Meet the Team

Our Veterinarians

Dr. John Calhoun


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Dr. Samantha Cavender


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Dr. Jennifer Pearson


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Dr. Rebecca Hopwood


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Dr. Ann Mueller


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Dr. Hacker, Veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Hacker


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Dr. Jessica Schult


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Dr. Markey Bierman


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Meet the Crew


Bridget joined our team in 2007. She is our Reproduction specialist here at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Her love of helping animals brought her to IVH and she enjoys working with them everyday. Her favorite aspect of her job is how working with the IVH staff is like belonging to a family; everyone is dedicated to helping clients and their animals.

Outside of work Bridget enjoys horseback riding; especially on field trails and hunting. Her favorite animals are horses and dogs.




Kate joined our team in 2008. As a child she set her mind on the veterinary field and often doctored or raise any animals she could find.  At IVH she started out volunteering; helping the technician staff. Although she is our manager, she is often found helping with avian and reproductive services. She loves being around animals and interacting with clients and pets. She enjoys the variety of animals she gets to see each day.

Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, dog, and birds. Falconry has been a cornerstone in her life, as she has been practicing it from her first steps. Her favorite animal is, of course, the falcon.



Our Kennel Manager Cora joined our team in April, 2003. She works as an assistant. She had previously been a volunteer for veterinary hospitals before joining the crew at IVH. She really enjoys caring for the patients and the boarding animals, making sure that they get lots of attention. Outside of work Cora enjoys crossword puzzles, playing board games and cards with friends, and working out in her yard. She can’t choose a favorite animal, she loves them all; but she will admit she’s partial to cats.



Jen began working with IVH’s Reception team in 2014 and then became one of our wonderful Exam Room Technicians in 2017.  She loves seeing the different personalities of every pet that comes in, and all of the new things she learns every day! Her favorite animal is the German Shepherd; they are beautiful, loyal and strong.

Outside of work, Jen enjoys camping, snowboarding, taking road trips and relaxing with friends and family!


“D” joined the technician team in 2014 after graduating from college. She has always wanted to help animals and even as a child would play vet. “D” loves every part of her career, especially when she can change a patient’s life with a little help. She plans on continuing her education with hopes of working for the Fish and Game in the future.

Outside of work, “D” enjoys hunting, fishing and camping, or staying home and taking care of her dogs “Taz” and “Onyx” and her many reptiles. “D” has a hard time choosing a favorite animal, because she loves them all, but she does have a soft spot for dogs, savannah monitors, bearded dragons, tortoises and geckos!


Bennett joined Idaho Vet in the summer of 2020 to help us with the growing community and their pets!  He has quickly become one of our favorite go-to people for helping with anything around the hospital!  He loves learning about all the different types of animals we see, and how they work.  Oh, and also cuddling with the cute cats and dogs is pretty great, too!

While working at Idaho Vet, Bennett is most looking forward to all the different things he will learn, and building relationships with both clients and staff.  While his main goal is graduating from high school and going to college, he hasn’t decided what for yet (we thing Veterinary Medicine would be great!).  You may have seen Bennett performing in some of the local musicals or plays, as that is one of his biggest passions!

Bennett’s favorite animal is the giraffe, with their purple tongues and amazing height!  At home he has 2 dogs, “T-Bone” the Yellow Lab and “Lily” the Lab/Golden mix, and then “Scarlett” the Black Cat.


Kendall joined the IVH team in 2014 as a Receptionist and is now our Financial Manager. This career is a good fit for her, she enjoys interacting with all the different species we see, as well as talking to the awesome clients and working with an amazing team. Outside of work, Kendall enjoys spending time with her dog, a German Shepherd named “Troy” and her husband, Mark.

She also likes to workout and spend time with her family and friends. Her favorite animals are Dogs and Penguins.


Jillian joined the IVH team in 2015 and is our Lead Technician and Technician Manager, as well as in integral part of our Canine Reproduction Team. She has been involved in the veterinary field since 2009, starting as a kennel attendant in Texas and working her way up to a veterinary technician. Her obvious love for animals started her on this path, but as she says, “The ability to help patients and their ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ is what keeps me in the field”. Jillian enjoys the interaction with all of our clients and their fur babies.

Jillian shares her home with 3 dogs,”Goat” the Goldendoodle, “Scout” the Aussie and “Ally” the Golden Retriever, as well as “L.E.” and “Pockets” the kitties. She also enjoys spending time with her two thoroughbreds, “Finnie” and “Lady”.


