Veterinarian kneeling with a golden retriever

Dr. Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson, B.Sc, M.Sc, BV.Sc was born and raised in Calgary. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Calgary in 2008. Mark then continued his education at the University of Calgary with a Masters of Science with his research focused on the aging of the nervous system.

Mark first joined the Fish Creek 24 Hr Pet Hospital team in 2002 when he started volunteering as a kennel hand. Soon after, he was offered a job as a kennel tech and eventually advanced to the position of veterinary assistant. In 2012, under the support and encouragement of Dr. Charlotte Whale and others at Fish Creek, Mark pursued his passion for veterinary medicine and moved to New Zealand to start a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University. It was here that Mark developed his skills in veterinary medicine and developed his interest in emergency critical care. Now Mark has returned to Canada and has rejoined his family at Fish Creek.

Outside of work, you'll most likely find Mark running and cycling through Fish Creek or relaxing with his cat Kiwi.
Fish Creek Pet Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this commitment, we have implemented a variety of precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building.

Updated April 9, 2021


In order to maintain value for services along with our high standard of care, Fish Creek Pet Hospital has transitioned to an Urgent Care Model. This transition has taken effect at 10:00pm on Monday, April 12, 2021. Our new operating hours, 7 days per week, will be as follows:


OPEN 6:00am-10:00pm for urgent care and hospital admissions
CLOSED 10:00pm-6:00am no urgent care and/or hospital admissions during these hours while we care for our hospitalized patients overnight


If possible, please call us at 403.873.1700 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 403.873.1700, and we'll come to you.

If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell located to the right of the door.


For non-urgent and general practice services, you can contact our sister clinic:

Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
3125 – 150 Millrise Blvd SW
Calgary AB, T2Y 5G7

Caring for your furry family members has been an honour for our team over the last 15 years. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we navigate these operational changes. Our vision with this adjustment is to help us stay true to our goal and mission - providing the best possible care for your pet throughout its life by providing high-quality medicine and services.

For a list of 6 alternate emergency hospitals that are open 24/7, please see the "Contact Us" page.

Your Fish Creek Veterinary Team