Doctors

Dr. James E. Nave

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  • Hometown: Protem, Missouri
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Missouri
  • Veterinary School: University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Nave graduated in 1968 from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the US Army after graduation from veterinary school and served in as a Captain in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his military Service. He was discharged in 1971, and shortly after settled in Las Vegas, NV. 

Dr. Nave has mentored hundreds of veterinarians throughout his career, and continues the mentoring process to this day for veterinarians ranging from veterinary students, new graduates, and seasoned veterans. He truly believes leadership is the key to success and strives to promote that throughout his colleagues. 

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Dr. John Lazenby

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  • Hometown: Joplin, MO
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Missouri
  • Veterinary School: University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lazenby was born in Joplin, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He moved to Las Vegas and joined Tropicana Animal Hospital following graduation. His professional interests include ultrasound and ophthalmology. Outside of the office, Dr. Lazenby enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, playing tennis, and spending time with his dog, a Flat-Coated Retriever named Sawyer.

Dr. Lily Prado

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  • Hometown: Orange County, California 
  • Undergraduate Studies: Cal State Polytechnic University in Pamona, California
  • Veterinary School: Ross University 

Dr. Lily Prado was born and raised in Orange County California. She has been a part of the veterinary industry for nearly 10 years, working as a veterinary technician for 5 years while earning her bachelors in Animal and Veterinary Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Following her undergraduate studies she worked for one year as a customer service representative at Antech Diagnostics, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. She then started veterinary school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean and completed her clinical training at the University of Illinois. Her veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery. 
Dr. Prado is the proud mom of a French Bulldog named Chewy, an English Bulldog named Koopa, a Boston Terrier name Kermit and a Persian cat named Sebastian. Dr. Prado holds the human animal bond in high regard and works hard to strengthen that bond among her clients and their pets. In her free time, Dr. Prado enjoys watching documentaries, music and exploring Las Vegas. 

Dr. Brittney Villagran

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  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Mississippi State University
  • Veterinary School: Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Villagran graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and moved to Las Vegas to join Tropicana after graduation. Dr. Villagran’s professional interests include ultrasonography, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and dermatology. Outside of the office, Dr. Villagran enjoys yoga, hiking, and exploring new cities. Dr. Villagran also loves spending time with her Cattle dog/ Spaniel mix named Jill, and her Terrier mix Helen.

Dr. Christian Lay

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  • Hometown: Slidell, LA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lay graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He moved to Las Vegas to join Tropicana after graduation. Dr. Lay’s professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, ultrasonography, and cardiology. Outside of the office, Dr. Lay enjoys boating, fishing, and marksmanship. Dr. Lay also enjoys spending time with his Golden Retriever named Gatsby, and his cat Luna.

Dr. Blake Tunnard

Blake Tunnard
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Southeastern Louisiana University & Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tunnard graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He moved to Las Vegas and joined Tropicana Animal Hospital at that time. While in veterinary school, Dr. Tunnard was the caretaker for Mike the tiger at LSU. His professional interests include advanced diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, and soft tissue surgery. Outside of the office, Dr. Tunnard enjoys playing sports and spending time with his wife Joan. They have two dogs, George and Rebel, as well as three cats named Sparky, Emma, and Theodore. 

Dr. Brenna Ledezma

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  • Hometown: La Porte, Texas
  • Undergraduate Studies: Texas A&M
  • Veterinary School: Texas A&M 

Professional interests: Dermatology and Dentistry 

Hobbies: spending time with family and baking

Family: Married with 2 boys 

Pets: Ollie, a black lab mix, Stella, a catahoula, Zorro, a rat terrier, and Miles, an orange tabby cat.  

Dr. Aimee Jones

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  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Findlay- Toledo, Ohio
  • Veterinary School:University of Missouri- Columbia

Dr. Jones grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Animal Science with minors in Chemistry and Health Communication Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. After graduation, she joined Tropicana Animal Hospital. Dr. Aimee Jones has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. Her professional interests include internal medicine, nutrition, neonatal care, emergency medicine, critical care, and preventative medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with her rescue dog Wally, her Bernese Mountain Dog Neville, and cat Izzie. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking and watching Indians baseball!

Dr. Matthew McCollum

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  • Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Undergraduate Studies: Louisiana State University
  • Veterinary School: Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Matthew McCollum is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of science in Animal Sciences and then continued his education and graduated from Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While completing his undergraduate degree he worked as a veterinary technician at his hometown clinic. His interest in Veterinary medicine includes Internal Medicine, Ultrasonography, and surgery.

Dr. McCollum enjoys spending time with his fur family, Luna a Catahoula/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Tonks an orange tabby cat, Zoom Zoom a black cat, and two Fancy rats Basil and Professor Ratigan on his time off. He loves spending time hiking, fishing, and being outdoors and is a true Louisiana Cajun that loves to cook.

Dr. Ben McGehee

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  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: Texas A&M San Antonio
  • Veterinary School: Oklahoma State University

Dr. McGehee is interested in Anesthesia, Parasitology, and Preventive Medicine. In his down time, he enjoys hiking, the beach as well as Bar trivia and bingo. 

 

Dr. Emily Hobson

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  • Undergraduate Studies: California Polytechnic State university
  • Veterinary School: Texas A&M University

Dr. Emily Hobson grew up in Southern California and developed a passion for veterinary medicine through her experiences in 4-H and FFA. Following undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, she obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University. Her professional interests include internal medicine and public health. Dr. Hobson enjoys hiking with her boxer, Buster, spoiling her Siamese, Sophie, road trips, kayaking, serving internationally with Christian Veterinary Mission, and spending time with family.