Rainbow Animal Hospital

Rainbow Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, that has been privately owned and operated by a local veterinarian for over 31 years. The professional and experienced veterinarians at Rainbow Animal Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our highly-valued patients. Our veterinary clinic is fully equipped to provide emergency care during our operating hours, along with offering vaccines and preventative care for our healthy patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and health-related education for our clients. Rainbow Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Rainbow Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished dog, cat, or small animal.

Our Mission
Our philosophy is based on a teamwork attitude, with emphasis on communication and continuing education to ensure compassionate and progressive veterinary care. We feel that our clients deserve to receive excellent customer service, and strive to provide it by exhibiting genuine care and sensitivity during each interaction. We promise to provide you, the client, with a fun and personalized experience. We are not just here for your pet. We are here for you!

  • 244 S. Rainbow Boulevard
  • Las Vegas, NV 89145
  • Phone: (702) 363-1300
  • Fax: (702) 254-0290
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  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • After Hours Emergency: Las Vegas Animal Emergency Hospital
  • (702) 822-1045
  • Neil A. Patton

    Veterinarian / Practice Owner
    Born in Upstate New York, Dr. Patton has considered Las Vegas his hometown since 1962. By Vegas standards, that makes him practically a native! Dr. Patton is a graduate of Rancho High School, where he met his wife and co-owner, Erna. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) with an interest in wildlife management and medicine and graduated in 1976 with a dual Baccalaureate in Biology and Zoology and a minor in Chemistry. He decided to combine his interest in both fields, and was accepted to Colorado State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Patton graduated Colorado State University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, and decided to return to his hometown of Las Vegas. "With parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister, there was a practice just waiting for me". In 1983 he did just that and became the proud owner of Rainbow Animal Hospital. Many years later Dr. Patton continues to be on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, keeping his hospital supplied with the latest technology.  In addition, he is a big advocate of his team members attending continuing education classes. His special interests include veterinary dentistry, cardiac disease, laparoscopy and ultrasonography. He also has a special interest in working with the wonderful clients who rescue those beautiful gentle Greyhounds.

    Dr. Patton is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Dental Society. He was also honored by Las Vegas Life magazine out of over 300 veterinarians, as one of the city’s best vets and has received numerous nominations from his clients for Pet's Best Insurance's annual "My Vet's the Best" contest.

    When not attending a continuing education class somewhere he can be found enjoying photography, especially wildlife photography, hiking, and in general loving the great outdoors. He also enjoys going to the gym (a necessity being over 50), reading, and going to the movies. Except for one old mangy male cat, Timmy, Dr. Patton has the challenge of living in a household of females. He and Erna have two daughters, Lindsay,  and Jordan. "It has been wonderful seeing our two girls grow into the beautiful individuals they are today". Rounding out the female roster include canines: Penny Lane, the Golden Retriever, Becky, the yapping Papillion, felines: Rachel, and Shelby, his wife’s soul mate.

    "I truly love my profession. Each day brings new challenges. Like the day Maggie, a Labrador Retriever, was brought in after someone saw her swallow a golf ball at the driving range. Radiographs revealed that these had become something of a regular dietary supplement. Six were surgically removed from her stomach. She has since then entered rehab, and is now the spokes dog for GBEA, Golf Ball Eaters Anonymous".

    "If you are fortunate enough to have a companion pet that lives to be 16-20 years of age, remember he or she is equivalent to a 90-100 human being, and you are a fortunate soul indeed".
  • Elizabeth L Wolf

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Elizabeth Wolf has been a member of our professional staff since 1999.  Las Vegas born, and Mid-West raised, she grew up in Missouri.  She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) where she graduated in 1993 with a Baccalaureate of Science in Biology, and a dual minor in Chemistry and French.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

    When she began college it was Dr. Wolf's desire to go into research.  She soon realized that meant a whole lot of time watching fruit flies breed, or the equivalent.  Her journey led her to a volunteer position at Noah's Ark Animal Hospital in Columbia, Missouri where she spent long hours doing kennel work and multiple flea and tick bathes for free.  There, she found her calling, and loved it.  When she learned she could combine the hands-on work with medicine and surgery, she decided a career in veterinary medicine was for her.  The following year she was accepted into the school of veterinary medicine and years later is still following her professional passion.  Her special areas of interest include anesthesiology, pain management, dentistry and feline medicine, including feline rescue.  She has the honor of holding the unofficial title of the Rainbow Cat Pimp!

    Dr. Wolf is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a National Public Radio member, a member of the Ultimate Players Association, and a proud card carrying member of the Mizzou Alumni Association.

