Dr. Jim Ralston named 2014 Veterinarian of The Year

DSC_7629During the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association’s Winter Meeting on February 6-8,2015 in Hot Springs, Dr. Jim Ralston was presented with the distinction and honor of being named the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year.

After graduating Oklahoma State University in 1971 and finishing his military obligation, Dr. Ralston returned to Arkansas and opened Ralston Animal Hospital in El Dorado, AR. After 38 years in practice, he retired with his wife Terry, to Hot Springs Village. He continues to serve the veterinary profession as secretary of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board and enjoys playing golf as often as possible.

Dr. Ralston has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association since he graduated veterinary school in 1971. He has served on the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board for 13 years, where is currently serving as secretary/treasurer. Dr. Ralston served two terms on the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation and also served as district trustee for his region.

Dr. Ralston’s civic activities include serving on the Union County Quorum Court for 2 years; 20-year board member of the Union County Animal Protection Society; Rotary Club; Kiwanis Club; Board of First Methodist Youth Administration; First Methodist Church Finance Committee.

Dr. Ralston has been married to his wife Terry for 20 years. They have 4 children between them and 9 grandchildren. Also making up his family is his dog, Hank, who is a Springer Spaniel.

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Associate Veterinarian Wanted – Northwest Arkansas

Associate Veterinarian wanted for a progressive small animal practice located in Northwest Arkansas.   We are seeking an individual that desires to develop clientele, and practice in a great area of Arkansas.  Our clinic is fully equipped with the latest equipment and has a strong team in place with a loyal client base. Experienced veterinarian preferred, but we would consider a new graduate.  Emphasis is placed on the highest quality medicine and customer service.  No emergency after hours call.  Please send resume to bhancock@hancockvet.com.

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Veterinarian Wanted – Greenbrier, AR

Veterinarian Wanted- Greenbrier, AR

Companions Spay & Neuter Clinic is seeking a part-time/full-time veterinarian to join our team. We are a high volume spay/neuter clinic located in Springhill AR (6 miles outside of Conway). This position focuses on spay/neuter and wellness care. Competitive salary. Please send inquires to SpayNeuterArkansas@gmail.com

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Vet Tech/Assistant Wanted – Greenbrier, AR

Vet Tech/Assistant Wanted- Greenbrier, AR

Companions Spay & Neuter Clinic is seeking a part-time/full-time vet tech/assistant. We are a high volume spay/neuter clinic located in Springhill AR (6 miles outside of Conway) Must be positive, dependable, highly motivated, computer literate and have compassion for both people and animals. Flexible schedule a must. Experienced preferred but will train the right person. Please send resume to SpayNeuterArkansas@gmail.com




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President Message – Winter 2015

While many may know me, I would however venture that most do not. By way of introduction allow me a few lines telling you about myself. I was born and grew up in west central Arkansas near Russellville. While taking an indirect path I graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 last century. Subsequently, my wife Cindy and I moved to Fort Smith Arkansas to join a Small Animal practice. Since that time, I have practiced companion animal medicine in the same practice.

We made our home in Fort Smith, and have remained there for the entire duration of this journey. We have a son, Chase, who is currently a senior in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. In my off time, I’m a Certified Flight instructor attempting to teach people how to fly airplanes without killing themselves or others. I Fish when I can, travel all I can and complain often about anything. However, one thing that I will not complain of is the distinct honor that I have to serve as your president on the board of your state Veterinary Association. While I try to not take much too seriously, I intend to take this very seriously and will do my utmost to serve you for the next year.

Dr. David Blount, former board president and ArVMA representative to our legislator, invited me to run for district IV representative in 2007. When I joined the board, I had little knowledge what the function of the ArVMA was other than to provide continuing education opportunities in the state. I knew little of the importance of the ArVMA to veterinarians and our profession in the state of Arkansas.

Since then I’ve learn that our association serves us in a multitude of avenues at multiple levels. Not the least of which is maintaining a constant watch on the legislative body of our state government through our lobbyist Bill and Bradley Phillips. It is the Associations duty to ensure that the best interest of the profession is served and that the profession is not adversely affected by legislation considered. While the State House and State Senate are in session, maintaining watch is a job requiring experience, talent, and full devotion. We have that in our lobbyist and are fortunate to have them on board.

