Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Erin Rasmusson
    Co-Founder/Co-Owner

    Dr. Erin Rasmusson was born in Bozeman, Montana, but spent her childhood in northwest Ohio, where animals were part of her life from an early age.

    She graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, with a double major in chemistry and biology, and then attended the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. After completing her internship, she spent four years working with and learning from the team at Klaich Animal Hospital.

    Dr. Rasmusson is proud to have accomplished her dream of owning and operating a veterinary hospital. Special interests include abdominal ultrasound and orthopedic surgery, and dentistry/oral surgery, for which she has attended special training and continuing education.

    Outside office, Dr. Rasmusson enjoys hiking, running, camping, snowboarding and other outdoor activities with her husband, Brent Ryman, and their dog, Pacino. 

  • Dr.
    Christina Martini
    Co-Owner

    Dr. Christina Martini grew up on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. She attended the University of Nevada Reno for her undergraduate, receiving a degree in Veterinary Science. During her time there she worked as a veterinary assistant with Dr. Sargent and Dr. Rasmusson at both Klaich Animal Hospital and SWVH. She attended veterinary school in beautiful Colorado at Colorado State University, returning during school breaks to gain experience at SWVH. Dr. Martini then completed an internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, a specialty and emergency hospital, in Denver, CO. She is very excited to be home again working with the team at SWVH.

    Dr. Martini's professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and preventative medicine. Through the course of her internship, she was given the opportunity to learn from and practice these fields with board certified experts, and has brought these skills to SWVH. She also moonlights on occasion at Animal Emergency Center to keep her critical care skills fresh.

    In her free time, she can be found enjoying our unique environment through many outdoor activities including trail running with her rescue dog “Vinnie”, hiking and backpacking in the back country, and skiing or snowboarding the powder. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron, who works in the human medical field. Their two cats 'Felix' and 'Jasper' like to soak up the sun and lounge on the patio at home.

  • Dr.
    Carrie Schroeder
    Associate

    Dr. Carrie Schroeder grew up in Incline Village, NV. Her father was the veterinarian there so animals and veterinary medicine were always part of her life.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Idaho.  After undergraduate school she attended veterinary school at Colorado State University.

    She returned to Nevada for the close proximity to outdoor activities and to start her career as a veterinarian at Klaich Animal Hospital.  After spending 11 years there Dr. Schroeder decided to take a sabbatical to spend time with the newest member of their family, a little boy named Forest.  A year later she is ready and excited to start a new chapter at SWVH.  Her professional interests include ultrasound, internal medicine and oncology. 

    Dr. Schroeder and her husband Cody spend their free time camping, snowboarding, fixing up their old house, and exploring Nevada.  Their family also includes a Boston Terrier named Beans, 2 cats, Zucchini and Cream Puff, and a few backyard chickens.

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Vittori
    Associate

    Dr. Jennifer Vittori is a fifth generation native Nevadan - born and raised in Reno. She attended Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, followed by playing softball and earning her associate degree at Feather River College. Dr. Vittori then completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She attended veterinary school in Pullman, Washington, graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Upon completing her education, she moved back to her hometown and has been practicing small animal medicine ever since.

    Dr. Vittori’s professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and preventative medicine. After a decade of practicing general medicine in the Reno/Sparks area, which has included working as a relief veterinarian at the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, she is very excited to start this next chapter of her career and continue building relationships with families and their pets as part of the SWVH team.

    Dr. Vittori and her husband, Josh, enjoy the outdoors and spend free time camping and fishing with their son, Andrew and Labrador retriever, Maverick. She also enjoys the challenge of training and competing as a bodybuilder and loves creating crafts and baking.

  • Dr.
    Gary Sargent
    Co-Founder (retired)

    Dr. Sargent grew up in the foothills of Southwest Reno where he enjoyed exploring the outdoors with family, friends and his dogs.

    He graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Zoology, and then attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. Dr. Sargent enjoyed a successful 30-year career at Klaich Animal Hospital before retiring in 2008 to pursue new challenges in owning and operating a small animal veterinary practice with Dr. Erin Rasmusson.

    Dr. Sargent's professional interests include small animal internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery, dermatology, oncology and dentistry. His personal interests seek a balance between year-round outdoor activities and academic interests in veterinary continuing education, current affairs, economics, business, and diverse non-fiction reading.

    Dr. Sargent is married to Elaine (Pappas), also a native of Reno. Their son, Patrick, graduated from Annapolis in 2006 and is currently serving as a U.S. Navy pilot. He is married to Abigail Parker, also from Reno.

  • Stephanie .
    CVPM, PHR - Practice Manager

    Stephanie graduated from the University of Vermont with her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She has lived in the U.A.E, England and the U.S but enjoys the sunny weather of Reno the most! Stephanie began working for SWVH in 2008 (with a small break to try out CO) and has now proudly gained her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and Professional in Human Resource certifications. She spends her time outside of work hiking with her two Doberman Pinschers, 'Moose' and 'Riva'. Stephanie is a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and actively participates in AKC rally/obedience, conformation and agility events.

