About Best Friends Pet Clinic
Best Friends Pet Clinic was established in 1995 located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Owned and operated by Dorothy Preston, D.V.M..
We are a veterinary practice that cares for and treats canines, felines, snakes, lizards, turtles, hedgehogs, rats, hamsters, ferrets, sugar gliders, rabbits, chinchillas, and guinea pigs. We provide all preventative, routine and most reproductive care. We provide routine surgeries and are skilled in handling more emergent surgical procedures, as well.
At Best Friends Pet Clinic we have a deep love and respect for senior pets. We understand the struggles with senior pets' health such as dementia, incontinence, diabetes, to name a few, and the importance of monitoring and working to improve their overall quality of life.
Our skilled and passionate team practices cutting-edge medicine by staying on-top of the latest medical advancements and continued education.
Our in-house lab has diagnostic units that run most of our bloodwork. This is especially important in critical and reproductive care as we have results in a few hours or less versus the next day.
Dr. Preston, Dr. Martin, and staff take pride in keeping our clinic very clean and welcoming for our clients and patients. Our clients and their pets become our extended family who receive only the best care while in our hands.
Our Clinic Culture
Our culture is the character and tone of Best Friends Pet Clinic. It's made up of the sum of our values, interactions, and attitudes.
Get to know the doctors, managers, technicians, and other staff members that make-up the Best Friends Pet Clinic family.
Dorothy Preston, D.V.M.
Owner & Operator
Dr Preston received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1991. She worked in a busy 5-doctor small animal practice in San Antonio, Texas for 3 years before moving to Ft. Smith in 1994. Before opening Best Friends Pet Clinic in 1995, she worked as a relief veterinarian and also taught at Westark (now known as UAFS). When she opened Best Friends, she wanted a clinic that served for house calls for both small animals and exotic pets. Due to so many coming to the door, the mostly house call clinic quickly became an in-clinic pet hospital. She enjoys everything from dogs to koi fish. She enjoys learning more about geriatric care for dogs and cats, and being outdoors. Dr. Preston and her husband have 2 children. In her words "Being a mother is the most wonderful, but by far, the most difficult thing I have ever done".
Julie Martin, D.V.M.
Dr. Martin says, “When I am not helping clients take care of their fur-babies, I enjoy spending time with mine! (Two and Four Legged)! I have twin sons in college: Colton is an Engineering Major at U.N.T. and Alex is a Theatre Major at S.F.A. My husband, Jason, and I enjoy spending time with our horses in competition or trail riding in one of the many beautiful state parks of Arkansas/Oklahoma. His daughters, Hunter, Sloan and Chase also enjoy trail riding with us. When we can, we love to take out Jason’s Harley Davidson down the road less travelled, exploring places we’ve never seen. I have been blessed to have animals all my life; cats, dogs, and horses especially. They have helped me appreciate the human/animal bond, and what I can do to strengthen that bond and lengthen their lives. Proper nutrition, supplements that are necessary in certain medical conditions, knowing when surgery is necessary and doing the right tests at the right time are all important aspects of veterinary medicine. That helps me help our clients and their precious pets.”
Dawn has been with Best Friends Pet Clinic since 2006. In her free time, she likes to read, craft, and spend time with her three adorable granddaughters. She is the mom of 2, has 3 granddaughters, 3 dogs, and 1 cat. She loves all animals, and has a special interest in rehabilitation, physical therapy and geriatric care.
Liz is our Office Manager that joined our team in June of 2019. After 18 years in Retail Management, she chose to follow a different career path where she can work closely with pets. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and volunteering. Liz has 2 senior cats, Bru and Penny Lane and a senior Golden Retriever, Nala. All of which she has raised since they were babies.
Senior Veterinary Technician
Laci is the Senior Veterinary Technician at Best Friends! She has been working for the clinic since 2002. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys working with all animals, but especially cats and senior pets. In her free time she enjoys going to Branson with her sister, daughters, and niece.
Natalie is a Veterinary Technician here at Best Friends, she’s been with us since 2015. She is married and has an amazing son! She loves her family and loves spending time with them. She also loves to play video games, read, camp, horseback ride, swim and watch movies. She loves being a veterinary technician and being able to help pets and their owners.
Michelle is our newest Veterinary Technician. She graduated from NCTA in Curtis, Nebraska in 2012. She has been working with animals since her graduation. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is pet dentistry! In her free time she enjoys, camping, going to the lake, rodeo shows, diesel shows, and traveling. She has a 3 year old Mini Aussie named Piston, a 6 year old Cattle Dog named Chassis, a 10 month Fjord named Oliver, 3 Mini Ponies, 1 goat and 3 fish.
Receptionist & Veterinary Technician
Mandi joined our team in June 2019. Although she works reception, she also has her certificate for Veterinary Assistant through Petra. Her favorite aspect of vet medicine is preventive care. She loves helping pet parents keep their pets happy and healthy for life! In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, yoga, reading and spending time with friends and family. Mandi has one 3 yr old dilute torti cat named Ivy.
Bridgette joined our team in late September of 2019 as our receptionist. She has always been interested in the Animal Health field. She comes to us from a diverse 15+ year background in the healthcare management field. Her favorite pass-time is spending time with her children Timothy and Hannah along with her extended family. She also has a few fur babies that take up her time.