Nelle graduated from Columbia State Community College (Columbia TN) with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked in private mixed animal veterinary practices, biomedical research, and animal shelter management and before coming to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. She became interested in animal behavior after realizing that positive reinforcement is the key to success for all species. She completed the Purdue Dogs! Course in 1999 and has attended training and behavior conferences and workshops annually since. She is currently working toward her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. When not helping others with their pets, she enjoys training her hounds for competition events, hiking, bicycling and running.