Rainbow Animal Hospital

Rainbow Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, that has been family owned and operated by a local veterinarian for over 35 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!

  • Sat, Sun: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • After Hours Emergency: VE+CC (702) 262-7070
  • N. Rainbow Vet Emergency Hospital (702) 262-7080
  • Neil A. Patton DVM

    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 60), reading, and going to the movies. 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 roster of pets includes canines: Penny Lane, the Golden Retriever, and felines Finley O'Patton, 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".
  • Alric Vensand DVM

    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) and their cat Jack. In their spare time Dr. Vensand and Kim enjoy going to movies, hiking, and traveling (their favorite destinations are Colorado and Disneyland).
  • Debra Cortez DVM CVA

    Associate Veterinarian
    Originally from California, Dr. Cortez moved here to Las Vegas when she was eleven. Growing up with horses, cows, pigs, and chickens, Dr. Cortez began working with animals from a young age. Dr. Cortez went on to graduate Colorado State with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After moving back home, she joined our professional team. 

    Dr. Cortez is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Having a special interest in acupuncture, Dr. Cortez is certified with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is also a certified Fear Free veterinarian. Her other interests in the field include pain relief and preventative medicine. 

    In her spare time Dr. Cortez enjoys quilting, camping, and spending time with her family. Dr. Cortez and her husband Ron have 2 children, Nitausha and Ronnie, and 5 grandsons. They share their home with 2 dogs, Allison and Bert, and 2 cats, Burrito and Daisy. 
  • Christine Bercier DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Bercier grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana before going on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in 1993 and then graduating from Louisiana State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. That same year, she moved to Las Vegas, NV to start her veterinary career.  

    After many years in general practice, Dr. Bercier decided to pursue her special interest in Animal Physical Therapy, and earned her Certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinarian Medicine in Dec of 2015. We first met Dr. Bercier long before joining our team, as she offered exceptional overnight/emergency care to our patients while working at a nearby emergency hospital. She has also spent time in specialty practice and has had years of experience offering veterinary relief services to animal hospitals across the valley. 

    Dr. Bercier's four legged family members include two felines. In her free time, Dr. Bercier enjoys hiking, backpacking, rafting - any outdoor adventure she can find! 
  • Lindsay

    Hospital Manager
    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. 

    Lindsay graduated from the College of Southern Nevada High School in 2003, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2008, Lindsay met her soul mate, Lambo, and they married in October 2011. 

    When not at the clinic or school, Lindsay enjoys yoga, meditation, shopping, reading, hiking, and video games.

    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. Her second philosophy is to sign up for pet insurance, as early in your pet's life as possible. The peace of mind it brings is well worth it. 
  • 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 chihuahua mixes, Minkie and Maui. 

    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".
  • Ashley LVT

    Licensed Veterinary Technician; Manager/Head Technician
    Ashley is a born and raised desert rat. Ever since she was little, she had a love of animals. When she was eighteen, she worked in exotic pet retail. Wanting to continue this path working with animals she attended and graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a veterinary technician. Over the years her love of treating animals has continued to grow. The most rewarding part of the job she says, is sending pets home healthy to their waiting moms and dads. Seeing clients with love and tears in their eyes as they take their fur babies home reaffirms her devotion to this career. 
    She shares her home with a whole bevy of animals, and some of the human sort. Happily married to Dean, they share their home with their friend and roommate Connor, the dogs: Ruby, Achilles, Havoc, and Little Homeless Homie, the cats: Storm, Tiger, Monster, Chaos, and Butters, and some lizards and fish too! Quite the full house!
    In her spare time Ashley loves to go hiking, camping, tend to her garden, and paint. With a green thumb and a love of art, her projects are always beautiful and inspiring. 

    "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we chose to act upon." -Sirius Black 
  • Ann LVT

    Licenced Veterinary Technician
    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.  

    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 LVT

    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, her wonderful partner Frankie, and Ringo, a mixed breed terrier puppy.

    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.
  • Tracy LVT

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

     

    LVT Tracy joined the ranks of our licensed 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 cleanings.


    Tracy is a fan of movies, hiking, traveling, dancing, and shares her life with her significant other, Zach and their three furry family members: kitties "Lucifer", and "Puff Daddy", and pug-mix, Bella. 


    She lives by the mantra: "Something's lost, but something's gained in living every day".

  • Rebekah VTIT

    Veterinary Technician in Training
    Rebekah moved here from Nashville, Tennessee in 2010. She has been an ardent animal lover her entire life, going back to when she was little. Using that passion she is currently working and going to school to become a licensed veterinary technician, with special interests in surgery and dental healthcare. Rebekah shares her home with quite the zoo: her 3 dogs Simpson, Yuna, and Kalin Kessler (to save you the google search, he's a villain from Yu-Gi-Oh!), her 4 cats Tamaki, Sebastian, Aqua, and Namine, Buneary the bunny, and Nathalie the ferret. 
    With what little spare time she can find, Rebekah loves to pursue her creative side. She loves to read and write stories, play video games, draw, sing, and sew for her cosplay projects. 
    A sweetheart and pleasure to be around; we're so happy to have Rebekah. 

