President’s Letter

Colleagues & Friends,

Welcome to another year in the ArVMA.  I am thankful to be serving as President for our great association this year.  Raised in southwest Missouri, my family lived simply, on a small farm, which began my interest in the health of all animals.  After moving to Northwest Arkansas, I attended U of A in Fayetteville.  Later I was accepted to LSU-SVM where I finished my degree in 1990 and returned, to the small town of Pea Ridge, to spend the entirety of my career in mixed animal practice.

One of the first inspiring veterinarians I met was Tim Woody.  He has been a continuous mentor with vision for serving in many ways with the ArVMA, AVMA, and our local NWARVMA.  I was fortunate to attend the Leadership Conference in Chicago this year and it was driven home to me the reasons we must remain united and in contact with other veterinarians and other support personnel for this ever evolving profession.

This year is a very active legislative one.  With the help of Bill & Bradley Phillips, our lobbyists, we hope to work, for the bills and against the bills, which change the scope of practice for veterinary medicine, in the state of Arkansas.  As your President this year, I hope to stay aware and reach out to all the veterinarians interested in keeping abreast of the events happening with our association.

Finally, our executive directory, Maggie Milligan, has had some serious health issues handed to her last year and again with new ones to begin this year.  We want to offer her our support and prayers as she goes through treatment and begins to heal throughout 2017.  Along with Maggie, we will do the best we can to keep timely responses to any questions or needs you may have.  Please join together in support of Maggie this spring and summer.

In closing, let me say how honored I am to serve my profession and your state association as President.  Rest assured we are doing many things to keep the ArVMA evolving to meet the needs of the current membership, as well as the needs of the newest members to the association.

Until next time,

Karen Sherman, DVM

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Full Time Veterinarian – Bella Vista, AR

Village Pet Hospital is looking for a full time veterinarian to join our growing Bella Vista hospital. We are a well established, small animal practice that was started in 1987. We moved into a newly built facility in 2010. 
We offer exceptional support staff, dedicated clients, and competative wages. Our ideal candidate would be an enthusiasic person who is friendly and a team player. 
Our location is perfect for outdoor activities such as bicycling, boating on the many area lakes, hiking, golf, and tennis. We are walking distance to Blowing Springs Park that has caves, waterfalls, springs, cliff riding, and miles of award winning bicycle trails. We are located on the southside of Bella Vista which is very convenient to the interstate and the Bentonville/Rogers area. 
Dr. Harper 
Village Pet Hospital
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Part Time Associate – Ft. Smith, AR

Fast paced veterinary practice in the Arkansas River Valley, seeking motivated part time associate. Salary based on experience and hours, ideally working morning, Tuesday-Saturday. No on-call or emergency. Other compensation includes: health insurance premiums paid, half of monthly dental premiums paid, HSA(health savings account) contribution, 1 week paid vacation the first year-two weeks there after. Once CE conference up to $1000 paid. If interested please email resume to 

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Vet Tech/Vet Assistant – Little Rock, AR

Companions Spay & Neuter Clinic is expanding and looking for a vet tech/vet assistant to join our team.  Our clinic specializes in high quality, low cost sterilizations and affordable vaccinations.  Experience is preferred but will train the right person. Please submit resume to or call 501-679-7900 for more information.  

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CVT or Vet Assistant Wanted- Fort Smith, AR

CVT or Vet Assistant Wanted- Fort Smith, AR

We are a small animal and exotic clinic that is currently seeking an experienced CVT (at least 3 years experience preferred) or Vet Assistant with at least 5 years experience preferred. This position will be full-time, Monday – Friday and some weekends.

Duties will include, but will not be limited to: restraining animals, assist in exam rooms, giving medications and injections, surgeries, blood draws, dentals, placing iv catheters, assist in x-rays and running lab equipment.

Compensation will be based on experience.

Benefits include : Medical insurance offered after 90 days.

                             One week paid vacation after one year

                               Paid holidays.

Here at Best Friends Pet Clinic, we strive for quality customer service along with “above and beyond” pet care. If you feel you qualify, please email resume and references to or apply in person at Best friends Pet Clinic 1820 Wheeler Ave Ft Smith, AR 72901.



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Associate Veterinarian – Little Rock, AR

Hillcrest Animal Hospital provides outstanding care for dogs and cats in beautiful Little Rock, Arkansas!  The Hillcrest area is one of Little Rock’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods featuring tree lined streets, upscale shopping and countless fantastic restaurants!  We are a full service hospital with a loyal clientele, community clinic feel!  We are looking for a full-time, long-term team member who is open-minded and energetic!  Work alongside a boarded Internist and Neurologist on staff, as well as 5 seasoned Associate Veterinarians.  We are equipped with Toshiba CT with digital imaging system, Aloka Ultrasound with digital imaging system, radiology suite and stat interpretation available by board certified radiologists, a complete in-house pharmacy including a wide range of prescription diets, Avimark, ECGs and Doppler capabilities, etc.  Benefits include paid licenses, dues to AVMA/ArVMA, and malpractice insurance, CE allowance, 2 weeks of vacation, paid sick time, partially paid medical insurance and excellent compensation.  To apply, please send your resume to recruiter Stina Carter at  We look forward to hearing from you!


