About Us

Our executive team has been caring for pets and our community in Las Vegas since 1974. We have dedicated our lives to this cause.

We believe in the future of Las Vegas!

Las Vegas has become one of America’s fastest-growing cities. We have evolved from an era of showstoppers into a thriving city comprised of everyday city life. Las Vegas offers a collection of communities that appeal to all generations. As an extern, your weekends are free to take advantage of the entertainment, dining, and recreation options in the area.

During the pandemic, we’ve been there for this community.

Meet our executive team!

Dr. James Nave

Dr. James Nave

Dr. Nave opened Tropicana Animal Hospital in 1974 with the simple goal of not only helping people and their pets but also mentor young doctors who shared his vision and high standard of Veterinary medicine. As he began working with these other doctors who wished to learn from him, Dr. Nave began to expand his facilities so that the team of doctors he was mentoring had a place to grow and thrive. One by one, they took a leadership role in these locations and continued to teach all that they had learned to their own doctors at their new hospitals.

During this exciting time of growth, Dr. Nave met Dr. Kurt Mychajlonka. It was immediately evident that they both shared a common interest in veterinary medicine as well as meeting the same high standards of quality patient care. So, in order to share their knowledge and passion with the world, Dr. Nave teamed up with Dr. Kurt Mychajlonka, and his wife Dr. Debra White, and their partnership took off creating a mentoring program that would treat everything from cats and dogs to pocket pets and exotics.

Fueled by the desire to share their passion with other doctors who were like-minded, Dr. Nave and Dr. Kurt Mychajlonka created an ongoing mentorship program for young doctors. This program creates an atmosphere for budding new doctors to pursue their dreams in veterinary medicine and teaches them how to reach any and all goals they may have. They made sure to include doctors of all areas and diversities, reaching to the edges of California to the island of St. Kitts, in order to offer the opportunity to help them grow and learn under-seasoned veterinarians.

This process has led to the development of over 19 freestanding veterinary hospitals with state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge medicine. Dr. Nave wishes only to better the learning experience of every veterinarian that wishes to be mentored by his staff and continues to be active in not only community and statewide, but nationally as well.

Dr. Nave looks forward to continuing to expand the mentoring program that he created and is excited to see what the future holds for him and his doctors in veterinary medicine!

Dr. Mychajlonka

Dr. Mychajlonka

As a young boy, Dr. Mychajlonka knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian. This childhood dream of veterinary medicine led him from his hometown of Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania, to Phoenix, Arizona, where he completed his undergraduate training at Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Mychajlonka has been a fixture at Craig Road Animal Hospital since its founding in 1996 and is fondly known by many of his clients as “Dr. Mych.” He serves as attending veterinarian to the Nevada Task Force search and rescue dogs. In the past, he has also served as president of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Mych earned his DVM at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1993. During his college years, he worked at a small animal emergency hospital and an equine surgical center, which fostered his interest in high-quality, cutting-edge veterinary care.

Dr. Mych’s veterinary interests include general and orthopedic surgery, advanced dental procedures, and laparoscopic procedures. In his leisure time, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, photography, and reading. Dr. Mych resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Debbie (also a veterinarian), and two adopted children: Nikki, a beautiful Bouvier Des Flanders, and Boss, a Shih-poo-kie.