    In 2003 the former Elizabeth Steininger met and married Eric Wolf, and today are the proud parents of Eileen and Gabe.  When not doting over her son and daughter, Dr. Wolf enjoys swimming, hiking, cycling, downhill skiing, yoga, and is a voracious reader.  The Wolf Family also share their home with Millie, a rescue cat, Petunia, also a rescue cat, who survived facial reconstruction surgery after being hit by a car as a stray, and keeping the cats in line is Typhon, a mixed breed dog.
  • Alric Vensand

    Associate Veterinarian
    Born and raised in the beautiful city of Littleton, Colorado, associate veterinarian Alric Vensand  moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University.  He received his Baccalaureate of Science in Microbiology in 2003.  Fulfilling his lifetime ambition of becoming a Veterinarian, he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2007, and decided to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada where he became part of our talented professional team.  

    Dr. Vensand is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and his medical passion lies in internal medicine, neurology, endoscopy, and laparoscopy. He feels fortunate to be part of this profession, as it is truly an amazing profession.  He feels every day brings new challenges, and the chance to help his patients and their quality of life with their human family members.

    Dr. Vensand and his wife, Kim share their home with Monty (a German Shorthaired Pointer), Abby (a Cairn Terrier Mix), and their two felines, Suzie (the boss of the house), and Jack. In their spare time Dr. Vensand and Kim enjoy going to movies, hiking, and traveling (their favorite destinations are Colorado and Disneyland).
  • Erna Patton

    Business Manager / Co-Owner
    Erna Patton has been married to not only her best friend, but also co-owner, Dr. Neil Patton since 1975.  Being one of the few actual native Las Vegans, they met at Rancho High School, and were later married while attending UNLV.  In 1976 their life's journey took them to Fort Collins, Colorado for Dr. Patton to attend Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  "I feel fortunate to have been a part of that process, and saw firsthand and respect the amount of dedication it takes to obtain your DVM degree.  My style of business management is quite simple.  If there is a major financial decision to be made, I first consult with the two Chairmen of the Board.  If they are either eating or napping (95% of the time) then I resort to the time honored Harvard Business School approved method of Rock, Paper, or Scissors.  Dr. Neil and Erna have been blessed with two amazing daughters, Lindsay and Jordan, and a houseful of sometimes less than amazing 4-legged kids, especially when one of them leaves a "present" on the floor.  Currently residing in the Patton home are:  Penny Lane, the crazy Golden Retriever, Becky, the Papillion and 2 cats:  Rachel, and the most precious soul in the feline world, Shelby.  

    In what little spare time Erna has she enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her family, going to the movies, especially dumb comedies, and trying to squeeze out an extra hour or two of the day to walk/run with their Golden.  "My favorite quote is by Camus.  It is:  Live to the Point of Tears.  In this profession sometimes they are tears of sadness, when we have to say good-bye to one of our long time patients, but mostly they are tears of joy.
  • Jeanne

    Business Manager
    Jeanne has been an integral part of Rainbow Animal Hospital since 1986.  Jeanne was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia.  She attended Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and was 2/3 of the way in completing her Associates degree in Animal Health Technology when she met "the boy".  In 1986 she and Sean moved to Las Vegas.  They are the pround parents of teenage daughter, Brynn.

    As a child Jeanne's parents were involved in the pet care industry.  She always loved helping out when one of the pups had to go to the Vet, and thought she might like to be involved in the medical aspect of animal care.  Little did she know at the time that one day she would manage a large successful practice.  Also, at that time, she was not aware that her life would be blessed to have in it a beautiful domestic long hair kitty for 21 years, Miss Manny.  She was Jeanne's first pet as an adult, and her first child, with a personality as unique as her looks.  Miss Manny crossed over the "Rainbow Bridge" in late 2007.  Because of this once in a lifetime bond they shared, Jeanne is very cognizant of the human-animal bond, and the role the Veterinarians and the supporting healthcare team provide in managing a pet's quality of life.

    In Jeanne's spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music, watching movies (or catching up on dvr'd shows!) and making great memories with family and friends.  True to the occupational hazard of working at a veterinary hospital, Jeanne, Sean, and their daughter Brynn share their home and an industrial strength vacuum with two Labrador brothers, Cole and Tanner, and four cats: Momma, Prince, Twisty, and Thombrady.
  • Summer

    Practice Manager
    Summer became a Rainbow healthcare team member in 2004.  Born in Ottawa, Canada she came to Las Vegas by way of sunny beautiful San Diego.  After 20 years of enjoying the California lifestyle of sun, surf, and sand, she and her significant other, Scott,  decided to make Las Vegas their hometown.

