Team member since 2013

Dr. Jaime Nalezny (formerly Pajak) is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Nalezny spent two years in private practice and then went on to work as a contract veterinarian in Texas at a wildlife and exotic animal sanctuary. It was there she discovered that she loved wildlife medicine as much as exotic animal medicine. After moving back to Minnesota, Dr. Nalezny spent 2 years working with wildlife before starting her own exotic animal housecall business in 2010. In January, 2013, Dr. Nalezny joined the staff of Valley View part-time.

Dr. Nalezny has been involved with the bird sanctuary, MAARS, for 12 years and has served as the medical director of the organization for nearly 7 years. She has also been active in reptile and exotic animal rescue for over a decade. Through these channels Dr. Nalezny has adopted the lovely 33 year old Timneh African grey parrot, Aurora, a 14 year old giant green iguana, Oscar, a tiny dwarf hamster, George, the malachite swift Cap’n Fantastic, and her 7 year old goldfish, D’artagnan. She also shares her home with her husband, Dave and their 10 year old Labrador mix, Zoe