Established as an independent primary care hospital in 1971 by Dr. Woodrow Allen, SVH opened its doors in the front half of a feed store on the east side of Nevada’s state capital: Carson City. Fifteen minutes from the jewel of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe, the team of doctors leading this hospital began their pursuit of excellence, spurred on by a desire for innovation and treating clients and patients like the friends and family they are. That attitude holds today with our team of professional and wonderfully courteous client coordinators, veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and boarding attendants, not to mention our knowledgeable and experienced veterinarians.



American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that independently accredits veterinary hospitals in the United States. As an AAHA accredited hospital, we are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine. Less than 15% of hospitals in the United States hold this honor.