    Her interest in veterinary medicine began at the age of 7 when she was actively involved in the care of her first pet, a black cat named Ashley.  At the age of 12 she began doing volunteer work at a family veterinary practice.  After volunteering there for several years, she accepted a permanent position dividing her time between being a receptionist and a veterinary assistant.  When she arrived at Rainbow, she decided to focus on client care by beginning as a Customer Service Representative, then later promoted to Practice Manager.  Her organizational skills are phenomenal, and she is responsible for keeping Erna and Jeanne on task – not an easy feat on some days!

    She has a special interest in pet weight management, much to Jimmy and Jack’s displeasure.  She has seen firsthand that so many secondary medical issues can be prevented by making smart food choices for our pets.  She is also crazy about Australian Shepherds and Border Collies (or any mix involving the two), and greatly enjoys the opportunity to visit with them at work!

    In Summer’s spare time she enjoys riding motorcycles and vintage Italian scooters, cooking, camping, off-roading, photography, reading and most of all, just kicking back and enjoying life with good friends.

    Summer and Scott married in November of 2013, and share their life with Bodacious, an Aussie-mix pound puppy with an appetite for TV remotes, books, and other various and sundry things, and Cessna, the Border Collie (named after Summer’s fondness for airplanes), otherwise known as "the good dog!"
  • Dan

    Hospital Operations Manager
    Since 1999, Dan has been Rainbow Animal Hospital’s lifeline to technology.  Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, his career in the Army brought him to Las Vegas in 1989. As the hospital’s Operations Manager, he is literally responsible for maintaining the working knowledge of every piece of equipment on premise.  He is constantly excited and amazed at the technology that is being rapidly introduced into the field of Veterinary Medicine on a daily basis.  Equipment and procedures, such as digital radiography and endoscopy, that not to long ago, were only available on the human side of medicine are today considered the gold standard of care in Veterinary Medicine. Dan has been instrumental in implementing those procedures and the equipment required to our practice. One minute you’ll find him troubleshooting a $50,000 piece of surgical equipment, the next minute, explaining to Erna that the reason she can’t hear sound from her I-Pod player is because she doesn’t have the volume turned on.  He certainly earns his much deserved time off as he runs the gauntlet past Erna’s desk, Jeanne’s desk, then past Dr. Patton’s desk without hearing, "Dan, do you have a quick moment"?

    When he's not busy making sure the practice is running smoothly, Dan enjoys camping, hiking, music, and after recent adventures to Maui, Hawaii, is learning to play the Ukulele.  Being the Renaissance Man that he is, Dan claims to no children, but has birthed several wonderful vacations!

    Married to Carolyn since 1999, their home is filled with the pitter-patter of their rescued dogs: Biscuit, the Rat Terrier and Ozzy, the Pekingese.  

    Dan lives by the philosophy that "the only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you".  If only everyone could see the world that way, as Louis Armstrong sung…"What a wonderful world".
  • Ann

    Licenced Veterinary Technician; Manager
    As Manager of the Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Techs in Training, and Veterinary Assistants, Ann has been a valued Rainbow healthcare team member since 1994.  She holds the honor of being one of the first graduates of the accelerated Veterinary Technicians program at the College of Southern Nevada.

    Being a native California "Valley-Girl" from Lancaster, California, she married her high school sweetheart, Chris, and moved to her newly adopted hometown of Las Vegas.  After 14 years of marriage, and 10 years in the making, Ann and Chris received their true blessing.  They are the proud parents of one very handsome young son, Taylor.  Keeping Chris, Ann, and Taylor in line is one crazy Pekingese named "Wookie", whose talent is bringing you her squeaky toys, and being able to identify all of them, and "Spotter" the rabbit.

    Ever since Ann was a little girl she would be the one bringing home the wounded bunny, bird, or stray animal and would nurse them back to health.  She still maintains that passion in her adult life as she assists Dr. Patton in his laparoscopies and procedures.  She also holds a special interest in dentistry and feline medicine.  In fact, it was Ann that took two very tiny abandoned kittens home every night and tube and bottle fed them every 2-3 hours until they were able to eat on their own.  Those two rascals grew up and became Dr. Patton's cats!

    In the little spare time a working Mom has, Ann enjoys camping, cooking, and motorcycle riding with her family and friends.