Sabine  joined the IVH team originally in 2006 and after a brief hiatus joined us again in fall of 2017.  She has become one of our dedicated Surgical Technicians, specializing in anesthesia and dental procedures.  In her time away from work, Sabine loves exploring the great outdoors on her horse, Gigi, with her two dedicated dogs, “Tatonka” the heeler and “Levi” the border collie, who both love to join her on the occasional cattle drives.

When Sabine has a few moments to rest at home, she enjoys the company of her husband Rick, and feline friends, “Silky”, ‘George” “Macy” and “Sammie”.


Janet joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital’s Front staff in January of 2016. This is an exciting career change for her, being able to work with animals and their owners is something she loves. Janet and her husband, Glendon, have been married for 22 years and have 3 kids; Jackson, Madison and Raiden.

At home, Janet has her hands full with her Shih Tzu “Zowie” and her cat “Twilight”. Zowie is very playful and loving, definitely the baby of the family, and just a bit spoiled!


Amber re-joined Idaho Vet as a technician in 2020 after short hiatus in Utah and we are so excited to have her back!  She has always had a connection and love for animals and being able to help scared animals feel better is what she wants to do.  While at IVH, Amber is able to fulfill her love of educating by educating clients, coworkers, and herself.

Outside of work, Amber is working hard at buying a house and starting her family with her husband and her Icelandic Sheepdog, “Daeja”.  She enjoys spending lots of time hiking, watching movies and just relaxing at home.  When we asked Amber what her favorite animal is, it was a very easy answer, “Dogs.  Hairy fluffy dogs!  They are emotionally supportive and so versatile.  There is pretty much a dog or breed that can do most, if not all, things!”


Katy  joined Idaho Vet as a Vet Tech in 2016.  She was drawn to the veterinary field after a life-long love of animals and learning about them.  This is the perfect career for her because she can spend an abundance of time with a variety of animals and provide help when they most need it.  She is a true advocate for the animals!  While she is here she hopes to expand her knowledge on the many different types of exotic critters we see and also continuing her education on such things as surgeries (they’re her favorite!)!

Over the next year, Katy’s goal is to complete her Certification in Veterinary Technology.  She can’t pick just one favorite animal, but mostly includes felines; both wild and domestic!  She has 3 cats herself, Butters, Dougie and Marceline, and of course don’t forget the dog, “Zelda”.



Jesse  joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2018 as an exam room technician after many years in the pet-supply field.  Since a very young age, she has loved animals and had a calling to help them in their time of need.  Educating owners on their pet’s needs and witnessing their pet flourishing is incredibly rewarding for her. In her time at IVH, she hopes to be a welcoming face to both owners and patients and to help them feel as comfortable and happy as possible while visiting us. She is looking forward to expanding her skill set and learning from & working with our amazing staff.

Outside of work, Jesse enjoys horseback riding, with the Quarter Horse being her favorite animal with their diversified abilities. Jesse has many animals of her own, including 2 dogs, “Buckey” & “Rowdy”, “Mufasa” the Ragdoll, “Muffin” & “Ducky” the parrots, “Binx” the Skink, 2 mares “Ginger” & “Otawna”, and of course her chickens!


Elizabeth joined the Idaho Veterinary Hospital team in January of 2018 after relocating to Idaho from South Carolina.  Her passion for helping animals and being an advocate for their care has made her the perfect Surgical Scrub Nurse.  Her duties include pampering our procedure patients before and after their procedures and making certain that our surgical equipment is kept in top notch condition. Elizabeth is looking forward to continuing her education in our field, especially in the areas of dental procedures and surgeries; as well as Exotic Animal husbandry.

Eventually, she would love to become a certified Vet Tech.  Outside of work, Elizabeth’s goal is to obtain the ideal place to be able to take in rescues of all species; She’s never met an animal that she doesn’t love.  With that being said, she loves her two dogs, Chili & Nova. and Tennessee Walker, “Delight”, the most.




Chase joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in February of 2018 as a veterinary technician.  Chase has specialized in many things over the years, but is especially knowledgeable in anesthesia, exotics and canine reproduction.  He has an amazingly calm demeanor, even in stressful situations, which both our patients and their parents are especially grateful for.  During his time at IVH, Chase hopes to expand his knowledge in both the exotics and canine reproduction areas, and impart his knowledge to our staff.

Chase has a huge heart, which shows through his love of all animals, especially his French Bulldog, “Piper”.


