Dr. Pierce graduated from Oklahoma State University, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1959. He received the Merck Award for highest scholastic achievement in his graduating class, and was selected to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. Following graduation, Dr. Pierce won a 15 month internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. (This was the only internship of its kind in the entire United States at that time.) They select only the top 6 applicants from the 17 Veterinary Colleges each year. Dr. Pierce and Dr. Carkeek were assigned to all Neurological Cases as their special project during their internship, and presented a paper on their neurological exam and spinal tap technique.

     Angell Memorial has a permanent staff of over 20 Veterinarians including some of the leading authorities and authors in small animal medicine and surgery. The hospital is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (M.S.P.C.A.). The hospital is open 24 hour a day, seven days a week and receives referrals from all over the north-eastern United States.

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There is 24 hour nursing and treatment and a full nursing staff. They have complete departments for medicine, surgery, X-ray, laboratory, pathology and post-mortem.

     An intern is exposed to more cases of all sorts in that 15 months than the average practitioner would see in several  years. Every morning there are Doctor's rounds and case discussions involving the staff and the interns. Much is learned and shared during these rounds.

Special Interests:

Dr. Pierce has attended many postgraduate courses on dermatology and is quite interested in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems in dogs and cats.

Other main interests are neurology, lameness, intensive care for the seriously ill patient, and ear problems.

Dr. Pierce has always been excited about the concept of self-healing with the help of nutritional dietary supplements, antioxidants, trace minerals, omega III fatty acids, and herbs. These are used to increase the effectiveness of traditional first-line medical treatment protocols. This can also help with some genetic problems and slow the aging process. Many small miracles have been seen.

Dr.Pierce also hosted the "Pets & Vets" call-in talk radio show on KOH for 15 years, for one hour each Saturday. Dr. Pierce welcomes you to drop in and meet him and look over the Reno Animal Hospital.

Pain Control:

Since pets often do not show pain the same way we do, it is important to recognize and alleviate pain when presented. You will usually see much improvement right away.


I give some treatments that usually help to rejuvenate the older pet and keep them more active and healthy in their later years. Careful attention to diet, dentistry, heart and kidney ailments and changes can improve both quality and quantity of life.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Western Nevada Veterinary Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • British Columbia and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations
  • Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association


Dr. Pierce has authored several articles that were published in Veterinary Journals.

  • Pierce, J. H., "Treatment of Suspected Canine Parvo Viral Infection," Clinical Report Modern Veterinary Practice, November, 1980.
  • Pierce, J. H., "Encephalitis in a cat from Philodendron Leaf Poisoning," Panel Report Modern Veterinary Practice, June, 1970.
  • Pierce, J. H., "Disturbed Equilibrium in Small Animals," Modern Veterinary Practice, October 1968.
  • Pierce, J. H., Veterinary Economics, Annual Casebook of Profit Producing Ideas, 11th Annual Edition (January 1972), pp.27 and 36. And 10th Annual Edition (January 1971), pp.26, 28, 36, 41
  • Pierce, J.H., "Treatment of Acanthosis Nigricans with Seletoc." (Selenium vitamin-E injectable preparation). Modern Veterinary Practice, September, 1966.


My wife Jeannie and I were raised in Perry, Oklahoma and were married in 1952. We have 3 sons and  1 daughter and 5 grandchildren. We have successfully operated the Reno Animal Hospital since 1964.

Extremely high overhead can affect medical decisions and fees. I am pleased to report that Reno Animal Hospital and its equipment is paid for and debt-free.





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