Meet our dedicated team.


We provide kind and honest care that goes the extra-mile to ensure the health and happiness of your furry and feathered friend(s), anytime you need us. You can trust that our team of experts will provide respectful care, education and support for your pet’s unique needs.

Powered by passion and love for animals.

Dr. Bob Hale

DVM, Owner

I grew up in the wonderful southern town of El Dorado, Arkansas. As a young child my parents let me have a variety of pets: raccoons, fox squirrels, flying squirrels, a squirrel monkey, a parrot, a boa constrictor, tarantulas, and of course a few cats and dogs. My desire to work with animals started at a very early age, thanks to my parents.

When I graduated from high school in 1970, I was unsure of what I could do and moved toward a business degree. I graduated from University of Arkansas in 1976 and went to work for Roadway Express Trucklines for two years. The next three years, I worked in Brazil, South America for a shipping company called Offshore Logistics. It was during this time I reflected on my real “calling” in life– to work with dogs and cats.

I returned to the University of Arkansas to “repeat” my sciences for two years, applied to LSU Veterinary School, and graduated in 1987 as a doctor of veterinary medicine.

At the present time, I have a wife, four children, five dogs, two cats, and one parrot. Everyday I wake up and think about my veterinary mission and how fortunate I am working with wonderful pet lovers, great employees, and doing what I was intended to do.

NOTE: Dr Bob sees patients at Briarwood Animal Hospital Monday thru Wednesday.

Dr. Irene Toll-Schacter


Favorite Starbucks Drink: Chai Latte

What Dog Breed Would You Be: Corgi

Dr. Irene Toll-Schacter has been with us since the spring of 2022.  She has an undergrad degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine also from the same school. Originally from Northwest Arkansas, Dr. Irene moved to Little Rock, originally working at Pinnacle Valley Animal Hospital and Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists. 

Dr. Irene has a husband named Tanner, who is a programmer for USAA and a 3 year old daughter named Avi, who is professionally adorable!  She has two cats, one named Tesseract (Tess) and Kai, and a pitbull mix named Sheba. 

Her favorite memory of Vet School was going to South Africa to work with a game preserve veterinarian and do field work with lions, cape buffalo, zebras and rhinos, but even more interesting than that-she has actually taken a helicopter ride to the top of Mount Doom, has ridden in a U-haul with a bear and has been cage diving with great white sharks.  Dr. Irene’s favorite animals are big cats and small insectivores, like hedgehogs, anteaters, porcupines, etc.  You can definitely count on her to see just about any animal you have!


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Favorite Starbucks Drink: Gingerbread Latte​

What Dog Breed Would You Be: Dachshund






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