LSU Vet Med alumnus recognized as Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year



Dr. David OatesBATON ROUGE, LA - The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association (ArVMA) has recognized LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) alumnus, Charles “David” Oates, DVM, as the Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year. This award was presented to Dr. Oates at the 2018 ArVMA Winter meeting held February 9 – 11, 2018, in Hot Springs. Dr. Oates graduated from the LSU SVM Class of 1983 and practices at the Russellville Animal Clinic in Russellville, Ark. 


Upon graduating from the LSU SVM, Dr. Oates worked for the Tanner Veterinary Hospital in Russellville, Ark., and then at the Richardson Animal Clinic in Dardanelle, Ark., until 1986 when he opened the Russellville Animal Clinic. He has owned the Russellville Animal Clinic for 32 years and practices mostly on companion animals. 


Dr. Oates previously served as the director of the Pop County Conservation District, is a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, the Yell County Wildlife Federation, the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2003, Dr. Oates was appointed to research and locate a school suitable to start Arkansas' first program in Veterinary Technology. He has served as Chairman of ASU-Beebe Veterinary Technology Program advisory committee since its inception in 2007.


Dr. Oates says he is extremely grateful for the award and honored to be recognized by his fellow veterinarians. He currently lives in Pottsville, Ark., where he resides with his wife and six pets on an old farm established in 1850.


Photo by William Harvey


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