Our Veterinarians

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.

Stuart Shoemaker DVM, DACVS

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 is passionate about regenerative medicine and has been involved in FDA studies for Tildren therapy as well as stem cell therapy. Stuart is married to Julia Shoemaker and has 3 very active 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 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. 

Pete Knox DVM, DACVS

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.

Kevin Wahl DVM, DACVS

 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 they are expecting their first child this winter. Dr Wahl is the newest partner at Idaho Equine Hospital, joining the partnership in January of 2017.

 

Shane Smith DVM

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. 

Jamie Higgins DVM, DACVIM, DAVECCS

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 two beautiful daughters and are expecting a baby this fall. 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.  

Abby Matthaeus DVM

Dr. Matthaeus grew up on the coast of Washington. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. She has over eight years experience working as a veterinary assistant for multiple equine veterinarians. She grew up riding English and competing in the Arabian horse show circuit. She has spent six years working for three day eventing trainers. Her professional interests include soundness evaluations, sports medicine therapies, veterinary business management and reproduction. She enjoys spending her free time horseback riding, hunting and fly fishing. Dr. Matthaeus will be with us for the next year receiving specialized training through our internship program. 

Cailey Nichols DVM

Dr Nichols grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. She loves all aspects of equine practice including lameness, sports medicine, reproduction, medicine, and critical care. She hopes to pursue a residency to further her training once she completes her year at Idaho Equine. Dr Nichols is a passionate and experienced horsewoman. She has trained and competed with her family’s Welsh ponies, thoroughbreds and warmblood horses, most of which were bred and raised on their hobby farm. She was a member of the Canadian Pony Club and successfully completed B2 level. She also spent one season in Wellington, Florida training her horse with Joan Johnston, a coach and Grand Prix dressage competitor and Joanna Crilly an Equine Canada Level 2 coach, and a Canadian and USDF "S" dressage judge. Her skills with horses, her love of veterinary medicine, her compassionate nature, and her excellent work ethic have already made her an invaluable member of our team, and we feel lucky to have her at Idaho Equine Hospital. Dr Nichols is one of our intern veterinarians and will be spending the year with us receiving advanced training.