Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian

Toby started his veterinary path as a young boy catching lizards in the sunny Southern California creek beds under big sycamore and oak trees. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. After two decades of small and exotic animal practice, he sold his hospital and became Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care….a job that requires medical and emotional support which far surpasses traditional veterinary medicine. A member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. Toby has been a speaker at their conference. Home is Nevada since 1995, he’s devoted to his family, including his red and blue heelers, and still enjoys being a middle of the pack distance runner.


Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian

“Can I Keep It? was Alyssa’s favorite line to ask her mom. As a little girl in Cedar Rapids Iowa, she brought home every wayward cat, bunny, or critter she came across. Destined to become a veterinarian, Alyssa earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2003. She practiced high quality medicine and surgery in both Reno and Las Vegas for 18 years. In addition to clinical practice, she works as a medical editor for the #1 ranked veterinary publication, Clinician’s Brief. Dr. Watson has been honored to help families through all stages of their pets’ lives, from the first puppy or kitten visit to their final, peaceful passage. Her years of experience has led to an understanding of complex disease processes and a recognition of the difficult struggles that many pet-owners face during end-of-life care.


Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian

In second grade Joan participated in the Columbus Nebraska 4-H by taking her family cat to the county fair to show. Her kitty Magellan (The Explorer) was so freaked out by all of the other animals that he screamed and scratched her and her mom. They got him back into his cage and he was judged from a distance…and still got a 2nd place blue ribbon! This did not deter her, instead going into veterinary medicine already knowing what she was getting into! She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2008. She is finishing her Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care this year, and understands the difficult decisions owners have to consider. Dr. Joan is kept busy by her husband, children, two cats named Sparky and Emma, and a Golden Retriever named Beignet.

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