Eryn joined the Idaho Veterinary Hospital team in the summer of 2018 after moving back to Idaho from Oregon. She began exploring the veterinary technician field after enrolling in school for equine podiatry and learning more about treatments and diagnosis of different conditions. While at Idaho Vet, Eyrn is looking forward to learning different aspects she hasn’t experienced yet, such as Canine Reproduction and Radiology.
Eyrn’s favorite animal is the horse. She has always loved them and has found them both easy and challenging. Their anatomy and motor function is extremely interesting to her. She has 3 horses of her own, “Rosie”, “Amber” and “Alli B”, as well as 2 dogs, “Angus” and “Dexter”, 1 cat, “Newt” and 2 rabbits, “Levi” and “Monty”


Courtney joined the IVH team in February of 2020 as a Front Desk Representative!  She has always love veterinary medicine and animals, and the thought of helping them.  She is excited about growing in the field to learn about the different kinds of creatures, and how to treat them.  Besides, who doesn’t love seeing such a variety of animals every single day!

Outside of work, Courtney loves baking and being outdoors!  She loves to bake not only for her family and friends but her pets, too!  Although her favorite animal is the shark, she absolutely loves her 3 cats, “Delphi”, “Voodoo” and “Garfield” and her 4 dogs, “Leliah”, “Dexter”, “Link” and “Penelope”.


Megan joined the Idaho Veterinary Hospital team in the summer of 2018. She has always looked for a career involving animals, and knew as a young girl that is what she wanted to do. As a young girl, she tried to rescue every stray cat she came across. During her time at IVH, Megan hopes to improve her technical skills to be the best technician she can be. She wants to learn everything and anything she can.
Megan has always been a cat person, although she loves dogs, too. She is definitely drawn towards black Labradors. While growing up, her family always joked with her that she would be the crazy cat lady. True to form, she has 2 cats, 6 year old “Dee” and 3 legged “Moose”, both adopted from shelters.


Macy joined the front office of Idaho Veterinary Hospital in the spring of 2018. She has always had a love of animals that was fostered after showing German Shepherds with her family. That experience has encouraged her to continue gaining knowledge about different breeds and species, especially exotics.
Macy’s goal is to learn as much as possible about veterinary medicine and continue to grow in the field. Although her favorite animals are certainly her two dogs, “Cali” and Oakley”, and her cat “Sneezy”, Macy’s favorite animal is the Cheetah. Their title of being the fastest land animal, extremely independent, and from the desert environment make them a natural choice!

Jessica N.

Jessica joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2019 as a Front Office Representative!  She has had a life long love of animals and believes that we, as humans, have the ability to help care for them when they can’t communicate their ailments.  She believes that it is a responsibility we owe to our loved pets and critters in each of our lives.  Idaho Veterinary Hospital has become a wonderful home for her, as she loves being a part of an incredible team that has such a pure love for animals and helping them lead a great life.  Jessica is excited to expand her knowledge and experience in the field so she can continue to help the people and animals of our community.

Jessica’s favorite animal is the horse!  She loves their amazing ability to help sooth their people’s souls and how powerful, yet trusting, they can be with their partners.  She is a mom to an adorable girl, as well as 2 dogs, “Hank” and “Izzy”, 1 cat “Bubbles” and 3 horses, “Aurora”, “Comet” and “Diego”.


Isabel joined Idaho Vet in December of 2020 as our Surgical Scrub Technician.  Her deep love for animals makes working in the veterinary field a completely natural move!  Isabel is in charge of making sure that our patients that are here for procedures are taken care of to the best of our ability and that our surgical equipment and rooms are kept in topnotch shape.  Eventually, Izzy would like to become a part of our surgical anesthetist’s team!

Outside of work, Isabel loves to do anything outdoors, especially hiking with her dog, “Romi” the German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix.  Dogs are definitely a favorite for her because they don’t care what adventure they are on, as long as you are with them.  Back at home, Isabel also has a lovely black domestic shorthair cat named “Coco”.

Heidi, CVT

Heidi joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2019!  She is a Certified Veterinary Technician specializing in diagnostic imaging!  IVH is a wonderful place for Heidi to be able to help the animals of our community feel better after being sick or hurt, and back home to their families.  While she is here, she hopes to expand her knowledge in the field of avian, exotic and small mammal medicine, as well as continue on her Diagnostic Imaging Specialty and Anesthesia Specialty.

Heidi’s favorite animal is the wonderful Golden Retriever, as they are always happy, just like her!  Heidi has 4 dogs, 1 Chocolate Lab and 3 Golden Retrievers, 6 rescued kitties and chickens!


Christina joined Idaho Vet in 2019 as a Front Office Representative!  She has always had a passion for the veterinary field and learning about animals.  She is very excited to broaden her knowledge and skills of the field, and looking forward to learning something new every day!  Christina hopes to further her education in the field and is looking to join our back team when the time is right.

Christina’s favorite animal is the fox!  Their playful attitudes and stunning beauty draw her to them!  At home, Christina has two “ChiWeenies” (Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix), “Athena” 6 years and “Marley” 10 months.


