Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hometown Animal Clinic! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Meet our team!
Dr. Zoe Baxter
DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Zoe Baxter is a native Idahoan, growing up locally in the Treasure Valley, being raised outside of Kuna, Idaho on a farm with acres to run and play. She graduated from Kuna High School and went on to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, finishing her doctorate by attending Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduating in 2006, Dr. Baxter returned to her hometown, working at Ada Animal Hospital for 12 years, before opening up Hometown Animal Clinic in 2018. With years of education and experience, she was able to mold and develop the clinic it is known to be today.
Dr. Baxter shares her life with her husband and three kids, back at the farm she grew up on, in Kuna. She is quite often found deep in her gardens during the summer days, and in her greenhouse during the off-season. When not gardening, she loves spending time with her kids, going to their cabin, and attending concerts. Animal Head Count: 3 Dogs (Poly, Shilo, & Bill), 1 Cat (Rocky Rockstar), 1 Horse (Marley),2 Miniature Donkeys (BlackJack & Mojo), 1 Bearded Dragon (Lettie), & Countless Chickens
Dr. Baxter’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I really like the challenge of medicine and animals, but don’t like touching people.”
Dr. Carolyn Sween
Dr. Carolyn Sween is originally from Minnesota, completing her undergraduate and veterinary studies in Massachusetts at Tufts University. She found her heart in Idaho by traveling out here whenever she got the chance, working in stockyards during the summers, and visiting a rancher she later became engaged to. Dr. Sween joined Hometown Animal Clinic in 2019, shortly after receiving her doctorate, and from there we have gotten the great opportunity to watch her blossom into the doctor she is today.
Dr. Sween shares her life with her fiance in Marsing, Idaho on a working cattle ranch. They are set to be married in Summer 2023. When not at work, you can find her driving around the ranch in her Ranger, playing with her plants, and always up for a good time. Animal Head Count: 2 Dogs (Samwise & Moose), 3 Horses (Bill, Oakley & Elli)Dr. Sween’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Because I love people who love animals and wanted to help them.”
Dr. Travis Hamilton
Dr. Travis Hamilton is from Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. In addition to practicing small animal medicine since graduation, he has also gone on to receive additional specific training in top soft tissue and orthopedic surgery out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Hamilton shares his life with his girlfriend (also a veterinarian) enjoying the outdoors in their free time among other things such as hiking, camping, fishing, off-roading, and BBQ grilling.
Animal Head Count: 2 dogs (Chance & Kyra), 1 horse (Nova)
Dr. Hamilton’s Why He Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Growing up with a family farm I was always around animals and found a passion for taking care of them. I really enjoy learning and veterinary medicine poses unique challenges that allows you to dive deep into your knowledge bank to customize your medicine for each individual patient’s needs.”
Alyson has lived in Idaho for over 25 years, growing up locally in Eagle, Idaho, graduating from Eagle High School, and later attending college at Boise State University. Alyson has been in the field for over 8 years and with the clinic since 2018 when Hometown Animal Clinic opened their doors. Starting out as a technician, she is now the Practice Manager and helps with running the clinic’s day-to-day operations.
Alyson shares her life with her husband in Eagle, Idaho. They live on a “mini farm” with their dogs and horses. When not at work she spends her time riding her dressage horse, enjoying concerts, or “glamping” in her 5th wheel with her husband and dogs. Animal Head Count: 3 Dogs (Baxter, Lola & Bruticus), 2 Horses (Nikola & Riannon)
Alyson’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I love animals, science and caring for anything…the veterinary field just makes it possible to do it all!”
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jennifer (Jen) grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska before moving to Idaho over 10 years ago. She graduated from Brown Mackie College with an Associates of Applied Science, obtaining her Certified Veterinary Technician license shortly after graduation. Jen has been in the field for over 8 years and joined Hometown in 2019. She loves the continued learning of veterinary medicine and is our pocket-pet specialist.
Jen shares her life with her long-term boyfriend and daughter in Boise, Idaho. She loves to nerd out over Star Wars and Marvel, and you can often find her spending time with those she is close with. Animal Head Count: 4 Guinea Pigs (Broccoli, Hippo, Monkey, & Otohiko), 3 Cats (BonBon, Rex & Kirara), 1 Dog (Pacey)
Jen’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I love science. The constant learning and continuing education. Plus a combination of getting to apply that science in helping our pets. My pets have always been a huge part of my family, and my happiness, and I love applying that knowledge into helping others.”
Certified Veterinary Technician
Shelby is an Idaho native, born in Boise and raised in Mountain Home, Idaho. She attended the College of Southern Idaho, receiving her Associates in Veterinary Medicine including licensing of a Certified Veterinary Technician. Shelby has been in the field for over 3 years, joining our clinic in 2020. She excels in all aspects of nursing care with a passion for radiology.
