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: 2 Dogs (Poly & Billy), 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 Blackstock
Dr. Carolyn Blackstock 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. Blackstock 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. Blackstock 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. Blackstock’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 28 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 9 years and with the clinic since 2018 when Hometown Animal Clinic opened its doors. Starting out as a technician, she is now the Practice Manager and helps with running the clinic’s day to day operations. She is also known for her “corgi squeal” when she is on the floor and a corgi comes into the building!
Alyson shares her life with her dogs and horses in Eagle, Idaho, on a “mini farm”. When not at work she spends her time riding her dressage horse, enjoying concerts or “glamping” in her 5th wheel with her friends and dogs.
Animal Head Count: 4 Dogs (Baxter, Lola, Barley (all corgis) & 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!”
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: 5 Guinea Pigs (Broccoli, Monkey, Edwin, Rupert & Otohiko), 3 Cats (BonBon, Rex & Kirara), 1 Dog (Pacey)
Jen’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I love science. The constant learning and continuing of 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, my happiness, and I love applying that knowledge into helping others.”
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
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: 2 Dogs (Bella & Dexter), 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 family. 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), 6 Dogs (Cinch, Pickles, Polly, Finn, Buck & Hazel), 3 Cats (Mama Kitty, Panini, & Kitty)
Erin’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “Animals and agriculture are my passion.”
Ricki moved to Boise, Idaho in the Fall of 2022, just in time to watch our beautiful valley transition seasons. Shortly after her move here, Ricki joined our Hometown family and has been an amazing addition to our team. She has a go-getter attitude and enjoys that every day is different.
Ricki shares her life with her boyfriend, together they attend concerts and spend as much time outdoors as possible, hiking and exploring our beautiful state.
Animal Head Count: 1 Dog (Easton)
Ricki’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “To help those that don’t have a voice.”
Ronni is an Idaho Native, growing up in the valley and watching it change over time. Ronni joined our Hometown family in the Fall of 2022 as we were growing and needed more support staff along the way. Since joining she has been a great fit and loves to work with our doctors, learning more and more every day.
Ronni is an avid Rugby player, playing for Boise State University and traveling for games all over the country.
Animal Head Count: 2 Dog (Lily & Bella)
Ronni’s Why She Chose Veterinary Medicine: “I have always had a love for medicine and wanted to work in a field that makes you look at everything and use your head, especially since our patients can’t talk and let us know what’s going on.”
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
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.
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.”