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.
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 with 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 in 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 utilizes two humans and a horse combining 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.
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. He became a partner in the practice in 2010. 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 equine veterinarian Robin Knight and they have 2 boys that are on the move constantly. Dr Knox enjoys skiing, home improvement projects, playing with his kids, and he has become an avid ultra-running competitor.
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 during which he served 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 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. In 2014, Dr Wahl successfully completed all of the requirements and received his board certification 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. He married his wife Jackie in 2016 and have two beautiful daughters. Dr Wahl is also a partner at Idaho Equine Hospital, joining the partnership in January of 2017.
Dr Shane Smith grew up locally on his family's cattle ranch in Jordan Valley. He began competing in rodeo from a very early age, and his love of the sport took him all the way through college where he competed for the University of Idaho. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washigton State University in 2013. He joined Idaho Equine Hospital in 2014 as an associate veterinarian, but he had become a member of our team and our family long before that. While in veterinary school he spent 3 summers working as a technician at IEH, and his first year after veterinary school graduation he spent with us as an intern. It was evident from early on how well he fit with the practice.His down-to-earth personality, his compassion, his love of veterinary medicine and his drive to provide exemplary care for his patients made him a natural fit with the hospital. His professional interests include medicine, dentistry and reproduction. Outside of work he enjoys team roping, hunting, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife Katrina, who is also a veterinarian. Dr. Smith is also a partner at Idaho Equine Hospital.
Dr. Jared Sharp grew up on his family’s Christmas tree farm in Western Oregon, amongst parents and his two siblings who shared a passion for raising cutting horses, and rodeo. Dr. Sharp competed in rodeo from a young age, eventually becoming both a high school and collegiate National Finals Qualifier. Rodeo scholarships led him first to South Plains College, in Levelland Texas, followed by New Mexico State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture/Animal Science. After undergrad Dr. Sharp returned home to Oregon State University, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2015. During his time at OSU Dr. Sharp served as the president of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was awarded the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association Excellence in Equine Practice award, the Dr. E.E. Wedman Outstanding Senior Award, and the Carolina Cabaret Memorial Award for dedication, compassion, and kindness. Following graduation from OSU Dr. Sharp joined Idaho Equine in June of 2015 for a year long clinical internship receiving advanced training in all aspects of equine practice. After the 12 months at Idaho Equine, Dr. Sharp joined Animal Imaging in Irving Texas. Animal Imaging excels in Equine Imaging being one of the only private practices in North America to offer 3 Tesla MRI to equine patients. Animal Imaging is a leading imaging center with the ability to offer virtually every diagnostic imaging option in one location, which has given Dr. Sharp extensive training in equine lameness and advanced imaging including MRI, CT, and Nuclear Scintigraphy (bone scan). Dr. Sharp’s professional interests include lameness/sports medicine and advanced diagnostic imaging. Dr. Sharp and his wife Whitley reside in Caldwell, ID where they stand their three stallions and raise high quality performance horses. Dr. Sharp is a member of the AAEP, AVMA, TEVA and Idaho Equine Hospital's most recent partner.
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. She has also been a consulting specialist and relief hospital veterinarian at Loomis Basin Equine Hospital in Northern California. Dr. Higgins, her husband, Dr. Marcus Skacel, and three daughters have settled comfortably in the Treasure Valley. Dr. Skacel is a partner in the Herd Health bovine practice centered out of Caldwell, Idaho. Dr. Higgins joined the Idaho Equine team in 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 daughters, camping, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with their variety four legged furry family members.
Dr. Robin Knight lives in Nampa, ID with her spouse Dr. Pete Knox and two children. Dr. Knight attended undergrad and vet school at Colorado State University and completed a large animal internal medicine residency at Texas A&M. We are excited to have Dr. Knight here at IEH to partner with Dr. Jamie Higgins (board certified in internal medicine and emergency/critical care) to expand access to specialized medical care and consultation for all of our in-house veterinarians as well as referring veterinarians. The advanced training that Dr. Knight brings to the table as an internal medicine specialists is a huge asset to our practice and our patients well being. Dr. Knights interests include neonatal care, respiratory disease, neurological issues, gastrointestinal disease and all types of infectious disease. Dr. Knight will provide advice on testing, advanced diagnostic procedures, and treatment plans for a wide range of ailments that are not amenable to surgical correction.
Dr. Brinkerhoff grew up in St. George, Utah. As a toddler he developed a love of vet medicine riding around with his dad, a mixed animal veterinarian, on farm calls and working at his clinic. He graduated from high school as the Valedictorian and went on to attend Utah State University. He graduated from Texas A&M University with his doctorate in veterinary medicine. While attending Texas A&M he was awarded Internal Medicine student of the year and graduated in the top 10 of his class. After graduating he came to Idaho Equine as an intern. During his internship, we recognized his love of learning and equine medicine. After his internship with us, he went back to work at his family’s practice in Southern Utah. He missed the focus of equine medicine at a multi-doctor practice and was offered a position at South Valley Large Animal Hospital in Utah where he practiced and joined as a partner in 2017. The opportunity came to rejoin the team at Idaho Equine Hospital, and he couldn’t pass up the privilege. Dr. Brinkerhoff splits his time between Outback Stallion Station where he is their lead veterinarian managing the reproduction and and has a very
He is a member of the AAEP, AVMA, and UVMA. John is loved and supported by his wife, Caytie, and 3 children.
