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.
Elyse Beard has been the acting President of the Arkansas Veterinary Technician Association since March 2017. She has earned two associates degrees in Veterinary Technology from San Juan College and St. Petersburg College. She graduated San Juan College in December 2013. She is currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Little Rock Zoo for two years, and is now currently at Baeyens Hauk Veterinary Hospital. She is the mom of a beautiful seven-year-old daughter, and two orange tabby cats.
Jolane Williams has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 9 years. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree from ASU Beebe in 2010, an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting from University of Maryland University College in 2007 and an anticipated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in May 2018. She has started in the field as a receptionist and progressed in roles to medical supervisor. She has worked in Japan, the Azores and Arkansas. She enjoys working with all species in both general practice 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 as a Lead Shift technician. When not at work or college, Jolane enjoys spending time with her daughter, kayaking, skydiving, hiking and traveling. She has 3 cats, 2 rabbits, an 80 gallon freshwater planted tank and a coop full of chickens.
Jamie Fridenberg went to school at the University of Tennessee Martin where she graduated in 2016 with a major in animal science with a concentration in veterinary technology. She worked in the surgery department at Memphis Veterinary Emergency and Specialists for over a year and recently transferred to their Little Rock Location, Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, Daisy Crazy, riding horses, and enjoying the outdoors.
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Cerra Hollis is a graduate of ASU Beebe. She works at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists in the surgery department. She enjoys reading, movies, hiking and spending time with her husband and pets.
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Ashli Selke 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.
She moved to Arkansas in 2016 and started her position as supervisor at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Hot Springs. 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.
She has also worked for many years in the Small Animal field working in various parts of the country 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.
Trisha Napier graduated from Crowder College in 2014 and has been with All Pets Animal Hospital since that time. She enjoys being outside as much as possible and plays on a Co-ed softball team in what spare time she has. She has lots of furry children, among them is an English bulldog named Max, a senior Rat Terrier named Bella, and a Bearded Dragon named LeRoy.
Kimberly George has been in some capacity in veterinary medicine since 1990. She worked for 10 years and then decided to go to school to become a licensed vet tech. She graduated from Cedar Valley College in Texas in 2000. She currently holds licenses in Texas (her home state) and Arkansas. She works for All Pets Animal Hospital in Bentonville. Her main interests in vet med are dentistry, laboratory and education!!! Outside of work she is an avid reader ,loves to do anything artistic, spending time outdoors, riding in her vintage VW Bug, pandas and most of all spending time with her family, kids and grandson!!
John Wray has worked in the field of veterinary medicine on and off since 2008. During this time he has held positions in general practice, emergency practice, and in laboratory animal medicine. He graduated from Penn Foster's Veterinary Technician program in August of 2016, and has since became licensed as a Veterinary Technician and an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician. He is currently pursuing his Laboratory Animal Technician certification. Currently, he is a Junior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville majoring in Poultry Science (Pre-Veterinary Concentration). His primary interest areas are Pathology and Comparative Medicine. When he is not busy with school, he enjoys working as a relief technician for a veterinary surgical practice in Fayetteville. He owns 2 Australian Shepherds named Mark and Luke.
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 .
PO Box 1135
Conway, AR 72033