Dr. Rachel South, DVM
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. She 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 Dr. Trevor was already practicing!
Upon graduation Dr. South worked in an emergency practice while doing relief work for several day practices in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. South genuinely enjoys emergency and critical care medicine, falling in love with the fast-paced environment while she was a veterinary technician in Maryland before attending veterinary school.
Dr. Rachel is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Dr. Trevor and their daughter Madelyn, riding her horse JJ, traveling, and trout fishing. She also enjoys spending time with her German Shorthaired Pointer named Blake and cat named Riley. Dr. South is eager to provide compassionate veterinary care to the area.
Dr. Trevor South, DVM
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. He is a Greenwood, Arkansas native graduating from Greenwood High School in 2003. While attending Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies Dr. Trevor met his wife Dr. Rachel South and they decided to build a life and a practice in Arkansas.
Prior to building River Valley Animal Hospital, Dr. South had started his own successful ambulatory veterinary practice serving the AR/OK community. His veterinary interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, equine lameness and herd health.
Dr. Trevor is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
In his free time Dr. South enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, Madelyn, taking care of his cattle, trout fishing and hunting! Dr. South is excited to have the opportunity to offer the Fort Chaffee area and surrounding communities high quality medicine and care.
Dr. Kalah Tipton, DVM
Dr. Kalah Tipton has been an associate veterinarian at River Valley Animal Hospital since June 2017. 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. Upon graduation from veterinary school in 2015, she began working in small animal general practice in southeast Oklahoma. Prior to and during veterinary school, she worked as an assistant in a variety of different veterinary settings across Oklahoma including small animal general practice, shelter animal caretaker, and multiple mixed animal general practices. Her interests include preventative medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Kalah Tipton is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Heartworm Society.
In her free time, Dr. Tipton enjoys time spent with her husband Randy, and their sons Cody and Lucas. They have a small farm in Oklahoma and have a shelter dog named Rylan along with four cats named Hazel, Punkin, Patch, and Dapper. When she’s not working, she enjoys projects like home renovation, furniture restoration/refurbishing, and sewing.
Dr. Kellie Hale, DVM
Dr. Hale graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She received an Associate of Science degree from Carl Albert State College in Poteau, OK, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, in Ft.
Smith, AR. Dr. Hale will be licensed in both Arkansas and Oklahoma.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Heartworm Society. She will soon be a member of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association and be Fear Free certified. Dr. Hale enjoys working on large and small animals. She has an interest in animal reproduction and is trained in bovine artificial insemination. Dr. Hale is excited to be part of the team at River Valley Animal Hospital and looks forward to working with you and your four-legged friends!
Sophia joined RVAH July of 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant and is one of River Valley Animal Hospital’s Lead Veterinary Technicians.
She moved from Pueblo, Colorado in 2015 to Arkansas and has fallen in love with The Natural State! She got her start in the animal field by working in animal shelters, helping pets get adopted to their forever homes. Sophia’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is the emergency and trauma related cases, being able to help the sick and injured is her passion. She is owned by 4 animals: her kitty, Popoki, who traveled with her all the way from Colorado, and her 3 canine companions; Loki, Lola and Scooby.
Her hobbies outside of work include doing schoolwork, DIY projects for her new home, and finding ways to increase her knowledge and skills of veterinary medicine.
Lead Veterinary Technician
Heather has been with RVAH since the very first day the doors were open in January, 2017. She is one of the RVAH Lead Technicians and has worked as a veterinary assistant for 10+ years.
She has had a lifelong love for animals, especially horses. That love inspired her to run with the Old Fort Days Dandies during highschool. After highschool she ran with another quadrille called the 4:13 Riders, and although she doesn’t rodeo anymore, she still has horses in her life and couldn’t imagine her life without them!
Heather is extremely supportive of rescue/adoption and especially spaying/neutering for pet population control and health. She is obsessed with corgis, thanks to a little dog named Bitty, and now has a whole gaggle of rescue Corgis!
In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband, JoNate, and daughter, Kaylie Jane. She enjoys gardening, doing 4-H activities with her daughter, raising chickens and is infatuated with glitter.