Dr. Eugenio Mannucci was born and raised in Rome, Italy and came to the US in 2009 on an athletic scholarship at University of Idaho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Pre-Vet option. After undergrad, he was accepted to Oregon State University and graduated veterinary school in 2015. Following graduation he moved to Texas working at Outlaw Equine in Decatur, TX for a year before returning to the Pacific Northwest to work in Eastern Oregon and in Newberg, Oregon at Oakhurst Equine. Professional interests include lameness diagnosis, reproduction, emergency medicine and dentistry. Dr. Mannucci is really excited to join the team and serve the needs of equine patients in the Eastern Oregon/Washington area at Idaho Equine West.
Dr. Maxwell Schmidt is originally from Eureka, California. He received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University in 2016. After graduating from OSU, he moved to Arizona and earned his veterinary degree from Midwestern University in 2021. After veterinary school he completed a year long internship at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center in Cave Creek, Arizona. Dr. Schmidt has passions for podiatry and sports medicine.
Dr. Schmidt has now moved to Kuna, ID and is excited to be a part of the Idaho Equine Hospital team. When he’s not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, roping, skiing, camping and mountain biking. He looks forward to being in Idaho and kickstarting his career at an excellent practice with great atmosphere and a collaborative team!
Dr. Afton Timmins grew up in Sparks, Nevada… yet it was in Vale, Oregon at her grandfather’s farm where her love and passion for horses was ignited. Back home in Nevada, her love for horses continued to grow and she began competing in rodeo and cow horse events throughout high school and college. She graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science and minor in chemistry through the UNR Honors Program. After undergrad, Dr. Timmins attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts and her final clinical year at UC Davis where she achieved her Veterinary degree in 2021, graduating at the top of her class with highest honors. She then went on to successfully complete a 1-year internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Florida where she continued to expand her knowledge and skills in the field of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Timmins’ hard work ethic, integrity, and desire to pursue excellence has contributed to her many achievements. Throughout her education, she has developed a passion and interest in equine internal medicine and reproduction. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, Piper and Jazz, hiking, exercising, and reading. Afton is very excited to be a part of the Idaho Equine Hospital team. Dr. Afton Timmins has a passion for continuing education in the ever-evolving field of Veterinary Medicine and is committed to providing excellent care and services for our equine community.
Dr. Annie Roach is a Nevada native who found her passion for equine medicine while riding competitive show jumping horses across the west coast as a child. After completing her undergraduate education in 2013 at the University of California Davis, she moved to Colorado to complete a masters degree in Assisted Reproductive Technologies at Colorado State University in 2016. It was in Fort Collins that she met her husband Zach. They soon relocated to his home state of Minnesota for Annie to pursue her veterinary degree. While attending the University of Minnesota, Dr. Roach served as president of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Roach completed a year long internship here at Idaho Equine Hospital in June of 2022 and was hired on by our hospital at the completion to take over our newly formed urgent care/after hours veterinary position. Dr. Roach’s professional interests include reproduction and emergency and critical care. Dr. Roach is excited make her home in Idaho, taking every opportunity to enjoy fly-fishing, camping, and mountain trail rides with her husband and their two dogs.
Dr. Allie Hiemstra grew up on a ranch outside of Big Valley, Alberta, Canada where her family currently resides and runs a herd of black angus cattle. Her desire to become a veterinarian stemmed from life on the ranch and having competed in the sport of rodeo growing up. Dr. Hiemstra has spent the last 8 years attending the University of Saskatchewan, where she graduated spring of 2022 from veterinary school. In her spare time she enjoys all things outdoors; including riding, fishing, and hiking. She is passionate about equine sports medicine and is hoping to pursue a residency following completion of her internship at IEH to further her knowledge.
Dr. Emily Richardson grew up in western Washington, where a stop to watch a friend ride at a local schooling show lead to a lifelong passion for horses. Dr. Richardson comes from a family of avid Washington State University (WSU) Cougar fans, and after completing her undergraduate education in Zoology at WSU in 2017, she remained amongst the wheat fields of Pullman to attend veterinary school. While at WSU, Dr. Richardson played horse polo, served as herd health coordinator for the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, played on an ultimate frisbee team, and worked on several equine research projects. Dr. Richardson's specific interests include endocrine disease and dentistry. She loves the Pacific Northwest and is looking forward to exploring more of Idaho.
Dr. Alex Whitnah was raised on a ranch, just outside Houston, Texas, where his love for horses began. He was heavily involved in FFA and 4H, showing goats, pigs and rabbits, as well as joining the junior rodeo committee at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University with an undergraduate degree in Animal Science, which included a year long study at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. He then moved to Scotland where, in 2022, he graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.
Following an externship at IEH, Dr. Whitnah is excited to join the team as an intern, and develop his professional interests in equine reproduction and surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. Whitnah enjoys camping, hiking and cooking, together with his partner Dr. Lucy Armstrong who is also a veterinarian.