LVVSC doctors provide knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate care. Our doctors and staff set high standards, and challenge themselves daily to meet them. We understand the importance of the patient to you, and we greatly appreciate your trust in us to deliver optimum results.
Our board certified veterinarians have in-depth training and are highly experienced. They are supported by other skilled staff, including licensed rehabilitation doctors, nurses, and technicians who are well prepared to deliver the care your pet deserves. They monitor patients around-the-clock while providing timely communication throughout the process.
Scott Forney, DVM, DACVIM Cardiology
Special interest and clinical research – cardiovascular biomarkers in diagnosis of heart disease
Board-certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine; Cardiology, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2008 – present
David Burgener, DVM, DACVIM
Special interest – cardiovascular disease, gastroenterology, endoscopic procedures
Board-certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2006 – present
Las Vegas internal medicine consulting practice, 1990 – present
Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialty Practice, Phoenix AZ, 1988 – 2001
Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine, Michigan State University, 1987 – 1988
Residency in Internal Medicine and Oncology, Michigan State University, 1984 – 1987
Internship, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, MA, 1981 – 1982
Colorado State University, DVM, 1981
University of Arizona
Nicole Smee, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Special interest – urinary tract disorders. In addition to receiving numerous awards and honors while at Kansas State University, Dr. Smee has published many research papers and taught numerous veterinary courses and lectures.
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2014 to present
Midwest Veterinary Imaging Associates Consultant, 2012 to 2014
VCA Mission, Small Animal Internist and Internship/Externship Coordinator, 2012 to 2013
Kansas State University, Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency and Masters in Clinical Sciences, 2009 to 2012
Veterinary Specialty Center of Lynwood, WA, Small Animal Intern, 2008 to 2009
Kansas State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2004 to 2008
Board-certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diplomate of the ACVIM, Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine
Adam Mordecai , DVM, MS, DACVIM (SA)
Master of Veterinary Science Washington State University 2010
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Medicine 2008
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine 2003
Bachelor of Science University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in Agriculture Athens, GA 2000 Magna Cum Laude, with Honors
Professional – Urology, Ectopic ureters, Interventional procedures, Endocrinology, Hepatic and GI diseases
Personal – Backpacking, Rowing, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding
Andrew Vaughan, DVM, MS, DACVIM Oncology
Medical Oncologist, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center 2006 – present
Board-certified in Oncology, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Numerous scientific publications in fields of research including canine lymphoma and leukemia, osteosarcoma, and targeted chemotherapeutics
Special interests – investigation of novel targeted therapies for canine and feline cancers
Member of the Executive Board of the Animal Foundation, 2012 – present
Member of the Executive Board for the Veterinary Cancer Society, 2010 – 2013
Medical Oncology Residency, North Carolina State University, 2006
Rotating Small Animal Medicine & Surgical Internship, North Carolina State University, 2002-2003
Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, DVM, 2002
University of California, San Diego, MS, 1998
Saint Mary’s University, BS, 1996
Outside interests include cycling, hiking, camping, canyoneering, skiing and spending time with family and friends
Holly Burr, DVM, DACVIM Oncology
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2011- present
VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County, 2010-2011
Residency in Medical Oncology, Tufts University, 2007-2010
Internship in Medical Oncology, Animal Cancer Care Clinic, 2006-2007
Hospitalist, Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, 2006-2007
Internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, 2005-2006
University of Wisconsin – Madison, DVM, 2005
University of Utah, BS, 1999
Stephanie Byrne, DVM, MVetMed (Practice Limited to Medical Oncology)
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2020 – present
Fetch Specialty & Cancer Veterinary Centers, Naples, FL, 2017-2019
Residency in Medical Oncology, Royal Veterinary College, UK, 2014-2017
Master of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, UK, MVetMed, 2017
Internship in Medical Oncology, Animal Cancer Care Clinic, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2013-2014
Internship in Medical Oncology, The Oncology Service (TOS), Leesburg, VA, 2012-2013
Rotating Small Animal Medicine & Surgical Internship, University of Missouri, 2011-2012
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2011
University of California, Berkeley, BS, 2007
Outside interests include competitive running, hiking, camping, cross-country road trips, and canine agility.
William Weinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO
Special interests – mixed animal ophthalmology, including treatment of small and large animals, as well as exotic patients
Board Certified in Ophthalmology, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2009 – present
Research and publications involve canine Glaucoma and identification of molecular factors (matrix metalloproteinases) associated with the disease
Kent Kovalsky, DVM
Dr. Kent Kovalsky attended the University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. He then attended Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis. He finished veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. It was there where he became quite keen on Ophthalmology. After graduating veterinary school, he moved to Las Vegas to complete a rotating internship with VECC (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care) hospital. He then completed an ophthalmology internship and is now pursuing his residency here at Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center.
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
India C. Wood, DVM, MS, DACVS (SA)
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH- Residency, 2001-2004
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH- Masters, 2001-2004
Angell Animal Medical Center- Jamaica Plain, MA- Rotating Intern, 2000-2001
University of Illinois , College of Veterinary Medicine 1996-2000
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, — BA, 1995
CERTIFICATION Board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2005
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
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.
Franziska Fitz, DVM, GPCertSAS, DACVIM (Neurology/ Neurosurgery)
Dr. Fitz was born and raised in South Germany. She received the majority of her veterinary school training in Brno, Czech Republic where she earned her masters degree in veterinary medicine. She went on to complete her general practitioner certificate in small animal surgery from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany. In 2013, she obtained her Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association. She completed a surgical internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, followed by a neurological internship and a three-year residency at Southeast Veterinary Neurology, Miami Florida where she had been trained in all aspects of neurology and neurosurgery. Afterwards, she remained in South Florida working at Southeast Veterinary Neurology for almost 2 years before joining LVVSC’s Neurology team in July 2021. Her special interests are in Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology.
Outside of work she enjoys hiking and running with her dogs, as well as loves mountain biking and travelling with her husband.
Dana Gietzen, DVM, Practice Limited to Neurology
Dr. Dana Gietzen was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University for her undergraduate studies in Microbiology (Go Bison!). She then obtained her veterinary degree from Iowa State University. After graduation, she completed a one year internship at ISU in critical care and emergency. This was followed by a one year surgical internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio. It was here where her interest in neurology began and she stayed on to complete a Neurology/Neurosurgery Residency.
After a lifetime of cold weather, Dr. Gietzen decided to try her hand at hotter temperatures and moved to Austin, Texas. She worked at a private practice for over three years before joining the team at LVVSC. She enjoys treating complicated seizure cases, CNS inflammatory disease, and all aspects of neurosurgery. When not at work, she is often spending time with her dog Maija (loves to paddle board) ad two cats, Frankenstein and Igor.