Mandy joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2019 as a Front Office Representative!  She has always had a passion for science, and absolutely loves animals, so this field is perfect for her!  While at Idaho Vet, she is most excited about the experience and knowledge that she will gain.

Mandy’s favorite non-domesticated animal is the Cheetah, simply because they are so beautiful.  As for her favorite domesticated animal?  The Husky, they’re just so playful, and beautiful to boot!  At home, Mandy has 4 critters of her own; “Rudy” the 11 year old Orange Tabby Cat, “Chance” the 4 year old Chihuahua, “Blue” the 2 year old black & white kitty, and “Nala”, “Blue’s” 6 month old kitten!


Saig joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2020 as a veterinary technician!  She grew up listening to tales of the vet field from both her mother and grandmother who were both vet techs.  Saig has a huge interest in the exotic animal and canine reproduction field, and is joining our reproduction team!  While being at IVH, she is working on becoming the best technician she can be by always being willing to learn.

Outside of work, Saig enjoys camping, shooting, and crafting, as well as spending time with her family.  Dogs are definitely her favorite type of animal because they are so loyal and love you more than themselves.  Saig has 3 dogs, “Waylon” the Austrailian Shepherd, “Marley” the Black Labrador and “Roscoe” the Red Heeler!


 Nicole joined Idaho Vet in the Summer of 2020 as a Veterinary Technician!  When Nicole was very young, her family acquired an Orange Shorthaired Tabby, and she was in charge of its care.  Nicole named that cat Ace for 14 years, and her strong bond with him made her want to join this incredible field.  While working at Idaho Vet, she is excited to learn about all the different pets we see, especially ‘Pocket Pets’.  She is also dedicated to continuing her professional growth as a technician.

Outside of work, Nicole loves to spend time playing outside with her two boys, leisurely nature walks with her dogs, as well as laying in the sun, and swimming; The perfect things to do in Idaho!  Dogs are definitely Nicole’s favorite animal as they are non-judgemental best friends!  At home, Nicole has 2 dogs, “Riley” and “Blitz” as well as “Mya” the cat!

Samantha, RVT

Samantha joined Idaho Veterinary Hospital in the Fall of 2020!  She has a huge love of animals and helping them live their best lives.  While working at IVH, Samantha is excited to learn more about all the different unique animals we see, especially the reptiles and birds.  Educating pet owners and helping them understand the best way to care for their pets is a huge passion for her.  And, while she loves animals, Samantha is an avid plant lover and collector, with over 60 plants that she loves to see grow and thrive!

Samantha’s spirit animal is the cat because the have such different personalities and attributes that make them unique.  At home she has 4 cats, “Mila”, “Ghost”, “Lulu” and her newest addition “Frankie”, as well as 3 dogs, “Gemma”, “Deimos” and “Zara”.



Sage joined the Front Office team of Idaho Veterinary Hospital in 2021!  We feel like this is a perfect fit, as her goals are to help create a positive environment for everyone and for everyone to feel comfortable and welcome!  She is very excited about the opportunity to meet amazing new people and animals every day.

Outside of work, Sage enjoys wandering outside and yoga!  When asked what her favorite animal is, we were excited by her answer; The Ring-Tailed Lemur!  They are just so loving and cute.  At home, Sage has her Queen, “Hera” the 9-year-old Maine Coon!


Kelly joined Idaho Vet’s Front Office Team in the winter of 2020!  Kelly has always loved being around animals and has a huge passion for learning more about them, how to help them, and how to help their people.

Outside of IVH, Kelly loves spending time with her family, running, reading and hanging out with her furry family, “Copper” the 4 year old Pit/Pointer Mix and “Wilshire” the 12 year old cat.  Kelly’s favorite animal?  The Monkey!  They are goofy, loud, love to eat and cuddle, just like her!

Kelly Rae

Kelly Rae joined Idaho Vet in 2021 as a Veterinary Technician!  Being on the frontline to helping animals, from diagnosis to treatment and client education to positive experience, is extremely important to her.  While working here, Kelly Rae is looking forward to forming new work relationships with our wonderful team as well as learn more about exotics, canine reproduction, and Fear Free.

Kelly Rae’s favorite animals are cats and chickens (she’s a little obsessed!), but she loves taking her horses or RZR out for a ride.  At home she has “Kyzer” the Beagle, “Mittens” the Orange Tabby, “Nux” the Lynx Point, “Stormy” and “Wicked Horse” her two horses, “Mopar” and “Milo” the Nigerian Dwarf Goats and among many other chickens, “Big Momma” the Speckled Sussex Hen!

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