Meet The Team

Ark Veterinary Associates is proud to have a wonderful staff of caring animal care professionals.  Our motto is "We're Pet Lovers Too" and it shows.  Each member of our staff prides themselves in providing what is most important to our clients - attention to detail and care for their loved one.  From the reception desk where you will be pleasantly met with a smile, to the exam room where our doctors and Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) will provide the latest in veterinary medical care. We truly want your pet's experience here to be the best. We provide high quality care in a friendly small town environment. 

Continue down the page to learn more about our team members.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! We look forward to hearing form you!


Dr. Steve White


Dr. White has been an Ark City resident and active community member since 1977.  After graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. White moved his family to Arkansas City where he started his first practice - White Animal Clinic.  After several years, his practice moved to it's current location and became Ark Veterinary Associates.

Dr. White's interests are many and include wellness education for all ages of pets, dentistry, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and the day to day interaction with his clients and their pets.

Outside of practice, Dr. White enjoys being active in the community and has held a number of leadership roles in different organizations such as Chairman of Arkalalah Festival Committee and Rotary President.  In addition, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing and working in the yard.  Dr. White would love to hear from you and encourages feedback from all clients and their pets!

Dr. Melissa Raymond


Dr. Raymond earned her Bachelor of science degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2010. She went on to complete her doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 2014. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, parasitology, and preventive care. In her spare time, Dr. Raymond enjoys spending time with her husband Joe and their two daughters; Madeline and Olivia, with another on the way. Dr. Raymond loves taking care of her dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.

Patsy White

Human Relations

I started working at Ark Veterinary Associates in 1998.  Dr. White is my husband and it was my love for him that brought me here to help with operations management.  It was not until I came to work with him every day that I began to see what an incredible Veterinarian he is.  I knew how much he loved animals, as I could observe that at home with our family pets.  However, what I was unaware of was his incredible dedication to Veterinary Medicine and to the well being of every pet that comes in to our clinic.  What our clients do not know is what goes on behind closed doors, and it is that which I wish they could see.  I admire him more and more each day.  He is honest and expects the same from our entire family-oriented staff.  Every person employed at Ark Veterinary Associates must have a deep love for animals in order to work here. As you read about each employee, you will begin to see that for yourself.


Office Manager

Jean is our Office Manager; she has lived in Kansas for over 30 years after moving from Nebraska and then Wyoming. She has worked at Ark Veterinary Associates since April of 2000. She shares her responsibility of managing the front desk and all activities that help coordinating our busy practice. She enjoys getting to know and helping our clients with their pet's needs and it shows when you are greeted with a smile. Jean has two children, Cynthia and Howard III, and claims the clinic cat, Willie, as her own. In her spare time, she decorates cakes and helps raise the love of her life (her Granddaughter), Alyssa.



Vanessa is one of our Receptionist/ Vet Assistant. She has lived in Kansas since 2001 with her husband, Justin, their son, Josh, and their daughter, Tavy. The family has four dogs and a cat. Vanessa started at Ark Vet Associates in 2012. She is the jack of all trades, and helps her coworkers wherever she's needed. She has always enjoyed working with animals and spends her free time with her family, friends and pets.



Charlotte is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. She grew up in Ark City; starting with us as Kennel Help in High School. In 2014, she graduated from Independence Community College as an RVT and began her Tech career at Ark Vet. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her three children, Fiancé and two pooches.



Kelsey is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. She is an Ark City native who has worked her way through the ranks; starting as Kennel Help in 2012. The staff helped guide her in the direction of Independence Community College, where she graduated in 2017 and came back to continue her career with us. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys reading, gardening, and playing with her three dogs and two cats.



Tiffany is our Groomer that started at the beginning of 2017. She was born and raised in Ark City. She has always had an interested in animals and knew she wanted to work with them. In her free time, she and her husband like to travel and go to new places. When they aren't traveling, they binge watch tv shows with their five fur babies.


Willie came to Ark vet in 2012. He came hand-picked from a clients large litter of kittens. He melted into Jeans arms on the 1st day he came in, and they've been best friends since. he is a 9 year old Pisces that loves attention and cookies. He enjoys spending his time guarding the clinic and resting in warm, quiet places when all is safe. He is the biggest, bravest cat in the clinic and helps our Drs. by being a blood donor when needed.

Crinkle Boots

Crinkle Boots came to Ark Vet in 2013. She was found by Dr. White's grandkids, who convinced him to let her stay. She is an 8 year old Aquarius. She enjoys spending time relaxing in her bed, getting pets, attention, and watching bird and mouse videos on YouTube.


Sophie came to Ark Vet in 2013 as an injured kitten. She lost her leg and tail, but healed great. Sophie has never let her disability stop her. She is 7 years old, and she is a Libra with an attitude. She enjoys spending her time laying on Vanessa's desk and talking about life. Sophie also enjoys getting pets and watching the birds out the window.


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