Hello – My name is Nikki – and I am the creator behind “The Canine Health Nut”. My mission is to give you the information you need to make the best nutritional decisions for you and your dog – be that homemade dog food or a manufactured diet.

By trade, I am a Registered Veterinary Technician (veterinary nurse) located in sunny San Diego, California – where I live with my husband, twin toddlers, and two senior rescue pups – Ranger and Ash.

My career in veterinary medicine started in 2008 as a Veterinary Technician at a local Wildlife facility – providing emergency, critical care, and food therapy for animals as small as a hummingbird, all the way up as big as a mountain lion.

During school, I continued work at the Wildlife facility while doing rotations, volunteer work, and internships with a variety of other hospitals and non-profits ranging from exotics to dogs/cats. After graduation (in 2013), I made my home as a Lead Technician in a Small Animal Hospital and got my own dogs – Ranger & Ash.

When Ash struggled to remain stable on traditional diet options for GI disease, we stumbled into cooking using BalanceIT – and have not looked back since. Since then I’ve made it my goal to learn as much as I can about canine nutrition, taking several courses on the topic – with plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Animal Nutrition in the future.


  • BS Biology – San Diego State University 2011
  • AS Animal Science – Mesa College 2013
  • Registered Veterinary Techician, CA 2013


  • 13+ years veterinary experience
  • 7+ years cooking for dogs


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