Meet our Veterinarians

Robert S. (Stuart) Shoemaker DVM, diplomate ACVS

Dr Shoemaker grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1984. He then completed a four year surgical residency at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to become a board certified equine surgeon. After working for a year, he returned to LSU as the Director of Equine Sports Medicine until 1990 when he became an assistant professor at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Equine Surgery. He taught at the veterinary school for 5 years before moving to Idaho Falls as a surgeon and owner of Eagle Rock Equine Surgical Center. In 1997 Dr Shoemaker made the move to western Idaho and joined Idaho Equine Hospital as a staff surgeon and co-owner.  He has excelled in the practice of lameness, sports medicine, and surgery. He is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and has served on their Board of Directors since December 2005. He is also a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). He recently started his own mobile MRI business, MREquine that is making it possible for veterinary practitioners throughout the United States to have access to this important diagnostic modality. He is passionate about regenerative medicine and has been involved in recent FDA studies for Tildren therapy as well as up and coming research with stem cell therapy. Stuart is married to Julia Shoemaker and has 3 very active sons. 



William J (Billy) Maupin DVM

Dr Maupin grew up in Iowa Park, Texas where he developed a fascination for the athletic ability of the horses that he rode. This early interest eventually blossomed into his life-long passion for equine sports medicine. He attended Oklahoma State University where he graduated with both his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, emphasizing in equine practice. He received the Equine Clinicians Award and the Baldwin Horsemanship Award during his tenure with OSU. Dr Maupin has been practicing large animal veterinary medicine with Idaho Equine Hospital since 1988 and he became an owner of the hospital in 1990. He specializes in lameness and sports medicine. Dr Maupin has also performed surgery at Idaho Equine Hospital since 1988, ranging from castrations to life-saving colic surgeries. He is a member of the AAEP, IVMA and the AVMA. As the CEO of Idaho Equine Hospital, Dr Maupin dons his accounting hat overseeing the financial aspects of the business. He has been married to his wife Teresa since 1984 and has two sons. Dr Maupin has been active in the local community coaching his boys through many years of youth baseball, basketball and football. For relaxation Dr Maupin enjoys golfing, camping, fishing and hunting and has fond memories of two African safaris taken with his sons.

Liz Scott DVM

Dr Scott grew up in western Washington and while working on a horse ranch she developed a taste for hard work and an admiration for horses that has guided the direction of her life. Dr Scott attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. She then attended veterinary school at Washington State University where she assisted wtih research in metabolic and muscle changes which occur during long-distance training in endurance horses while doing her veterinary studies. Dr Scott graduated from WSU in 1984 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her early work history includes one-year positions in Salmon, Idaho and Sicily, Italy before settling in Idaho in 1987. She worked for 10 years at Intermountain Veterinary Hospital where she established her reputation in equine reproduction and camelid care. In 1997, she made the decision to become a part of Idaho Equine Hospital becoming a part owner of the practice. Her strong work ethic and caring disposition have made her a vital part of the organization. Her passions include internal medicine, neonatal care as well as equine reproduction and camelid medicine. Dr Scott is a member of the AAEP, AVMA and IVMA. Dr Scott is a world traveler and a national Ride and Tie champion (a vigorous sport which utilizing two humans and a horse combines trail running, endurance riding, and a 20-100 mile cross-country course). Dr Scott contributes to her local community in Ironside, Oregon as a volunteer fire fighter. She and her husband Bob have a cattle ranch in Ironside, Oregon and they enjoy hiking, fishing, running and riding. 

Peter Knox DVM, diplomate ACVS

Dr Knox was born into the horse industry and it has remained a central theme in his life. He grew up in southeastern Idaho where he and his brothers wreaked havoc on their family's horse breeding and training farm. He was active in Pony Club growing up achieving his A rating and competing in tetrathalon. He also coached the US Pony Club Tetrathalon team and accompanied them to competitions in Ireland and England. He attended Colorado State University for both his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (1995) and for his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree which he completed in 2001. He began his affiliation with Idaho Equine Hospital in 2001 as an intern. He continued his education at Texas A&M University completing a three-year large animal surgery residency in 2005. He then rejoined Idaho Equine Hospital in 2005 as a member of the lameness and surgery team. In 2007 he successfully completed his certifying exams and became board certified in large animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His areas of interest include lameness and sports medicine as well as laparoscopic surgery, fracture repair, and equine dentistry. Dr Knox is a member of AAEP, ACVS and the AVMA. Dr Knox is married to fellow Idaho Equine Hospital veterinarian Robin Knight and they have 2 little boys that are on the move constantly. Dr Knox enjoys skiing, running, home improvement projects and rough housing with his kids.

