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Chris Gentry, DVM

    Dr. Gentry is a 1995 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and a 1991 graduate of UCA with a degree in Biology.  In 1996, he opened Vilonia Animal Clinic.  Since 2011, he shares ownership with Dr. Jenkins. Dr. Gentry has special interests in canine reproductive medicine and a special place in his heart for cats.


His family includes his wife, Melanie, and children, Nick and Janie and all his pets:  Dede & Sadie, German Shorthaired Pointers, Blue, the 150 lb Bullmastiff, Smokey Joe, the Mountain Cur, Skippy John Jones Gentry, the tuxedo cat, and Jezzie, Red, & Hootie - the stray litter of kittens that all came home and stayed!


Dr. Gentry's Famous Quote:
"Anyone who doesn't like cats just hasn't had a good cat!"

Years of Practice: 17

B.S. in Biology from University of Central Arkansas

D.V.M. From LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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J. Paul Jenkins, DVM

   Dr. Jenkins is a 2002 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He did his undergraduate preveterinary studies at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas.  He practiced for 2 years in Clinton, Louisiana after graduating from LSU-SVM.   He joined Vilonia Animal Clinic in 2004 and since 2011, he shares ownership with Dr. Gentry. 

He serves on the Continuing Education Committee for the Southwest Veterinary Symposium.  He is on the Advisory Board for the Veterinary Technician program at ASU-Beebe.   Also, he is an Elite speaker for the Zoetis.

Dr. Jenkins' family includes his wife, Melissa and children, Maddie and Thomas and his pets: Beaux, a Hound mix and his cat, Fibber. 

Dr. Jenkins' Favorite Quote:  "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst"

Years of Practice: 9


D.V.M. From LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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Michael Lennon, VMD, PhD

      Dr. Lennon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Widener University in 1972, earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Temple Medical School, and completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude in 1981. He started working part-time at Nashoba Valley Veterinary Hospital (in Westford, MA) that same year while serving as a Captain in the US Army at Fort Devens, MA.

In 1984, following his release from active duty, Dr. Lennon began practicing veterinary medicine full time until he was called back to active duty in 1991 during Desert Storm where he served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. Called back to active duty after 9/11, he served two tours in Afghanistan with Army Special Forces. He retired from the Army in 2010 and moved to Arkansas with his wife in 2013. 

Favorite Quote: "Chance favors the prepared mind." - Louie Pasteur

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Melanie Gentry, Practice Manager

   Melanie is a 1991 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and worked in banking and as a history instructor prior to opening Vilonia Animal Clinic with Dr. Gentry in 1996.


Melanie and Dr. Gentry have 2 children, Nick and Janie. The animal family includes dogs -Blue, Smokey, Dede, Sadie, and cats - Skippy John Jones Gentry and Red, Hootie and Jezzie. 


Melanie's Famous Saying: "The truth always lies somewhere in the middle!"

Years of Practice: 17

   M.A. in History from the University of Central Arkansas