Dr. Pennell is a small animal practitioner in Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up in Southern Idaho where his father was a mixed animal veterinary practitioner and his mother was a registered nurse. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained his Eagle Scout award. Early in his career he bought Rancho Animal Clinic where he managed and practiced successfully for 18 years. Dr. Pennell is an associate veterinarian at Mountain Vista Animal Hospital and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in dentistry. In 1997 Dr. Pennell was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve on the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He served three terms for a total of nine years and was the Board President during his last two years of service. He is the chairman of the advisory board for the veterinary technology program at the College of Southern Nevada. He is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Pennell is a member of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) and is on their Disaster Preparedness Committee. He has served as an NVMA Director, Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates and is currently the Delegate to the House of Delegates. Dr. Pennell is an examiner in anesthesia for the AVMA/ECFVG Clinical Proficiency Examination, which is given at WVC’s Oquendo Center. Dr. Pennell has a keen interest in both disaster preparedness and the One Health One Medicine concept. He volunteers as a veterinarian and an EMT for the Southern Nevada Medical Reserve Corps and was a speaker at the 2007 Medical Reserve Corps National Leadership Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Pennell also volunteers for several preparedness teams and is a member of National Veterinary Response Team 4, National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, Veterinary Medical Assistance Team 5 and American Medical Response Disaster Response Team. In 2006 Dr. Pennell became an EMT. He works part-time for MedicWest Ambulance as an EMT-Intermediate and has his National Registry certification. Working as an EMT has helped him broaden his interest in human medicine and complements his training in veterinary medicine. Dr. Pennell received his B.S. from the University of Arizona in 1972 and his M.S. in veterinary science from the University of Idaho in 1976. He graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He married his wife Kathy in 1973. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren and are lucky enough to have all of them in Las Vegas where they can enjoy many family activities.