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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Rikki

Meet our newest extern, Rikki!

Rikki joins the team at Craig Road Animal Hospital as part of our extern program. Currently, Rikki is pursuing her D.V.M. degree at Colorado State but her journey to becoming a veterinarian started here in her hometown of Las Vegas, NV.

At first, Rikki was torn between caring for humans or animals, “I was really interested in the science of medicine, but when I was shadowing doctors in hospitals it never really clicked with me that this is what I want to do.” A few weeks later, she had visited an animal hospital for a tour and immediately realized that veterinary medicine was what she had been looking for all along.

Rikki aspires to gain more experience with surgery and emergencies as she shadows Dr. Koenitzer during her externship. While at Craig Road, she is most excited to see her book learning turn in to hands on practice. Ultimately, she would like to gain the experience in order to care for large breeds and exotic animals.

Throughout her life Rikki had plenty of pets to care for ranging from ferrets and snakes to common household pets like gerbils and dogs. However, she now focuses her efforts on her only pet, a Siberian-Husky named Jade. In her spare time Rikki enjoys hiking, golfing, climbing, and pretty much everything involving the outdoors, she says she plans on making sure to visit Mt. Charleston during her externship.

Jan 10, 2017 0 910 Views

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Pet of the Month – January 2017

Meet our Pet of the Month, Darcy!

Unlike most of the animals we see, Darcy’s story begins here at Craig Road Animal Hospital.

Darcy was found as a stray by her humans at only a few weeks old. When she was brought into Craig Road, multiple X-Rays were preformed, but the results were shocking to say the least. They revealed that Darcy had fractures to her vertebrae, head, and jaw with multiple fractures to her face. In spite of this situation, Darcy’s owners opted for every and any treatment that would give her back a normal life.

Darcy’s steady recovery has gained the attention of numerous staff at Craig Road. For a kitten that’s been through so much, her temperament is surprisingly welcoming. When she first came in, Darcy would rarely leave the confines of her bed. Now, she makes the effort to get up and greet whoever visits her kennel with licks and purrs. We’re happy to report she’s on her way to making a full recovery!

Congratulations Darcy, you’re our pet of the month for January 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

Jan 4, 2017 0 956 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Elsbeth

Welcome our newest D.V.M. Extern, Elsbeth!

We’re excited to introduce Elspeth, our newest D.V.M. extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital! In her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, Elspeth always had a love for animals, she says, “When I think about why I went into this profession, I just thought to myself ‘What made me happy as a kid?’, right away I knew the answer to that question was animals.” But Elspeth’s story doesn’t begin with animal welfare. In fact, she attended Williams College in Massachusetts pursuing a career as a lawyer, but after working for a law practice, she soon realized that pursuing a ‘life of arguing’ was not for her.

Elspeth had later returned to school at Cleveland State to finish two years of science courses, but now attends Ohio State as she works to finish her D.V.M. degree. Now, her ultimate goal is to gain experience from all the different facets of veterinary medicine through her externships and use that experience as a series of stepping stones to becoming a veterinarian. As far as her specific interests, she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine which allow her to be hands on with patients.

“It’s a challenging profession that really keeps you on your toes and your always learning new things which is what I’m attracted to the most.”

Elspeth’s personal interests include traveling, the outdoors, yoga, and rock climbing. She says she’s making sure to visit Red Rock National Park before the end of her externship at Craig Road. Elspeth lived in Taiwan for a year but that didn’t stop her from caring about the welfare of other animals. On her way back to the states she brought ‘Betty’, a native Taiwanese dog she found wondering on the streets.

Dec 22, 2016 0 951 Views

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Pet of the Month – December 2016

Meet our Pet of the Month, Toby!

If there is one term to describe this Shiba Inu, it’s high-spirited! “He’s a big dog in a small body,” said his father. “When he plays with our Shepard, he never even seems fazed.” Toby has some athletic attributes as well. Mom says he’s got “mad hops”, mainly because he likes to jump on top of furniture around the house to get a bird’s eye view.

Toby also enjoys keeping his humans up at night. “That’s when he is the most active, but one meal later and you find him passed out in a food coma in the living room,” says mom. His personality doesn’t always match his older sister, a couch potato esque German Shepard. “He tolerates him but will let him know she’s not having it when he tries to play with her,” she said.

The only thing that Toby loves more than attention are his toys. He is often seen running laps around his home dragging his Darth Vader chew toy behind him. His mother says he has about five toys in around him at any time, funny thing is half of them usually belong to his older sister. His mother’s favorite characteristic is his reaction when he is called out for chewing on his dad’s shoes, “For a dog this energetic it’s hilarious to catch him in the act of causing mischief because he literally stands completely still and just smirks at you.”

Congratulations Toby, you’re our pet of the month for December 2016!

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

Dec 5, 2016 0 760 Views

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National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Like most diseases, the earlier it is detected and treated, the better chances of a positive outcome. Here’s an infographic we’ve put together of the things every pet owner should know.

