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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: 22

B.S. in Biology from University of Central Arkansas

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

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: 15


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

Sara Pilgrim, DMV

Dr. Pilgrim has had a deep love for animals from an early age, and she has a special interest in small mammals, reptiles, and other extoic pets. She recieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2016 from Louisiana State University. She graduated with honors and is a member of the Phi Zeta Society. Prior to her veterinary education as LSU, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Harding University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


  •      Louisiana State University 
    • Doctor of Veterinary  Medicine-2016
  • Harding University
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology-2012

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: 20

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

Annie Moody, Practice Assistant, Hospital Manager

Annie Jo attended the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 for a Bachelor of Science and has been working for the Vilonia Animal Clinic since June of 2007. In her spare time she loves taking her family to the zoo and playing outisde with her family.


Annie Jo's family consists of her husband Jeremy, their two son's Jake and Luke and their four fur babies- Bo, Lulu, Phoenix and Rizzo.


Favorite Quote: "If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am."


Bo- Morkie

Lulu- Dachshund

Phoenix- English Labrador

Rizzo- Siamese 


Suzanne Byrum, Receptionist

Suzanne has been working at Vilonia Animal Clinic since April of 2000 and she has loved every moment. 


Her family consists of her husband, Mike, and they have been happily married since October of 2002.They have a daughter, Cambria Grace, who keeps them very busy with lots of activities and friends.They also have three four legged children, Basil a sixed toed cat, Barley a siamese mix and Bodhi a very comical french bulldog. 


Bohdi- French Bulldog

Basil- American Shorthair

Denise Carter, Receptionist

Denise has been working for the Vilonia Animal Clinic since June of 2001.  Her and her husband live in Romance, AR where they take care of their horses, mules, cows and dogs.  Denise has also been showing dogs since 1989.


Her family includes her husband Duane, her two sons Blake and Bobby as well as her 3 grandchildren Cameron, Dawson and Garrett. Denise also has two English Labs named Betsy and Decaon, a Jack Russell named Joey and ball of fur named Tux.


Betsy- English Labrador

Deacon- English Labrador

Joey- Jack Russell Terrier

Tux- Pomeranian Mix

Michelle Oquin, Receptionist

Michelle graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2004 with a Bachelor in Buesiness Administration. She began working for the Vilonia Animal Clinic as a receptionist on April 25th of 2005.


Her family consists of her husband Dylan, her two daughters Addison and Kylie. She also has three dogs and one cat - Sadie, Mishka, Achilles and Cindy


Sophie- Pitbull 

Mishka- Terrier Mix

Achilles- Chihuahua


Danielle Magness, Receptionist

Danielle attended the Vet Tech program at ASU-Beebe 2010 and shortly after began working at the cinic in April of 2011.  In her spare time she loves playing outise with all her "kids", four legged and 2. 


Her family includes her husband Brandon and thier son Jaxton. Their fur babies consists of their 2 Boxers, Maverick and Nala, Pit Bull Mix, Kado and 2 cats, Chevelle and CheeChee.


Maverick- Boxer

Nala- Boxer

Kado- Pit Mix

Chevelle- Domestic Shorthair

Cheechee- Domestic Mediumhair


Leslie Blankenship, Receptionist

Leslie has been a receptionist at VAC since January of 2013. Not only does she love being able to work around animals, but she loves getting to know their owners as well.


 Her family includes her husband, Brian and their son Elliot.



Rachel Hunnicut, CVT

Rachel graduated from ASU-Beebe in 2010 with an Associate in Animal Science in Veterinary Technology. She absolutely loves Sphynxs and owns two herself. If she is not at work she spends most of her spare time with all her fur babies. 


Rachel's kids consists of Henry, Howie, Ben and Midge.


Favorite Quote: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller 


Henry- Yorkshire Terrier

Howard- Yorkie Poo

Andy Washburn, Technician

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Parker Darwin- Beagle

Porter- Domestic Shorthair

Halie Freeman, Technician

Halie graduated from UCA in August of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She has been working for the Vilonia Animal clinic since March of 2013. In her spare time she loves to barrel race, cheer on the Hogs (WPS!) and spend time with friends.  


Her family consist of her fur babies Lucy, Peanut, Gracie, Doc and Girl and Rocky the Quarter horses. As well as a cat named Opie.


Lucy- Cocker Spaniel

Peanut- Cocker Spaniel

Doc Holliday- Labradoodle

Jack Jack- Mixed

Deborah Pickens, Hospital Kennel Manger

Deborah's family cosists of her husband Bart and thier maltase mix, Teddy. Deb has been with VAC for 13 years. Deborah's favorite thing abour working with animals is when a sick animal is treated here, gets well, and is able to return to its' family. 


Favorite Quote: "The greatness of a nation and its' moral progress can be judged by the way its' animals are treated."- Mahatma Gandhi


Teddy- Maltese Mix

Natalie Hill, Boarding Kennel Manager

Natalie graduated from Conway High School in 2012 and then attended ASU-Beebe till 2014.  Natalie has been working for the Vilonia Animal Clinic since 2011. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and riding her horses.


Her family is made up by her husband, Justin and their daughter Peyton. She also has a 4 year old Husky Mix named Trooper, 3 year old Pyrenees mix, Kacey and 3 very spoild horses. 


Trooper- Husky Mix

Kacey- Pyrenees Mix

3 Spoiled Horses