About us

Southwest Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve Reno and the surrounding areas for everything related to the health of your pet!


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Southwest Veterinary Hospital was founded in 2008 by doctors Gary Sargent and Erin Rasmusson. Their mutual vision was to open a state of the art hospital that provided patients with the highest standard of personalized veterinary medicine, clients an exceptional service experience and staff a supportive and educational work environment.  

Originally a two doctor practice with four support staff, the hospital has grown tremendously thanks to the dedicated and supportive client base from Reno and the surrounding areas.  

SWVH offers surgery five days per week, digital radiology (both standard and dental), ultrasonography, state of the art dental equipment, class-IV laser therapy, and personalized preventative care for each patient. Our commitment to the professional field of veterinary medicine with continued education means that we are comfortable with the care and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, Cushing’s, Addison’s, Chronic Kidney, arthritis, and allergies, to name a few.  

Our in-house laboratory equipment allows us to get information immediately on sick or critical patients. We also work closely with Idexx laboratories for routine blood panels and other services such as cultures, histopathology, cytology and titers.  

With our commitment to provide the best for our patients, SWVH doesn’t house any patients overnight. All surgeries are done during the morning hours so that after a full recovery, they may go home that afternoon. SWVH works closely with the 24hour emergency and critical care facilities in Reno to provide referrals for cardiology, orthopedic and advanced imaging services.  

One of SWVH’s goals is to maintain an AAHA-accredited hospital. With over 900 standards, this accreditation means that we can communicate our commitment to excellence in this field. The team of SWVH all shares the same vision to strive for a higher standard of care for our patients, as well as for our own pets. In turn, we will help inform and educate the public, seek out information to stay current on new treatments and aspire to build a healthier pet community in Reno.


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

Find Us

Check out the map below to locate SWVH!

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.

Featured Services

  • Feline Ear Issues

    Most cats will never have a serious problem with their hearing during their lives. However, several ear issues can affect cats. Many of these can cause discomfort or pain, but some may even lead to a partial loss of hearing or deafness. Ear issues in cats can have a variety of causes, including infections, ...

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  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

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  • Hypertension

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is fairly common in cats. Although it can occur on its own, it is usually a sign of other serious health problems. High blood pressure can also cause problems with other parts of the body, including the eyes, kidneys and heart. Cats are more likely to develop high ...

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  • Hyperthyroidism in Cats

    Hyperthyroidism is a condition that causes a cat’s thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone. This disease most often shows up in middle-aged and older cats. The thyroid gland is located in the neck. Thyroid hormones affect most organs in the body, so hyperthyroidism can lead to other problems ...

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  • Kidney Issues

    The kidneys have two important roles in a cat’s body. First, they filter wastes and toxins from the blood, which then exit the body in the urine. The kidneys also help regulate the volume of fluids in the body and important hormones and other chemicals. Cats can develop several kinds of kidney issues, ...

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  • Liver

    The liver is a very important organ. It is involved in digestion and removing harmful toxins from the blood. Cats can develop several conditions that affect how well their liver works. Cholangiohepatitis One of the most common causes of liver disease in cats is cholangiohepatitis. In this condition, ...

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