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Our Team

our-teamWe are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at River Valley Animal Hospital.

Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs.

They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.

Learning and education are very important here at River Valley Animal Hospital. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.

Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at [email protected].

  • Dr.
    Rachel South, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Rachel South is an owner of River Valley Animal Hospital. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM degree in 2013 and completed her clinical year of the program at Oklahoma State University. Dr. South received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. South is originally from Bel Air, Maryland. While attending Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, she met Dr. Trevor South. Upon completion of her DVM degree she moved to Arkansas where Trevor was already practicing.

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  • Dr.
    Trevor South, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Trevor South is an owner of River Valley Animal Hospital. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM degree in 2011 and completed his clinical year of the program at Iowa State University. Dr. South received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. South is a Greenwood, Arkansas native graduating from Greenwood High School in 2003. While attending Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies Trevor met his wife Dr. Rachel South and they decided to build a life and a practice in Arkansas.

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  • Dr.
    Kalah Tipton, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Kalah Tipton is an associate veterinarian at River Valley Animal Hospital. She completed her associate’s degree in the honors program at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, OK, and her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. She is originally from Eufaula, OK.

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  • Jessi Z
    Director of Client Services and Event Coordinator

    Jessi is our Director of Client Services and Event Coordinator. She has had a lifelong love of animals and is a rescue advocate. She began her career at Sea World and has volunteered and worked at shelters and veterinary clinics for almost two decades. She loves her job at RVAH as it allows her to help animals and their people.

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  • Heather B
    Veterinary Nurse

    Heather is one of our Lead Veterinary Nurses.

    She has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for nearly 10 years and has had a lifelong love for animals, especially horses. That love inspired her to run with the Old Fort Days Dandies during high school. After high school she ran with another quadrille called the 4:13 Riders for several years. Although she doesn’t rodeo anymore, she still has horses, including her quadrille horses Drifter and Dirty.

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  • Sophia N
    Veterinary Nurse

    Sophia is one of our Veterinary Nurses and is Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) that joined our team in July 2017. She graduated from Petra Allied and did her internship with us at River Valley Animal Hospital. She is originally from Pueblo, Colorado but moved to Fort smith, Arkansas in 2015. She is always eager to learn more about animal emergency or critical situations.

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  • Brittney B
    Veterinary Nurse-Off to Vet School....

    Brittney Brasuell joined our team in May of 2017 and is from Van Buren, AR. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 2012. Then she completed her first bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in small business and entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2016. She completed her second bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Arkansas in 2017. 

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  • Kelsey C
    Veterinary Nurse

    Kelsey is one of our Lead Veterinary Nurses. She graduated in the top of her class from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in 2014. She has a degree in Applied Science of Surgical Technology and is a board Certified Surgical Technologist. She is also currently enrolled in Penn Foster University to obtain her second degree as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kelsey is “Fear Free Certified” which means she has taken extensive courses to learn how to minimize fear, anxiety, and stress in every patient she interacts with in order to have a much more pleasant and successful vet visit.

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  • Cyanna D
    Veterinary Nurse

    Cyanna is one of our veterinary nurses, and was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up and moved here from Lake Charles, Louisiana in December of 2017.
    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, and is currently attending UAFS for her pre-vet med classes. Cyanna is also fluent in French,and took French classes while in Louisiana from kindergarten to her senior year of high school. Cyanna has worked several jobs, from being a receptionist at a law firm to a behavioral technician for autistic children, but has always dreamed of having a career in the veterinary field.

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  • Chris T
    Certified Veterinary Nurse

    Chris is one of our veterinary nurses here at RVAH. He is a resident of Lavaca, AR where he attended and graduated Lavaca High School in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology through the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith in 2016.  

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  • Sammie K
    Veterinary Nurse

    Sammie is one of our veterinary nurses here at RVAH. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) that joined our team in September of 2018. She is a resident of Pocola, OK where she attended and graduated Pocola High School in 2017. She is looking forward to becoming a Certified Vet Technician(CVT).

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  • Heather W
    Veterinary Nurse

    Heather Wood is from Wichita, Kansas, her family came to visit Arkansas and fell in love with the state and moved here years ago. Heather obtained her Veterinary Assistant degree from Petra Allied Health, June 2018. She became a member of our team, October 2018. She absolutely loves working with animals and people.

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  • Phillip W
    Kennel Tech

    Phillip moved, with his family, from Ohio to Fort Smith in the late 90s. He graduated South Side High School in ’06 in also attended the KAVT Poteau campus where he Studied HVAC and earned his certification in ’13. Like a leaf in the wind, he has worked in a number of fields including culinary arts, property management, construction, theatrical arts and an all-around handyman.  

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Our Regular Schedule | Open 7 Days A Week

Monday:

7:30 am-9:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-9:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-9:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-9:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-9:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm