I grew up in the small farming community of Buhl, Idaho. It was on the farm that I learned the value of hard work and discovered that I loved working with animals. I worked both in the fields growing crops and with the livestock. We raised beef and dairy cattle.
I majored in animal science at Brigham Young University. My intent was to manage and own a dairy. I came to discover that I was fascinated by medicine and healing, so turned my goals to attending either medical or veterinary school. While at BYU, I met and married my wife, Kenya.
I was privileged to attend Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, I concentrated on small animal surgery and large animals/equine. I have a special interest in orthopedic surgery.
I worked in Utah at a small animal clinic and in Idaho at a mixed (small and large) animal hospital before finding my home at North Hills Veterinary Clinic in 2000. I enjoyed working here so much that I decided to purchase the clinic in 2010. I look forward to serving the North Valleys area for many years to come.
In 2007, I had the opportunity to attend advanced surgery classes for repairing torn cranial cruciate ligaments. This procedure is known as a TTA. Since that time, I have enjoyed seeing many dogs recover their mobility due to receiving this orthopedic surgery. Kenya and I enjoy spending time with our six children, Golden Lab Betts, and two cats, Oreo and Cream. I enjoy camping, hiking, and doing anything outdoors.
I was born in Boston. As a child, I had a very special pet named Harry. One day, he became very ill, and I was very worried. My parents took my pet to a veterinarian who was able to make my pet better. I was so happy that my special friend was going to be OK. That life event deeply impacted me. From that moment, I had a passion to help people by helping their beloved pets. I worked hard at Wheaton College studying biology to prepare for veterinary school. In 2004, I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University with a focus on small animal medicine.
I enjoy the natural beauty of the west, so when it came time to join a practice I was thrilled to find such a great clinic in Nevada. I have been helping pets feel better for eight years here at North Hills Veterinary Clinic. It’s very rare for a veterinarian to stay so long at the same hospital he started his career, but the doctors, staff, and quality of veterinary care offered here are so excellent, I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.
When I’m not working, you can find me in the kitchen with my wife, Dorothy, perfecting my latest gourmet recipe or playing with my two small kids. I also enjoy camping, marksmanship, and studying religion.
I was born in California but moved to Carson City when I was very young. I was raised there and consider myself a true Nevadan. Growing up I was always the little girl that showed up at home with random animals and I count myself so incredibly lucky to have grown up with my kitty, Lilly, that was 24 years old when she passed, who taught me to have an unending love of animals and to have a gentle compassion for them.
I worked as a veterinary technician in Carson City for several years and received my undergraduate education from the University of Nevada, Reno. I went to the dual Utah/Washington veterinary degree program so lived in each state for 2 years and received my DVM from Washington State University. I now have a passion for seeing any animal, from the teeny tiny to giant.
I share my home with my 2 awesome dachshunds, Namie and Ben, my 2 cats, Maverick and Goose, and my 4 budgies collectively named The Beetles.
The North Hills Veterinary Team welcomes Dr. Nicole Richardson!