No Waiting for Emergency Services!
In the middle of the night, on a Sunday afternoon, or in the midst of a holiday weekend, when your pet needs care, our doctors and staff are here at Animal Focus Vet-ER – 365 days a year.
Our dedicated team of licensed technicians and veterinarians are ready to serve your pet’s special needs in critical times. In addition to qualified care professionals, our hospital utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and has the laboratory capabilities to complete on-site testing. For urgent care or critical care, our doctors and licensed technicians stand ready to serve your needs.
We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for pets and their owners by providing compassionate care and progressive services to prevent, cure and treat diseases and injuries of dogs and cats.
Family | We believe that pets are family and because they are family they deserve only the highest quality of medical treatment. Health, healing and happiness is what we believe in. That starts with routine preventative care and proper nutrition. We will guide you from the beginning of your companions life to maturity and beyond ensuring your confidence in your pet’s care and well-being.
Communication | We pride ourselves in communication. Animal Focus Vet-ER has centered our practice around providing you with important facts about your pets care 24/7.
Innovation | Our innovative online systems make it easy for you to obtain everything from follow-up care instructions to your pets blood results. We offer the highest quality and latest technology in pet diagnostics to provide you with same day results.
Please take a moment to contact us and speak with one of our friendly team members, to learn more about our practice and how we can become part of your family.
Serving the Valley for Over 20 Years!
Your pets are like family.
Since 2004, our entire staff has been devoted to providing a caring environment that treats people and their pets with dignity, kindness and respect. Since we are pet owners ourselves, we understand the importance your special companion plays in your life. We are dedicated to offering the same level of care we would seek for ourselves or any of our family members in an emergency situation.
Think of Us as an Extension of Your Family Veterinarian
We are here to meet the needs of your pet and your primary care veterinarian; we are available to continue medical care your veterinarian started or to start care when he or she is unavailable. Your primary care veterinarian may ask us to monitor your pet overnight or through a weekend.
At Animal Focus Vet-ER, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.
Dr. Johnathan Snead
Owner/ Veterinary Medical Director
Dr. Snead was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He began his career working as a Kennel Attendant in an animal hospital . He began his Undergrad at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and finished up at Tuskegee University of Veterinary Medicine in which he graduated in 2010. He loves working with exotics, performing soft tissue surgeries, and communicating with clients. He enjoys creating a fun and friendly environment for all his clients and patients. His hobbies include hiking, auto mechanics, and playing with his baby Rosie, who is a Labradoodle.
Dr. Joe Owens
Owner/ Veterinary Medical Director
Dr. Joe Jesse Owens, III is an exemplary Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Inventor, Business Owner, and affluent public speaker. Dr. Owens is the proud son of Mr. Joe Owens, Jr and Sharon Owens, DVM, who inspired his career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Owens was born in Marlboro MA, and raised in Durham NC, with his 3 sisters. Dr. Owens attended and graduated from the illustrious Tuskegee University with his undergraduate degree in Animal Science in 2008, and again in 2012 with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. While attending Tuskegee, Dr. Owens was an honor student, joined the prestigious Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., was Mr. Tuskegee University 07-08, and held positions in Veterinary School as Class President 08-09 and SCAVMA President 10-11.
Upon graduating, Dr. Owens relocated to Las Vegas to begin his career. He has worked everything from relief, shelter medicine, emergency, private practice, and corporate day practice. In 2016, he made the decision to grow his career by not only practicing veterinary medicine but also practice ownership. Dr. Owens not only partnered with his college alum (Dr. Johnathan Snead) to co-own and operate 2 animal hospitals and 1 emergency hospital in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, but he also invented the only appetite stimulation bowl on the market for pets; Enjoy-A-Bowl®. Enjoy-A-Bowl® allows you to treat your pet with tantalizing aroma of human food without the bad side effects. Dr. Owens has used his invention to solve numerous dietary discretion concerns and increase pet owner compliance for chronic treatment of multiple health issues induced from malnutrition. In 2017 Dr. Owens went on to pitch Enjoy-A-Bowl® on national television and won over the live audience along with a cash prize of $50k for seed funding on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome on ABC.
