Pea Ridge Veterinary Clinic

Owner: Dr. Gary W. France
Location: Pea Ridge, Ark.

History: “I grew up in Little Flock, Ark., and went two years to the University of Arkansas before attending Oklahoma State for veterinary school. I graduated in 1973 and started practicing in Prairie Creek, Ark., with Dr. Glenn Corley. We then built this facility and opened it in November 1976 and I have been here ever since. During the ensuing years several associates have come through this facility, including my son Chris. I am currently working by myself, with Dr. John Mueller from Eureka Springs working as relief for me.”

Products and Services: “Veterinary medicine around here means both large and small animals. I work with livestock, especially cattle and horses, also some sheep and goats. In terms of cattle, my focus is on herd health and troubleshooting with issues such as pneumonia or black leg. I also get occasional cases of nitrate toxicity. My equine business is rather large with lameness being the main issue often requiring drugs, treatment or even surgery. As hobby farmers are becoming more prevalent, so are sheep and goats in my business, mainly in terms of parasites. I occasionally go out to the farms but that is sometimes difficult because we are so busy. We also provide care and services for dogs and cats. We have a good surgical unit and I have done some unusual procedures such as spaying a flying squirrel and a potbellied pig.”

Philosophy and future: “My philosophy was something that was emphasized during my schooling. A veterinarian needs to supply quality service at reasonable fees, especially in regards to livestock producers. I am a tool for the farmer who has to make a profit. If he can’t make a profit, he doesn’t need me; and there is room for us both to make a living. In terms of small animals, they are often family members. Consequently I try to be compassionate with both the animal and the owner when providing care and advice. My plan is to add Vanessa Sparkman in 2017 and Matt Finney in 2018 to take over the business with me working for them when I want. I picked these two upcoming veterinarians because our philosophies are very similar.”

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