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Welcome to Baxter County Animal Clinic
Your Veterinarian in Mountain Home,AR
Call us at 870-425-4525

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at 870-425-4525!

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If you live in Mountain Home or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. James Snodgrass is a licensed Arkansas veterinarian, treating all types of small animals. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Baxter County Animal Clinic is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our doctors have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Mountain Home veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 870-425-4525 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Mountain Home veterinary office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Mountain Home pet owners.

At Baxter County Animal Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Sarah Shedenhelm
Mountain Home Veterinarian | Baxter County Animal Clinic | 870-425-4525

200 Bomber Blvd.
Mountain Home, AR 72653


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Our Regular Schedule

Our Regular Schedule


8:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm



Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • DR.

    Dr. Shedenhelm is a Baxter County native who attended Cotter Schools from kindergarten through graduation.  She then attended both ASUMH and ASU Jonesboro as an Animal Science major.  After receiving her DVM from Louisiana State University, she and her husband Brian moved back to Mountain Home to plant their roots.  She looks forward to meeting and treating your small animal friends.  When not at the office, Sarah and Brian enjoy playing with their three little girls and relaxing in country life.

  • Dr.
    James B. Snodgrass
    D.V.M., P.A.

    Dr. Snodgrass received his D.V. M. from the University of Missouri. He began his practice in Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1971 with Dr. Ed Riley D.V.M.

    James then started his own practice at his present location in 1973. James had a mixed practice until 2000, then he conceded to small animals and has worked with them since. When not at work James and Merilyn spend time with family.

  • Kristie Cotter

    My name is Kristie Cotter. I have been working at BCAC full time since 2005 as Dr.Snodgrass's assistant. I have lived in Mtn. Home most of my life. I graduated high school here in 1994 and received an Associate of Arts degree from ASU in 1997. 

    I currently have 4 cats & 2 dogs of my own and love working with animals.

  • LaQueta Smith

    My name is LaQueta Smith and I have been with Baxter County Animal Clinic since 2012. My role at BCAC is primarily that of a receptionist. I schedule appointments for exams, rechecks, surgeries, medical procedures and boarding. I answer telephones, greet clients, prepare patient files and escort clients and patients to exam rooms. I bring to my position over twenty years of customer service experience.

    Before working at BCAC, Dr.Snodgrass was my veterinarian for my animals for well over fifteen years. I have compassion for animals and their owners and I understand the stress that patients and clients endure.

  • Samantha Walker

    My name is Samantha Walker. I have been in the veterinary field since 2005 and started at BCAC in 2015. I love animals of all kinds very much and caring for them on a daily basis is wonderful. I also enjoy horse showing, barrel racing, and team roping with my husband, Tom. I hope you enjoy this clinic, the doctors and the staff as much as I do.

  • Bethany Drake

    My name is Bethany Drake. I started working at Baxter County Animal Clinic in 2016 as a kennel tech and eventually moved to working the front desk.  I have always loved working with animals and received my Bachelor's in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 2006.  My husband and i met when we were both working for the SPCA in Raleigh, NC.  After getting married, my husband joined the Army, which took us from NC to NY to MO and then to TX.  After spending 8 years moving wherever the Army wanted us, we decided it was time to settle down.  My husband is from Mountain Home and it seemed like the perfect place to raise our boys.  When I'm not working, I spend time with my husband and two sons, who luckily all love animals as much as I do.  In my spare time, I enjoy running, usually with my dog, and have completed several races including 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons.

  • Sydney Jennings

    My name is Sydney Jennings.  I have lived in Mountain Home most of my life.  I have been working with animals since 2015 and started at Baxter County Animal Clinic in 2018.  I have always dreamed of working with animals and I love what I do.  These furry animals can make any day better.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Cooper.  I am also one of Jehovah's Witnesses and enjoy going in my ministry work.  I'm also a huge football fan.  Go Cowboys!

  • Katharina Friedland

    My name is Katharina and I have lived in the Twin Lakes Area my whole life.  I grew up in a house where my mother maintained the role of Snow White.  We always had some sort of wildlife my mother would be rehabilitating, not to mention our dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, and other interesting pets.  I always had this need to know everything about each and every animal she had brought home which is how Dr. Snodgrass happened to come into my life.  Then there came a point where I would beg to stop by to visit Dr. Snodgrass just in case he had something new to experience in his clinic.  I have always enjoyed being able to learn something new.  In fourth grade I started volunteering for the Rabies Clinic at Baxter County Animal Clinic due to my participation with 'The 4H Easy Riders Club.'  Being a part of Doc's team meant the world to me as a child.  When I became a senior with Mountain Home Career Academies, I had the opportunity to intern under Dr. Snodgrass which is when I decided the animal field was the only field I wanted to pursue.  I continued by education in Beebe Arkansas at their ASU for Agriculture Business with a minor in Animal Science.  Illness in my family brought me back to the Twin Lakes Area.  In 2013 I officially became a staff member here at our clinic.  My job varies, which I immensely enjoy due to my large thirst for knowledge.  I have floated around the office enough to be able to fill any position needed, however, I prefer the back of the office caring for our patients.  My goal is to make sure each and every patient receives the quality care they deserve whether boarding, routine exam, or surgery.  Taking care of the animals is my job, but maintaining a safe and caring environment to suite the needs of each animal that comes through our doors is my passion.  I strive to make our environment one where not only do our clients enjoy coming in, but also so our patients of all colors, shapes, and sizes want to come back.

  • Karen Hoeppner

    Hi my name is Karen Hoeppner, I have been at Baxter County Animal Clinic since 2015. Before coming to the Mountain Home area I was born, raised and lived in Casper Wyoming for 30 plus years. I worked in the automotive industry. Though I enjoyed my job there, I always felt something was missing. After moving here 2 years ago I took a year off to decide what I wanted to do. One day I saw this job in the paper for a kennel person and applied. I have not regretted one minute. I love the animals and the people I work with. Let's just say I have found what was missing. All these years, I should've been working with things that have four legs+fur instead of four tires. The only drawback to this job is I am definitely in trouble with my own animals when I get home from work after loving on everyone else's animals. 

  • Casey

    Casey was abandoned on the road but found a new home with BCAC!  You can almost always find her wherever Dr. Snodgrass is, whether she's sleeping outside the surgery room, or trying to assist with appointments.  When she's not working at the clinic, she spends her time with Doc and Marilyn at their home.

  • Fruit Loop

    Fruit Loop is a permanent resident around the clinic.  She has been diagnosed with Cerebellar Hypoplasia which affects her coordination.  She typically spends her days curled up somewhere around the clinic, but can be seen occasionally begging for treats.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Personalized service. No being bounced around to 20 different newbie vets in the office. Very caring and empathetic staff. Dr. Snodgrass has been my family's vet since he opened the practice and Dr Troutman is truly and asset to the office. My fur babies don't mind going there and I am absolutely comfortable with the advice I am given."
    Darla F.

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