Surgery

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.

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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


India C. Wood, DVM, MS, DACVS (SA)

Bio coming soon!


Brooke Fourthman, DVM (Small Animal Surgical Resident)

Small Animal Surgical Residency, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center 2022-Present

Small Animal Surgical Internship, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center 2021-2022

Small Animal Surgical Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center 2020-2021

Small Animal Rotating Internship, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center 2019-2020

Purdue University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2015-2019

Purdue University, 2012-2015


Samantha Magg, DVM (Small Animal Surgical Intern)

Dr. Magg completed her veterinary degree at St. George’s University and did her final year at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Magg’s rotating internship was completed in Maryland at AAVEC and she also completed a surgical Internship with BluePearl of Richmond. Outside of the veterinary field Dr. Magg enjoys relaxing with her sidekick Ranger, and baking when she gets the time. She also really loves escape rooms and game nights.


Pedro J. Olivencia – Morell, DVM (Small Animal Surgical Intern)

Dr Olivencia-Morell is originally from Puerto Rico. He enjoys playing sports, outdoors and spending time with his wife, daughter and French Bulldog named Kai Malú.

Clinical Interest: Orthopedic diseases and fracture repairs. Non-invasive surgical procedures. Although he enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery.

July 2022 – to present Internship, Small Animal Surgery- Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, Las Vegas, NV
2021 – 2022 Internship, Small Animal Surgery- BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL (Service locations: Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Sarasota)
2020 – 2021 Rotating Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery- BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Atlanta, GA
2016 – 2020 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tuskegee University- College of Veterinary Medicine
2012 – 2016 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Studies University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus


Mark Parlier, DVM (Small Animal Surgical Intern)

Dr. Parlier graduated from Colorado State Veterinary School in 2020. He completed a rotating internship at the University of Tennessee and a surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, in 2021 and 2022 respectively. His professional interests include minimally invasive surgery, portosystemic shunts, and treating exotic species. He has a parrotlet named Petra, and outside of work he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and cycling.


Yoojean Song, DVM (Small Animal Surgical Intern)

Dr. Song was worn in Seoul, South Korea then moved to New Zealand at two years old. Dr. Song spent the remainder of childhood in Australia then immigrated to United States in Virginia for high school education. She graduated with a bachelor degree in biology/chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Dr. Song obtained a veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2021. Her rotating small animal internship was completed at VCA Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles in 2022. Dr. Song is in pursuit of becoming a board certified small animal surgeon with a special interest in oncologic surgery. In her free time, she enjoys cooking gourmet meals, wine tasting, travelling the world, fishing, and napping in the sun.


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:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Fracture Repair
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Growth Deformities
  • Joint Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Urogenital Surgery

Appointments

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

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