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Meet The Team

Dr. Rick Hittner

Head Veterinarian

Dr. Rick Hittner D.V.M. 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 Ft. Smith to enter small animal exclusive practice in 1994, took over Arkansas Veterinary Clinic in 2006, and built the current hospital location in 2010.

Dr. Hittner’s 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 are anything outdoors, competitive Natural Bodybuilding, and riding his motorcycles.

He resides in Ft. Smith with his youngest child, 2 dogs and a cat.


Office Manager

ShaRay joined our team in July of 2009. She is our Office Manager so she takes care of all our “behind the scenes” work. ShaRay also loves visiting with each of our patients and their people. We couldn’t do what we do without her.

ShaRay has a mini Dachshund named Mr. Snausage and two very lazy kitties named Annalise & Salem. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends at outdoor concerts/festivals and going to the movies.



Britany joined the Arkansas Veterinary Clinic in July of 2016 as our office receptionist. You see her smiling face as you enter our clinic.

She has three fur babies, a dachshund and a papillon-terrier mix, and a Calico cat. In her free time, Britany enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.