MEET OUR VETERINARIANS

Our veterinarians are truly the heart of our organization, driving us to be the best that we can be
and delivering client experiences that showcase our commitment to excellence and optimal pet care at all times.

We invite you to read the following biographies to get to know our veterinarians ahead of your next visit!

Dr. Scott Higer has been practicing at Meridian Veterinary Hospital since 1993, with ownership since 1996. He grew up in Caldwell and completed his undergraduate studies at both Northwest Nazarene University and the University of Idaho. He attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. His special interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, ultrasound and internal medicine. Dr. Higer, along with his wife Karen and two kids Jessica and Keith, live on an acreage with their wide variety of pets and livestock. He helps with the area 4-H programs, is the Commander of his church’s AWANA program and is an active member of the Lakeview Bible Church. Dr. Higer has proudly offered free services to the World Center for Birds of Prey for 25 years. His hobbies include outdoor sports and camping along with taking care of his farm, livestock and pets with his family.
Dr. Amy Albrecht has been a part of the Meridian Veterinary Hospital family since 2012 and has been practicing small animal medicine since 2005. She received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Iowa and her veterinary degree at Iowa State University. Dr. Albrecht grew up on a farm in the corn and bean fields of Iowa but traded these for the mountains of Idaho after completing vet school. Dr. Albrecht’s top priority at the hospital is to build relationships with her patients and their families in order to make decisions that maintain the best quality of life for the furry members of the family. She has a special interest in hospice, end-of-life care, and home euthanasia. She also feels that honoring our friends with peaceful end-of-life care is the greatest gift we can give them. She enjoys snuggling puppies and kittens and performing soft tissue surgeries. Outside of the hospital, her top priority is enjoying life with her husband Steve and their two kids. She enjoys skiing, vegetable gardening, and reading, as well as watching her family at various sporting events throughout the year. She has a Great Dane named Duke and two cats named Jack and Rebecca.
Dr. Denise Fisher was welcomed to the Meridian Veterinary Hospital Team in 2013. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her special interests include both Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine. She moved to Idaho with her husband in 1999. They live with cats, a Dapple Dachshund and two Guinea Pigs. She volunteers in the veterinary community for South West Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, Snip and Conrad Strays Cat Rescue and Adoption. She also enjoys time off with family, including her twin sister who lives nearby and parents who decided to retire in Idaho.
Dr. Carol Eklund graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Vet Med in 1979 and then moved to the Treasure Valley to work at Mountain View Animal Clinic. She and her husband, Marty Telford, opened Pets First Animal Clinic in 1987, which they sold in 2007. She continued to work there until 2015, at which time she came to work at the Meridian Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Eklund’s special interest areas include internal medicine and dermatology. She also enjoys the application of complementary medicine such as acupuncture, dietary supplements and Chinese herbals to conventional methods of practice. After many years in practice, she still enjoys the challenges of veterinary medicine and especially enjoys her patients and their proud pet parents. She is a former President of the Idaho State Board of Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Eklund spends time hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, gardening, doing some agility with her dog and visiting a local assisted living facility. Her family includes her husband Marty, their daughter Taylor, cattle dogs Roody and Bungi, cats Gunner and Vivian, and horse Pike.
Dr. Kara Falkowski is happy to call Meridian Veterinary Hospital her new home in veterinary medicine, joining our team in 2017. She graduated from Washington State University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in the spring of 2003. Her first 3 years of practice were spent on the Oregon Coast, focusing on a mixed animal practice. In 2006, she decided to move back to Idaho. Once in the Treasure Valley, she started practicing solely as a small animal practitioner. Early in 2011, she had the opportunity to pursue another passion of hers, teaching. For the past 5 ½ years, Dr. Kara has been the Resident Veterinarian at local veterinary technology programs. Teaching others about a subject she is passionate about was truly a dream come true. That’s why Meridian Veterinary Hospital is such a great fit! Meridian Vet is also passionate about not only educating our clients about their own pets, but also reaching out to high school students who are interested in working in the veterinary industry. In her time outside of the hospital, Dr. Kara enjoys horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and pretty much anything that involves the outdoors and her family. Her family consists of a loving military husband, two sons, three horses, five goats, two dogs, and a cat named Henry.
Dr. Andrew Heitman is the most recent member of our veterinary family, joining the Meridian Veterinary Hospital in December of 2020. Dr. Heitman was born and raised in Arizona where he spent his childhood in and out of his father’s veterinary clinic, instilling in him a passion for veterinary medicine at a young age. Dr. Heitman received his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and went on to graduate in May 2014 from Washington State University with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Heitman then completed a year long Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona where he received further experience in surgery, internal medicine, radiology, and emergency medicine. After his internship, Dr. Heitman practiced alongside his dad and brother and his wife. In his spare time Dr. Heitman enjoys the outdoors, running, hiking, camping and spending time with family. Dr. Heitman has two kids and two dogs – Sadie and Piper.