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About Us

Tropicana Animal Hospital opened in January 1974 with a plan to offer excellence in veterinary care through state-of-the-art technology and highly skilled animal care professionals—all with the focus on great service to pet owners and their animal companions. Since that time, the hospital has grown to meet the needs of Las Vegas and the surrounding communities through expansion into the Tropicana Veterinary Group.

Our Founder

Dr. James E. Nave, DVM, is the founder of Tropicana Animal Hospital. He is a native of Missouri, and has lived in Las Vegas since serving in the Army in Vietnam. He first came to Las Vegas in 1971 and, after gaining experience at two veterinary hospitals, opened Tropicana in January 1974.

Dr. Nave's Mission: To provide quality pet health care services through a responsive, professional staff with the emphasis on individual attention.

Tropicana Animal Hospital is part of the Las Vegas community, too, participating in local elementary and high school career days and donating to various rescue groups, providing spay and neuter services, and more.

Dr. Nave has been very active in organized veterinary medicine, holding numerous local, state, and national positions in our profession. In addition, he is socially active in our community and state. A past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Nave was a member of the Nevada Athletic Commission for 12 years. His efforts at raising the bar for veterinary excellence include over a decade of meeting accreditation standards with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Visit us and meet our veterinary staff. See for yourself why Tropicana Animal Hospital is the best veterinary care for your special pet.

Looking for Employment in Veterinary Medicine?

Tropicana Animal Hospital is always looking for highly motivated and talented individuals to add to the team.

For more information or to apply, contact us:

By phone at 702-736-4944
By email at