Jamie Higgins DVM, diplomate ACVIM, diplomate AVECCS

Dr. Jamie Higgins was raised in Chester, Ca.  She knew from an early age that she would grow up to be a veterinarian.  Dr. Higgins attended UC Davis where she majored in Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior. Dr. Higgins graduated at the top of her veterinary class at UC Davis in 2004.  She then completed a one year internship at Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre, in Gilbert, Arizona.  Dr. Higgins returned to UC Davis for a 3 year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine.  Following her residency and board certification as a specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Higgins completed a second 2 year residency/fellowship in Equine Emergency and Critical Care.  She is a board certified doctor in this specialty by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, as well, and is one of only a handful of veterinarians in the country with this combination of advanced training.  Dr. Higgins worked as a faculty clinician in the UC Davis Equine Internal Medicine/Critical Care Service for an additional two years.  Recently, she has been a consulting specialist and relief hospital veterinarian at Loomis Basin Equine Hospital in Northern California.   Dr. Higgins and her husband, Dr. Marcus Skacel, have settled in the Treasure Valley.  Dr. Skacel is a partner in the Herd Health bovine practice centered out of Caldwell, Idaho.  They have one happy little girl, named Taylor who will become a big sister this spring.  Dr. Higgins joined the Idaho Equine team as of August, 2013.  Her focus at Idaho Equine Hospital is neonatal care, critical care cases, diagnostic ultrasound, neurologic disease, respiratory disease, infectious disease, and chronic medical conditions. Dr. Higgins is a member of ACVIM, ACVECC, and AAEP.  Dr. Higgins enjoys loving on her daughter, camping, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with their variety four legged furry family members.  

Kevin Wahl DVM, diplomate ACVS

 Dr Kevin Wahl grew up in Fairview, Oklahoma. He attended Tabor College on a football scholarship. He attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2008 after serving 2 years as his class' president. He began his time with Idaho Equine Hospital in June of 2008 spending one year as an intern. In July of 2009 he began his large animal surgery residency at Purdue University, but he jumped at the opportunity to finish his residency in private practice returning to Idaho Equine Hospital in 2011 for the last year of his residency. He recently published an article on orthopedic injections in Veterinary Surgery and was recognized by the ACVS with a first place Outstanding Surgical Resident Award. His professional interests include sports medicine, orthopedic infection, injection technique, orthopedic surgery and wound healing. Dr Wahl is a member of AAEP and ACVS. Dr Wahl recently passed the very rigorous ceritfying exam for the ACVS, the final step in achieving his board certification in Large Animal Surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons . Outside of work Dr Wahl enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, skiing and anything that gets him out into the mountains




Shane Smith DVM

Shane Smith is Idaho Equine Hospital's newest associate veterinarian. He grew up locally in Jordan Valley. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washigton State Universiy. While in veterinary school he spent 3 summers working as a technician at Idaho Equine Hospital. He competed in rodeo from the time he was very young all the way through college rodeo and still enjoys team roping.  His professional interests include medicine, dentistry and reproduction. He completed his internship at Idaho Equine in June and will continue his trainig with us in order to become eligible to be board certified through the AAVBP.

Kate Wilkinson DVM

Dr Wilkinson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She began riding horses at the age of 7.  She attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  Her professional interests include lameness, sports medicine and surgery.  During her free time, she enjoys camping and hiking with her dog, Roxie.



Haileigh Avellar DVM

Dr Avellar is originally from Sanger, CA where she grew up on a beef cattle and thoroughbred racehorse farm. She completed her Bachelors of Science at Texas A&M University and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University.  Her professional interests include equine surgery, lameness, and sports medicine. Following her internship at Idaho Equine Hospital, she plans to pursue a large animal surgical residency with the ultimate goal of becoming board certified in large animal surgery. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, Aggie sports, and spending time with her husband John and their two labradors, Dixie and Nellie.      


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