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Dr. Allison S. Patchell named 2016 Veterinarian of The Year

Dr. Allison S. Patchell of Little Rock, and formerly of Heber Springs, was awarded the 2016 Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year while attending the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association winter meeting in Hot Springs Feb. 10th, -12th.   Dr. Patchell began her work in veterinary medicine in West Memphis, AR in 1980, followed by three years in Conway, AR at Conway Animal Clinic. She then relocated to Heber Springs, AR where she owned and operated Patchell Veterinary Clinic for 30 years. Since selling her practice in 2013, she has been dong relief work in the Central Arkansas area.  

Dr. Patchell is a current member of the American VMA and the Arkansas VMA and has spent countless hours volunteering with the Arkansas Veterinary Examining Board stuffing envelopes, opening mail and performing carious other office jobs during the license renewal season. Dr. Patchell was appointed to the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board by Governor Mike Huckabee in 2000, where she served two 5-year terms. 

Dr. Patchell is a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR where she participates in mission work through the Pioneer Sunday School Class and also serves on the Family Promise Team to care for and feed families in need. She is also a member of the Arkansas Arts Center.

We congratulate Dr. Patchell on an award well deserved. You have served the veterinary profession well and you are an inspiration of all veterinarians.  Congratulations!!

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Veterinarian Wanted – Jonesboro, AR

Animal Medical Center of Jonesboro is a progressive and growing companion animal practice located in the largest community in Northeast Arkansas, and we are ready to add a 4th veterinarian to our staff. Our mission is to provide the most up to date pet health care with the devotion of one that feels truly called to our wonderful profession. We are committed to creating an environment that promotes professional growth, provides opportunities for financial success, and encourages balance for your life outside the hospital. We have digital radiography including digital dental, full Abaxis and Idexx lab systems, ultrasound, endoscopy, and pretty much whatever else you might need. Our support staff is fantastic, many of them have been with the team for over a decade. Experience in an associate is preferred, but we certainly encourage recent graduates to apply. Send your CV to Animal Medical Center of Jonesboro, 1115 S. Gee St., Jonesboro, AR 72401. Email us at

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Emergency Veterinarian Wanted – Northwest Arkansas


Emergency Veterinarian Wanted


Our well established and growing emergency and specialty practice is seeking an experienced, after hours, Emergency Veterinarian to join our team. We are located in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, consistently listed as one of the best places to live in America. Our area features beautiful scenery, hiking, cycling, boating, a world-class museum and one of the friendliest college towns in the country.


Practice high quality medicine with a large pool of supportive referring veterinarians. Fully equipped facility with a friendly, fun loving staff. Flexible schedule. Work an average of 3 shifts per week. Competitive pay, Salary plus generous production bonus. Excellent benefits package including medical, Professional dues, CE, and IRA. 


Please submit a resume and cover letter to More specifics will be provided to qualified applicants.


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Full Veterinarians Wanted – Fayetteville, AR


We are currently looking to employ 1 – 2 additional full time veterinarians at Wedington Animal Hospital in Fayetteville AR.  Wedington Animal Hospital is a profitable, multiple doctor practice offering full surgical, medical and dental services.  We are proud to offer stem cell therapy, ultrasound, laser therapy, dentistry, digital radiography (including dental), state of the art in-house laboratory and patient monitoring.  We have a dedicated dental suite with digital dental radiography as well.  We are well staffed with licensed veterinary technicians as well as assistants to allow our veterinarians to focus on the practice of medicine and client communication. Our doctors earn well over the national average wage for veterinarians not including the addition of benefits provided.  Company paid health insurance, simple IRA (up to 3% company match), paid vacation, CE allowance, annual license renewal and paid membership in local & state veterinary medical associations are some of the benefits offered.  Coupled with the reasonable cost of living, this can afford one a comfortable lifestyle while being able to tackle the burden of student debt.  Lastly, Northwest Arkansas is a fantastic community that is rapidly growing. Also, Fayetteville recently enjoyed the ranking of 3rd best city to live in the United States.  If you enjoy practicing high quality medicine and forming lasting client relationships, all while living in a spectacular environment, please send your resume to:                                                                                                                                                              

Cindy Stewart, Hospital Manager
Wedington Animal Hospital
4363 W Wedington Dr
Fayetteville AR  72704

About Wedington Animal Hospital:
Wedington Animal Hospital was established as North College Animal Hospital in February of 1993. It was just Dr. Herring and one other staff member for the first couple of months. Dr. Wright joined the practice about 3 months later. In July of 2002 the clinic was moved to its current location at 4363 W Wedington Drive. Within a year they began looking for more associates. Currently the clinic is home to 6 full time Veterinarians and approximately 40 additional staff members all dedicated to providing the best possible care for your pets. Clinic Hours Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Because a large number of veterinarians practice at Wedington Animal Hospital, we can care for many types of pets: • Dogs • Cats • Rabbits* • Pocket Pets* • Reptiles* • Birds* (*Select veterinarians only).   Call us for more information. Categories • Wellness Exams • Advanced Surgical Procedures • Dentistry • Pharmacy • Digital Radiology Services • Ultrasound • Cold Laser Therapy • In-House Stem Cell Therapy • Grooming • Boarding

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