our team

Welcome to Spencer Springs, where we strive for a warm and friendly relationship with you and your pet.
It’s an honor to meet you!
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Susie Costa D.V.M.

Veterinarian
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Dr. Deborah Master

veterinarian
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Jillian Spaulding

hospital director
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Kat Grandstaff

Groomer

Dr. Susie Costa DVM, Owner

Susie Costa

Susie Costa D.V.M., Owner

Even though she traveled all over the country as a junior tennis player, Dr. Susan Costa’s firm roots in Las Vegas, where she was born and raised, could not be challenged. She attended Valley High School (as a varsity tennis player!), before accepting a full-ride scholarship to University of Utah for tennis. While at Utah, she was invited to the NCAA tournament in doubles, and she received her BS in Civil Engineering – although that career would be short-lived!

“I worked in the engineering field for a while,” says the proud AVMA member. “But then I started volunteering at a vet clinic in Santa Fe, NM, and everything changed.” She headed to UNLV to meet her prerequisites for vet school before heading to Veterinary School at Colorado State University from 1997-2001. “I graduated in 2001 and have been practicing ever since,” she says. “I now have 3 dogs, Mack, Goldie and Smokey – plus a tarantula. I can’t imagine my life without veterinary medicine. I love working with people to help their four-legged children.”

Dr. Deborah Master DVM

Dr. Deborah Master

Dr. Deborah Master

Before joining Spencer Springs, this big-hearted veterinarian spent a year in Ecuador with the Peace Corps, where she treated animals and taught basic medicine and husbandry to the locals. She also learned Spanish, which we treasure here at Spencer Springs, because of all of our Spanish-speaking clients. But before all of that, our second native of Las Vegas graduated class valedictorian from Cimarron-Memorial High School before heading to the University of San Diego, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. The AVMA member then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University.

“I joined the Spencer Springs family in 2012 and have loved the clientele and staff ever since,” she says. “It’s so important to be thorough with the exams and take the time to explain everything to my clients. I care very deeply for each and every one of my patients and make sure they know every option and exactly what’s going on with their pet.”

Jillian Spaulding, Hospital Director

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Jill Spaulding, Hospital Director

In her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, Jillian Spaulding helped establish an emergency shelter for pets belonging to the temporarily homeless due to fire, domestic violence, or other life crises. Later, after returning from active duty in the U.S. Army, the animal lover spent eight more years in the Boston area, working at several practices as a veterinary technician. During that time, she helped establish the Alliance for Animals, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

She re-located to Las Vegas in 2007 and began working at Spencer Springs Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. Now that she is the Assistant Hospital Manager and Hospital Director, she oversees all aspects of hospital operations and works hand-in-hand with the veterinarians, supervisors, and staff. “Our ultimate goal,” she says, “is to provide quality care to pets and excellent service to our clients.” She is currently enrolled in the prestigious Certified Veterinary Practice Manager Program, which will greatly benefit our hospital as we strive for excellence in a rapidly changing environment. “Being the practice manager and director of a great practice has been a life-long dream,” she says. “I could not have found a better hospital to engage in the work I that love best.”

Kat Grandstaff, Groomer

Kat Grandstaff, Spencer Springs

Kat Grandstaff, groomer

Kat Grandstaff discovered her two passions in life, art and animals, early on, but she hasn’t always known just how she would end up combining the two into the career she has today. Instead, the Layton, Utah native first had a notable ballet career at a young age, dancing in China during the Beijing Olympics, training with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre in NYC, and being a trainee with Ballet West in her home state. But after graduating from the University Of Utah with her BFA in ballet, Kat took a break from the exciting world of performing arts. “I decided to become a groomer, combining my love of the arts with my love of animals,” she says. “I love creating beauty, and I learned at a very young age to love and care for animals of all sorts, my favorite being my dog Buddy that I had since birth. I always knew that animals would always be a large part of my life. So grooming was the perfect fit.” Kat comes to Spencer Springs after spending two years cutting her teeth working for a large corporate company. “I’m extremely excited to be joining Spencer Springs Animal Hospital and having a greater connection and a personalized experience with each of my clients!”