Meet the Team

Dr. Brian McAllister

DVM

Dr Brian McAllister grew up in Birmingham AL and graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. His first job as a Veterinarian was here at Animal Kindness! After working at a few other hospitals in town, Dr. Brian and his wife Jen purchased Animal Kindness from Dr. Holt in March 2019.

Dr. McAllister enjoys seeing many types of pets to include dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other pocket pets. He performs many surgical procedures but has a fondness for foreign-body removal. Pets seem to ingest the craziest things! During his career, Dr McAllister spent 5 years specializing in feline care. Some call him the cat whisperer. He has a passion for providing the calmest environment possible for all pets and has taught the entire staff more gentle ways of handling animals. Through his guidance, Animal Kindness has become a “no scruff” hospital for cats. He is also very passionate about “bringing the kindness back to medicine”. Your pets will be treated like they are a member of his family.

Outside of work, Dr. Brian shares his life with his wife Jen and their awesome blended family. The kiddos include Luci, Dani, Campbell & Akeila. Their house is also shared with their dogs Knight and Roxie and 4 cats Mr. Pineapple, Squeak, Spookay, and Stretch.

Fun facts: Die-hard Alabama Fan. Loves the Vegas Golden Knights and recently had to give up his love for the Redskins when they failed to draft Tua Tagovaiola. His favorite band is Weezer. Anything Marvel.

Dr. Jay Holt

DVM

Dr. Holt grew up in Louisiana on a beef cattle farm. He enjoyed farming with his grandfather during school age and undergraduate years. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1986 with degrees in Animal Science & Zoology. Dr. Holt went to LSU for veterinary school in Baton Rouge Louisiana and graduated with honors in 1990.

Shortly after graduation he married Dr. Valerie Holt, DVM, a classmate and LSU graduate. He moved to Las Vegas in June of 1990 and by January 1991 found Animal Kindness Veterinary Hospital. Shortly after, he purchased Animal Kindness and operated it up until February 2019 at which time he sold the practice to Dr. Brian McAllister and his wife, Jen.

He currently still REALLY enjoys practicing medicine and taking care of his long established clients. His hobbies include flying planes (airplanes, back-country aviation gyroplane, weight shift control), fishing, ATV trail riding, hiking, camping, scuba diving and multiple other adrenaline sports.

Jen

Practice Manager / Owner

Hi! My name is Jen and I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of MN and a Masters of Forensic Science degree in Forensic Molecular Biology from George Washington University. I spent 15 years as a Forensic Scientist specializing in DNA testing before transitioning into my role as the Practice Manager.

I have a 12-year-old son named Campbell who is an amazing dancer. In 2016 I adopted a 15-year-old girl, Akeila (now 18), who was an incredible gymnast and is currently studying at Wichita State University. In 2017 I met Dr. Brian McAllister and his two daughters also became a huge part of my world. Dani is 8 and Luci is 5. I love our wonderfully blended family! Brian and I also have 2 dogs (Knight & Roxie) and 5 cats (Stretch, Squeak, Spookay, Shade & Mr. Pineapple).

We purchased Animal Kindness from Dr. Holt in March 2019 and have really enjoyed owning the hospital and making it our own! We have the best clients and pets. We strive each day to treat each animal, their owners and each other with kindness and compassion. We want you to feel like a part of our family when you come to Animal Kindness.

When I’m not working at the hospital I’m often traveling with my son for dance, taking the younger girls to dance, working on my Veterinary Assistant program, enjoying a Golden Knights game with Brian, enjoying some family time with the kids, eating delicious food or sharing a glass of wine with a friend.

Heather

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Hi! I am a licensed veterinary technician who has been with Animal Kindness since November of 2019.

I graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2011 with an associates degree as a licensed veterinary technician. I have worked in the veterinary field since 1997. I moved to Las Vegas from Southern California in 1995.

Working in the veterinary field is challenging but very rewarding. Nothing is more pure than the love of an animal.

My family consists of my husband of 9 years, James and my 4 amazing kids. Our crazy house includes 2 pitbulls Katie & Achilles and a standard poodle named Captain.

My interests include being an avid cyclist, I also love to garden, cook and spend time with my family!

Mayra

Veterinary Assistant

Hello! I’m a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Technician. I started working at Animal Kindness in October 2017. I attended Pima Medical Institute and received my degree in Veterinary Assisting. I did my externship at Animal Kindness and was hired as a full time employee!

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Veterinarian. Later I realized Veterinary Assistant was the perfect fit for me. My cousin inspired me to join the VA program at Pima Medical Institute. She would tell me stories that solidified my passion to work with pets. Now that I’m in the field I couldn’t see myself working anywhere else! I’ve also met amazing people and unique pets through this field. You never know how the day will go once you walk into work and I find that pretty exciting.

