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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 Evans


Britany Evans 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.