Our Doctors

Travis McDermott, D.V.M. - Hospital Director

TravisMcDermottDr. Travis McDermott was born in Galveston, TX and grew up in a small, rural town called La Grange, TX.  He obtained both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.  After receiving his veterinary degree in 2006, Dr. McDermott moved to Las Vegas and has been practicing small animal medicine since that time.

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DeJannon Preyer, D.V.M.

Preyer CoatDr. DeJannon Preyer was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from The University of Tennessee, he worked in New Jersey as an animal trainer before heading back to veterinary school. Dr. Preyer received his D.V.M. in 2013 for The University of Tennessee, and then decided to join the Durango team in the summer of 2013.

Kara Garside, D.V.M.

Kara GarsideDr. Kara Garside was born in Norfolk, Nebraska and was raised around the world as a daughter of an active duty Army soldier. She received her Bachelor degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a veterinary assistant at All Feline Hospital, she also worked at a local no kill shelter and volunteered at her local zoo. She attended and received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Shawn Caudle, D.V.M.


Dr. Shawn Caudle was born in Blytheville, AR, and grew up in Greenwood, AR. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, he worked as a veterinary assistant at Greenwood Animal Hospital. Dr. Caudle received his doctorate from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Growing up he had an extensive love for horses, and even owned a few during Veterinary School. Currently, he is the proud owner of a Catahoula Curr named Shadeaux (pronounced "Shadow"). Although his primary passions revolve around neurology, internal medicine, and surgery, he feels compelled to be advanced in all areas of study.

Alexandra Meyer, D.V.M.

Alexandra Meyer was born in Minneapolis, MN and was raised in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Meyer received her bachelor degree in Animal Science at South Dakota State University with minors in Equine Sciences, Chemistry, and Biology. She completed her doctorate from University of Missouri in 2017. Dr. Meyer has 1 dog, a chihuahua named Lilli, and 3 cats (Izzy, Thomas O'Malley, and CC). While not working, Dr. Meyer enjoys puzzles, games, and exercising.

Laura Morales, D.V.M.

Dr. Laura Morales Vazquez was born and raised in the tropical island of Puerto Rico. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with a minor in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered at the local zoo, discovered her passion for dairy medicine and was Vice President of the Pre-Veterinary Student's Club. Dr. Morales attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and practice veterinary medicine on species such as elephants, giraffes, and lions. She attended The University of Melbourne, Australia to complete her clinical year and received her veterinary degree from RUSVM. Also important to note, Dr. Morales is a great fit for our Spanish speaking clients!

Katelyn Meyer, D.V.M.

Dr. Katelyn Meyer was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in English at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered at the local humane society during the school year and volunteered at a therapeutic riding center in the summers. Dr. Meyer attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri and graduated in May 2018. Her interests outside of veterinary medicine include aerial silks and hiking with her two dogs, Ryka and Juniper.

Johnathon Watry, D.V.M.

Dr. Johnathon Watry was born in Okinawa, Japan and was raised all over the west coast. After settling in Alaska, Dr. Watry attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology. Following undergrad studies, he completed an internship at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Texas and later returned to Hawaii to work as a veterinary assistant in a small animal veterinary hospital. Dr. Watry received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school, he worked at the Pre-Clinical Surgical Research Lab at CSU to help advance the field of human medicine through the ethical use of large and small animal models.