Serving Las Vegas and Henderson, NV for Over 25 Years—Welcome to Park Animal Hospital
Park Animal Hospital opened in 1991, and we have operated under one premise: We want to see the same clients 20 years from now that we are seeing today!
We strive to provide the warmest and most knowledgeable customer service, the highest quality assistance, and state-of-the-art patient care through preventative medicine, and diagnostic and surgical procedures.
Park Animal Hospital also takes an active role in our community by working closely with many nonprofit organizations and we always have our own rescue projects going. You can see many pictures of our successful rescue projects in the Photo Gallery. We promote pet population control and adoption where possible and many of our staff are proud owners of rescue pets, which include but are by no means limited to dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits, rats, horses, and numerous birds.
With so many years’ experience, Dr. C likes to share his knowledge by encouraging others in the veterinary field. He often hosts interns and continuing educational programs for the staff. With the highest level of standards and quality of medicine, Dr. C aides others to be able to achieve their dreams of helping pets and wildlife.
We recognize that your pets are not just animals; they are part of your family and as your family’s doctor, we will do our best to make both you and your pet feel welcome and comfortable.
We want your family to be our family too!
Meet Our Staff
Dominic Cacioppo, DVM
Graduated From & Year: University of Missouri, 1987.
Created Practice: He opened Park Animal Hospital in 1991 and has been an active part of the Las Vegas and Henderson community ever since.
Professional Interests: Small Animal, Avian- including Raptor rehabilitation, and Exotic Medicine and Surgery
Pets: Dr. C has not yet been able to replace his beloved Doberman Pinscher, Kianna (Kia), that passed away several years ago. He loves his birds, exotics, and fish and coral tanks.
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Special Interests: Dr. C is known for being a man with many hobbies! He loves travelling and has been all over the world- from Norway to the Galapagos Islands, to Antarctica, South Africa, and the Cayman Islands! Ask to see some of his wildlife photography from his adventures and you will win his heart. He also loves falconry, scuba diving, playing the acoustic guitar, and keeping up beautiful coral aquariums at his house.
Other information: Member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, and Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians
Whitney Johnson, DVM
Before graduating, Dr. Johnson gained experience working in various settings, including zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, safari parks, and private practice. She is excited to care for both you and your pet and is willing to see dogs, cats, and exotics.
Graduated From & Year: Dr. Johnson received her Bachelor’s degree as well as her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana in 2010 and 2016, respectively.
Interests: Professionally, Dr. Johnson is very interested in expanding her knowledge and experience with exotic animal medicine and surgery. She also loves working dogs and cats on both the medical and surgical side. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing sports, outdoor activities (hiking, camping etc.), and playing with her dog.
Pets: Dr. Johnson has a retired racing greyhound named Bull. He is handsome, quirky, and has been a great help with her transition to life in the desert.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Dr. Johnson joined Park Animal Hospital in July of 2016.
Penelope Graben, DVM
Dr. Graben completed her undergraduate studies at the University of West Florida in 2013. She caught a travel bug and went to Ross University in St. Kitts for veterinary school. From there, she finished her final year of schooling at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
Her interests lie in small animal, avian, exotic, and equine medicine and surgery.
Dr. Graben has two rescue dogs. A Staffordshire terrier named Achilles, whom she adopted as a shelter puppy with two broken elbows before veterinary school. She found Atlas as a starving street dog while in vet school and vowed to find him a home- turns out the home was hers. Not long after joining us at Park, a homeless ferret (now named Harvey) came in for being sick and he weaseled his way into her home as well.
When she is not caring for pets, Dr. Graben enjoys wheel thrown pottery, painting, photography, anything with glitter, hiking, and traveling.
She joined the Park Animal Hospital team in March of 2017.
Karen, Practice Manager
Karen is a native to Las Vegas. She started working in veterinary hospitals as a kennel attendant in 1979 when she was a teenager. She became a licensed veterinary technician in 2002. She has cared for animals and their owners with love and respect throughout her life and career.
Karen is lucky to have most of her family living in Las Vegas as well, and she loves to spend quality time with her daughter. In February 2016, she added a female Doberman Pinscher named Gracie to her family.
Karen enjoys hiking, golfing, and going to the beach in her spare time.
Karen joined the practice in June of 2016.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
(picture coming soon)
Lori moved to Las Vegas from her hometown in Michigan in 1993. She started working at Park shortly after, and has been with us now for 23 years!
She has been married to her husband Les, a retired Air Force veteran, for 12 years and has one son, Kyle, age 27.
She adopted her 2 year old dog, Olive, as a stray found in a field in Tijuana, Mexico. Olive maintains an important staff position as Treatment Area Supervisor to keep everyone in line.
Lisa– pictures to come
Lisa has been our Saturday groomer for almost one year. She has been showing, grooming, and training dogs for than 30 years!