    "The heart may be weak. And sometimes it may even give in. But I've learned that deep down there's a light that never goes out!" -Sora, Kingdom Hearts
  • Jorrie VTIT

    Veterinary Technician in Training
    Born and raised, Jorrie is native to the Vegas Valley. As young as age seven Jorrie says she knew she wanted to work with animals. Already an avid reader she religiously studied up on dog breeds and animal facts. Jorrie continued her study of animals, graduating with her veterinary technician in training license this past summer. 

    Jorrie loves be able to work along side people who share the same passion for animals as she does. Her favorite breeds are golden retrievers and german shepherds. 

    Jorrie shares her home with her mother and two brothers, along with Sierra the horse, two dogs Dexter and Maverick, and three cats Riley, Leo, and Meowshi. 

    Jorrie's favorite saying is "Nevertheless, she persisted."

  • Jessica

    Veterinary Assistant
    Bio coming soon
  • Connor

    Veterinary Assistant
    Connor moved to Vegas from Point Pleasant, New Jersey in September 2012. An avid animal lover, Connor has been around animals all his life and inescapably found himself drawn to the veterinary field. Having completed the veterinary assistant program at Pima, he is well versed in assisting the doctors with their rooms as well as assisting in the back with patient care and treatments. 
    He shares a home with two wonderful friends who are also animal lovers, boasting 9 dogs and cats as well as a small menagerie of pocket pets and fish. Amongst this veritable jungle of animals, a mouse named Eobard is Connor's pride and joy. 

    When he isn't busy at the clinic you'll find Connor pursing his other interests of podcasting, comic books, video games, film, and art. If you are a listener of podcasts, you can catch him hosting for the phantom zone podcast and movie dumpster podcast!

    Connor says "Life is locomotion. If you aren't moving, you aren't living."

  • Lambo

    Animal Care Provider
    Originally from Chicago, Lambo (or full name Lamberto) moved to Las Vegas when he was 10 years old. After graduating Cimarron high school, he left to serve 4 years in the Navy. Always being interested in healthcare and therapy, Lambo pursued his interests after returning to Vegas. In 2011 he married a crazy cat lady and her veterinary family. Being an animal lover himself, it was a good fit. He gravitated towards veterinary care and joined our team. He loves the connections he makes with the patients he cares for. He is also fluent in Spanish, making him our one and only translator for our Spanish speaking clientele. 
    Lambo and his wife Lindsay share their home with two precious yet demanding kitties, Jackie and Kelsey. In his spare time he loves to hit the trails with his mountain bike, play video games, and cook up new recipes in the kitchen. 

    "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today." James Dean


  • Angie

    Client Service Representative
    Angie was born in Southern California and moved to Henderson for the first time when she was five years old. Over the next few years her family moved back and forth, finally settling in Vegas in the mid 80's. Despite not being able to have her own pets as a kid, Angie has always been fascinated by animals. Angie entered the field in 2011 and would later join our rainbow family in 2016. She has always appreciated the bond between humans and their pets, and is always there for clients with patience and understanding. She is both sensitive and kind, a natural caretaker of both humans and animals. She has been married for 25 years to her husband Tim and is the proud mother of two sons, Travis and Kyle. Her other family members include Ginger the pitbull, Monkey the chihuahua, 2 cats named Allie and Minnie, and a parakeet named Cleo.

    In her spare time Ang enjoys reading, singing, watching movies, bowling, video games, practicing self care, and hanging out with the family. 

    "And in the end, The love you take, Is equal to the love you make." -The Beatles
  • Deonna

    Client Service Representative
    Originally from Illinois, Deonna (also goes by "Dee") moved here to Las Vegas about 20 years ago and soon after started working in the veterinary field. Being a "people person" and an animal lover, she found this profession to be a wonderful fit for her! Deonna says the clients make it fun! Seeing familiar faces on a regular basis, getting to know our clients and their pets, and having the privilege of being there for them, through the highs and lows, makes this the right place for her to be. It must run through the family, as both her twin sister Deanne and her son Quintin are in the field as well! 
    Deonna has worked as both a receptionist and supervisor for the past 15 years in the field, so in addition to her warm and friendly manner, she is well-versed and knowledgeable in so many aspects. Her familiarity with the many royal canin diets earned her recognition in 2014, and she continues her pursuit of learning everything she can!
    In her down time Dee loves to watch animal shows, cooking shows, and documentaries, especially ones about mystery murders and serial killers. The creepier the better!
    Dee shares her life with her man Allen, her daughters Devin and Aleiyha, her sons Nigel and Quintin, and her 3 year old grandbaby they affectionately nicknamed "Pooh". 

    Dee's favorite saying is "Love keeps me here."
  • 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 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
    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 Candycane the Papillon princess, Chico the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, one very long "tailed"critter…….. Trinity, the 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."