Staff

Your Pets Are In Good Hands

At Mountain River Veterinary Hospital, we make sure that your pets are well attended to. Meet the diligent and caring staff of the clinic below.

Garth George Dr. Chase Staker, DVM

  • Dr.
    Garth Waddoups, DVM

    Garth graduated from Washington State University in 1990. He has taught laser surgery all over the world and has special interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries as well. He takes joy in making his operating room a place only the brave will go. He is an equal opportunity jokester. Pays special attention to detail and is extremely aware of any potential improvements that could be obtained within the workplace. Enjoys riding horses, leatherwork, welding and rawhide braiding.

  • Dr. George Olaveson, DVM

    George grew up in Rigby with a large family and a large number of animals. This is where he developed an interest in veterinary medicine. He spent many hours working with local practitioners and that fueled an even greater desire to pursue a career in this amazing field. After schooling at Idaho State University and Washington State University he began practice in 1993. In 2005 he saw the completion of Mountain River Veterinary Hospital and has enjoyed nearly everyday there. He has especially enjoyed the people that trusted him with the care of their animals. He has been blessed to have the most amazing wife and children, who have been everything to him at work and at home. They just love to be together doing whatever the adventure of the day entails.

    Thank you for you loyal support of such a fun place to work.

  • Dr. Chase Staker, DVM

    Dr. Chase Staker, received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree, at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following the completion of a Bachelors degree in, Animal Science at Brigham Young University- Idaho. Growing up on a cattle ranch in Southeast Idaho Dr. Staker has a special interest in cattle production and equine medicine, he also has a passion for companion animal medicine as well. When not busy at the hospital you might find him with his wife and two boys, most likely on the back of a horse or working cattle. He along with his wife Jami love being part of this community and raising their family in this wonderful part of Idaho.

  • Ashley B.

    Ashley grew up on the Oregon coast. At a young age she got into horses and rode english and did jumping. She graduated high school with recognition for starting up the school equestrian team. After high school she moved to Idaho to attend college where she met her sweetheart. Ashley graduated with a BS in Agricultural Business, and a minor in Animal Science. Together Ashley and her husband have worked on many cattle ranches and feedlots in Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Ashley has a step daughter and 2 little kids that bring her much joy outside of work. She has worked at MRVH since 2017. Ashley loves spending time with her family hiking, biking, horseback riding, and giving riding lessons.

  • Ashley S.

    Ashley grew up in Roberts Idaho on a farm and ranch. After high school she completed a Veterinary Technician degree at CSI and worked in a vet clinic for the last two years. She joined the Mountain River team in August 2020. She enjoys hiking, riding horses and overall just working with animals.

  • Brian B.

    Brian's family moved to Rigby when he was 3 years old.  He graduated from Rigby High School in 2013.  His favorite animals are horses and dogs and he loves working at MRVH.  He keeps busy throughout the year participating in sports with Special Olympics.  His favorite sport is playing basketball but especially looks forward to horseback riding and competition every summer.  He has 4 older sisters and is the best uncle in the world!

  • Candis B.

    Candis was born and raised in the outskirts of Idaho Falls. She has been a tech and the sterilization specialist at MRVH since 2006. She runs a herd of cattle, and of cats. She is the feline connoisseur of Southeastern Idaho.

  • Carolyn W.

    Carolyn grew up in Utah, raised her family in Mountain Home, (which includes 3 children and 3 grandkids) then moved to Eastern Idaho for her husband’s career. She loves to hike, do yard work, be active, and is great with numbers. She manages two veterinary practices and is #1 client advocate at MRVH.

  • Coleen P.

    Coleen was born in Silverdale, Washington and moved to Rigby, Idaho with her family when her dad retired from the military. She graduated from Rigby high school and then proceeded to follow her passion and her love of animals. She decided to combine it with her fascination of medicine, by studying at the College of Southern Idaho where she graduated May 10th 2019 with her associates in veterinary technology.  Coleen joined the staff at MRVH shortly after she graduated on May 13th, 2019. During her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, and spending time with her family.

  • Danyel R.

    For the last 18 years Danyel has been able to have a career that is her passion, not many people get to say that. She is a mother of a 13-year-old boy and 3 dogs. When she is not at the clinic taking care of the animals and clients, she enjoys everything outdoors; hiking, boating, camping, hunting and fishing but only if her son and dogs are with her!

  • Daya B.