    True to Ann's philosophy, she believes animals are not just pets.  They are family.  In fact, many say they are their children.  She is devoted to helping them live longer and healthier lives as part of our family members.
  • Marie

    Licenced Veterinary Technician
    Marie has been a member of the Rainbow healthcare team since 2005.  She is another great example of the College of Southern Nevada's Veterinary Technicians program.  

    Born in Santa Clara, California, she moved to Tonopah, Nevada in 1987, and considered Tonopah her hometown until 1998, when she moved to Las Vegas to pursue her education.  She has always had a love of medicine, and began her medical career as a CNA, on the way to becoming an RN, when she had an epiphany!  It came to her that perhaps she liked animals a little more than humans.  She has a special interest in the study of parasites and microbiology, and wound management.

    When not keeping us in line at the hospital, she enjoys fishing and relaxing with her family.  True to the fisherman's creed:  Any day fishing is a good day!  She shares her life with her awesome daughter, Ronnie, and her wonderful significant other, Frankie, along with Dozer, the mystery (Basset perhaps?) mutt, Ringo, a mixed breed terrier puppy, and Bam the cat!

    To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.  We are fortunate to have a team member with that positive outlook on life.
  • Holly

    Licenced Veterinary Technician
    Holly has been a Las Vegas resident since she moved to Nevada from Sterling Heights, Michigan in 1995. Driven by a lifelong love of animals, she pursued her childhood dream of becoming a part of the veterinary field, and obtained her credentials as a licensed veterinary technician. Holly joined the Rainbow Animal Hospital team in 2010.

    When she isn't busy assisting with surgeries or performing dental cleanings, Holly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching movies, listening to music, dancing, traveling, and visiting the happiest place on earth (Disneyland!).

    At this time, Holly has one rescue kitty named Sadie (a.k.a. Poop).
  • Tracy

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

     

    LVT, Tracy joined the ranks of our liced veterinary technical staff in October, 2011. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Tracy grew up in a home that always had cats around; her sister would never miss an opportunity to bring in a friendly stray to add to the family. Ever the animal lover, Tracy aspired to become a licensed veterinary technician, and decided to enroll in the Veterinary Technology Program at the College of Southern Nevada. She can usually be found in the back office, tending to patients in need, assisting the doctors in surgery, and performing dental prophys.

     

    Tracy is a fan of movies, hiking, traveling, dancing, and spending time with her three furry family members: kitties "ZsaZsa", "Lucifer", and "Puff Daddy". She lives by the mantra: "Something's lost, but something's gained in living every day".

  • Cindi

    Licenced Veterinary Technician

    Our newest veterinary technician, Cindi, came to Las Vegas in 2004 by way of Dunmore Pennsylvania (a borough of Scranton).  Cindi always remembers having cats and dogs growing up, and began volunteering in the local shelters at the young age of 16. After completing the veterinary technology program, and becoming a licensed technician, Cindi worked in the field at other practices before joining our team in May of 2013. She has a special interest in small animal medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Most of the time, Cindi is hidden in the back office, administering care to hospitalized patients, performing teeth cleaning, and assisting with surgeries.

    Cindi’s furry family consists of 15 year old domestic Long-haired cat “Fluff Puff”, 14 year old Chihuahua “Oliver”, and 2 year old short-haired kitties, “Pickles” and “Oliver”.  On her off-time, Cindi’s hobbies are swimming, hiking, line-dancing, shopping, and listening to county music.  Her favorite quote is: “Safe & secure are never truly fulfilling… to give up passion is to give up all”

     

  • Amber

    Customer Service Representative
    Amber was born a Chelsea, Massachusetts army brat.  Being a member of a military family she has made several trips across the country and beyond – hanging her hat in Japan, Hawaii, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, California, and Washington D.C. In 1993 she decided to call Las Vegas, Nevada home.  She is the proud mother of two lovely daughters, Mackenzie, and fellow Rainbow customer service rep, Madison!

    Amber has always been involved with animals professionally, working in pet stores when she was younger, as a sales representative for wholesale pet companies, and as a volunteer at Keepers of the Wild. In August, 2005, Rainbow Animal Hospital had the privilege of Amber joining our healthcare team as a customer service representative, though she now works full-time at a human medical facility during the week, Amber is still an awesome part of our Saturday front desk team!

