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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Hayden

Meet our newest D.V.M. Extern: Hayden

Hayden learned about our D.V.M. externship program through The AVMA externship website. Attracted by the size and setting of the hospital he decided to apply.  “I thought the location was interesting, I’ve never been to Vegas and I’ve never seen a hospital this big” he says.

Kaden is from Lincoln Nebraska, he attended The University of Nebraska to obtain his bachelor’s degree in biology. Initially, he was torn between human and animal medicine but after working at an animal clinic and really enjoying it, he decided to become a veterinarian.

He’s interested in surgery and general practice. One day Hayden hopes to own his own practice. Today he is excited to learn and to see how a hospital this size functions, as well as gaining hands on experience.

He has had pets since childhood and currently owns two dogs, Biscuit and Cotton as well as a domestic short haired cat named Nim.

May 23, 2017 0 44 Views

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What our scrubs mean

Have you ever noticed the many different colors we wear in our hospital? It may seem like we get to wear the color of our choice, but there actually is a reason behind each one.
So what does each hue represent? Well for one thing the colors show which department we are part of. And it tells you a lot about that staff member’s position within Craig Road Animal Hospital.

By Tianna Winters

Sarah is Supervisor to our Customer Service Representatives

You see the maroon color on our Customer Service Representatives. They deal with our clients and are the first friendly face that you see. Our representatives wear many hats. They can be a greeters, cashiers, or work in our phone room. Customer Service representatives are also the first staff members to handle your pet.

Stephanie is our Lead Exam Room Assistant and Dr. Koenitzer’s assistant

Our Exam Room Assistants wear green. They are here to provide support for our doctors and clients. They are responsible for collecting any information on our patients, providing exams, treatments, and outpatient care. This group also takes special care when communicating with pet owners for follow ups on the status of our patients to provide the best experience possible.

Krista is our Lead Veterinary Technician

Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians and our Veterinary Technicians in Training wear navy. LVTs assist our doctors with the care of the animals and sometimes scrub into surgeries. This position is very hands on when dealing with the care of our patients. This is typically why most LVT’s love their job because they get to have so much interaction with the animals. Our LVT’s must be a graduate from an accredited veterinary technology school, pass the National Veterinary Technician exam and be licensed in the state of Nevada.

Sean is one of our Veterinary Assistants

Our Veterinary Assistants can be seen wearing royal blue. VA’s will assist our doctors by maintaining the facilities for the animals, and the animals themselves. They monitor patient’s behavior, and deal directly with animal management and care. Although legally you do not need a qualification be a veterinary assistant, at Craig Road we usually require a Veterinary Assistant Certificate which takes a year to earn.

James is our Lead Animal Caretaker

Sky blue can be found on our Animal Care Takers who have the important job of taking care and handling our boarding pets, maintaining a clean and healthy area for our boarders, and ensuring that the same loving care as if they were at home.

Regardless of the color we wear, our number one priority at Craig Road Animal Hospital is the care of your pet. It is a trait that can be easily found in each department because we love your animals as much as you do. Some members of our staff are able to jump in and help a different department because we cross-train. We want all of our staff to be as knowledgeable as possible so that you can receive speedy and consistent quality care. Thank you for choosing Craig Road Animal Hospital, we can’t wait to see you again.

May 11, 2017 0 1779 Views

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Meet our Pets of the Month DAX & BLUE

By: Regina Toney

These adorable puppies belong to Juan and Vanessa of Las Vegas.  DAK (pictured on the left) is a 5-month-old a Pitbull-Shepherd mix.He is full of energy and despite his size, he absolutely loves to play. DAK is a very active puppy and loves to go for runs. 3-month-old BLUE (pictured on the right) is a blue nose, Pitbull. BLUE  is the newest edition to the family. He loves to play as well and to eat as much as he can.

They’re brothers, even though DAK is 3 times BLUE’s sizes and they’re only months apart and it doesn’t stop them from playing with each other. Because  BLUE isn’t intimated from DAK’s size,  they’re constantly playing tug a war with each other! “These boys are still puppies and both are so different but they bring nothing but joy & fun into our lives”

We couldn’t choose between the two, so congratulations DAK & BLUE, you boys tied for our May our 2017 Pet of the Month!

If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month, please use the form here

(don’t forget a picture!) or email us at

May 11, 2017 0 156 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Kimberly

Meet our newest D.V.M. Extern: Kimberly

By: Regina Toney

Kimberly joins Craig Road Animal Hospital as a participant in our externship program.  She attended The University of Rhode Island where she received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she is currently pursuing her D.V.M. at Mississippi State University.

It was in her preschool class, at three-years-old, that she decided that she wanted to be a Veterinarian. “I really like medicine, the study of science and the body, but I really want to work with animals because I have a sweet spot for kittens” Kimberly grew up with a tabby cat named Thomasina, that she looked after for 18 years.

Kimberly heard about what a fantastic opportunity the Craig Road Animal Hospital externship program was, she decided to apply. After working as a Vet-Tech for a few years she wants to become more comfortable performing Doctor tasks. Kimberly is undecided on the career path after graduation. “I’m going back and forth as to whether I’d like to do an internship, or work in an establish practice, after school but I have plenty of time to decide.”