Cece joined RVAH in April of 2020 as a Veterinary Technician. She has worked in the veterinary industry since 2014 and she started her veterinary career at a clinic in Southern California while attending college for her degree. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from the University at California State Fullerton. She works with the Oklahoma Boston Terrier Rescue as a transport and foster, and she is also an instructor at Marvin Altman Fitness Center for Zumba Dance Classes! She has 9 senior boston terriers who keep her very busy!
Her love for Boston Terriers began with her childhood pet, named Kelly, a lovable Boston Terrier. Her love of animals grew more with age, and she knew she was going to work with animals as an adult. When she is not working her passions include musicals, concerts, ballets, animal-welfare, fitness, and spending quality time with her friends.
Chris joined the RVAH team in Summer of 2018 as a Veterinary Technician! 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.
Chris has recently completed his Associate’s of Applied Science degree in veterinary technology through Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK. After completion of his veterinary technology degree, Chris has completed and passed his national veterinary technician exam allowing him to be a certified veterinary technician in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
In his spare time Chris enjoys fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. Chris also has two companions at home that he enjoys spending time with, a Quarter-horse named Chigger, and a corn snake named Katari.
Savannah was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, and graduated from Western Carolina University in 2017 with her B.A. in social work. Her love and compassion for both humans and animals have inspired her to pair the two together and one day work in animal-assisted therapy. Savannah moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, in July of 2020 and has fallen in love with the Natural State.
Outside of work, Savannah loves spending most of her time exploring her new home, going on spur of the moment adventures, and traveling.
She also adores her Australian Shepard/Rottweiler mix fur-child named Koba and lab/border collie mix, Jax. Savannah has worked in the field of Vet Med since early 2017 and loves to continuously learn new information to help better the world for animals!
Aleighsha joined RVAH February 2019 as a Kennel Technician and is currently working on cross training for other positions in the hospital. She has worked with animals constantly since 2015 volunteering at a local animal shelter.
Aleighsha has known since the age of five that she would dedicate her career to serving and helping animals. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is ensuring that our clients and their pets have a happy and efficient visit.
She currently has Willow, a senior lab mix and “foster-fail” that she adopted from the Humane Society. She also rescued Rowdy and Biggie Smalls who are both very active Terrier mixes. Aleighsha is a cat momma of Archie and recently found Magnolia. She also has a Green Water Dragon named Gimley.
Her hobbies outside of work consist of watching Netflix, going kayaking, sleeping, and taking all of her dogs for hikes in the Natural State.
Customer Service Representative
In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, traveling, cooking, gardening, and listening to true-crime podcasts!
She has an intense passion and dedication to the animal field and is especially interested in feline medicine, client education, veterinary social media, and enriching the human/animal bond.
She loves serving the River Valley community at RVAH and strives to make RVAH the best of the best.
Customer Service Representative
Kyla joined the RVAH team as a Customer Service Representative in April of 2021.
She was born in Amarillo, TX, but she and her family relocated to the River Valley area in 2008. Since a young age, Kyla has always been very passionate about animals. Growing up, she worked and assisted with cattle as well as a poultry farm. During high school, Kyla often found herself fostering stray kittens and also had a summer job taking care of greyhounds as well. She graduated from Mansfield High School and then moved to Bandera, Texas but after 2 years decided to come back to the Natural State! With Kyla’s love for all 4 legged friends, she knew she wanted to go into a field where she could express these passions, so she decided to combine her love for animals with her front desk experience. She hopes one day to further her knowledge and education in vet medicine and become a licensed vet technician. Outside of work, Kyla enjoys spending time with her family- Devan, her significant other, and their three furbabies: two tabby cats, Roman and Rolynn, and Monty, their german shepherd. She also enjoys painting, binge-watching series, and long naps. Kyla is happy to be a part of the RVAH team and ready to greet you and your 4 legged friends!
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Caring for the pets of Barling, AR and the surrounding communities.
River Valley Animal Hospital is proud to serve the River Valley area and Eastern Oklahoma. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.