    Amber’s very feathered & furry family includes Zonker, the thirty+ year old (yes, you heard us right!) Blue Front Amazon (with a speech impediment), and Hannah (aka: Hannibal, as in Hannibal Lecter) a very sassy chow-mix, (who is usually found hungrily eying Zonker).  Amber enjoys getting together with friends, camping, playing bingo, and making "sock-dogs" (colorful puppets made from fun socks).  Amber’s motto is: Enjoy Life! There is plenty of time to be dead.
  • Lindsay

    Customer Service Representative
    Lindsay has been part of the Rainbow Animal Hospital family, and coincidentally also part of the Patton family since birth!  As urban legend goes, (aka: her Mom) when most newborns are discharged from the hospital, their first stop is their home with their beautifully decorated nursery, and adoring family members waiting to meet the newest member of the family.  Well, being a Vet’s kid, Lindsay’s first stop was Rainbow Animal Hospital.  Dr. Patton had a critical patient he needed to check on, and because there is no such thing as a "quick check" Lindsay also received her first feeding, and diaper change during that visit.  Thanks to the staff, when they knew Dr. Patton and Erna were on their way in,  as the new parents walked through the back door of the clinic, looking "guinea-pig scared" holding this tiny baby they were greeted with balloons, cake, champagne, and a box of "it’s a girl" cigars.  Today Lindsay is one of our seasoned customer service representatives.

    Lindsay attended Shiloh Christian School, Faith Lutheran, and graduated from the College of Southern Nevada High School, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2008, Lindsay met her soul mate, Lambo, and they married in October 2011. Their furry family includes Kelsey, a beautiful black and white cat with huge green eyes, Jackie, an adorable but mischievous kitten, whose hobbies include getting into everything and wrestling with Kelsey, and their two Pomeranians Louie, and Dante.

    When not at the clinic or school, Lindsay enjoys shopping…duh! reading, hiking, video games, spending time with friends, going to the movies, but much to her Mother’s chagrin, not comedies, but the horror genre.

    Growing up as a Vet’s kid, Lindsay has seen firsthand the tragic outcome that results of not spaying or neutering your pet, both in the overpopulation of unwanted pets, and the medical conditions that result from not performing this routine procedure.  Her philosophy in this situation is; if you are thinking of adding to your family, please visit the shelter first.  There are many friendly happy faces, most of which are already spayed, neutered, and vaccinated just begging to be part of your family.  Both of her cats are rescued cats, and are her pride and joy. 
  • Lindsey

    Customer Service Representative

    Lindsey, another Las Vegas native started in the animal industry in 2006, working at a doggie daycare, and volunteering at local shelters.  While working at the daycare, Lindsey began gaining knowledge and working with a canine behaviorist, which sparked an interest in animal medicine. Wanting to learn more about the medical side of her canine companions, Lindsey began working at an animal hospital in 2012 as an animal care provider. Because of her extensive background in customer service, and her compassion for the bond between people and their pets, it quickly became clear that Lindsey was well suited for a position in reception where she could experience the both the human side, and the animal side of veterinary medicine, and she started working as a veterinary receptionist. We're sure glad she did, because in November 2013, Lindsey became a member of our front desk team, and has excelled as one of our compassionate customer service representatives ever since. (Now the trick is: figuring out which Lindsey you are speaking to when one of them answers the phone!)

    When she is not at Rainbow greeting clients, Lindsey enjoys relaxing at home with boyfriend, Jon, or taking their menagerie of pups (Lab mix - Maggie, Husky - Diesel, Chocolate Lab - Boo, German Shepherd - Charlie, and Basset Hound – Molly!), adventuring at the lake or in the mountains. Lindsey’s motto is: “Think big, dream bigger….ready…set… pull the trigger!”

     

  • Jenna

    Customer Service Representative

    Almost considered a native - Jenna moved from Phoenix, Arizona with her family when she was only five.  In March of 2014, Jenna joined our front desk team as a skilled customer service rep with over five years of experience in the veterinary field. We knew immediately that she was a great fit!  You can count on seeing Jenna up front Monday through Thursday, cuddling with the patients and handing out treats as they check out after their appointments.  

    Jenna has been an animal lover since she was a little girl, and has never ever been without a pet pooch (or two!), so a career involving animals seemed like a big plus. She has a special interest in animal behavior and animal rescue. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys taking her pups – Basset Hound, Bandit, and chow-hound, Buster the Beagle, for visits to Red Rock or Mount Charleston, along with listening to music, and spending time with her family and her boyfriend Steve (and his German Shep, Rex). Her philosophy on life is: “Life is about the moments. Don’t wait for them... create them!”

  • Liz

    Customer Service Representative

    Our newest cheery face at the front desk belongs to Liz, who is a new transplant to Las Vegas! A world traveler: Liz has called many different places “home”, including Guam, Hawaii, Germany, Virginia, California, and most recently, Texas, before making her way to Las Vegas (and Rainbow Animal Hospital) in the summer of 2014.

