Dr. Ben Mays has been consumed by the science and practice of animal medicine in some form or fashion for the past 45 seven years. Dr. Mays originally from Marshall understudied at Arkansas Tech University and gained his degree in veterinary medicine form Tuskegee University through their College of Veterinary Medicine. He began his career in 1976 in Clinton Arkansas in a small building just east of town on Highway 16 that most recently was a used book store but has sat empty for a bit. The first location for Van Buren County Veterinary would serve well for its first eighteen years but as Mays’ practice grew so did his need for space so when his current location on Highway 65 became available in 1994 the move was made.


When one visits the Van Buren County Veterinary Clinic they will be greeted by Polly and Sky the two resident parakeets on location. Curious as to which of the parakeets had been doing the whistling when I came in I asked Doctor Mays who was does the whistling around here and his reply was himself and Polly but he would not contest to who was better. Once you have been greeted by Polly and Sky and check in you will quickly see why VBC Veterinary Clinic is a leader in the industry and prepared to handle all your small animal needs. The clinic has two resident veterinarians Dr. Mays and Dr. Jill Baird and a host of support staff to meet your needs. They are equipped with digital ex-ray, complete blood work lab, and ultrasound to name a few of the services that coupled with Mays’ years of experience allows them to provide advanced surgical procedures that typically would not be available in a market of this size. VBC Veterinary Clinic provides an array of services for your small animals including full service diagnostic, surgical care, boarding, grooming, and they have the ability to perform farm calls for your livestock.


VBC Veterinary Clinic is a local leader in the effort to control pet overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries. Dr. Mays and Baird have taken advanced surgical training in high volume, low cost spay neuter techniques which are offered by the ASPCA’s Humane Alliance Spay/ Neuter Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. By implementing ASPCA techniques they have been able to offer spay neuter surgeries at fees comparable to those of government subsidized spay/neuter clinics providing a low cost option to help our local needs.


Dr. Mays when asked as to why he chose veterinary medicine as a profession he replied that it was the only thing he could do all day and not feel like work. He went on to express he had three major passions which are family, veterinary medicine and public education and in that order. Mays first passion can be easily seen and begins with his wife of 41 years Linda Churchill Mays of Dover and continues with his six children Ross, Leah, Ryan, Rob, Rhett, Tamar and many grandchildren. His second passion being his profession which he describes as a livelihood and a hobby and his final passion of public education that not only interested him while his children attend public schools but spanned well beyond as Dr. Mays served 22 years on our local school board and 7 years on the Arkansas State Board of Education.


Van Buren County Veterinary Clinic is located at 937 Highway 65 N and has been serving been serving our community for generations. Contact them at 501-745-4411 for all your veterinarian needs and see how a commitment to a profession and forty-one years experience can provide you with the best service around.