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Meet The Team

Dr. Rick Hittner

Head Veterinarian

Rick Hittner, DVM is a 1993 graduate of the Ross University School Of Veterinary Medicine. During his last year of study at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital, he concentrated his studies and developed his proficiency in all aspects of small animal care.

Dr. Hittner moved to Fort Smith to enter small animal exclusive practice in 1994, took over Arkansas Veterinary Clinic in 2006, and built the current hospital location in 2010. His goals in practice, are to provide your family member with the highest quality medical, dental, and surgical care possible. He strives to do this in a family-oriented atmosphere, making your visit as comfortable as possible.

In his off time, his hobbies included anything related to the outdoors, competitive Natural Bodybuilding, and riding his motorcycles. He resides in Fort Smith with his 3 children and 3 dogs.

ShaRay Bailey

Office Manager

ShaRay Bailey joined our team in July of 2009. Since then, she has been taking care of all our “behind the scenes” work. She also loves visiting with each of our patients and their people. We couldn’t do what we do without her.

ShaRay has a micro dachshund named Mr. Snausage and one very lazy kitty named Boo. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children at outdoor concerts and movies.

Britany Mitchell

Receptionist

Britany Mitchell joined the Arkansas Veterinary Clinic in July of 2016 as our office receptionist. She has two fur babies, a dachshund and a papillon-terrier mix. In her free time, Britany enjoys hiking and relaxing by the lake with friends and family.

Carol Nichols

Veterinary Technician

Carol Nichols serves as Dr. Hittner’s Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Madison Area Technical College with a degree in Animal Technology and began working at a clinic in Illinois shortly after graduation, where she stayed for nearly 40 years. Eventually, Carol decided she’d had enough of the snow and cold winters and ended up here in Fort Smith. She is looking forward to getting to know each of the AVC clients, as she did her clients and patients in Illinois.

In her free time, Carol enjoys being outside, walking with her dog, Roadie, and trail riding her quarter horse gelding, Cash. Having grown up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, she is a huge football fan. During football season, you’ll find her in front of the TV cheering for her Packers!

Stacy Davenport

Veterinary Assistant

Stacy Davenport serves as Dr. Hittner’s assistant. She is originally from Muldrow, Oklahoma and has always been an animal lover. This passion led her to begin the journey of becoming a veterinary assistant. She obtained her Vet Assistant Certification through Animal Behavior College in June of 2016. Animal Behavior College is accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association. She completed a series of 10 stages, became pet first aid and pet CPR certified, and completed 90 hours of hands-on training.

In her spare time, Stacy enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping, canoeing and anything that gets her outdoors. She has three amazing dogs – Molly Esther, a Corgi mix, Kadie Mae, a basset hound, and Buford Leroy, a bloodhound puppy. Stacy looks forward to serving you and taking care of your fur baby!