At age 11, Nina Beyer decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian; she had always been ”animal-crazy,” according to her family, and her interest in health care came from her mother, a nursing educator. After graduating from Penn State, she attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving her VMD degree in 1987. After a year in northern New Jersey, she joined Greenfields Veterinary as a junior associate; she became junior partner in 1999, and bought out the senior partner, becoming the sole owner of Greenfields, in 2006.
Nina became involved in greyhound rescue in 1992; over the next several years, she spayed or neutered hundreds of greyhounds on their way to new homes. In 1994, she was finally able to adopt her own greyhound, a wonderful dog named Zoe. She has also adopted 3 rescued Italian greyhounds over the years; this toy breed has become popular in pet stores, which means puppy mills. Nina now has another greyhound, Juniata, as well as an Icelandic horse named Skorri, and she shares her home with her wife Lynne Maxwell, a retired law professor, and 2 young and lively cats, Duncan and Bartleby. She sings in a choir, reads voraciously, and bakes as often as she can.