Our Doctors

Dr. Aaron Bivens

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Originally from Riverside, California, Dr. Aaron Bivens knew he wanted to be a veterinarian at six years old after losing his childhood feline companion. Since then, his goal is to help any pet in need and do his best to bring them back to health.

A proud Tuskegee University alum, Dr. Bivens played baseball while pursuing his undergraduate studies and obtained his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He graduated with the ACVIM Clinical Excellence Award and AAHA Small Animal Medicine Achievement Award. Dr. Bivens enjoyed learning about and developing special skills in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery while in veterinary school. He continues to practice these skills in his professional career. In more recent years, Dr. Bivens took special interest in theriogenology, especially brachycephalic breeds, influenced by his two English Bulldogs, Chubbs and Slim. With the rising popularity of French Bulldogs and other similar breeds, he wants to ensure that breeders and pet owners alike are well-informed and prepared when it comes to the unique needs and extra care required with these special dogs.

Outside of work, Dr. Bivens loves to BBQ, kayak, hike, and escape to the beach any chance he gets.


Dr. Che Wei Hsu

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Dr. Hsu was born in Taipei,Taiwan. He moved to silicon valley for community college at the age of 19. He later transferred to University of California at Davis for his bachelor's degree in animal science. At Davis, Dr. Hsu was fortunate to work with veterinarians and vet students in research projects and animal shelters. His exposure to veterinary medicine inspired him to pursue a greater goal - becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Hsu attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and received clinical year training at Purdue University. He graduated in May, 2022 and joined the team at south buffalo springs animal hospital.

His early life experience in Asia and education in the US made him fluent in both Mandarin and English. He is able to explain veterinary medicine bilingually. Dr Hsu is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine. His goal is to be a well-rounded veterinarian. He is currently working on his acupuncture certification.

When not in office, Dr. Hsu is a big baseball fan and enjoys going to the beach for sunsets, snorkeling, and scuba diving.


Dr. Lauren Kinter

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Dr. Lauren Kinter started at South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital in October of 2021 to join the expanding reproductive team as an experienced professional. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 then completed a comparative theriogenology internship in 2015, which provided her with exclusive specialty training in reproduction of all species. At the completion of her internship, she practiced in North Carolina, where she continued to hone her reproductive skills, including semen collection and shipment, infertility work ups, transcervical insemination, and breeding management with fresh and frozen semen. On the side, she worked relief emergency shifts as well. Dr. Kinter is a candidate for alternate route board certification in theriogenology and will soon test to become a board certified reproduction specialist. In addition to reproduction, she loves soft tissue surgery, preventative care and client education, and believes strongly in communication with the client to find the best path forward for the patient. She is certified in Pennhip radiographs for evaluation of hips and can help with any OFA needs as well. Outside of work, Dr. Kinter enjoys spending time with her twin sons and husband, who is board certified in equine internal medicine, as well as her menagerie of one horse, two cats and three dogs.


Dr. Sruthi Nagabandi

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Dr. Nagabandi is from Tampa, Florida but her family hails from India. Her family has played a monumental role throughout her years and have always supported her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. At a very young age, Dr. Nagabandi's passion for animals sparked at a young age and from that time, she began her journey into veterinary medicine. She attended Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine as well as completing her clinical rotations at LSU. Dr. Nagabandi’s dreams came true when she moved to Las Vegas to work at South Buffalo Springs AH. She has made irreplaceable friendships with her teammates and cliente. When she is not in the office, Dr. Nagabandi loves oil painting, Indian dancing, hiking, and exploring Las Vegas.


Dr. Arunesh Sharma

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Dr. Sharma was born in India and immigrated to Canada when he was 9 years old, without knowing any English.

Growing up Dr. Sharma always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian because his father is a veterinarian. His dad would take him on farm calls with him on his scooter. Dr. Sharma helped him deliver countless calves and foals.

Dr. Sharma completed his DVM at Ross university with clinical training at LSU veterinary teaching hospital.   Dr. Sharma is looking forward to learning as much as he can and grow to be the best veterinarian he can be.

In his down time, Dr. Sharma loves to play/watch sports and cook!


Dr. Jason Salpietra

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Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dr. Jason Salpietra always had a strong bond with animals. From his family’s assortment of dogs over the years to the first dog he raised on his own at age 20, Dr. Salpietra felt he could learn from them and wanted to help better their lives. Uncertain which professional direction to choose, he decided to travel across the United States for inspiration. It was during his travels that Dr. Salpietra’s passion for veterinary medicine reignited, and realized the role best suited for him to help better the lives of pets and their humans would be for him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

With the support of family and loved ones, Dr. Salpietra rearranged his life to move back to Louisiana and studied hard during his undergrad at Bossier Parish Community College to fast track his road to graduate school. This hard work paid off and he was accepted into Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in May of 2021. Dr. Salpietra is proud to call South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital his home in what he describes as the "Best job ever!" He is eager to learn all he can to continue helping the lives of every animal he encounters.


Dr. Nai Yin

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Dr. Nai Yin was born in Dalian, China but grew up in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. With English being his second language, he didn’t learn the word “veterinarian” until his family cat became sick when he was 11 years old. It was then that he knew he wanted to be one.

Dr. Yin’s family relocated to Las Vegas in 2012 and he has called this city his home since.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Colorado State University and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences, where he adopted a tiny tabby cat named Silver from the school’s clinic. Dr. Yin joined the South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital team after graduation.

When not in the office, he helps care for his family’s household pets, including two cats and three German Shepherds, and enjoys traveling, photography and tinkering with electronics.


AFTER-HOUR EMERGENCIES
Please call Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care at (702) 262-7070.
They are located at 8650 W. Tropicana Ave #104 Las Vegas, NV 89147 on the North West corner of Tropicana and Durango