CREATED Sep. 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dusty the cat is recovering from some morning blood work. She's at Boca Park Animal Hospital where former senator Dr. John Ensign is taking care of the pets.
"When you left the senate did you know you were going back to veterinary medicine,?" Action News asked. "It was a natural thing, but I waited a couple months to see what I was going to do," Ensign said.
He left the senate amidst a host of ethics violations including a sex scandal. Now he's back to serving the public, but this time as a veterinarian and he prefers not to talk politics.
"People just want to know whether you care about their pet," Ensign said. "They had a great saying when I was in med school, 'people don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.'"
Ensign's clinic is equipped with the best in pet care from a state-of-the-art surgery room and dental clinic to kennels with a penthouse suite for pampered pooches.
The doctor practiced veterinary medicine for eight years before he became a senator and while in office he sponsored legislation for animal rights.
"I was the Humane Societies Legislature of the Year," he said. "I did legislation on animal fighting and I did an anti-horse slaughter bill."
While Ensign loves all animals his new clinic near Rampart and Charleston is mainly for the dogs and cats. His first customer was a little pug named Burrito.
"He just needed his de-worming and they did his first set of shots," Burritos owner, Brittany Bernard, said. "It's a regular checkup just to see if he's healthy and he is!"
The doctor hopes to see many more little Burrito and that the community will embrace him in his latest role as Animal Doc.