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. Shawn Caudle


Dr. Shawn Caudle was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, and grew up in Greenwood, Arkansas. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, he worked as a veterinary assistant at Greenwood Animal Hospital. Dr. Caudle received his doctorate from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Growing up, he had an extensive love for horses and even owned a few during veterinary school. Currently, Dr. Caudle is the proud owner of a Catahoula Curr named Shadeaux (pronounced “Shadow”). Although his primary passions revolve around neurology, internal medicine, and surgery, he feels compelled to be advanced in all areas of study.

Dr. Che Wei Hsu


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


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. Meera Patel


Dr. Patel was born in Southaven, Mississippi and raised in Bartlett, Tennessee. After spending her high school years volunteering at an animal shelter, she decided she wanted to take it a step further and pursue becoming a veterinarian. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2023. She joined the South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital family soon after. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, and geriatric patient care. Her favorite breeds to work with are Labradors and Golden Retrievers. When Dr. Patel is not in the office, she enjoys going to the gym, discovering new music, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the LSU Tigers!

Dr. Arunesh Sharma


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. Maria Torres-Rivera

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Originally Dr. Maria Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the states in 2021 to complete her clinical year at Louisiana State University. Dr. Torres obtained her degree from Ross University and LSU in January and May of 2023.

Growing up it was always Dr. Torres' dream to become a veterinarian because her house was always full of animals and was known as " the Zoo". Her and her family have always had 10 + pets in their home so it was only fitting that she would become a veterinarian and that working with animals was her passion.

On down time, Dr. Torres loves reading, traveling and learning new things and absolutely loves anything astrology/ historically related.

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.

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