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Carol M. Rushing, D.V.M. & Medical Director grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1993. She moved to the northwest Arkansas area in 2001 specifically to take on the medical director position at Animal Emergency Clinic of Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Rushing has a special interest in the emergency and critical-care aspects of veterinary medicine, and greatly enjoys the challenges that the emergency clinic presents. Dr. Rushing also enjoys canine reproduction and loves delivering puppies! Dr. Rushing is addicted to the Veterinary Information Network, and spends hours and hours each week reading case presentations and constantly learning as much as possible to help the animals and people in the northwest Arkansas area. When not working, Dr. Rushing spends her time with her husband, James, several cats of motley description, and her English springer spaniels. The dogs keep her busy by training for agility, rally obedience, traditional obedience and conformation, or traveling to dog shows.

Kyle J. Shaw, D.V.M., is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He attended veterinary school at Louisiana State University. After a very brief stint working on the racetrack at Churchill Downs, Dr. Shaw began his career as a small-animal practitioner. Dr. Shaw has worked the majority of his career in veterinary emergency clinics, including clinics in New Orleans and Kansas City. His primary hobby is attending law school at the University of Arkansas. After graduation from law school, he plans to continue working at Animal Emergency Clinic of Northwest Arkansas, and he may decide to practice law when he retires from veterinary medicine. After work and school, Dr. Shaw spends all of his free time with his wife and three kids. The Shaws have a cocker spaniel and a cockapoo that they consider the sixth and seventh members of their family.

Chris Koester, D.V.M, was born and raised in Iowa, and attended veterinary school at Iowa State University. During vet school, his experiences led him to realize that emergency medicine and critical care was his calling, so he took his first job as a staff veterinarian at Forsyth Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Winston-Salem, NC. Although he enjoyed his 4 years there immensely, with a close family still in Iowa and young kids growing up in a hurry, he decided it was important to relocate closer to family. His family had often spent vacations in the Ozark region while he was growing up, and he always knew he'd return there to live one day. He accepted a position with AECNWA in January of 2006 and has been here ever since. His primary hobbies include mainly outdoor activities - running, hiking, boating, hunting and he is an especially avid fisherman. He's a huge fan of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Denver Broncos and the Iowa Hawkeyes (despite actually being an ISU grad!). He has 2 children at home, who keep him busy with all manner of sports and activities, which he enjoys tremendously. He has an old dog, Rosey, and a very nice cat named Owen who are also both nice enough to share his home with him.

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Animal Emergency Clinic of Northwest Arkansas
777 Mathias Drive, Suite B  
Springdale, AR 72762

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