Nov 17, 2016 0 390 Views

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Belts, Gravel, & Other Appetizing Things

Nalu, a Labrador Retriever Mix, came in to Craig Road Animal Hospital after a weekend camping trip with his owners. Nalu was vomiting and did not want to eat. Dr. Courtney Daniels suspected that Nalu had eaten something that he shouldn’t have, in other words, a foreign body.

According to Dr. Daniels, the symptoms that a pet has ingested foreign body can vary widely, “From nothing early on to vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and pain.” Dr. Daniels continues, “Sometimes the foreign body doesn’t cause symptoms related to an obstruction, but more from the toxins leeching from the object itself. For example, an animal could eat a penny and all the owner notices at first is the dog’s gums and whites of the eyes turning yellow as a result of the toxins from the penny being absorbed.”

Dr. Courtney Daniels & Blaze

When the owner of Blaze, a Pitbull Terrier Mix, noticed that half of his belt missing he quickly brought him to Craig Road Animal Hospital before any symptoms could occur. With foreign bodies, the prognosis worsens when symptoms start.

X-Ray of Nalu with apparent foreign material.

Pieces of belt visible in Blaze’s X-Ray

To find the foreign bodies, Dr. Daniels decided to take X-Rays of both Nalu and Blaze. Radiographs (X-Rays) are a way of looking at structures inside of our pets’ bodies. After reviewing the X-Rays, foreign material was found in both patients. In Nalu, there was an intestinal blockage and a stomach full of foreign material was noted in blaze. Also known as a bowel obstruction, or blocked bowel, an intestinal blockage is often caused by a pet swallowing something they shouldn’t have.

Dr. Daniels retrieving foreign bodies from Blaze.

Things like rocks aren’t something you’d normally associate with being appetizing, but for Nalu this turned out to be the case. There are several reasons why dogs would exhibit this behavior, but one of the most common ones is simply boredom. It’s also possible for dogs to be lacking certain nutrients, which can lead to them trying to find these nutrients by eating non-food items. If your dog exhibits this behavior you can try things like rotating chew toys every few days to keep your dog occupied and entertained.

Gravel removed from Nalu during surgery.

Foreign material removed from Blaze.

The effect of a foreign body in the digestive tract can prove devastating to the body. The pressure of the foreign body against the intestinal wall can result in poor blood circulation to the tissues which can cause the necrosis (dying off) of those tissues. Eventually, the intestinal wall may break down and even perforate. Once this occurs, the contaminated intestinal contents leak into the abdomen. In addition to being extremely painful, this results in peritonitis (infection of the abdominal space) and sepsis (infection of the blood stream).

Blaze feeling relieved after surgery.

Fortunately for Nalu and Blaze, after exploratory procedures were preformed and a couple of days of hospitalization, both came out of these worrisome situations feeling happy and healthy. A week or so after the foreign bodies were removed, Nalu and Blaze returned to have their sutures taken out with Dr. Daniels. We’re happy to report both of these pups made a full recovery.

Nalu feeling happy and healthy with Dr. Daniels!

Nov 14, 2016 0 1590 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Jennifer

Welcome our newest extern, Jennifer!

It’s our pleasure to introduce the newest DVM extern at Craig Road, Jennifer! Growing up in Boca Raton, Florida, Jennifer knew at an early age what it meant to take care of our four legged friends. “Whether it’s now or when I was a kid, the welfare of other animals is something that I’ve always been interested in.” After researching the profession, Veterinary medicine offered Jennifer a challenge that she couldn’t refuse.

During her time at Craig Road, Jennifer looks forward to gaining hands on experience and becoming comfortable with the pace of a busy hospital. Jennifer is currently in the process of pursuing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University after completing her clinical study at Louisiana State University.

Jennifer found out about Craig Road’s externship program from Dr. Ashman during her previous externship in Thailand. Currently, Jennifer has experience with small animal practices and shelter medicine because of her travels, but plans to become more familiar with ultrasound during her externship.

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys all aspects of the outdoors from boating, to fishing, bonfires, and even four-wheeling. At home Jennifer has two cats, Tigger and Mambo, as well as three dogs; Mo, Max, and Cruise.

Oct 26, 2016 0 772 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Morgan

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Meet our newest extern, Morgan!

We’re excited to introduce Morgan, our newest DVM extern at Craig Road Animal Hospital! Growing up as an only child in Syracuse, New York, Morgan spent most of her time with animals while her parents worked. Knowing that the experience would either make or break it for her, she started her veterinary career working at a veterinary clinic back in high school.

Fortunately for Morgan, the challenge offered by Veterinary medicine was very appealing. “That’s when I realized how much I loved the science behind the medicine, the opportunity for continual learning, and working with clients and patients,” she said.

Currently Morgan is pursing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Morgan says she decided to extern at Craig Road because of the recommendation she received from one of her classmates, Austin, a previous extern at Craig Road.

She says her goal during her externship is to, “Gain experience outside of academia, work with doctors who have different perspectives, and be exposed to the fast pace of the hospital.” Of the many veterinary interests she has, Morgan is most involved with diagnostic imaging.

