John Ensign

John Ensign

Owner at Boca Park Animal Hospital

Las Vegas, Nevada Area
Legislative Office

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John Ensign's Summary

In August 2013, Dr. Ensign opened Boca Park Animal Hospital, a 9,000 square foot medical, grooming and boarding facility that offers patients the latest technology in a loving environment staffed by caring veterinary nurses and support professionals. The building was completely renovated from the ground up including high density insulation to reduce noise and stress on animals; a restaurant grade sprinkler system; boarding suites with luxury amenities for furry guests; a separate grooming suite; and a 1,600 square foot exercise area.

Dr. Ensign is skilled in the latest research and new treatments for cats and dogs including laser therapy for wound healing, ear infections and back problems, liver disease, infections, gastrointestinal problems, seizures and behavior problems.

Nutriceuticals are also an important part of his practice, as they help to boost the immune system, combat dermatological issues and provide support for joint health in both cats and dogs.

Previously, Dr. Ensign served nearly 10 years as Nevada’s representative in the U.S. Senate where he was considered one of the Humane Society's biggest allies in Congress. In 2005, he received the organization’s Humane Legislator of the Year award for extraordinary leadership in advancing key animal protection laws. With fellow Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), Dr. Ensign led sponsorship of the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, which made it a felony to transport animals across state lines for the purpose of fighting.

John Ensign's Experience

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Veterinary industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada

Boca Park Animal Hospital is a full-service medical, dental, surgical and critical care hospital with a sparkling clean grooming and boarding facility located on site. From the moment you walk through our doors, our courteous staff will provide you and your pet with the personal attention and care that you expect and deserve. For our hospitalized patients, you can rest assured that your beloved family member will receive loving attention from our experienced and highly trained medical staff.

Our brand new facility features 9,000 square feet of interior and exterior space, designed from the ground up to accommodate your high standards, including sound-reducing to minimize noise stress, a restaurant-grade sprinkler system throughout, and cameras to monitor our hospital patients and boarding guests at all times.

Our unique square footage means we are able to offer spacious areas for therapy, play and exercise while recovering from surgery or illness. Our waiting room is also designed for high comfort and low stress, with separate cat and dog entrances. We also have a private hospice and comfort room.

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Legislative Office industry

January 2009May 2011 (2 years 5 months)

United States Senator

United States Senate

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Legislative Office industry

January 2001May 2011 (10 years 5 months) Nevada

Former U.S. Senator John Ensign was the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and served Nevadans in the United States Senate from 2001 until 2011. As chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Senator Ensign was charged with helping shape the Republican agenda in the U.S. Senate. Prior to becoming Nevada's 24th Senator, John Ensign was a veterinarian, small business owner and United States Congressman.

Senator Ensign served on the following committees: Budget; Finance; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Rules and Administration. Ensign was a Ranking Member of the subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Commerce Committee, and the subcommittee Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy of the Finance Committee.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Political Organization industry

November 2006December 2008 (2 years 2 months)


South Shores Animal Hospital

19942001 (7 years)

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Legislative Office industry

January 1995January 1999 (4 years 1 month)


West Flamingo Animal Hospital

19871994 (7 years)

John Ensign's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Volunteer Veterinarian

      Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
      • Animal Welfare

      Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) animal humane organization, was formed in 2000 by a group of 5 concerned citizens with the idea of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community.

      To eliminate companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation through aggressive spay/neuter, adoptions, community outreach programs, and education.

      • Focus spay/neuter efforts on targeted neighborhoods, feral cats, and at-risk dog breeds to reduce the local impound and euthanasia rate

      • Form local coalitions with other rescue groups, animal control agencies, and

      community leaders

      • Educate target groups to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership

      • Rescue, rehabilitate, and place homeless, unwanted, and abandoned companion

      animals into permanent homes

      • Foster youth involvement through animal-related educational programs

John Ensign's Honors and Awards

  • Humane Legislator of the Year

    The Humane Society of the United States
    • 2005

    Every year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane Scorecard to provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the U.S. Congress and give animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Senators and Representatives. The scorecard tracks key votes as well as cosponsorship of important pro-animal bills and support for adequate funding needed to enforce key animal welfare laws.

    Previous recipients of the Humane Legislator of the Year Award include Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., for 2011, Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and James Moran, D-Va., for 2010, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., for 2009, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., for 2008, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., for 2007, Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., for 2006, and Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., for 2005.

John Ensign's Skills & Expertise

  1. Veterinary Medicine
  2. Ultrasound
  3. Endoscopy
  4. Digital X-ray
  5. Echocardiography
  6. Laser Therapy
  7. Animal Nutrition
  8. Ophthalmology
  9. Dermatology
  10. Surgery
  11. Veterinary Oncology

John Ensign's Education

Colorado State University

D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine


John Ensign's Additional Information


Lower Taxes, Expanding The Economy, Strong National Defense, Immigration Reform, Winning The War On Terror, Smaller and More Responsive Government

Groups and Associations:

National Republican Senatorial Committee, TechRepublican

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