Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hughes Animal Hospital in Malvern! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 501-337-PETS (7387) to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Ricky Hughes

Dr. Hughes is a native of Hot Spring County. He is a graduate of Ouachita High School. Dr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A few months after graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Hughes opened Hughes Animal Hospital in Malvern in the fall of 1989.

In 2013, Dr. Hughes sold his practice which afforded him the opportunity to travel across the southern United States and to other countries as he served as President of the American Brahman Breeders Association for two years. Dr. Hughes continued to work in the veterinary field, providing veterinary relief services for other veterinarians outside of Hot Spring County. In February 2017, Dr. Hughes went back into practice in Malvern in a temporary location while construction was completed on a new office. The new office opened in late September 2017. Dr. Hughes is happy to be working in and serving Malvern and Hot Spring County again.

Dr. Hughes and his wife Myra have two adult children and one grandson. Dr. Hughes still enjoys raising cattle and working on his cattle farm but especially loves spending time with his grandson Jace.

Myra Hughes
Office Manager

Myra works with her husband in the office, serving as office manger and handling the business end of the practice. She has a degree in Business Education from Henderson State University, having taught high school for one year before returning to work full time in her husband’s practice several years ago.

After her husband sold his original practice in 2013, Myra enjoyed traveling with him across the southern United States and to several other countries as well. During this time, she was able to babysit their new grandson and worked on their farm helping to feed cattle and rake hay as well. In February 2017, Myra returned to work assisting Dr. Hughes as he opened another office in Malvern. Myra loves being “Gigi” to her grandson Jace, spending time with her family, reading and watching sports.

Paula J

Paula joined our staff in October 2017. Paula had previously worked for Dr. Hughes in this capacity from 1999-2004 at his former clinic. We are very excited to have Paula on our staff again. Paula is the mother of three adult children. She has one pet, a dachshund named Pepper. Paula enjoys spending time with her family, reading and also enjoys painting and refurbishing furniture.

Allison S
Veterinary Assistant

Allison joined our staff as a part-time kennel assistant when we re-opened our practice in February 2017. She was also working full time at First Step with special needs adults. When we moved into our newly constructed clinic the end of September 2017, Allison became a full time veterinary assistant on our staff. Allison enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and their families, her dogs and really enjoys all outdoor activities. She LOVES Labradors. Allison’s passion for animals makes her a wonderful asset to our staff.

Lindsey A
Veterinary Assistant

Lindsey joined our staff in October 2017 as a part-time kennel assistant, later becoming a full-time member of our team.   Lindsey’s positive attitude makes her a pleasure to be around and a great asset to our staff.   Lindsey has worked as our receptionist and is currently a veterinary assistant.  Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When Lindsey is not working, you can probably find her with her horses or playing with her dogs.

Sabrina D
Kennel Supervisor

Sabrina is our kennel supervisor.  She joined our team in October 2018.  Sabrina grew up in Des Arc, Arkansas.  She completed an online veterinary assistance program at Animal Behavioral College.  Sabrina loves American Bullies and has several.  When she is not working, Sabrina loves spending time with her children and family.

Client Services Representative

Tricia joined our team as a Client Services Representative in March 2020.  Tricia developed a love for animals at an early age being in a rodeo family.  Tricia’s love for animals extends beyond horse to her beloved dogs – Ella, Greer and Lola – and her cats – Monroe and Oakley.  Prior to joining our staff Tricia also previously worked with the Paws in Prison program.
Tricia is the proud mother of two adult sons and is the very loved “Shug” to her granddaughter Ruby.  When not working, Tricia enjoys spending time with her family and her pets as well as time at the lake with friends!