Contest – Design The Book Cover

For the last year I’ve been working on a book titled Coated With Fur:  A Vet’s Life.  The book celebrates animals and the amazing bond we share with them.  Set in a veterinary practice, the book chronicles my experience in the first year of owning a clinic.  It recounts joyful stories such as saving a dog’s leg to the agony of euthanizing a long-term patient.  It examines the unexpected when a snakes got stuck, scaring the society ladies in the waiting room.  In the end, readers will possess greater appreciation for life and the animals with whom we share this planet.  

Now I need your help!  The book is written and at the editor for the final time.  So cover design becomes paramount.  From today through 5:00pm MST February 1, 2010 I invite anyone interested to unleash their creative talent on this endeavor.  We need art for the cover!  Please e-mail your submissions to  You may also write with questions.  On the back cover I anticipate utilizing the picture of me and Tigre seen on the home page of  To give you a sense of the book, I posted a draft of the first chapter on the website as well.

The winner will receive acknowledgment in the book’s credits, $500.00 U.S. and five complimentary hardcover copies of Coated With Fur:  A Vet’s Life.  The winner must execute a contract affirming that it is original art and assigning all rights related to the work to Kristen L. Nelson, D.V.M. and Veterinary Creative, LLC.  No further compensation or royalty will ensue beyond that listed herein.  Please see the Terms Of Use at the website for complete contest rules.

There are so many talented and gifted artists in the world.  I am eager to see what you design!  Please share this request with any artist you know.  Also, please accept my deep appreciation.  -Kristen L. Nelson, D.V.M.

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.