Your association is a conduit to The American Veterinary Medical Association. In this function the Association serves you by keeping abreast of ideas, and changes that are enacted by the AVMA that could affect you and your practice at the national level. The AVMA is also the watchdog monitoring the US Senate and House lobbying for your good at that level. In this manner the ArVMA keeps an eye on the doings at the federal level.
Then there is the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation, created and funded in no small part by your association. This foundation provides support and promotion for our profession. In addition, they offer scholarships to Arkansas Veterinary students studying out of state. These scholarships are based on need and performance in addition to scholastic ability.

Time and space limit my ability to mention all the attributes that your association brings to the table. Attributes, like animal welfare considerations, disaster relief, financial advice, business advice, interactions with the USDA, and representative to the public for you. A tour about the web site will fill that void. Just rest assured that I will attempt to conduct myself as your president to the best that my ability will allow.
The winter meeting, the 108th winter meeting is now in the books. For the most part, the meeting was a success. I received many positive comments and compliments with reference to the venue, speakers and subjects. Our business luncheon and awards banquet were well attended. The featured speaker, Paul Vitale did an outstanding job motivating and entertaining us at the banquet. Congratulations to the Veterinarian of the year, Dr. Jim Ralston and congratulations to the Pet of the year “Avery” nominated by the staff at the Vilonia Animal Clinic..

In closing, I encourage you to get involved with your association. Learn what it has to offer, and take advantage of that.

Until the next time, peace be with you
Rusty Henderson DVM

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Associate Veterinarian Needed – Shreveport, LA

Associate Veterinarian needed for a well-established, multi doctor AAHA Accredited small animal hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. We are seeking an individual with a strong interest in surgery who would like to further develop the surgical portion of the practice. Several years’ experience preferred but will consider a new graduate. Our clinic is fully equipped with the latest equipment and has a strong cohesive team in place with a loyal client base. Emphasis is placed on the highest quality medicine and customer service. Highly competitive salary and benefits package for the right individual. No after-hours emergencies. Shreveport is a great place to live, come for a visit and see what we are all about. Contact Kathryn McFadden, DVM, ksmcfadden@comcast.net, www.townesouthah.com , 318-347-1338.

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Associate Wanted – Hot Springs, AR

Located in beautiful Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Lake Hamilton & Hot Springs Animal Hospitals are currently seeking a full-time / part-time associate to join our energetic team. All associates can expect to be part of an established, family owned organization with over 30 years of veterinary service to the community with a solid reputation of treating both team members and pets like family. We are looking for a team member to join our 25 member staff who is committed to client education, patient care, and being the best veterinarian they can be.

Compensation Package Includes:

Excellent Salary
Health Insurance Compensation
Partner Buy-In Potential
IRA Plan
Highly Generous Pro Sal Bonus Program
Paid Vacation
Paid Dues

Uniforms Provided
Our hospital sees approximately 10% exotic, 60% canines, and 30% felines. We have two clinics, Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital and Hot Springs Animal Hospital within minutes of each other. Services we offer at our clinics include, (but not limited to), internal medicine, surgery, orthopedic surgery, dentistry, boarding, grooming, LIMITED emergency service for qualified associates.

We encourage you to reach out and see what we have to offer. Qualified and motivated applicants can send resume to:lhanimal@yahoo.com or call Melissa Nickles at 501-617-1026.

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Veterinarian Wanted – NE Arkansas

Small animal, highly motivated veterinarian wanted for progressive small animal  practice in NE Arkansas. Experience a plus.Will consider new graduate. Salary and benefits commiserate with experience. Send inquiries to jobhuntemail2014@gmail.com

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Associate Wanted – Russellville, Arkansas

Tanner Veterinary Clinic is seeking a full time Associate to join our well established veterinary practice. Our clinic features digital x-ray and in-house diagnostics. The possibility of future partnership or purchase is available. Russellville is located halfway between Little Rock and Ft. Smith, Arkansas with lakes and creeks surrounding the area. Call Dr. David Tanner at 479-968-3535 or send information to :

Dr. David Tanner
2600 South Arkansas
Russellville, AR  72802

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Buy In Opportunity – North of Hot Springs, AR

Buy-In Opportunity. A small animal practice located in the Ouachita Mountains north of Hot Springs has  a "corporate partnership" available wherein the veterinarian wishing to practice part time and pursue other interests can become part owner and share in the advantages of a practice lifestyle suitable to their own wishes. call 5016260237 for more information

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