Shelby shares her life with her husband in Oasis, Idaho. She enjoys all outdoor activities with her husband such as camping, fishing and hiking. Animal Head Count: 1 Dog (Bao), 1 Cat (Millie)
Shelby’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I like medicine and humans are gross.”
Ashton is an Idaho native, born and raised in Eagle, Idaho. She has been in the veterinary field for over 3 years now, starting out as a receptionist at our local shelter and moving into technician work when she joined Hometown in 2020. Ashton is a hard worker and takes pride in what she does.
Ashton shares her life with her amazing family and beloved and outgoing lab Bella. She enjoys adventures and going out camping and hiking in the Idaho mountains. Animals Head Count: 1 Dog (Bella), 2 Cats (Oliver & Chester)
Ashton’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Growing up I always loved animals, and so did my grandfather (he had his bachelor’s in animal science and originally planned to become a vet). Growing up he used to read to me before bed, and often times he would read from books written by James Harriot (Who’s real name is James Alfred Wight) who just so happened to be a British Veterinarian who is best known for writing a series of books set in the 1930s–1950s Yorkshire. The books were filled with stories about the world of veterinary medicine and the animals that I already loved. My want to go into vet med started with those books, and as I got older I never got over that want. I choose veterinary medicine in part because of my grandfather, but also because of my love and passion for animals and veterinary medicine.”
McKinley is an Idaho native, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. She has been in the veterinary field for over 4 years now, starting off in reception at a local emergency clinic and developing into an amazing assistant for us at Hometown. She joined our team in 2021 and has developed her skills working with us.
McKinley shares her life with her husband, they enjoy camping and going out on their four-wheelers up and down the mountains of Idaho, exploring Idaho from one side of the state to the other. Animal Head Count: 1 Cat (Meow)
McKinley’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Cause I like animals, and I thought it was easy!”
Erin is originally from Nebraska, in 2013 her family found themselves moving to Idaho and calling it home as they established life on a cattle ranch. She joined our Hometown family in 2022, and with years of experience working on the ranch, she has been able to jump right in with both feet and take on anything put in her direction.
Erin shares her life with her husband and three kids. During the work week, she lives in Kuna, and on her days off and weekends you can find her out at the family ranch in Grand View. One of her most favorite activities is hanging out with her kids, watching them show their cattle all over the country. Animal Head Count: 52 Cows (…we aren’t even going to begin naming), 5 Dogs (Cinch, Pickles, Polly, Finn, & Buck), 3 Cats (Mama Kitty, Panini, & Kitty)
Erin’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Animals and agriculture are my passion.”
Stefanie has lived a little all over the country, from California to Rhode Island, and as far as Alaska. She has been living in Idaho the longest now, for over 12 years. Stefanie had past experience in the veterinary field working as a receptionist, so when the opportunity came for her to come back, we happily added her to our Hometown Team. She has been a great addition to our practice.
Stefanie shares her life with her partner, and a baby due October 2022! Together they enjoy exploring Idaho, gaming indoors, and hanging out with all their critters. Animal Head Count: 2 Dogs (Jack & Pinto), 2 Cats (Sakura & Ghost)
Stefanie’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I have loved animals my whole life and have worked in many facets of animal care since high school. Vet med lets me give compassionate care to both animals and owners in their greatest time of need. I find helping to be the greatest reward.”
Mia is an Idaho native, born in Boise and growing up in Mountain Home. She joined our team in 2022 as a receptionist, but comes from 8 years of experience working with animals in dog training and grooming. Mia loves that every day is a different day, it keeps her on her toes and she’s always learning (Seeing animals every day is also an added bonus!). She has been a great addition as she develops relationships with all our clientele over the time she has spent with us.
Mia shares her life with an adorable son and amazing family. Together they enjoy the outdoors of Idaho, swimming, fishing and driving around exploring new areas.Animal Head Count: 2 Dogs (Jasper & Nala)
Mia’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Animals don’t have a voice, so when we are trying to help their family figure out what’s going on, we can be their advocate, helping every step of the way.”
Taya was born and raised in the Treasure Valley. She joined us in 2021, helping us around the clinic as things are always ever changing. Her favorite part of working with us is getting to play with the animals, helping assist in walking and holding animals (especially the puppies and kittens, as well as our fosters) and learning about the veterinary field. Her goal after high school is to become a small animal Veterinarian.Animal Head Count: 1 Dog (Steve)
Taya’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I have always loved animals, and I have always enjoyed being around animals more than people. Once starting to work at Hometown it really opened my eyes into what I want to do with the rest of my life.”