During his time off, Dr. Owens enjoys spending time with his wife (Leticia Owens), his newborn son (Mekhi Jesse Owens) and his 12yr old Australian Shepherd mix (Que). When he is not with his family, Dr. Owens enjoys working out, video gaming, online and in-person speaking engagements and traveling to veterinary schools to mentor future veterinarians.
Dr. Brandon Dever
Veterinary Medical Director
Dr. Brandon D. Dever is a graduate of the prestigious Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where he developed a love for animals and the importance of their welfare above all else. His passions are emergency/critical care, surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Dever lives with his beautiful wife and two daughters. You can sometimes find his Jack Russell Terrier, Ghost barking, and greeting clients at the hospital. In his free time, Dr. Dever enjoys video games, watching sports (Die-Hard Baltimore Ravens and UMD fan), cooking, and traveling.
Dr. Kenneth Hiscocks
Dr. Kenneth Hiscocks, Jr. is a graduate of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, the pride of the swift growing south. Dr. Hiscocks was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV., developing a respect and passion for veterinary medicine at a young age working as a kennel attendant then as a veterinary assistant before attending veterinary school. Dr. Hiscocks has worked in general practice, veterinary emergency, and veterinary ophthalmology as a Veterinary Technician in Training (VTIT). His interests in the field include emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pain management. Dr. Hiscocks has a 6-year-old Pitbull named Bane and co-owns a 4 year old cat named Bayou with his godson. During his spare time, Dr. Hiscocks enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and continually expanding his interests.
Dr. Caitlin Mascaro
Dr. Mascaro was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Technology at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) while also working as a Veterinary Technician. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Mascaro enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, riding horses, and watching the LSU Tigers play football. She has 2 dogs: Senor Uno (Terrier Mix) and Satchmo (Bernese Mountain Dog); and 2 horses: Magic and Bizou who live in Louisiana.
Dr. Crystal Cain
Dr. Cain was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University with a major in animal science and minor in nutrition. She then continued at NC State to complete a master’s degree in Animal Science. She obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cain’s professional interests include exotic animal medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and nutrition. She is also a fear-free certified professional. Dr. Cain has two dogs (Furby and Theodore), a rabbit (Reeses), a turtle (Franklynn), and a hedgehog (Creed). In her spare time, she enjoys going to the movies, traveling, playing video games, and spending time outdoors.
Our Veterinary Team
Julia was raised in Hawaii and recently relocated to Las Vegas in January of 2020. The majority of her work history has been in the medical field as a receptionist/financial coordinator. She enjoys working with clients to ensure the best experience for them and their fur babies. In her spare time, Julia enjoys playing games with her two babies and having dance parties! She also enjoys cooking and baking new foods.
Danielle was born in Fort Hood, TX, and has been in Las Vegas, NV from the age of 5. She has been with us for over a year bringing her love for animals with her. As a Veterinary Assistant, she assists the doctors in caring and treating all the babies that come through our door. Growing up, she had three of the cutest dachshunds. Over the years her love for treating animals has continued to grow. The most rewarding part of her job is sending pets home healthy to their parents.
When Danielle is not working, she loves going on hikes, hanging with friends, and going to local concerts. Her plans are to obtain a technicians’ license where she will be able to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field.
Jon has been with LVAEH since 2017. He has been a Veterinary Assistant since 2012. Jon loves monitoring anesthesia and warming treatments. Besides saving animals Jon enjoys working on cars, playing music, and exploring nature. Jon is passionate about emergency medicine and would like to end up in a penguin habitat.
Luis is one of our Veterinary Assistants. He has been in the field for 5 years and is working on becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. He displays the care and joy of treating different kinds of animals and shows eagerness to learn and grow more as a Veterinary Assistant. When he is not working, he tends to his 3-year-old Akita named Koda. As well as helping his parents care for their goats, roosters, and chickens.
Ivy, also known as the cat lady, was born and raised in Oregon. Three classes away from sitting for her Veterinary Technician National Exam, she is eager to finish school. After moving to Las Vegas from North Carolina with her husband (a Norwegian Helicopter Pilot) and three cats (Norah, Pumpkin, and Luna), She has finally found the hospital that she calls home. With 10 years of Veterinary Experience including ER, ICU, Shelter Medicine, High Volume Spay and Neuter, Feral TNR, Working alongside Animal Control and K9 Police Officers, Feline Only, and General Practice. Ivy is also a Certified Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional through the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as a Certified Veterinary Assistant through DEVTP. ER will always be her favorite. Never knowing what will come through that door is always a mystery. The best feeling is getting to see hers patients recover and get to go home to its humans after staying with us. The animal human bond is a beautiful thing.
Anthony is new to the veterinary field and is wanting to assimilate more knowledge. He is always looking to gain more experience and further his goals.
Yasmin is experienced with a strong customer service background. She followed up with her schooling by pursuing Business Management, where she excelled and received a degree from CSN. After working for a day-practice animal hospital, she found a deeper love working with clients and helping with animals. Driven by this, Yasmin has continued to pursue her love, now working as our Lead Receptionist. Yasmin takes pride in providing a welcoming experience with our clients that come into our ER hospital. As a lead, Yasmin’s goals are to continue to grow and develop with Animal Focus Vet-ER and further her experience in the field.
Lisa started her career in Hollywood, California in 2011 and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2018. She wasn't sure what to expect as she entered the world of veterinary emergency, however, she loves being here and has found that its extremely rewarding, and looks forward to all the experiences this field has and will continue to offer. Lisa has 4 children and a couple others that she enjoys spending time with daily. She has a St. Bernard/Bulldog mix named Diesel, 4 cats named Vitani, Xan, Pretty Bellz, and Kitty, and a Bearded Dragon named Barry. On her spare time she enjoys music, playing games with her kids and furr-babies, hiking, and traveling to Arizona to pick up her great niece for a long visit. She is grateful to be here at Animal Focus Vet and is proud to be a part of our team.
Christina is from California (Orange County area) and moved to Las Vegas in 2006 to start a new life with her three children. She has now lived in Las Vegas for 17yrs, where she met her fiancé Jeremy, combined we have a total of 10 children, 3 of which she adopted. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and two dogs, Capone and Heaven as well as help her older children pursue their goals and dreams as they become entrepreneurs. She also loves to dance, hike, garden and listen to music. She is a very adventurous person is always up for anything. I believe that in life you have to have goals and dreams to get to that next level I believe how you discipline yourself In life will be your outcome and just go for your dreams will lead you to succeed no matter how many times you get kicked down you get up and keep going. She has always wanted to work with animals and be in Vet field. Christina loves her job because she is able to comfort animals who don’t feel good when they are sick or they are recovering out of surgery or just come in to get looked at. She makes sure they feel a little at ease and feel at home when they are in her care. She loves all the different personalities that come through the door. She has learned a lot since she started working at Animal Focus Vet and tends to further her learning to one day becoming a Veterinarian Assistant and Licensed Veterinary Technician.
I was in Vegas during Thanksgiving when my poodle mix, Bella, possibly ate some chicken bones at a relative's place. The staff was fantastic and showed their concern. X-rays showed a possible small bone that already made its way to the stomach. The vet reassured us that it probably would pass and it should not be a problem. Thank God everything turned out fine.
IT WAS BEFORE 1 AM. I CALLED ENROUTE. THE STAFF WAS WAITING AND ACTED FAST.OUR CAT KIKO WAS IN RESPIRATORY ARREST. HIS LUNGS WERE FILLED WITH FLUID. HE PASSED ON PEACEFULLY. THE VET WAS HONEST AND THERE WAS NO NEED FOR AGGRESSIVE RESUSCITATION. THEY WERE CARING AND SYMPATHETIC. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CARE. HE WAS 17 AND GAVE US MANY YEARS OF JOY AND LOVE.
Thank you to the wonderful staff for trying to bring my baby back!!!!
We just left there. Our cat unfortunately passed away 5 minutes before we arrived. The care that was given was beyond exceptional. They tried to bring him back it was too late. They allowed us to stay with him for as long as we wanted.. They had him wrapped in a blanket in a cat bed like he was sleeping. Thank you to the wonderful staff for trying to bring my baby back!!!!
I can’t tell you how wonderful these folks are. I had just had surgery and my new fur baby got a hold of a controlled substance. My regular vet ( Dr Jonathan Snead) told me where to go. Staff met me in the parking lot and took my Skyye inside. They saved her life and she came home the next evening. Dr. Snead checked on her and worked with the hospital staff to be sure my girl received the best of care. They really deserve 10 stars!!