Dr. Gary Sargent

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

He attended public schools and graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Zoology. After graduation from Colorado State University with his doctorate in veterinary medicine, Dr. Sargent joined the doctors at Klaich Animal Hospital where he enjoyed a professionally gratifying and successful 30-year career. He retired in January 2008 to seek new challenges and pursue the goal of creating a new hospital with his new business partner Dr. Erin Rasmusson.

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

Dr. Sargent is married to Elaine (Pappas), also a native of Reno. They have a son, Patrick, who graduated from Annapolis in 2006 and is currently a U.S. Navy pilot. Finally, there is Moe, their golden retriever who is loving and trusting in his efforts to join them in many adventures.

Dr. Erin Rasmusson

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. Rabbits, chickens, goats, dogs, cats and a horse named "Big Red" all spent time under Dr. Rasmusson's watchful eye at her parents' home.

She graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where she ran cross-country and graduated after just three years with a double major in chemistry and biology. Dr. Rasmusson next attended The Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was enthralled to learn both in the classroom and from her many positions - including foal-sitter, receptionist, parasitology laboratory technician, llama and alpaca herd manager, equine ICU technician, accountant and many others - at the School's Teaching Hospital. She graduated from Ohio State in June of 2003, married her high-school sweetheart and moved to Reno that same year.

Upon arrival in Northern Nevada, Dr. Rasmusson began her career with a small-animal internship split between Carson City and Reno. During that first year she spent her time working with and learning from veterinarians focused on internal medicine, cardiology, radiology and orthopedic & soft tissue surgery. Although she had intended to spend her professional life treating all creatures great and small, she soon learned that she truly wished to direct her practice toward providing compassionate service for dogs, cats and their owners. With that in mind, she began working at Klaich Animal Hospital, a very busy small-animal practice, soon after her internship. In her nearly four years with Klaich, Dr. Rasmusson enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the Hospital's wonderful veterinarians, provide treatment and assistance to a great many patients and their owners.

Dr. Rasmusson is now very excited to open Southwest Veterinary Hospital with Gary Sargent, D.V.M., accomplishing her dream of owning and operating a veterinary hospital. Although Dr. Rasmusson enjoys all aspects of treating dogs and cats - she has received extra training through continued education in abdominal ultrasound and orthopedic surgery. She hopes to bring her experience, energy and compassion to her clients while striving to provide the best care possible to her patients.

Outside of the office, Dr. Rasmusson enjoys hiking, running, camping, snowboarding and many other outdoor activities, with her husband Brent Ryman and their two dogs, Ellie Mae and Pacino. Dr. Gonzo (Dr. Rasmusson's feline companion since Veterinary School) prefers to remain home and enjoy the Truckee Meadows' ample sunbeams.

Doctors and Support Staff

Front Row (left to right): Dr. Erin Rasmusson & Dr. Gary Sargent
Back Row (left to right): Jen; Nicole; Rachel; Annie, LVT; Lori, LVT; Kaley; Amanda
Not Pictured: Danielle, Christina

7:30am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday
Veterinarians seen by appointment

All payments are due when services are rendered, SWVH accepts the following forms of payment: cash, check, Visa and Master Card. Deposits may be required for medical or surgical care provided by SWVH. If you have any questions, a support staff member will be happy to address them prior to services rendered. I authorize SWVH to institute legal action if my account becomes delinquent of if I am negligent of the above financial arrangements.

In addition, our practice offers CareCredit®, a no interest, 3 to 6-month payment plan that you can use to pay for professional fees. If CareCredit is of interest to you, please discuss with a support staff member or go to

Our facility does NOT offer on-site overnight nursing care for the patients. If at any time we determine such care is necessary, or if you choose to have your pet provided with constant overnight veterinarian supervision, he/she will need to be transferred to the Animal Emergency Center at 5:30 pm and likely returned to SWVH the following morning by 8:00 am. Overnight fees/costs incurred will be the responsibility of the owner.

Check out an article about SWVH by the Reno Gazette-Journal
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