David R. Mason
B. Vet. Med, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS
Chief of Staff
- Special interests – arthroscopy, elbow dysplasia, thoracic surgery, porto-systemic shunts
- Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Medicine, European College of Veterinary Medicine
- 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. Following completion of this internship he joined the JD Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory at UC Davis as a research associate. During this appointment he was involved in a variety of research and clinical projects; most notably he was influential in the formative research and development of the Sliding Humeral Osteotomy (SHO) procedure that is now used worldwide as one of the many treatment options available for treatment of Canine Elbow Dysplasia. In 2001 he was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Small Animal Surgical Resident at Iowa State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In February 2006 he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and in February 2007 he also became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.
At the completion of his Surgical Residency, Dr. Mason relocated to Las Vegas and played an integral role in the creation and development of what would become the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center. LVVSC is the first and only multi-specialty 24 hour Specialty and Emergency Clinic in Las Vegas. Doctor Mason is now a partner and Chief of Staff of the entire facility.
Dr. Mason lectures throughout the world on a variety of surgical topics, and has been featured on 8 News Now KLAS-TV Las Vegas, and ABC 13 Action News KTNV Las Vegas. He is an Adjunct Veterinarian and consultant for Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Maryland, a member of the Oregon State Veterinary Hospital Visiting Faculty, a Clinical Surgery Teacher at Iowa State Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and is a reviewer of Orthopedic Journal Submissions for the Veterinary Surgery Journal as well as a reviewer of abstract presentations for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Annual Conference. He has been involved with numerous orthopedic research projects and publications, including much of the formative research on sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO), joint replacement, and postoperative pain studies. He has presented much of this work at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Orthopedic Society Annual Conferences. Dr. Mason frequently provides education at local and national continuing education conferences and teaching laboratories in the United States. His particular interests in orthopedics include minimally invasive fracture repair/locking plate applications, elbow dysplasia, and arthroscopic and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Mason is fascinated by the endless possibilities in the developing world of regenerative medicine treatments and has a rapidly developing interest in treating many orthopedic, soft tissue and spinal injuries with Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Dr. Mason works closely with a local wolf rescue sanctuary and enjoys the challenges presented by some of the more exotic pets that living in Las Vegas provides, which thus far has included a camel, lion, tigers, capybaras, wolves, and an alpaca. Dr. Mason is available for surgical consultation for all small animals, with special consideration for the occasional large or exotic animal. When not involved in the world of Veterinary Medicine he enjoys traveling, road biking and especially golf. Dr. Mason has 2 nieces in England and tries to see them as often as his busy schedule will allow. During these work related traveling exploits he will appear on the LVVSC facebook page under the hashtag #whereintheworldisdrmason.
Dr. Mason is a member of the following associations and societies:
- American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- European College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Veterinary Orthopedic Society
- Nevada Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Mason’s work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, including:
- American Journal of Veterinary Research
- The Compendium of Continuing Education for the Practising Veterinarian
- Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
- Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
- Veterinary Ophthalmology
- Veterinary Surgery Journal