In her downtime, Kimberly loves cooking, kayaking and traveling overseas. In college, she explored Austria, Italy, Ireland, and is hoping to travel more after graduating. She currently looks after a cat named Morgan and Chinchilla named Boomer.

May 3, 2017 0 94 Views

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Meet our Pet of the Month Dexter!

Dexter was adopted from a local animal rescue facility by David S. of Las Vegas. Dexter is an energetic sixteen-week-old Pekingese mix. After  eight weeks together David says that the most rewarding part for him is knowing that he is that he got to be the one to adopt Dexter and providing him a better life.

Dexter’s favorite toy is his big brother, a schnauzer mix that David has had for five years. He says that his dog needed a companion for the times when David is away so he decided to seek a new addition to the family by searching at local shelters. He is happy that the two get along and keep one another company. Dexter is a typical curious, and playful little brother. Dexter loves his toys and playing chase and just being a puppy.

Congratulations Dexter you’re our pet of the month for April 2017!

If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month, please use the form here

(don’t forget a picture!) or email us at

Apr 18, 2017 0 141 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: JENNIFER

Meet our newest extern, Jennifer


By: Regina Toney

We’re excited to introduce Jennifer, our latest D.V.M extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital. Growing up in Sacramento, California, Jennifer had a wide variety of pets, including birds, bunnies, rats, fish, cats, and dogs. “I’ve always wanted to be a vet, I took a nontraditional route experimenting with engineering but ultimately I came back to my love of animals.”

Jennifer completed her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology at The University of California, Davis. Jennifer is currently attending Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Jennifer has an active interest in “ One Health Initiative,”  this organization is a coalition dedicated to the health of humans, animals, and the environment. She currently serves as President of Midwestern University’s One Health Initiative Club.

Jennifer expects to learn as much as possible, complete more “Hands on training” and come away with unique experiences from Craig Road Animal Hospital’s Externship Program. She’s most excited for the diversity of career opportunities that becoming a veterinarian will afford her.

Although she doesn’t currently have pets, her parents still care for their 13- year-old golden retriever named Gabby. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending lots of time outdoors. She most enjoys activities such as hiking, golfing, soccer and recently learned Argentine tango dancing.

Apr 4, 2017 0 196 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Andrea

Meet our newest D.V.M. Extern: Andrea

By: Regina Toney

Craig Road Animal Hospital welcomes Andrea, our newest D.V.M. extern. Andrea comes to us from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Andrea’s love for animal’s dates to her childhood. Growing up she owned two golden retrievers, rabbits and various birds.

She loved working with animals so much that she volunteered with the humane society at the age of ten. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always loved animals and when I realized that I could be both a doctor and work with animals I decided that’s where I want to be.” After four years of volunteering, she began her first job at an animal hospital as a kennel attendant. She worked her way up and soon became an exam room assistant, taking x-rays, drawing blood and getting more actively involved in the hospital.

Andrea obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Coastal Carolina University in the spring of 2013. She is currently pursuing her D.V.M. degree at the University of Georgia. Working in general practice to treat larger animals is her goal, “I want to be able to treat whatever comes through the door.”

Andrea’s hobbies include hiking and going to the beach, her favorite activity is water skiing. She wants to work in emergency medicine as she feels that type of setting will help keep her skills sharp and make her a better doctor in the future. She believes that by being able to think on her feet and problem solve she’ll be better prepared to handle situations that arise in the hospital.

Mar 23, 2017 0 260 Views

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Pet Of The Month- March 2017

Meet our Pet of The Month, Moo!

Moo came to parents Ashley and Karl in November of 2016. They tried searching for her owners with no luck. The Pitbull Mix weighed only 29 pounds when found. To ensure Moo’s continued healthcare maintenance the family has made several trips to Craig Road Animal Hospital. Initially, mom, Ashley was against keeping her, but Moo’s tenderness and charm caused her to have a change of heart.

“Moo just isn’t our pet, she’s so much more, I’ve really committed myself to caring for her.”

The couple fell in love with Moo’s affectionate nature and how much she loved to play. Ashley and Karl are now devoted and actively involved pet parents to their playful Pitbull Moo. Ashley says, “Moo has come such a long way with her time with us, she has made our lives so full of happiness.”

Congratulations Moo, you’re our pet of the month for March 2017

If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month, please use the form here

(don’t forget a picture!) or email us at

Mar 2, 2017 0 242 Views

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Pet of The Month – February 2017


Meet our Pet of the Month, Rottie!

By: Regina Toney

Meet Rottie, an adorable Chi-poo mix.

“We didn’t even know that her mom was pregnant, but when Rottie came it was amazing,” said mother Mar of being surprised with a Chi-pooh mix she calls the love of her family. “Rottie was a surprise at 5:30 in the morning March, 24th 2016,” she said. “I pulled her out, cut her cord and cleaned her off, she is the most amazing little Chi-Pooh anyone could ever want.”Rottie and her twin sister Kiva share Mar’s love and affection. They are partners in crime, they are so funny and they literally think I’m their biological mom… I love it.”

Congratulations Rottie, you’re our Pet of the Month for February!

If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month, please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at

Feb 15, 2017 0 296 Views

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