Our Veterinarians

The Countryside Animal Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Hot Springs and areas. At Countryside Animal Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.


Darrell M. Riffel, DVM

Dr. Darrell Riffel was born in Marion, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University Veterinary College in 1965. He has practiced Veterinary medicine in Arkansas for over 40 years and is a past President of the Arkansas VMA. Dr. Riffel.

Dr. Riffel stepped down as President and Senior Partner of three AAHA hospitals located in Little Rock in 2001. He and his wife Jane moved to Hot Springs Village where he pretends to be retired when he is not helping us out on Thursdays, Fridays, and most Saturdays. It's a privilege to have such a distinguished member of the Arkansas Veterinary community as a member of our team.


Jessica Rhodes, DVM

Dr. Rhodes is an Arkansas native. Upon graduating from Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicince in 2005, she returned home to practice small animal medicine at Briarwood Animal Hospital in Little Rock. After almost 10 years at Briarwood, she has relocated to Hot Springs to be near family. Dr. Rhodes is excited to join the team at Countryside, and looks forward to meeting our clients and their fur babies. Outside the clinic, Dr. Rhodes is a busy mom to 2 girls, 2 dogs and 1 cat. She and her husband, Eric, are active in family and church activities. She enjoys cats, scrapbooking, reading, and cooking for family and friends.


Monica Fentress, DVM

Doctor Fentress is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include pain management, feline medicine, and geriatric care for pets. She holds a certificate in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. Doctor Fentress is a member of AAHA, Arkansas VMA, and AVMA. Doctor Fentress spends her time outside of work with her husband, Rush, and their son, Henry. Together, they enjoy gardening, bee keeping, and spending time with their pets. They have four pets: 2 naughty cats (Pancake and Pacino) and 2 perfect dogs (Lucy and Echo).