    Liz has always been an animal lover (in fact, if she could, she says she’d live on a ranch), but 2007 was the year that she realized she was meant for a career in the veterinary profession. After a beloved pet of hers fell ill, Liz became interested in gaining knowledge about animal medicine. She went to school to become a veterinary technician, and has worked for many years both behind the scenes, and at the front desk. She now puts that experience and bubbly personality to use as one of our knowledgeable CSRs, and helps out in the back whenever needed. Liz’s special interests in the field include animal emergency medicine, rehabilitation, and animal behavior.

    When she’s not cuddling with the patients and making clients smile, Liz spends her time with her best friend & love, MJ, and their crazy, loyal, attention-seeking fur-child, “Chako”. Forever an Island girl at heart, Liz loves anything involving sun & water, plus reading, photography, and catching up on sleep! Her outlook on life is an uplifting one! “Every minute spent angry is 60 seconds of happiness, wasted.”

     

  • Sasha

    Veterinary Assistant

    Veterinary assistant, Sasha, is a true East Coast girl, having been born in Staten Island, New York and living there for 12 years before moving to Las Vegas.  While working as a kennel attendant at another hospital, she observed the interaction between the technician and the patient, and it confirmed in her mind that she wanted to expand her knowledge and work more closely with medical patients.  

    Sasha has a special interest in pharmacology because she loves to research and learn the different uses and effects of medicine, as well as radiology, which allows the doctor and tech to be able to see in real time what is happening inside the body and how to proceed with treatment.

    As with most of us in Veterinary Medicine, there is usually a special case that stays with us, and bonds us to the field, confirming our belief in the human-animal bond.  For Sasha it was a beagle with congestive heart failure.  She would present once a week with a build up of fluid that would require draining the fluid from her abdomen. She was such a sweet dog that weekly would endure an abdominocyntesis that Sasha would assist with.  She became quite attached to her.  A patient that Sasha will never forget, and makes her the great veterinary assistant that she is today. At present, Sasha primarily assists Dr Patton with his cases and patients. You can usually count on her being a part of your pet's visit or calling to follow up and see how they are doing.

    A huge fitness fan, Sasha's spare time is spent working out every day at the gym and showing off her Zumba moves! She also loves concerts and music festivals, as well as hanging out with good friends. Sasha shares her life with two cats, Eugene, an orange tabby, and a female black shorthaired kitty named Ninja Star, as well as a Colombian Red Tail Boa Constrictor named Yayo. In 2013 she bid farewell to her Rottweiler Bacall, after 14 amazing years.

    Sasha’s mantra in life is:  "Life is too precious and short.  Love life – because in a blink of an eye it could be over".  Something we should all give pause to.

  • Courtney

    Veterinary Assistant

    Veterinary Assistant, Courtney, is a home-grown Southwestern girl.  Born in Tucson, Arizona, she graduated Arizona State University in 2002.  After graduation she spent two years living in San Diego, where she spent most weekends at the San Diego Zoo.  In 2004 she moved to her new hometown of Las Vegas and attended the Pima Medical Institute, where she received her certification of Veterinary Assistant in 2006, and immediately became a part of our team.

    Married to her longtime sweetheart Brad in 2007, they are pet parents to 3 rescued cats, Boots, Sammy, & Pattycakes, along with (quite possibly the world's cutest) Chihuahua, Nana and super-shy Border Collie Mix Pip, who was so misunderstood, that they saved her from a very uncertain future.

    Courtney finds it gratifying and rewarding to do her part in helping animals get well.  She feels that the veterinary field brings new challenges every day, and is never boring. Courtney now works on-call as a "relief" assistant, filling in whenever she is needed. She has also put her years of experience to use volunteering at a local spay and neuter clinic, and other charity organizations.

    Courtney is also a certified fitness hip-hop instructor, and spends the majority of her time at the gym, staying healthy by taking Pilates & Zumba classes, and helping others get fit with the "Be-Bad Hip-Hop" program. Courtney also enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, Starbucks, spending time with good friends, and going to concerts and stage productions. 

     
    She is also a big advocate of looking at the shelter if you are ready to bring a new companion into your life. There are so many unwanted animals in Las Vegas' many shelters, and her 5 furr-kids are proof that rescue pets can bring you as much joy and purchased pets.

