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 raised 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!


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!”


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.

Employee Name: Elizabeth Norman

What is your favorite hobby?  Going on Road Trips, sometimes with no destination in mind. Getting out in the world and exploring as much as possible!

What are your passions and values professionally? Passions: Surgery, ER medicine, and our Feline Friends!

Values: To provide the best care compassionately, and to never stop learning!

What role do you want to have in our patients’ and clients’ lives?  To be a place of comfort and compassion.

What are you most proud of professionally/biggest professional achievement? Becoming a part of the Surgical team, being one of the anesthetists that our Doctors can confidently lean on during those middle-of-the-night emergency c-sections.

What makes you unique in your profession?  Being Free Fear Certified.

I adapt easily to any situation and I work well under pressure.

What do you get most excited about doing at work?  Dentals, blood draws, anesthesia. Taking radiographs to see the bigger picture of what is going on with the teeth under the surface. I love to take a tartar-filled mouth and clean it up to pearly white perfection!

If you had to choose a non-domesticated animal that displayed similar characteristics to you, what would it be and why?  Koala! I love food and sleep!! Taking time to rest and recharge, finding comfort in my own solitude. I am fiercely loyal, strong, and determined to protect what I believe in 🙂

What is something unique about you that people may find interesting?  I can burp louder than most men … haha but no in all seriousness, I am a kind and sensitive soul. I shoulder more for all animals than most, even for things out of my control.

If your patients could describe you in 3 words, what would you want them to say about you?  Comfort, Compassion, and Dedicated!

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?  If you have a tan scruffy terrier mix dog, we are probably kindred spirits  🙂

All of my dogs and cats are Rescues! 3 dogs and 2 cats (three of which I have homed since I started at IVH. This is my 4th year here 🙂



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”


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”.


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”.


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!

Alyssa, C.V.T.

Alyssa originally began her journey with Idaho Veterinary Hospital as an intern working towards her Certified Veterinary Technician license in 2015 and quickly became part of our team!  She took a quick hiatus to Texas, but recently rejoined the team!  We interviewed Alyssa, and this is what she told us:

Employee Name: Alyssa Cain, CVT

What is your favorite hobby?  Trying out all the different wineries in the area to support local businesses, going to concerts, enjoying the local hot springs, and exploring with my husband and dogs.

What are your passions and values professionally? Passions: emergency medicine, exotic medicine, and end-of-life care.  Values: To always be willing to learn, teach and provide the best care possible to our patients.

What role do you want to have in our patients’ and clients’ lives?  I want to be a place of comfort and confidence so that clients feel comfortable and confident in my skills and the care I provide

What are you most proud of professionally/biggest professional achievement? Becoming certified. Being comfortable in all situations, and if I’m not, doing the research to become comfortable and knowledgeable.  Specifically, being the go-to exotic and avian anesthetist!

What makes you unique in your profession?  I’m a Certified Veterinary Technician and Fear-Free certified.  I do well under pressure and adapt easily.

What do you get most excited about doing at work?  Client education, anything exotic, I love drawing blood, placing catheters, and learning how to do things with exotics.

If you had to choose a non-domesticated animal that displayed similar characteristics to you, what would it be and why?  Quokka because they are outgoing and friendly, they store fat in their tails, and they always look they’re smiling!

What is something unique about you that people may find interesting?  I have 3 large dogs. Most of my dogs have some sort of medical issues, including a Bernese Mountain Dog that is completely deaf.

If your patients could describe you with 3 words, what would you want them to say about you?  Caring, Efficient, Comforting.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?  I came back to IVH because I love it so much!


Employee Name: Aymee Lichtenhan

What is your favorite hobby?  Are tacos a hobby? 🙂 I enjoy cooking and have challenged myself to make a different kind of taco every week of Taco 2022-sday. I also enjoy home improvement, reading, traveling, creative projects, and spending time with my dogs (and husband/daughter).

What are your passions and values professionally? My strongest professional values are compassion and courtesy. As a consumer, I really appreciate decent manners when I employ goods and services from companies. I think it’s really important to offer that to everyone who comes through our doors. We need to offer the best professional service possible topped with kindness and something a little extra.

What role do you want to have in our patients’ and clients’ lives?  I want to be the shoulder when they’re sad, and the biggest cheerleader when great things happen. Generally speaking, I want to be an animal social worker.

What are you most proud of professionally/biggest professional achievement? That my personal standard of service is so high that people compliment me by name for extra service when I’m just doing my job. I feel like that means I’m good at it. I feel like I’ve done cool things here and there, but it’s really the little stuff that adds up. I’m proud also that most of the little things I do go unnoticed. I can adjust things for people’s lives at the office “other duties as assigned” and such without being asked, and it’s like it’s just always been there as it should be. Ninja social worker.

What makes you unique in your profession?  I can tune my compassion meter into what the client/patient needs at the time. Understanding and problem solving when they’re upset, education when they’re curious, support when they’re scared, and excitement when they’re celebrating.

What do you get most excited about doing at work?  Social media, decorating, and hugging dogs. Also watching surgeries, learning new things, and group activities.

If you had to choose a non-domesticated animal that displayed similar characteristics to you, what would it be and why?  The Quokka, because they’re always smiling and are so friendly they’re going to come up to you. If they had a camera they would probably take a picture of your cute dog.

What is something unique about you that people may find interesting?  I have several book-inspired themed rooms in my home. A formal library, Narnia, Hogwarts, 221B Baker St, a Pirate Ship, Classic Movie theater, a wine cellar, four different hidden doors, etc. But it’s still a work in progress, we’ve only been here a little over a year and there are lots of projects that aren’t done yet.

If your patients could describe you with 3 words, what would you want them to say about you?  Kind, Caring, and Compassionate.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?  I’m happy to be the mom-friend, if you need advice, cheering up, or a band-aid, I got you. Drink your water, and drive safe. Dinner is at 8.