VERGE Vet Services, Inc​

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(281) 203-2557 or (281) 203-8460

The VERGE Team also includes additional Veterinarians and experts in a variety of fields, to provide its clients with a full spectrum of services and support, covering clinical, professional, business, and regulatory aspects of the Cervid industry.

Dr. Nathan Shotts​​

VERGE Vet Services is led by Dr. Nathan Shotts.

Dr. Shotts is the lead surgeon and scientist on the team that developed The VERGE Procedure, and is the nation’s leading surgeon for ante-mortem MRPLN surgery. He is currently the only Veterinary Surgeon to have successfully performed and demonstrated ante-mortem collection of biopsy samples of MRPLN tissues to federal regulatory agencies, and enjoys a negligible morbidity and mortality rate as a surgeon for both The VERGE Procedure, Cervid reproductive work, and general cervid surgeries. 

Dr. Shotts has been recognized as one of the top 5 Industry Experts on CWD by The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Deer Association (TDA), Deer Breeder’s Corporation (DBC), North America Deer Farmer’s Association (NADeFA), Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA), North American Elk Breeders Association (NAEBA), and The American Cervid Alliance (ACA). He has been a presenter at the USAHA Annual Meeting, was one of the keynote speakers at the Texas Live Animal test Symposium, hosted by TAHC and TPWD, as well as speaker at Cervid Industry Meetings across the nation. Dr. Shotts regularly provides insights and advice to both Industry and Regulatory organizations.

Dr. Shotts and The VERGE Team have pioneered techniques to improve breeding selection and success, including the use of fresh sexed semen, along with advanced genotype selection. VERGE’s breedeing and collection techniques have proven successful in cases that had previously failed.

Dr. Shotts graduated from Texas A&M University with Degrees in Biomedical Science and Animal Science, and a DVM from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine where he completed a specialized clinical track focused on assisted reproductive technology.  He has extensive training and teaching experience in livestock reproduction and veterinary microbiology, and is trained in and has conducted research in genetics, epidemiological assessments, and advanced DNA analysis techniques.