Dr. Nemetz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1980, then completed a Master of Science program in veterinary anatomy in 1981. Dr. Nemetz worked in the veterinary field for two years before entering Purdue University Veterinary School in Indiana and graduated in 1987.
There was very limited medical information to help the avian patient in the seventies, but over the years Dr. Nemetz became interested in veterinary medicine and specifically the medical conditions of birds. When Dr. Nemetz entered Purdue University Veterinary School, he took advantage of the knowledge certain clinicians had in treating exotic birds. In 1986 he became the recipient of the FIRST scholarship awarded by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV).
Once Dr. Nemetz graduated veterinary school, he returned to his hometown and built the first The BIRD Clinic. He enjoys teaching and has given numerous lectures to veterinary organizations and bird clubs. The BIRD Clinic offers an externship program for senior veterinary students to get a better exposure and practical experience in the world of avian medicine BEFORE they graduate veterinary school. Dr. Nemetz in 2006 began teaching some of the veterinary students at the veterinary college (Western University) in Pomona, California. In more recent years Dr. Nemetz has been lecturing out of the United States and offers an internship program to veterinarians from anywhere in the world that have a desire to improve their own knowledge of avian medicine. Dr. Nemetz has hosted veterinarians from Canada, South America, Australia, England, Japan, and Germany.
Dr. Nemetz had bred meyer's parrots for many years and shares his life with his beloved avian pets; "Gigi", "Slushy", "Bailey", "Zazu" and his adopted children "Birdy" and "Merlin". With great sadness he lost "Saffron", a swainson toucan, in 2011. She was a very unique and special soul that touched the life of many people as well as the veterinary medical community and will always be remembered. Christmas eve 2016 "Peste", Dr Nemetz's Alexadrine Parakeet suddenly developed a weakness in one of his legs. A radiograph was performed and unfortunately a very unusual and aggressive lung tumor was found and determined to be cancer that was fast growing so it was best to not have "Peste" suffer and was lovingly and humanely euthanized. It was a sad holiday time but "Peste" was one of several of Dr. Nemetz's rescue birds and enhanced his life for 24 years.