Meet our amazing Team!

Meet our amazing Team!

Dr. Wes Rice is a proud 2001 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine located in College Station, Texas.  Prior to receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rice received two Bachelors of Science degrees:  one in Veterinary Science and another in BioMedical Science.  He has been practicing veterinary medicine since June of 2001, in the Berryville, Arkansas area.  He has proven himself to be an excellent doctor, with a keen interest in specialty surgeries and complex hard-to-diagnose internal medicine cases.

Those who know Dr. Rice personally and/or as their veterinarian will usually tell you that Dr. Rice stands out amongst veterinary professionals because he truly cares about people and their pets.  Another thing you will also hear about Dr. Rice is that he will stubbornly persist with a case until he can reach a sound diagnosis.  He thrives on such challenges.

Dr. Rice is married and has three children.  His wife, Kristy, is Hospital Administer for the hospital.  She works mostly from their home, thanks to modern technology.  Their children are Larkin, Ashton, and Lorali.  The children are home schooled and enjoy visiting and helping at the clinic as often as possible!

At this point in his life, Dr. Rice enjoys practicing the veterinary medicine he enjoys and spending time with his family.  He loves being outdoors and teaching his children about the beauty of nature.  Dr. Rice has many interests and hobbies, some of which are scuba diving, fly fishing, hiking, gardening, and woodworking.

 

Dr. Ashley Long joined The Family Pet Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian in November 2019. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2018. Prior to receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ashley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Arkansas.

 

Dr. Ashley is a native of the Harrison area and is proud to serve in the Berryville community. Dr. Ashley is happily engaged to her fiancé, Jake Poley. Their personal pets include a Yorki-Poo named Buddy, a Morkie named Teddy, an English Springer Spaniel named Sven, and a Siamese mix cat named Luna. Dr. Ashley has always had a passion for helping animals. This passion began at the age of 5 years old when she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she stated either a veterinarian medical doctor. 

 

Her favorite cases in the clinic are internal medicine cases due to the complexity and higher thinking they require, animal wellness as this sets the pet up for long-term health, and client education as she loves to answer questions pet owners may have regarding the health and well-being of their pet. Dr. Ashley thrives on helping people with their pets and developing a great relationship with her clients.

 

Outside of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ashley loves to spend time with her family, boating on Table Rock Lake in the summer, scuba diving, and traveling as much as possible.

Kristy Rice is Dr. Rice’s wife as well as co-owner and Hospital Administrator.  She obtained her college degree in business administration and then worked at Rockline Industries and Scott & White Hospital in their human resources departments.  She then moved on to several different positions at Texas A&M University while Dr. Rice was attending undergrad classes and then veterinary college.  Kristy was a Housing Assignments Coordinator for the On-Campus Housing Department, did medical transcription at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and worked at the College of Medicine doing accounting and inventory.

Kristy is passionate about the veterinary industry;  in fact, her family and closest friends sometimes have to remind her that there are other subjects to discuss other than business!  She enjoyed attending some veterinary classes with her husband when she could, and she attends continuing education classes as much as possible.  She worked full-time at the clinic while her and Dr. Rice’s three kids were little, then she began working from home once the kids were school-age as it was much easier to home school there than at the clinic with so many distractions.  What kid wants to do school when there’s a cute puppy to pet or an interesting surgery to observe?!

The Rice family lives on a small hobby farm on which they raise Nubian dairy goats.  They also have horses, chickens, multiple dogs and cats, as well as the occasional rescued chipmunk, bird or squirrel to bottle feed.  They love animals and farm life in general.  The whole family also enjoys the mountains, beaches, hiking, camping, traveling, and cooking.  Kristy likes to do these things with the family as well as read books and plant flowers.  Oh, and, yes – she also loves numbers and reads things like business accounting and personal budgeting books for relaxation!

Tracy Wilson has been with us since 2012.  You will find her busily going about her duties in the reception area most of the time.  She is our office manager guru who, with a smile on her face, manages an impressive level of multi-tasking between handling multiple phone lines, helping clients and their fur babies check in and out, running to “the back” to question the doctors about the status of certain patients, etc.  She helps hold the clinic together and keep things organized.

Tracy and her husband, Donnie, are from Berryville and share five children and eight grand-children.  They have three dogs, Angel, Diamond, and Charlie, and a cat named Jack.  Tracy enjoys gardening, hanging out at the pool, and spending precious time with her grand-kids.

Jessica Kimberling is a small-town lady from Missouri who has been a part of our team since 2014.  She is our lead technician who is in charge of training and supervising our technician team, and she also helps manage inventory (a major task!) in addition to being a super busy tech.  Jess is married with two grown sons and is the lucky grandmother to two grand-daughters.  Her family has three cats, Luna, Binx and — Little Turd!  Jess enjoys gardening, canning, camping, and dirt track racing.   

Stephanie Smith was not raised in a barn, but she got there as quickly as she could! Stephanie grew up in the beautiful town of Berryville where she plans to stay and eventually start her own small-town farm. She is very happily married to her husband and best friend Dillon, and they are expecting their first child! Stephanie is a huge animal lover, always has been, and she says she always will be. Together she and her husband have 3 dogs including their huge American Bully named Tysynn who often frequents the clinic to say “hi” to all the staff and meet new friends. They also have 2 cats, 16 chickens, 1 horse and an ornery goat named Tuff. She has a huge desire to help and care for animals of all shapes and sizes and will always greet you with a smile! She has been a member of our great team since June of 2019, and says she is looking forward to many more years with us! She loves coming to her dream job and seeing all your beloved pets and will always be here to help in any way possible!

 

Jaci Chester is an animal – loving assistant from Berryville.  She is always smiling and extremely caring of every animal. She has been happily married since October 2020 to her husband Layne. They have five fur children (3 dogs and 2 cats) Juliet, Addie Sue, Moose, Walter, and No Name! Jaci’s bright smile and helpful nature are a great addition to our team. She is always  happy to assist you in anyway at the clinic.

 

 

Kendra Connell was born and raised in Berryville, Arkansas.  She and her husband Cody have two sweet children Raegan, and Cole.  Her hobbies include buying things on Facebook and not ever wearing or using them.  She also has an obsession with Australian Shepherds!  She lives on a farm where she and her family raise a variety of livestock, including a Zebu, bunnies and cattle.  Kendra is very sweet and caring.  If you see Kendra in the clinic, she is sure to greet you with one of her amazing smiles. 

Maddie Sooter grew up on a small farm in Oak Grove. She loves animals of all kinds including goats, dogs, rabbits, cats, and cows! Maddie is happily married to her husband Micah, and together they have two amazing rescue dogs, Maya and Oscar, and a cute kitten named Tigger! Maddie will always greet you with a friendly smile and help with anything around the clinic!

Cricket is our little old lady of the clinic.  She has problems with her back legs, so Dr Rice, made her some new wheels.  You will see her rolling through the clinic in her little pink wheel chair.  She enjoys sun bathing, drinking out of the fish pond, and eating ANYTHING she can get her paws on.