Meet Our Team

We’re one big family.

APPOINTMENT

Location

9140 W Russell Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89148

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Hours

Mon - Fri: 6:30am-6:00pm
Sat: 7:00am-5:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-5:00pm

Get to know us!

Each veterinarian at West Russell Animal Hospital bring a special skill-set to our veterinary team. We are fully dedicated to your pet’s health, and promise to go above and beyond when you need us.

Dr. Heather Benson

Dr. Heather Benson

Veterinarian

Dr. Benson wanted to be a veterinarian her whole life. When she was five years old she told her family that is what she wanted to be when she grew up. She lived in Colorado and Alabama before settling in New Mexico where her family still lives. She graduated from New Mexico State University for undergraduate school and then moved to Louisiana to attend Tulane University for her Master’s degree. She attended Louisiana State University for veterinary school.

Dr. Benson moved to Nevada and has been practicing veterinary medicine in the area since 2006. She has worked at Sunridge Animal Hospital and South Valley Animal Hospital. In October of 2018, she became the practice manager at West Russell Animal Hospital.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, jogging, and most importantly spending time with her husband and fur family. Her husband introduced her to Great Danes, a breed that she now can’t live without.

Dr. Erika Schroeder

Dr. Erika Schroeder

Veterinarian

Growing up in Henderson, Dr. Schroeder’s passions were clear in kindergarten: animals, learning about science, and playing outside. Over the years her pursuits mirrored these elementary school declarations through her dedicated scientific studies, work with animals, and conservation efforts in the wilderness areas surrounding her city. She graduated from CSN’s Veterinary Technology program, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. Dr. Schroeder’s veterinary interests include companion animal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and preventative medicine. She enjoys being able to be a part of her community by providing care for Nevadans’ furry family members.

Outside the veterinary hospital, Dr. Schroeder can be found hiking with her pocket pit Winnemucca, feeding vegetables to her guinea pig, Truckee, scrambling around Red Rock Canyon, and teeing it up to play a relaxing round of golf.

Dr. Cheryl Kaku

Dr. Cheryl Kaku

Veterinarian

Dr. Cheryl Kaku was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She always had a passion to work with animals as long as she can remember. In high school, Dr. Kaku started working in the veterinary field as a receptionist then a technician. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, then went on to veterinary school at St. George’s University on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. Dr. Kaku completed her 4th-year clinical rotations at NC State University. After graduation, she went back to California then moved to Illinois for a year and a half before moving to Las Vegas in December 2018. Dr. Kaku’s world revolves around my 3 chubby Chihuahuas (Ringo, Kimchi, and Draymond) that love to be spoiled. She enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies, eating all types of food, watching movies, going to concerts, rollerblading, taekwondo, and Muay Thai kickboxing.

Dr. Brett Gouldburn

Dr. Brett Gouldburn

Veterinarian

Dr. Brett Gouldburn was born and raised in Lake Charles. He studied at McNeese University for his undergrad. Dr. Gouldburn completed his clinical year at Michigan University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. He has a Tortoiseshell cat named Lily and his spare time Dr. Gouldburn enjoys biking, swimming, exploring Vegas, and seeing shows.

Dr. Zuri Dawkins

Dr. Zuri Dawkins

Veterinarian

Dr. Dawkins was born in Florida and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She wanted to become a veterinarian ever since she was three years old and quickly started dedicating her time volunteering at various zoos, animal hospitals and international medical/veterinary trips. She has traveled to Panama with “Volunteers Around the World” and Costa Rica with “VIDA: Veterinary Program” to aid in medical outreach. In 2010, she attended Stony Brook University and earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology w/ Specialization in Developmental Genetics. Her independent research on Zebu Conservation and Public Health from her travels to Madagascar was published shortly after in 2014. She hopes to one day return to continue Zebu and Lemur conservation in the far future. Dr. Dawkins graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She worked at a veterinary corporation before making the switch to private practice. Her veterinary interests are: soft tissue surgery, weight management, preventative care, public health and occasionally exotics/small mammals. She has one cat named Shiloh which she inherited from the islands (St. Kitts) while studying at RUSVM. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include: music, world traveling, and modeling.
Leah, LVT

Leah, LVT

Leah was born and raised in Salinas, California. She has been with the West Russell team since 2015.  Her main passions in the veterinary field are dental procedures, surgical assistance, and performing venipuncture. She has a spoiled Maltese named Manolo. Outside of work she enjoys watching football, a die-hard Raider fan, and spending time with her family.

Regina, LVT

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Regina completed the veterinary technician program at the College of Southern Nevada and became licensed in 2018. She joined the West Russell team in December 2018. Regina has a full household with Cocker Spaniels and Pitbulls, Banana and Potato, and her cats – Alex, Jimmy, and Pancake. She spends her free time traveling, drawing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Sabrina, VTIT

Sabrina started working in the kennel and is going through school in order to become a licensed veterinary technician. She grew up in Monterey, California and moved to Las Vegas in high school. She has a cat named Gizmo and enjoys the patient care aspect of veterinary medicine.
Kelly, VTIT

Kelly, VTIT

Kelly was born and raised in San Bruno, California and moved to Las Vegas in September 2015. She graduated from Sacramento Sate in May 2010 with a Bachelors in Psychology, and went back to school in May 2018 to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Kelly has been with West Russell Animal Hospital since January 2019 and is an avid Giants baseball and 49er football fan, She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her cat Kami.

Bristina, VTIT

Bio coming soon!

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