I currently have 3 pets. My oldest, Minnie (7, Shepherd mix) was adopted from the Animal Foundation and she’s been running the house ever since. My middle baby, Mickey, (5, German Shepherd) we got as a puppy and he’s been a hassle ever since. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The latest addition to my furry family is my 5 year old Orange Tabby, Cookie! I saved her from being euthanized 2 years ago and she’s been such a positive change in my life. You could say we saved each other.

In my off time I enjoy listening to music and playing video games like Super Mario. I will travel the world to see a musical artist I love! My future plan includes becoming a licensed veterinary technician.

Shasta

Veterinary Assistant

Hi! I’m Shasta!  I’m a Veterinary Assistant here at Animal Kindness. I started working as a Kennel Attendant in July 2019 and have worked my way up since then.

I’m currently attending school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. I’ve worked in the animal field for over two years and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I grew up in CA and moved to Las Vegas in 2019. I started in this field because I love working with animals and making a difference.

I love watching sick animals improve from their treatments and seeing their pet parent become relieved as their fur baby gets better. As a cat parent of two I understand how hard it is to see your fur baby feel unwell. When I’m not working or studying, you will find me hiking or crocheting or hanging out with my cats Flaquita and Artemis.

Marie

Receptionist

Hi! My name is Marie and I’ve been with Animal Kindness as a receptionist since December of 2019.

I was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Las Vegas in 1991, six months after my Mom & Stepdad moved here. I began working in the veterinary industry because I had always had a passion for animals even at a young age. I wanted to become a veterinary assistant so I could connect with them and their owners.

My family consists of Casey, my cockatoo, and Nicky my Parrotlet.

A few of my personal interests and achievements are that I completed my Veterinary Assistant externship at Animal Kindness. I’m also a graduate of PIMA Medical Institute as of 2014. Some of my hobbies include running, reading, listening to music and journaling.

Claire

Receptionist

Hello! I joined Animal Kindness as a receptionist in April 2020. You will find me at the front desk along with two other fabulous ladies. Long story short, I was born in Indiana, raised in Utah, moved to Ukraine, lived in Latvia. I met my husband (aka adventure buddy) and then we moved to Hawaii. Recently we just moved to Las Vegas to continue his piloting school and my medical assisting program.

LETS BE HONEST…#PETSARETHEBEST! They are so loving, forgiving & nonjudgmental. I’m here because I want to make your stay/visit pain free. I totally understand how stressful it is when our pets are sick. I’ve been there.

I come from a family with 8 brothers and no sisters. Yes, I am the princess but they toughened me up! I have 2 fur balls…Achilles & Mochi. I love my ohana! When I’m not at work I am hiking, rock climbing, doing MMA, traveling, watching movies…pretty much anything adventurous. My ultimate passion is traveling; getting to meet more peoples and cultures. Love you all! Claire Bear out!

Charlene

Receptionist

Hi! My name is Charlene. I work as a receptionist here at Animal Kindness. I’ve been here since 2017. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Las Vegas when I was 5. When I was a kid I wanted to be a zoologist. That love for animals stayed with me into adulthood and drove me to seek out work at Animal Kindness. There are many days where work can be hectic, but seeing a previously sick pet become healthy and happy makes everything worth it! Plus all of the puppy kisses are a definite bonus.

At home I have an incredibly sweet Holland Lop bunny named Mochi. I am an avid gamer, spending much of my free time playing various video games with friends

Alisha

Groomer

Hello! I’m Alisha. I joined the team in November 2019. I have been grooming since 2015 and the year prior to that I started as a bather and worked my way up. In the past I have worked at other name brand grooming companies. I really like working at Animal Kindness because I feel that everyone cares about the pets and puts them first. Prior to coming here I felt pressured to meet quotas and generate revenue. It sometimes felt like money came before animal safety. Animal Kindness is a much better environment and I’ve really enjoyed working with the Doctors and staff.

I moved to Las Vegas when I was 3. I love my two fur babies Lobo (Chihuahua) and Loki (Tabby). When I’m not making your pets beautiful, I enjoy comics and video games.

Zoe

Office Cat

Don’t let my diminutive nature fool you. I run this place! My best buddy is Chocolate Truffles. You’ll often see us roaming the halls together. My interests include sun bathing, chewing into prescription dog food so my owners can’t sell it, sleeping on the chair you’re about to use, cake, and Doritos. 

Chocolate Truffles

Office Cat

The name is Truffles. Chocolate Truffles. I keep the other clinic cats in check. You can always find Zoe and I in the break room when the staff is eating their lunch. My favorites are Cheetos, Mac N Cheese, and French Fries, but the Doctors are against it. >:-( I love to play dress up, especially around Halloween. My bat wings, pumpkin hat and collar are the coolest.

Sahari

Office Cat

You may never see me up front because I’m always sleeping in the back. Lucky me though, I have my own designated exam room. You’ll enjoy my handsomeness during your appointment. You’re welcome. My favorite thing to do is sleep on printers. I love the warmth. Other hobbies include taunting dogs with my presence, sneezing on monitors and making the staff clean up my hair every day. *evil meow* Perhaps one day you’ll be lucky enough to find my fur attached to your invoice.