All professionals at Paragould Animal Clinic maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff’s experience and training.


Dr. Emily White Carter, Vet and Practice Owner

Dr. Emily White Carter has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2004. She has been serving the pets and pet owners of Paragould since 2006. She practices companion animal medicine, focusing her care on dogs and cats. She attended Arkansas State University from 1997-2000. In 2004, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University. She is a member of The American Veterinary Medical Association and The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian and son, Will. Dr. Emily also enjoys swimming and yoga. She loves her dogs, Shelby and Calypso, her cat Juju, as well as her chickens. She is grateful for all of the wonderful pets and people she has met since coming to Paragould and looks forward to serving them for many years to come.


Dr. Laura Dacus, Vet

Dr. Laura Dacus has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1998, when she earned her degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She also attended the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine her senior year of studies, focusing on small animal surgery, medicine, anesthesia, and the occasional exotic animal (mainly
rabbits).

Dr. Dacus has a strong interest in feline medicine and is a member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners). Of course she also enjoys working with dogs and the occasional exotic pet (rabbit, Guinea Pig, mice, and rats).

At home Dr. D loves spending time with her Standard Poodle “Ralphie”, her Bengal cat “Mavis”, Siamese cat “Vladimir Pu-tat”, and her Siamese kitten “SNAFU”. She is most proud of her son and daughter who attend the University of Arkansass at Fayetteville. And tries to sneak away on weekends to see them. When spending time at home she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and researching all aspects of global warming and environmental issues.

“I knew at the age of four, I wanted to be a greeter at Walmart, a beauty Queen, and a veterinarian “. At least one of her dreams came true.

My position here at Paragould Animal Clinic has been the most rewarding position I’ve held. The staff, and Dr. Carter, are always working together for the best possible outcome for your pet. We are invested in our patients and clients, our “family”.


Whitney Dowler, Office Manager

Hey guys, my name is Whitney! I’ve worked here at PAC since March of 2012. I started out as a kennel assistant and have worked my way up to now being the Office Manager for this amazing clinic. I still love being able to work with all the animals when I get a chance. The best thing about my job now is knowing how sincere this family at PAC is about caring for all these fur babies. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are making a difference even if it is something small. I have had the chance to meet a lot of great pets and clients while working here. I live on a farm and raise Registered Charolais Cattle and have a horse, Dixie. In my spare time I enjoy being outside, working my heifers, and spending time in the water whether it’s the lake, river, or beach. I have 3 dogs, Gracie, Trigger, and Colt and 2 cats, Alvin and Izzy.


Erikka Gross, Receptionist

Hi, I’m Erikka one of the receptionists here at PAC. I am an animal lover to the fullest. Working at PAC and getting to be a part of your pet’s life is such a fulfillment to my life. I can’t describe it in words. I have a daughter, son, two grandchildren, and 4 fur babies. Jude, Daisy, Iris, and Ava. When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring caves, hiking, and being with my family.


Emily Nelson, Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Emily Nelson, aka Emma here. I’m from Kennett, MO. I’ve always had a passion for animals since I was a little girl, and I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I’ve worked in veterinary medicine for 9 years and I’m a CVA, and also Animal CPR Certified. I get so much joy working with animals. I’m married to a great guy, and we have a daughter and 3 dogs, a Goldendoodle Bella, a Goldendoodle Simba, and a beagle named Rex. Outside of work I enjoy hunting with my husband and daughter and spending time at the softball field watching my daughter play. I love camping, spending time with family and my fur babies! I joined Paragould Animal Clinic in May of 2017 and I’m so glad to be working with great people, and I’m looking forward to taking care of your fur babies!


Autumn Saunders, Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Autumn! I moved to Paragould back in 2011 and started working at Paragould Animal Clinic in 2015. I am a proud mother of 3 handsome boys and a dog mom to a Chocolate Lab named Duck. I love being on the water floating, tubing, and fishing. I also enjoy watching my boys play Football and run track I love working with animals and helping them anyway I can being Dr. Emily’s and Dr. Dacus vet assistant.


Tobi Jones, Veterinary Assistant

My name is Tobi Jones! I am from Texas but came to Arkansas for college. In Texas, I live on a cattle farm, so I have always loved animals and wanted to be in the vet line of work. I came to Paragould Animal Clinic to shadow then got the amazing opportunity to work here! I have 4 dogs, 2 cats, and I absolutely love doing anything that involved the outdoors!


Alescia Manes, Veterinary Assistant

Hey, I’m Alescia! I graduated Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. I have always had a big heart for all of God’s animals, even as a little girl. I have 5 dogs! 2 Weimaraners, a chihuahua mix, a boxer mix, and a 14-year-old heeler. I had a horse that I used to do horse shows with, his name was Clyde, and he was my best boy ever. He passed away in 2016 with cancer. Now I focus mainly on client education because the more clients know about veterinary medicine then hopefully, we can catch issues before they get too bad. I’m the kind of person that loves to educate clients and answer any questions they may have. There is no such thing as a stupid question in my opinion. I am also Cold Laser Therapy certified and have hours in physical therapy. I have also worked in emergency medicine and have a total of 11 years’ experience in Veterinary Medicine. I’m not married and don’t have any children except my fur kids.


Stella Casey, Veterinary Assistant

Hi there! My name is Stella Casey and I’m so excited to be a member of the PAC family! I grew up on a farm in Salem, AR and knew right away that I wanted to work in Veterinary Medicine. After getting my associates degree at ASU in Mountain Home, I moved to Jonesboro in 2015 to study equine management. I started my career in vet medicine in 2015 and have loved it ever since! I have a background in animal behavior and fear free practices, and I enjoy helping our doctors keep your babies happy and healthy! My husband and I have a daughter and 3 doggies, Reba, Mac, and Murphy. I hope to one day have a horse again. I also love doing photography, anything crafty, and making art in my free time.