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.


Rachel Admire, DVM

Dr. Rachel Admire is a 2010 graduate of the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Admire is originally from St. Charles, Missouri and moved to Hot Springs in June 2013 from New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Admire was practicing small animal medicine in New Orleans for 3 years prior to her move to Hot Springs. She and her husband had their first child in July of 2013, a little girl named Jolie. Dr. Admire joined Countryside Animal Hospital in October 2013. Her interests include dermatology, cytology, and internal medicine. She loves to continue to learn and perfect her skills and tries to attend Continuing Education Seminars as much as possible. When she is not at the clinic, she is enjoying time with her daughter Jolie and her husband Beau. They enjoy traveling and spending time on Lake Hamilton. They have one pet, a dog named Frankenstein. He was rescued after a dog attack in New Orleans. Although he is not able to swim, he is enjoying his new life in Hot Springs. 


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.


Dr. Monica Fentress

Dr. Monica Fentress is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent the last 8 years in Starkville studying animal science and veterinary medicine. Her interests include pain management and feline internal medicine. The move to Hot Springs was an easy choice for an outdoor enthusiast because of its natural beauty and myriad of activities. She lives here with her husband, Rush, and their pets. Lucy is a mixed breed dog adopted from a shelter 6 years ago, Echo is a mixed breed dog rescued from the streets, and Cat is arguably the best cat in the whole world. They enjoy hiking and swimming in all the lakes and streams around their new home. Dr. Fentress is thrilled to be a part of the Countryside family!