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".