the way for animal ophthalmology care in Birmingham and readily shares her knowledge with others, serving as an extern mentor for veterinary students.

She served on the Board of Directors of the Vision for Animals Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of animals by preserving and restoring vision through education and science. For 17 years, Dr. Nelms served on the Advisory Council of Hand in Paw, Alabama’s premier Animal-Assisted Therapy provider, and in 2018, joined its Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Nelms is a bright light, a true hero to animals and people.