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< Cardiology Residency, California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group, 2008 Small Animal Rotating Internship, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005 University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2004 University of Georgia, B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1999
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
Rory Applegate, DVM, Practice Limited to Internal Medicine
Rory Applegate grew up in the Midwest before moving to Alabama to pursue undergraduate studies in zoology and her veterinary degree, both at Auburn University. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin 2011-2012 followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee 2012-2015. Her professional interests are diverse and include canine and feline renal disease, diabetic management strategies, inflammatory GI disease, and general endocrinopathies. In her free time she enjoys spending time with both her furry and human family hiking, traveling, and exploring the southwest.
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
Ashley Bennett, DVM, DACVIM Oncology
Medical Oncologist, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center 2016 – present
Board-certified in Oncology, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine< Special interests – clinical research, hematopoietic cancers, targeted therapeutics Clinical Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, 2015-2016 Medical Oncology Residency, North Carolina State University, 2012 - 2015 Rotating Small Animal Medicine & Surgical Internship, North Carolina State University, 2011-2012 Veterinary College, Washington State University, DVM, 2011 University of Arizona, BS, 2007 Outside interests include spending time with family and friends, traveling and cooking
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< Involved in research on new therapies for treatment of equine fungal keratitis Completed residency in ophthalmology, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA, 2009 MS, veterinary pathology, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA, 2009 Medicine and surgical internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, 2005 St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2003< BA, biology and veterinary technology<
William Hoefle, DVM, MS, DACVS
Special interests – fracture repair, joint injuries, juvenile orthopedic diseases, training residents
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center, Founding Partner & Senior Staff Surgeon 2005 – present
Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Iowa State University
Consultant, veterinary practices throughout area
Mobile Veterinary Orthopedic Surgical Practice, Las Vegas area, 1984 – present
Iowa State University, MS, 1966
Iowa State University, DVM, 1966
Numerous publications, presentations, research projects, and honors
Membership in several veterinary and university organizations
Past-presidency of Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
Multiple presentations for such groups as the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, North American Veterinary Conference, Western Veterinary Conference, Central States Veterinary Conference, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and the ACVS Surgical Forum
Robert D. Barstad, DVM, MS, Practice Limited to Surgery
Dr. Barstad is married and has a son and daughter. He has a Golden Retriever Kealey and a cat Tiger. His activities include family, woodworking, fly- fishing, and mentoring.
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, Founding Partner 2005 – present
Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Consultation Award, 1997 (Texan who has most helped peers with consultation and patient care)
Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, Owner and Staff Surgeon in all disciplines of surgery, orthopedics, soft tissue, neurosurgery, 1986 – present
Surgical Residency and MS, Iowa State University, in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 1983
Private Practice, Small Animals, Colorado and Wisconsin, 1979 – 1983
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, Reiser Award for Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, 1978
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.
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. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons when not working. Their Golden and Labrador Retrievers, one cat, and two horses keep everyone very busy.
Katja Lin DVM, DACVS
Special interests: Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, arthroscopy, regenerative medicine, thoracic surgery, trauma and fracture repair
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Staff Surgeon, Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, August 2015 to present
Staff Surgeon, Valley Oak Veterinary Center, Chico, CA Aug 2012 to 2015
Small Animal Surgical Residency and Orthopedic Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 2008-2012
Associate Veterinarian, Minnetonka Animal Hospital, Minnetonka, MN 2007-2008
Small Animal Rotation Internship, , University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 2006-2007
University of Minnesota, DVM, 2006
Dr Lin has given several presentations at local and national conferences on topics such as non- surgical management of canine cruciate disease and cartilage imaging for the canine elbow. She has published her findings in peer reviewed veterinary journals and abstracts. She is currently serving on the board of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society as their communications officer. When she is not at work, she spends her time with her two dogs, Nema and Tia Rosa and her cat Stanley. She is an avid long distance runner, rock climber and skier.
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< Dr. Rexing has written and collaborated on several publications, and spoken at many local, state, and national meetings.
Daniel Frem, MEM, DVM, DACVS-SA
Practice limited to surgery
Dr. Frem performed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in NH and ultimately received a Master of Engineering Management Degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Dr. Frem worked as a business analyst for a major auto manufacturer and managed a public golf course and function facility prior to pursuing veterinary medicine.
Dr. Frem received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2011. Following graduation, Dr. Frem completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA followed by an intensive surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. Dr. Frem then completed a demanding three-year surgery residency at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA in 2016.
Dr. Frem’s practice includes orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue procedures with a particular interest in reconstructive surgery and minimally invasive procedures. Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Frem is adjusting to the change in climate and excited to explore the southwest. When not at work, Dr. Frem enjoys rock climbing, golfing, and hiking with his energetic rescue puppy Oliver.
Dana Gale, DVM, Surgical Resident
A native of Maryland, Dr. Dana Gale graduated Ohio State vet school. She did an internship at Friendship Hospital in DC and a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Vet Specialist in Texas.
Deana Sin, VMD, Surgical Intern
Dr. Deana Sin grew up in Honolulu Hawaii and moved to Philadelphia for college. She studied Bioengineering in undergrad and stayed in Philly for vet school. After vet school Deana moved to Los Angeles for a rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital where her interest in small animal surgery was solidified. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys eating good food, and staying active with outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, paddleboarding, and trying new things! She two cats, Chance and Shammy that have suffered through undergrad, vet school, and her internship with her.
William T. Clough, DVM, Surgical Intern
Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Clough moved down south to attend Wake Forest University and graduated with a BS in Biology in 2008. He then moved back to the Boston area and worked as a veterinary technician for a couple years before attending veterinary school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. After veterinary school Dr. Clough moved to Brooklyn, NY to complete a one year rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group. His veterinary interests include orthopedic, emergency, and neurologic surgery.
Outside of work he enjoys playing basketball, golf and cycling. When not exercising with a grueling 18 holes of golf he enjoys attending local concerts and cooking! Currently Dr. Clough does not have any pets but he always on the lookout for a new companion.
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.
Jill Singsank-Coats, DVM, DACVAA
Special Interests- Pain management & local anesthesia, management of anesthesia for thoracic and airway procedures, and ruminant anesthesia
Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, 2015- present
Research in inhalant anesthetic (Sevoflurane) sparing effects of Propofol infusions in dogs
Residency in Anesthesia, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2011-2014
Small Animal Rotating Internship, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2010-2011
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2006-2010
University of St. Thomas, St, Paul, MN- BA Biology & Spanish, 2006
Outside interests include cooking, coffee shops, hiking, and spending time with her husband, Charles, and their chocolate Labrador Retriever and two cats.
Thomas M. Hanson, DVM, MS
Practice limited to Diagnostic Imaging
Residency in Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging at University of Missouri, completed in 2016.
Internship in small animal Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Chicago, IL, completed in 2012
DVM from St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
MS in Business Management from Stritch University, Wisconsin, 2007
Research experience in the use of radioactive gold nanoparticles for the treatment of osteoarthritis
Research interest in the use of dual energy subtraction radiography