  • Matt

    Veterinary Assistant
    Born and raised in Bellville, Texas, Matt came to Las Vegas after an eight year stint in the United States Marine Corps.   For the past fifteen years he has resided both here, and briefly in Arizona before joining the Rainbow Animal Hospital healthcare team as one of our very skilled veterinary assistants.   Growing up in Texas, Matt's family did rehabilitation work with animals that had been seized by animal control. He saw firsthand the consequences of abusive relationships by the hand of humans toward helpless animals. Matt followed in his family’s footsteps, and decided to pursue a career in the field of veterinary medicine, and is dedicated to helping our furry friends’ live better lives.  His favorite part of veterinary medicine is seeing a patient leave the hospital healthy and whole after coming in seriously injured or ill.

    Matt is an avid video-gamer, and also enjoys snorkeling and scuba diving. He participates in a charity event called Extra Life that helps supply Children's Hospitals with board and video games for young patients. Matt's philosophy on life is: "Life is grand, love is real, and beauty is everywhere." This is one "geek" that we are happy to have as a member of our healthcare team.
  • Elena

    Animal Care Provider
    After earning an Associates Degree at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, Elena spent several years serving in the United States Armed Forces before moving to Las Vegas with her family.  Elena joined the Rainbow Animal Hospital health care team in 2001, and is our senior animal care provider.  She is the mother of a beautiful daughter Hope, who was in the National Junior Honor Society for three years in high school, and is now attending college.

    Over the years, Elena has been known to stay up around the clock nursing abandoned kittens back to health and finding homes for any stray fuzz balls that come her way.  She has had more than her fair share of "special needs" pets of her own – including a dog who had both eyes removed and a cat who had to receive fluids every week to combat kidney failure.  Any animal residing in Elena’s home is a lucky one indeed; the dedication she has to caring for her pets is phenomenal.  Her current menagerie consists of both feathers and fur, with two cats, two cockatiels, two parakeets, and Shih Tzus Cheena, Butch, George, and Gracie (all rescues!) ruling the roost.  Ever the animal lover – in her free time, Elena enjoys anything that can be done with her pets and her daughter at her side.
  • Toni

    Animal Care Provider
    Animal care provider, Toni was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Las Vegas when she was eleven years old.  Despite her dislike for warm weather, Toni has remained in the valley with her husband of over twenty years, and two beautiful children, affectionately nicknamed "Sissy" and "Boo." After raising her human and numerous four-legged kids, Toni began to go a little stir crazy (lucky for us!) and decided to pursue a part-time position as an animal care provider.  Since she is a natural at taking care of any living thing, she was a perfect candidate for feeding, watering, walking, and fawning over our patients.

    The members of her family that have tails (the only ones, we hope!) include Nyxie the black lab, Candycane the Papillon princess, Chico the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tigger, a twenty one year old feline, other cats – Buster, Leo, Clyde, and Marvin, and one very long "tailed"critter…….. Trinity, the two year old corn snake. In the feathered department is "Bird" the dove. Toni has an especially close bond with Candycane.  She was a regular boarding patient at the practice Toni previously worked at, and Toni always looked forward to her visits. It was love at first sight!  In 2005, Toni’s mother, with whom she was very close, passed away.  After struggling with her mother’s passing, Toni was approached by Candycanes owners who were moving away and could not keep her. They knew how much Candycane meant to Toni, and wanted Toni to have her.  In her heart, she feels that Candycane was a gift that was sent to help her through the most difficult time of her life.

    Toni has an interest in forensics, and enjoys reading books and watching documentaries about the subject.  She also likes to study various religions and takes pleasure in reading novels by the psychic, Sylvia Brown. Her very favorite activity is spending time with her two human grand-babies. Toni's favorite words to live by are: "Be the person your dog thinks you are."
  • Shawntelle

    Animal Care Provider

    The newest addition to our animal care provider team is Las Vegas local, Shawntelle.  Joining our team in October of 2013, Shawntelle came to us after working a short while at a grooming facility, and volunteering at the Lied Animal Shelter.  She is “animal-crazy”, and absolutely hates to see any animal not feeling well. When she’s not busy keeping the facility clean as a whistle, Shawntelle can be found cooing & cuddling with our boarders and taking them out for walks.

    Shawntelle’s favorite breed of dog is the pug, despite their tendency to snore, and sneeze all over you while trying to administer kisses!! She’s got plenty of experience with this, as she and her mom share their home with their two fur-babies, “Cash” the Pug, and “Harley”, a Brussels Griffon/Pug mix.

    In her spare time, Shawntelle enjoys relaxing, along with spending time with her friends, and watching her niece and nephew grow into amazing young individuals! Throughout her life, she always remembers to stay positive, keeping in mind in any situation the saying that she learned from her dad: “This too shall pass”.