  • Nicole A.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Nicole has been with SWVH since September 2009. After growing up in Las Vegas, she moved to Reno in 2005 to attend UNR. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and passed her Licensed Veterinary Technician exam in 2012. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter, Natalia. She also enjoys strength training and is interested in competitive power lifting. She shares her home with her two dogs; a Shih Tzu mix named 'Remy', and a Cavalier King Charles named 'Cheyenne'.

  • Nicole F.
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Nicole has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and joined team SWVH in 2011. She is a proud graduate and was class valedictorian of the TMCC Veterinary Technology program. Nicole passed her LVT boards July 2014 and has enjoyed expanding her skills since. Her fun-loving, crazy pets run her household, “Pogo” and 'Nacho', two Chihuahua mix rescues. She also has a beautiful daughter, Kyra who keeps her busy in her spare time and aspires to be just like her Mom!

  • Shawntay
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Shawntay was born in Reno NV, and has lived in the area all of her life. She earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from TMCC in May 2015. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, running, sports, and pretty much anything outdoors. She recently lost her Golden Retriever, Max, who was 11 years old and although he is greatly missed Shawntay has adopted a German Sheppard mix named Buster who spends his days lounging on Shawntay’s bed and running around in the yard. Shawntay has been with SWVH since 2012 and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career in the Veterinary field.

  • Amanda
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Amanda started working at SWVH in 2012 as a student assistant. She graduated from the Truckee Meadows Community College Veterinary Technician program as valedictorian in 2015 and is currently licensed as a Veterinary Technician in California and Nevada. In her spare time she enjoys running, camping, hiking, being with friends and family, and playing with her energetic 3 year old Boxer mix, Kaya.

  • Melanie
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Melanie grew up in Orangevale, a small suburb of Sacramento. She graduated from Carrington College Veterinary Technician program in August 2014 with her Associates degree in science. Melanie has worked in the field since 2011, working her way up from kennel attendant to Licensed Veterinary Technician. She moved to Reno at the start of 2016 and has been enjoying all the fishing, camping and outdoor activities there are to offer! She shares her home with a 6 year old red, Queensland Heeler named Lacey and her goal is to one day specialize in veterinary dentistry.

  • Kelly .

    Kelly was born and raised in New Jersey. She has always worked with pets and their people, from a Newfie Kennel in Vermont,  a 5 doctor veterinary clinic in NJ, a small and large animal clinic in CO, and now here at SWVH. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, and have raised two amazing daughters together. She has 2 pets at home; a dog named Windy and cat named Kiwi, and many fish! She enjoys antiquing, hiking, gardening, and the beach.

  • Shelby .

    Shelby grew up in California and moved to Reno in 2015 to finish her college career at the University of Nevada. She is studying veterinary science and has always had a true passion for animals. She enjoys helping people with their pets and looks forward to a lifelong career with animals. Her best friend is her dog, Willow, who is the most carefree and happiest dog you'll ever meet. In her spare time she likes to paddle board with her dog in Tahoe, go camping, and explore new food places in the area.

  • Amanda K.

    Amanda grew up in the small town of Ukiah in Northern California.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, she moved to Colorado to explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  She discovered her love of animal medicine while volunteering at a Denver parrot shelter and soon began working at a small animal clinic.  She moved to Reno in 2019 and plans to go back to school in Fall 2020 to become a licensed veterinary technician.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her husband and two budgies, R2D2 and Winry.'

  • Danielle

    Danielle grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Colorado and now since July, is living in Reno. After graduating from Ohio University, she worked an array of different jobs before figuring out that her love and passion for animals is what makes her most happy. Now, with 7 years experience, she is excited to join the SWVH family. In her spare time she loves dancing, painting, hiking and skiing with her fiancé who is completing his sports medicine fellowship at UNR.

  • Aubrey .

    Aubrey grew up in Sacramento, CA and moved to Reno in 2016 to attend UNR and pursue her passion of helping animals. She started working as a student assistant at SWVH in 2017 and her experience strengthened her desire to work in the field. She recently graduated with dual degrees in Biology and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and is in the process of applying to veterinary schools. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the local trails with her spastic dog Mylo, as well as reading, painting, and baking.

Ask Us About Our Referral Program

Refer a friend and receive $10 in “SWVH Bucks” to use at your next visit!

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Tuesday:

7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Wednesday:

7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Thursday:

7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Friday:

7:30 AM-5:30 PM

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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Testimonials

We love to hear your feedback!

  • "Southwest Vet is a wonderful place to take our animals. The front desk ladies are knowledgeable, patient, and compassionate. The vet techs are so wonderful with our animals. And Drs. Sargent and Rasmussen are just the tops!! The care our animals receive is extraordinary!!"
    Sarah S.
  • "Thank you so much for all that you do. You have always gone above and beyond for my pets and I. I feel truly blessed to have found you when I moved to Reno. Tank thinks you’re pretty awesome, too!"
    Ashley D.
  • "Thank you to each and every one of you who helped care for Gus while he was recovering during his long and scary week with Parvo. We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to get our loving and playful guy home."
    Aaron and Lisa C.
  • "So rare it seems to encounter an entire professional office who are as smart as they are kind. We are so grateful to have you care for Einstein. Thank you for your excellent care, patience and generosity."
    Leah R.

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