Dr. Carol Hillhouse
Dr. Carol grew up in Waco, Texas and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline). Dr. Carol graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She was awarded the TVMA Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year in 2001. Her primary professional interest is canine and feline internal medicine, and her favorite part of practicing in the panhandle is being able to be an integral part of her patients’ and clients’ lives from puppy or kittenhood into their golden years. When she is not loving on your pets at the clinic, she enjoys knitting, geocaching, and leading her Girl Scout troops! She has many pets of her own including Rugen the cat, Wally the dog, Pete the parrot, and Kony the tortoise.
Dr. Joe Hillhouse
Dr. Joe was born and raised in Memphis, Texas. He grew up on a farm and around animals. He always wanted to find a job that he would be able to use the knowledge he gained from being raised on the farm, so being a veterinarian was the perfect fit! He graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 with his wife, Dr. Carol. Two years later, they opened Carson County Veterinary Clinic in the panhandle. The High Plains Animal Hospital in Borger was purchased in 1998, and they continue to operate both clinics. Dr. Joe’s favorite part about working in the panhandle is having the opportunity to really get to know all of the families. He enjoys being able to socialize while he is helping his patients, both large and small. When he is not busy at the clinic, Dr. Joe enjoys outdoor cooking, leading his Boy Scout troop, and playing with his dog, Pocket. He is also a member of the panhandle Lion’s Club and is the former Director of District Eight for American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
Dr. Geneva Heinkel
Dr. Geneva Heinkel was born and raised in Ahwatukee, Arizona. She graduated from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She grew up her whole life knowing her goal was to become a veterinarian and help animals in need. She has a wide range of professional interests including bovine reproduction, small ruminant medicine, and small animal surgery! She is very excited to become part of a new community and work on animals whether they have paws or hooves! When not in the clinic you can find her working on her pottery, gardening or running. Additionally, she enjoys relaxing at home with her 150lb couch potato Great Dane, Scooby- Doo!
Dr. Ryan Miller
Dr. Ryan Miller grew up in Chandler, Arizona. He graduated from Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and received the Boehringer Ingelheim Food Animal Practice Award in 2020. His professional interests include everything from first puppy visits to providing consultation and medicine to production animal herds. Ryan is most excited about the opportunity to bring value to the community through the best medicine possible and cannot wait to be involved outside of the clinic. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors with his two dogs Diesel and Scout.
Dr. Adam Copeland
Dr. Adam Copeland was born in Lubbock and grew up raising livestock as an avid FFA member outside of Houston. After receiving his Animal Science Degree from Texas Tech, Adam attended Texas A&M University College of Veterinary medicine and graduated in 2016. He recently completed a Food Animal Specialty residency at Iowa State University and returns to the Texas Panhandle to provide support to the livestock industry through veterinary care for all livestock species, big and small. Perhaps his greatest professional passion is supporting 4H and FFA members with their animal projects and providing care to underserved animal species including pet pigs, small ruminants, alpacas, camelids, and exotic hoof stock. In the few hours of the day he is not working, you can find him either working in his shop or traversing the outdoors with his two dogs Lady and Chik.
Cherie – Veterinary Technician
Cherie is one of our veterinary technicians. She has been with us for 5 years. She loves her job and has been in this field for about 17 years. Cherie has been married for 12 years and has 3 amazing children. She also has 4 dogs, Murdock, Luke, Moki, and Yoda, 1 cat, Ratchet, and a Bearded Dragon, Draco, at home. Her hobbies are spending time with family, traveling and loves the outdoors.
Heather – Veterinary Technician
Heather, our “Super Tech,” has been with High Plains Animal Hospital for 20 years and she is level 1 CVA certified! Heather was born in Amarillo, graduated high school in Gage, Oklahoma, and moved to Borger shortly after. Heather has 3 two-legged children and 5 four-legged children, 3 dogs and 2 cats. In her free time, she enjoys watching her kids participate in sports and school activities. She is a familiar face here at the clinic and loves to be the capable hands that take care of your beloved pets.
Stetson – Veterinary Technician
Stetson is one of our veterinary technicians, He has achieved Level 1 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. He was raised in Fritch Tx, He and his fiancé have been together for 7 years. They have 9 pets, 7 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 horse. He has worked at the High Plains Animal Hospital for 2 years. His favorite part of the job is getting to love on all the new patients that come in. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Jessica – Veterinary Technician
Jessica is one of our veterinary technicians. She has achieved Level 2 as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has been working at High Plains Animal Hospital for going on 4 years. She was raised mostly in Borger, Texas. Her favorite part of the job is helping all the wonderful patients we see and all the great people she gets to work with. She and her husband have been together for almost 10 years. They have 5 pets, 4 dogs- Oakley, Leonitous, Paisley, Pete and 1 cat named Kitty! In her spare time, she enjoys aquarium keeping, playing with her dogs, and just relaxing.
Michelle – Groomer
Michelle has been our groomer since 1999, has a degree in Animal Science, and loves all animals with fur, scales, or feathers. Michelle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama, and moved to Texas in 1984, where she plans to spend the rest of her life! Her favorite past-times are camping, fishing, candle-making, watching TV, and drinking wine!
Leah – Receptionist
Leah is one of our receptionists. She was born in Ft. Rucker, Alabama and raised in New Mexico. She graduated with a nursing degree in 1986 and worked in the nursing field for 22 years. Her love for animals drew her to the veterinary field and she has worked at High Plains Animal Hospital for 12 years. Her favorite part of the job is playing with all the new animals that come in. She and her husband have been married for 36 years, they have 1 son and daughter-in-law &1 daughter and son-in-law and 5 grandsons. They also have 2 fur babies named Gus Tucker and Maggie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and watching grandkids show livestock.
Jaime – Receptionist
Jaime is one of our receptionists. She was born and raised in Borger and has worked at High Plains Animal Hospital for 10 years! Jaime loves to effectively communicate the needs of our patients and clients and strives to be a friendly face at the clinic. Jaime and her husband have been married for 6 years and they have 5 awesome kids. Together, they have 6 pets. 2 dogs, Boomer, and Star Buck; 2 cats, Ben and Jerry, and 2 chickens. In her spare time, (which is rare) she enjoys playing D&D, writing, reading, and spending time with her family!