  • Kenny

    Kennel Attendant/Grounds

    Kenny was first introduced to Rainbow Animal Hospital when he came to us in 2005 for his externship after completing the Pima Veterinary Assistant Program.  Many moons later, he returned as a full-time member of our staff in 2014. Kenny wears many hats in the practice, dividing his time between attending to the kennel and boarding patients, assisting the technicians, & maintaining the facility and grounds – (not to mention all the heavy-lifting!) The cleanliness that we maintain at our hospital is largely thanks to Kenny’s extreme attention to detail and never-ending crusade against fur and dust!

    Animals have always been a part of Kenny’s life. His mother was a veterinary technician, so the house was always full of pets when he was growing up.  Kenny moved to Las Vegas from Newport Beach, California in 1986, and has been here ever since.  Prior to joining the Rainbow Animal Hospital family, Kenney worked as a diver at a local aquarium, feeding exotic fish, and maintaining their habitat. These days, his charges are a bit louder, and furrier! Kenny is especially fond of large and mixed breed dogs, and enjoys the opportunity to spend time with them at work!

    When he’s not keeping Rainbow Animal Hospital shipshape, Kenny enjoys an active lifestyle of ice hockey, roller hockey, surfing, skating, and fishing with his boys. He shares his life with wife, Tasha, sons Parker and Shayne, and their 90lb boxer/rottie mix – “Thomas”.  

     

  • Jimmy James

    Co-Chairman of the Board
    I have decided to tell my own story, because as someone famous once said, "the truth will set you free".  But who am I kidding?  Why would I want to give up this sweet gig I have going here.  I arrived at Rainbow Animal Hospital as a very, very, sick kitten.  I was not expected to live, and in fact was heading toward the "Rainbow Bridge" by the minute.  Through the expertise of the doctors and staff, the administration of an experimental drug, and lots of tender loving care, I pulled through.  I do recall being swaddled in one of Erna’s daughters’ old baby blankets and her carrying me around in a makeshift baby/kitten sling.  I am still seeing a therapist on a weekly basis for that experience!  Being Co-Chairman of the Board takes a lot out of me and sleep is a necessity.  When not sleeping or eating I usually make the rounds sitting in front of Dr. P, Jeanne, or Erna’s computer screen or walking across their keyboard.  Sometimes I visit Dan in his office; after all he has a refrigerator in his room.  I especially love Tuesdays when all the team members gather in my office for their so called staff meeting.  We all know they come to shower me with attention, not to discuss clinic nonsense.  Lately I’ve become a little leery of Summer.  She has taken upon the duty of being the dietary taskmaster of Jack and me.  Oh how I loved the days when Jeanne or Erna would toss me the crust of Verrazano’s pizza just to get me off their desk.  I had them trained well!  When not advising the management team (seriously, I don’t know how they get anything done without consulting me) you can usually find me enjoying the sunshine in one of the cat towers on the upstairs patio overlooking the comings and goings of our wonderful clients.  If you see me, be sure to wave, and if perhaps a pizza crust comes flying my way, I won’t turn it down….that is why I’m called the "Carbo Kitty".
  • Just Jack

    Co-Chairman of the Board
    Just Jack came to be part of our Rainbow family under tragic circumstances, but with a happy ending.  He was out for a mid-day stroll when he was confronted by a group of hooligans.  They taunted and teased him then grabbed him by his front legs and started swinging him around like a rag doll.  A Good Samaritan, or as Jack likes to refer to her, his Guardian Angel, came to his rescue.  She gave the teenage boys a good tongue lashing, and then brought him into Rainbow for emergency care. After recovering from shock and several lacerations a decision needed to be made concerning his right front leg, which was shattered.  The doctors at Rainbow and 2 board certified orthopedic surgeons all agreed his leg could be amputated, or left alone and used as a crutch when he walked.  He was not in pain so his leg was left attached, and he has a built in crutch.  "I don’t know why I was named Just Jack, except at the time there was a show on TV called Will and Grace, and let’s face the truth.  I do LOVE my brother from another mother, Jimmy James very much".  When not in a management meeting, or intervening when Rock, Paper, or Scissors takes an ugly turn, he can be found visiting the staff lounge looking for a handout when Summer is not looking, or laying in the sunshine by the doctor’s desk.  Sometimes he visits Jimmy in one of the cat towers on the patio, so be sure to give a "shout-out" if you see him.  In spite of his early encounter with humans that did not go well, Just Jack is full of love, and wants nothing more than to sit on his humans' laps and give sandpaper kisses. He is an absolute joy to be around, for all of the Rainbow team.