Jim Nave opened his business, Tropicana Animal Hospital in 1974. Today, the Nave Veterinary Group includes over 21 free-standing veterinary hospitals in southern Nevada, including Tropicana, and is dedicated to the mentorship of young doctors who share the group’s vision and high standards of veterinary medicine.
Jim is active in organized veterinary medicine at both the state and national level, serving as past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), past president of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association, as well as past president of the Western Veterinary Conference. In 1987, the College of Veterinary Medicine named him their Alumnus of the Year, and in 2001, he received the Mizzou Alumni Association’s Faculty Alumni Award. Jim is a life member of the MAA and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968.