Your Veterinarian in Edwardsville, IL
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If you live in Edwardsville or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Sarah Smith and Dr. Amy Mueller are licensed IL veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pets health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Ark Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Sarah Smith and Dr. Amy Mueller have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Edwardsville veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (618) 207-4000 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Edwardsville veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Edwardsville pet owners.

At Ark Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Sarah Smith
Edwardsville Veterinarian | Ark Animal Hospital | (618) 207-4000

6718 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025

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  • Dr. Sarah Smith

    Dr. Sarah Smith grew up in the Chicago suburbs and studied her undergraduate work at Purdue University. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and then moved to Edwardsville.  After graduation, Dr. Smith practiced in Alton for a number of years before starting Ark Animal Hospital in 2014.   She enjoys the excitement of daily practice and likes to spend her free time with her family. Samson is her shadow and her cat Jasper is full of vigor.

  • Andy Bienemann

    Andy joined Ark at the end of March 2022. He has been in the veterinary field for almost four years, and is continuing his education through Penn Foster’s online program with one semester left. Before entering VetMed, Andy did landscaping where he found his love for his own pets and others more interesting and fulfilling. He found his true passion in caring for animals and proceeded to pursue it. While beginning his career in teching, Andy found he enjoyed the surgical aspects his most favorite.
    In his free time, Andy enjoys playing guitar and drums, as well as, hiking and playing video games. He currently has a Persian cat named Gurt, which he believes is the best name ever. 

  • Braelyn Heightchew

    Braelyn joined Ark in November of 2021. Before joining the hospital, she previously attended Murray State University, where she graduated in the spring of 2019 with her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation she pursued further knowledge and, in November of 2019, Braelyn passed her national board exam, thus earning her the title of LVT. Her love of animals began at a young age, after growing up in Kentucky and spending her time in the world of Agriculture, and continued to transpire as she grew older. She previously worked in a fast-paced E.R. clinic for a year before moving to Illinois.

    Since moving to Illinois, Braelyn enjoys spending free time at the lake near where she resides, as well as, all the cuddles her kitty Speckle has to offer. 

  • Erica Holmquist

    Erica joined Ark in January of 2019, after making the move from Wisconsin to Illinois. Previously, she taught Kindergarten and Pre-K for many years before her love of animals slowly overpowered her love for teaching, but not for learning, however. She aspires to learn more about VetMed and its intricacies, while being an amazing receptionist. Not only does she love animals, but she also loves specializing in client communication and care.
     
    In her free time, Erica enjoys spending quality time with her supportive husband, her two wonderful children, and of course all of their fur babies. 

  • Kate Wilkinson

    Kate joined Ark Animal Hospital in January of 2018. She comes with 20+ years of working in the veterinary field. Kate grew up in a veterinarian practice helping her father on after hours emergency calls, farm calls or anything else he asked her to assist with. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2007 with a BS in Biology. Her favorite part of the job is client education and surgery. Kate and her husband, Jake, reside north of Edwardsville and have four children: Kylee, Colby, Casen, and Ledger. They also have two cats, Wicca and Absinthe. 

    In her free time, she enjoys working towards her CVPM Certification, spending time with her kids, enjoying the outdoors, and taking unexpected trips here and there.   

  • Scarlet Rose

    Scarlet is our resident clinic kitten. Her primary goal in life is to stalk and attack her best friend Samson!

  • Super Samson

    Samson is Dr. Smith's best friend forever (BFF). Samson's favorite thing to do is follow Dr. Smith, his eyes light up and his tail goes crazy when he hears her voice!

  • Dr. Amy Mueller

    Dr. Mueller joined Ark July of 2017.  She has worked in the Metro East since 2009.  She graduated from St. Matthew's School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Purdue University.  Her professional interest include dermatology and geriatric medicine.She enjoys her free time with family, friends and three cats.

  • Aubree Dolkey

    Aubree joined Ark Animal Hospital in April of 2021. She previously received her degree in Environmental Studies at McKendree University where her Animal Science courses brought forth her interest in the veterinary field. While completing her degree, Aubree worked for Petco where she cared and tended to small animals, reptiles, and avians. While she loved working with the many different animals there, Aubree was ready to step further into the VetMed world, thus leading her to Ark. In the past year she has been with the clinic, she has developed a stronger passion for her career and continues pursuing further learning, in order to better herself and the animals she sees on a daily basis.

    When Aubree is not working, you can find her at home with her best friend, and their two cats, Hunny and Christopher Robin, whom love to play fetch and give cuddles. 

  • Abby Grant

    Hello my name is Abby! I have almost three years of veterinary experience and graduated from Midwest Institute in November of 2018. Since I was little I knew I wanted to help animals and I couldn’t be happier to be a veterinary nurse here at Ark Animal Hospital. I am very eager to learn new things and excited to find more favorite parts of the job. I love to meet new pets and get to know each of their personalities. In my free time, I like to relax at home with my family and my sweet rescue Daisy. 

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Our dog was treated at your clinic last year and I have been intending to send you a testimonial for your use, should you choose to do so... As an M.D., it was easy to notice that Dr. Smith has the rare combination of excellent bedside manner as well as being extremely knowledgeable in her field. Dr. Smith and her staff realized we were extremely concerned about our pet and went out of their way to accommodate us in their schedule for an immediate evaluation and were also able to schedule our pe

Michael Brandon, M.D. / Edwardsville, IL

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Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed