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Our Mission:

To promote the profession of Veterinary Technology by maintaining ethical behavior within our profession, offering continuing educations opportunities, aiding in the education of the public and encouraging quality patient care.



Board Members

Elyse Beard 
She has been the acting President of the Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association since March 2017.  She has earned her Associates degrees in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College and her Bachelor’s from St. Petersburg College.  She graduated San Juan College in December 2013, and she graduated St. Petersburg College with a B.A.S. in May of 2019. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Little Rock Zoo for two years and is now currently working at Vilonia Animal Clinic
Vice President

This could be you!!! Please email us at if you are interested in becoming the next VP for AVTA! 

Kaitlin Frakes
She is a graduate of the ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology program. She is currently one of the two CVT’s at Morrilton Veterinary Clinic. Her favorite part of practice is surgical assistance, as this played a big part in her getting started in veterinary medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, motorcycle riding, hiking, reading, and hanging out with her husband, Todd, and their dogs Sadie and Otis


Jolane Williams

She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 10 years. She has earned an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from ASU Beebe in 2010, an A.A. in Accounting from University of Maryland University College in 2007 and a B.S. in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2018. She has started in the field as a receptionist and progressed in roles up to medical supervisor. She enjoys working with all species in both general practice, disaster and emergency medicine. She believes education and open-mindedness is the key to providing a high standard of care, increasing our awareness for better advocacy of our patients, and enhancing our leadership roles in the veterinary technician profession. She currently works in the emergency department at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists and at Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a Burn nurse. When not at work she enjoys spending time kayaking, skydiving, hiking and traveling. She has 2 cats, 1 dog, 5 freshwater planted tanks and a coop full of chickens and turkeys.


Madison Franklin

Currently enrolled in ASU Beebe veterinary technology program. I have worked at Southwest Drive Animal Clinic in Jonesboro AR. for about 3 and a half years. I love doing all things outdoors and spending time with family, friends, and my 2 dogs! 


Ashli Selke

She is the NAVTA Representative not only for the state but for District 8 as well (TX,AR & LA). She serves on many committees on the state and national levels. She was the  2018 AVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year.  Currently she holds the position of Surgical Coordinator at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists. Handling the states most difficult cases needed surgical intervention. She served in the U.S. Navy and went to Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology in Indianapolis, IN. Since receiving her degree. She has worked in many aspects in the Veterinary Field such as teaching Veterinary Technology on the collegiate level. She spent time Volunteering and being a Zookeeper at the Indianapolis Zoo,  working with The African Plains animals all while living the Military life with her Army Husband and two daughters. She chose Arkansas after her husbands retirement to be close to family and her home state of Texas. The Selke family rounds their self out with their beloved Cat Kitty Purry and Great Dane Johnny Cash.


Interested in becoming a board member for the NWAVTA chapter please email us at Positions available: President, District Representative, and Treasurer. If any of these positions interest you, please contact us for more details!


The AVTA is a non-profit organization geared towards uniting Veterinary Technicians in Arkansas. Our board members work very hard all year long to put together the best of the best for you.  From continued education, fund raisers, events, all the way up to the winter meeting . 







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Conway, AR 72033



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