When she isn’t caring for animals, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking on her days off. At home Morgan has one cat, a domestic medium-hair named Athena.

Oct 18, 2016 0 632 Views

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Pet of the Month – September 2016


Meet our Pet of the Month, Lexie!

Lexie is an energetic Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler that was born in North Las Vegas. Shortly after she was adopted by her owner Jeanne, she was brought into Craig Road Animal Hospital for her vaccinations as well as her first exam. After a few months, it was apparent that Lexie was eager to see Dr. Major again, she became excited every time she even drove past the hospital. We’re happy to admit that Lexie’s bond with Dr. Major has only grown since her first vet visit.

Since Australian Cattle Dogs are natural herders, one of the concerns was whether Lexie would get along with her owner’s three cats. Within days, her cats taught Lexie the cat claw is swifter and sharper than any puppy teeth, and that nipping wasn’t a good idea. She’s learned to be very gentle with the cats she lives with, but does like to herd them from time to time.

Growing up, teaching Lexie what not to chew was a rather expensive project as she’s chewed up a computer power pack, a couple lamp cords, several down pillows, ‘only’ one slipper, a crate mat, several leashes, many toys, to name a few, but as she’s matured her destructive chewing seems to be limited to very durable toys and chew bones.

Congratulations Lexie, you’re our September 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

Oct 4, 2016 0 611 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Kassi

Meet our new extern, Kassi!

We would like to welcome Kassi, our newest D.V.M. Extern, to Craig Road Animal Hospital! Growing up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Kassi always felt a connection and sense of belonging when it came to the health and welfare of animals.

Kassi attended Pennsylvania State University for her animal sciences degree, but her interest in Veterinary Medicine didn’t stop there. Her desire to explore lab animal medicine led her to an externship in Houston at the University of Texas’s Health Science Center where her study involved laboratory animals ranging from rodents and monkeys to dogs and cats.

“Lab animal medicine has grown dear to me because I want to be the advocate for the animals to have the best lives possible.”

Kassi is currently a third year student at Iowa State University, she hopes to broaden her knowledge in small animal medicine and further develop her technical skills during her time at Craig Road.

Her personal interests include health & fitness, horror movies, as well as volunteering for the SPCA and various animal wildlife clinics. She appreciates all animals including the very small and not-so-cute, at home Kassi has a bunny named “Puff” and two mice “Tootsie” and “Cricket”.

Sep 8, 2016 0 595 Views

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Pet Of The Month – August 2016

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Our Pet of the Month for August 2016 is Olivia!

Meet Olivia, an English Bulldog as lazy as she is adorable. Even though her name is Olivia, she will also respond to the name of anyone else receiving attention. This two year old pup has many responsibilities to deal with at home including cleaning up crumbs, licking, and multiple naps.

Olivia is more of a lover than a fighter, one day Mom asked Olivia if she wanted to cuddle, little did she know that she was scheduling mandatory cuddle time at 9:30 every night. While there isn’t much that phases her, it should be noted that windshield wipers are Olivia’s mortal enemies. This bulldog loves skateboards too, but instead of riding them she likes to bite and chew on them instead!

Congratulation Olivia, you’re our August 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

Aug 28, 2016 0 954 Views

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Craig Road Animal Hospital Externship Program: Kristal

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Meet our new extern, Kristal!

Kristal joins the team at Craig Road as part of our extern program. Growing up, Kristal had dogs, cats, snakes, and even horses in her hometown of Fredrick, Maryland. She realized at an early age that she not only had a love for science, but an affinity for fixing things as well.

This made her a perfect fit for Veterinary medicine.

At first, she was torn between caring for humans or animals, “When I realized animals didn’t have the same voice humans do to express their concerns, I decided to make the switch.”

Kristal brings three years of experience with small and exotic animals as well as another three years of experience at an emergency clinic. Kristal received her undergrad from University of Maryland College Park and will graduate from the University of Georgia with Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in the Spring of 2017. Her veterinary interests focus primarily on surgery, radiology, and emergency medicine.

In her spare time Kristal enjoys, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, traveling, and rooting for the Washington Redskins.

Aug 18, 2016 0 729 Views

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Welcome Our New Weekend & Evening Groomer

Please join us in welcoming a new member of the Craig Road team: our new groomer Rebecca!

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Rebecca Stuessy

Her addition to Craig Road means that we will now be offering grooming during the evenings and on weekends.

Rebecca has multiple years of experience grooming dogs & cats of all sizes and understands how to discern the specific grooming needs of each pet.

We are currently accepting appointments for Rebecca for this week and over the weekend. Rebecca will be working alongside Becky who has been grooming at Craig Road since 1996. This now means that we will have significantly more availability for grooming. It also allows us to offer grooming during the day, seven days a week, and on select evenings.

Please note that Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, and Bordetella vaccines as well as intestinal parasite testing are required to be up to date for all pets brought in for grooming.

Welcome Rebecca!

Aug 15, 2016 0 1305 Views

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