David R. Mason, B. Vet. Med, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR
Special interests – arthroscopy, elbow dysplasia, thoracic surgery, porto-systemic shunts
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2006
European College of Veterinary Surgeons 2007
American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014
Staff Surgeon, Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center, 2005 – present
Associate Veterinarian, Mobile Surgical Practice, Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center, 2005
Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery Clinician, 2005 – present
Small Animal Surgical Residency, Iowa State University, 2004
Research Associate, JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, University of California Davis, 2003
The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, BVM (Honours), 1999
David Mason, B Vet Med (Honours), MRCVS, is a Board Certified Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon specializing in Orthopedic, Neurologic, Oncologic and General Soft Tissue Surgical Procedures.
A native of Northern England who grew up on a dairy farm and has been involved with animals his entire life, Dr. Mason earned his veterinary degree with honours from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1999. After graduation he moved across the Atlantic Ocean in order to pursue a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Kansas State Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Joshua Rexing, DVM, Practice Limited to Surgery
Special interests – fracture repair, gastrointestinal surgery, degenerative disc disease
Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center, 2011 – Present
Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, 2008-2011
Small Animal Surgical Residency, Iowa State University, 2005-2008
Small Animal Rotating Internship, University of Illinois, 2004-2005
Small Animal Emergency Clinician and Surgery Intern, Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, 2003-2004
Small Animal Private Practice, Petsburgh Animal Hospital, Lafayette, IN, 2001-2003
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1997-2001
Purdue University, BS in Animal Sciences, 1992-1997
Suzanne L. Hunter, DVM, DACVS
Special Interests: oncologic surgery, wound management, thoracic surgery, urogenital surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, portosystemic shunts.
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, 2004
Staff Surgeon, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, January 2016-present
Staff Surgeon, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston TX, September 2004-December 2015
Staff Surgeon, Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus, NJ, August 2003-August 2004
Small Animal Surgical Residency, The Ohio State University, 2000-2003
Small Animal Rotating Internship, Oradell Animal Hospital, Oradell, NJ, 1999-2000
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 1995-1999
Cornell University, BS (Biology), 1991-1995
Dr. Hunter has presented at local and national continuing education meetings on various soft tissue topics. She has also written and collaborated on several publications in peer-reviewed journals. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. Their dog, cats, and horses keep everyone very busy.
Lauren Sanders, DVM, DACVS-SA
Special interests: Arthroscopy and regenerative medicine, gastrointestinal surgery, orthopedic disease and fracture repair
Staff Surgeon, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, August 2018 to present
Small Animal Surgical Residency, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center-Levittown, PA, 2015-2018
Small Animal Surgical Internship, Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital-Austin, TX 2014-2015
Small Animal Rotating Internship, Carolina Veterinary Specialists-Charlotte, NC 2013-2014
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2010-2013
Oklahoma State University, BS in Animal Science, 2006-2010
Dr. Sanders is originally from Missouri. Her free time is spent outdoors with her dog and riding her Arabian horse, April.
Nick Rappa, DVM, DACVS-SA
Special interests – open wound management, orthopedics/fracture repair and trauma surgery
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center March 2020 – present
Fox Valley Animal Referral Center – 2019
Midwest Veterinary Referral Center – 2016 –2018
Small Animal Surgical Residency, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners 2013-2016
Small Animal Surgical Internship, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center 2012-2013
Small Animal Rotating Internship, LVVSC 2011-2012
Iowa State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2007-2011
Drake University, Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, 2003-2007
About Our Practice
Our board certified surgeons use advanced tools and methods to perform surgical procedures not available in most veterinary clinics. Our excellent pain management therapies offer relief to both pets and their owners, before and after surgery.
Our surgical specialists provide consultations for many different types of advanced surgical cases, such as soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurologic problems. We are dedicated to providing thorough communication to both the owner and primary veterinarian at all times, and providing our patients with the most advanced and compassionate care possible. Our staff reviews procedures, possible complications, prognosis, and home and follow-up care at the time of consultation, before and after surgery, and at discharge.
In addition, the surgical practice has immediate access to the other specialty practices at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center to make sure our patients get the most thorough care available.
About Our Services
Our patients receive thorough surgical monitoring by Licensed Veterinary Technicians, and have a dedicated, quiet recovery ward where they are monitored 24 hours a day by both doctors and technicians. This allows for excellent post-procedure pain management, medical treatment, and observation.
Our facility provides access to advanced diagnostic imaging, including CT, MRI, digital radiography, and ultrasound, as well as advanced treatment options such as critical care and physical rehabilitation.
Some of our surgical procedures include:
- Cardiovascular Surgery
- Fracture Repair
- Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Growth Deformities
- Joint Surgery
- Oncologic Surgery
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
- Thoracic Surgery
- Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
- Total Hip Replacement
- Urogenital Surgery
Appointments are by referral basis Monday through Sunday. Surgical emergencies can be seen through the surgery department during those times, or through Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at any time.
Please call us with any questions at 702-871-1152