Dr. Rawn Gabbard, DVM
After growing up in central Arkansas as a young kid with a special penchant for ‘fixing things’, Rawn Gabbard attended Central Baptist College for his associates degree. After, he attended the University of Central Arkansas for his bachelor’s in Biology, and later obtained a master’s degree in Biology with a specialty in Electrophysiology. In 1997 he graduated from Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He was raised on a farm with many animals (chores, sigh), and has fond memories of bottle feeding calves, raising kittens, and training the Basenjis his parents raised. He was also interested in fixing and saving small wildlife that crossed his path. He has been a long time member of the national and state AVMA and obtains 20 hours of continuing education per year. Professional interests include small and exotic animal medicine and surgery with particular interests in diagnostic imaging (ultrasonography and radiology) and feline medicine/neonatal care. When not at work, Dr. Gabbard can be found camping, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities like hunting, biking, and motorcycling. He has developed a special interest in gunsmithing as well. “I enjoy taking care of my clients most at ACVC by taking care of their beloved companions.”
Dr. Mike Beard
Dr. Beard is a Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Canine and Feline Practice. Dr. Beard always did well in school and thought someday he would go to medical school. He enjoyed growing up around farm animals and the summer before ninth grade, he had the opportunity to work at Byreview Veterinary Clinic in Hope, AR. After that, he realized his passion was in veterinary medicine and would someday go to vet school. He grew up in South Arkansas, and did his undergraduate studies at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He is a past President of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management. Since Dr. Beard is board-certified and a very experienced practitioner, he often accepts referral cases and does consulting for other veterinarians. Dr. Beard married the love of his life and his high school sweetheart, Glenda, in 1978. Glenda has been with him every step of the way. They have a daughter, Elyse, a son, Ethan, and a granddaughter, Avery. Their family also includes fur members: Ranger, a chocolate lab, and Millie, a non-standard munchkin. Dr. Beard is thankful for the opportunity to be involved in activities at New Life Church. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his family. His motto is “Just because you are having a bad day does not mean you are having a bad life.”
Alicia has been with ACVC since it broke ground! She is the cog in the machine that keeps the business turning. All of your medicine, food, and supplies are managed and brought to you by her vigilant inventory work. While you don’t see her on a regular basis, she is working tirelessly behind the scenes. She does everything from pharmacy management, handbook creation, account keeping…to the beautiful artistry on our clinic sympathy cards. She keeps order in the house, and is Dr. G’s right hand! Her comfort and kindness makes ACVC’s working environment feel like home, and she always takes time out of her busy schedule to pore over each pet that she comes in contact with. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 6 kids. She and her family love the outdoors, especially searching for Arkansas’ Waterfalls and other beautiful scenery. In their “slow time”, she also enjoys getting to chill out with the family for “movie nights” and considers her life very blessed. “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past” Isa 43:18
Glenda has a BS in Agriculture Business from Southern Arkansas University, and received her Funeral Director license in 2006 and Funeral Embalmer license in 2014. She is married to Dr. Mike Beard and has two children, Elyse and Ethan, and one granddaughter, Avery. Glenda is a member of New Life Church. She and her family are huge LSU Tiger fans. In her spare time she enjoys working out and staying fit.
Our beloved Kandi is the face that will greet you at the door for each of your visits! As most of you may know, Kandi has been with the ACVC family for several tours since 2006. She is by and large one of the most integral and special parts of the clinic. Sweet and personable with a true love for your pets, she does everything from personal sympathy calls to clients who have lost pets to handling individual requests for records and paperwork. She will know what medicine you need refilled, can help you navigate our online store, and will let you know when you need to schedule your next appointment. When she’s not taking phone calls and assisting clients with scheduling/payments, she leads intensive receptionist training weeks with each employee. She makes sure that everyone at ACVC is equipped with the skills it takes to help Dr. Gabbard at any moment! Kandi’s own personal pets include a 4 year old Catahoula named Bailey and a 13 month old longhair dachshund named Cooper, AKA “Bailey Mae and Cooper Jay.” When she’s not at work, Kandi enjoys camping, hiking, making crafts with her sweet daughters, and doing anything outside on a beautiful day. She loves her life…she’s married to a wonderful guy and her two girls keep her running all the time! “I enjoy getting to know the animals and their different personalities, making sure they are healthy and comfortable. I have also loved getting to know our clients and being the one to love and care for their pets!”
Grace is our equine-friendly member! She’s our quick-learning veterinary assistant and part time receptionist! Grace has lifelong experiences with animals and has owned her own pets since she can remember. She teaches the Faulkner County Horse Knowledge 4H Group as a club leader volunteer, she’s a library of information on horses! Her role as a club leader is to prepare the pupils and horses for the District and State Horse Knowledge (Hippology) contests which run annually between June and July. Grace does have pets of her own: an adorable speckled hound mix named Belle, and two dainty, precious cats, Boots and Fuzzy. Aside from caring for her personal animals, Grace is an active pet sitter, an artist, she trains horses, and rides on the Faith & Freedom Riders Drill and Trick Riding Team…a true multi-talent powerhouse! Grace enjoys working at ACVC because of the “constant interactions with animals and the plethora of busywork/duties veterinary work supplies.” Her assistance is invaluable to the team!
Jessica has been a part of the ACVC family for a year, but has been in the field of pet care and medicine at alternate clinics and pet stores for many years. Her duties include scheduling Lindsay’s clients (groomer), and organizing the boarding department! We are more than lucky to have her expertise and help. You’ll often see her running between reception and treatment rooms. She’s one of the glues that keep the clinic together as she is versed in all areas! After a full day’s work, Jessica comes home to a terrier mix (Faith), a teacup chihuahua (Cocoa), a brand new six week rescue pup (Morgan), and a rowdy kitten named Marshmellow. When she’s not at the clinic, Jessica likes to hike at different state parks with her son, making memories with family, reading, learning new information/skill about pet medicine, and going to college. She is both a veterinary technician student and a single mom…she is a hard worker! She is a big collector of all things dolphin, and enjoys spending time at her church. “I love continually seeing our regular clients and making long term relationships with them. I also enjoy learning about how ACVC operates and seeing how other clinics’ medicine compare.”
Everybody loves Lindsay! Lindsay has been a professional pet groomer with ACVC since we opened in 1998, and is truly a hair-cutting powerhouse, one woman show. She specializes in a plethora of styles for any breed of canine, as well as our feline friends! She works wonders with dogs who are uncomfortable (or a little crabby), and often forms great relationships with them and their owners. She strives to make the experience as stress-free as possible, and keeps up to date with the latest ‘do’s.
Mackenzie just moved back to Conway from Magnolia, AR. She was working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts, but is now thinking about going a different direction. Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her husband, Ethan, their dog Abe, and the many siblings that she has.
Janna worked 9 ½ years for Dr. Carlin at the Cat Clinic, until his retirement. She enjoys reading and time with friends and her four cats.
Rebecca (Becca) B.