    Daya was born in Northern California. A town called Oroville.  Middle child of two brothers and two sisters.  Daya grew up playing sports and still loves to Play. Softball in particular. She played in college also and you will find her on the field now as much as possible.  You can also find her and her Australian  Shepherd Pup Nova out and about on the trails. 
    She has been in the Veterinary Field for 24 yrs.  Daya has worked with all sorts of animals. Big cat, Birds of prey, Bears, endangered and threatened wildlife, even primates. 
     Daya has lived in multiple places, California, New Mexico, Utah, Virgina, and Washington DC.  She moved to Rexburg in March of 2020. 

  • DeAnn S.

    DeAnn grew up in Rexburg. She graduated from South Fremont High School, and then attended Utah State University for a year. She then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. She is working on a veterinary technology degree online from Ashworth College. She enjoys anything outdoors, but especially hunting, fishing, and caring for animals. She has an amazing yellow lab. He's the best, but she's not biased at all!

  • Eleanor K.

    Eleanor grew up in Alaska and moved to Montana for college. She attended, the University of Montana Western, for Natural Horsemanship. After she graduated with an Associates degree she went to, Pima Medical Institute, she then graduated as a Veterinary Technician. In her free time she loves to go dog mushing, riding her horse and hiking. She started working at Mountain River Veterinary Hospital on July 1st, 2019.

  • Jamie C.

    Jamie grew up in eastern Pennsylvania where she earned her bachelors degree at Kutztown University.  She has been a technician for about three years before starting at MRVH in August 2020. She loves all animals, but equine medicine is her favorite! Jamie spends her free time riding horses, mountain biking, and hiking. She moved to Idaho in 2016 and resides in Roberts with her husband Matt, her horses Mystery and Pilgrim, and her border collie Walle. 

  • Justin H.

    Justin was raised in the backwoods of Rigby, Idaho where his passion for cattle was born. He has extreme accuracy in cattle AI and corral building. He is married to the love of his life and has 4 amazing children, 3 girls and one boy. He runs registered beef cattle and a small hog operation as well as raising top notch bulls to sell for the improvement of your herd! #1 Genex fan!

  • Karly H.

    Karly grew up in Rigby, Idaho raising animals of all sorts. She helped work cattle with her dad and would help take care of any baby animals that needed it. She has wanted to work with animals for as long as she remembers and is so excited every day she comes to work. She enjoys hiking, boating, snowmobiling, and anything else outdoors, along with playing with her furry friend Sky. She has been working for Mountain River Vet since 2020. 

  • Kim L.

    Kim has been at MRVH since 2015, and she got a Veterinary Technician degree at BYUI. She is a proud mother of 4 amazing, helpful children. She has a mini pig, bunny, tarantula, cockatiel, and an assortment of dogs and cats. She loves doing dentals and interacting with all kinds of animals big and small.

  • Krystle H.

    Krystle grew up in a small town called Auburn in Northern California. She grew up on a five acre farm with horses, goats, dogs, cats and lots of little critters. She knew since she was in second grade that she wanted to work in the veterinary industry because of her love for all animals. She moved to Idaho in 2017 and said that she should have been born and raised in Idaho. She met her soulmate shortly after moving to Idaho and has a total of four dogs and three cats together. She loves doing anything outdoors and is always willing to help

  • Maren S.

    Maren was raised in Idaho Falls, attended CSI for 2 years. She loves to help animals, loves outdoors, loves working with all animals. She has dogs, cats, mules, and chickens. She has been a tech for 13 years, and recently joined the staff at MRVH. 

  • MiKayla M.

    Mikayla grew up on a small hobby farm in Salem Idaho raising cows, pigs and chickens. She is currently attending BYU-I where she is working on her BS in animal science. She is married to the love of her life raising Nickey, a standard dachshund. Her hobbies include reading, being outdoors and going on adventures with her husband. She has been working for Mountain River Vet since 2020.

  • Richard H.

    Richard is a U.S. Navy trained surgical technician, with 10 years of surgical experience.  He is married and has two children both boys.  Richard has a deep love of animals and greatly enjoys his work with them. He enjoys many hobbies including lifting weights and four wheeling in his truck.

  • Shailie S.

    Shailie is the boarding manager at the clinic. She has worked at MRVH for almost 3 years and has enjoyed her time here very much. In her spare time she likes anything outdoors, especially if it includes horses. She loves camping, fishing, riding dirt bikes with her husband, dancing, and hiding out during the winter. She has lived here all her life and doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon. For her schooling, she spent a year apprenticing with professional horse trainers and now has her own pony ride business. She loves riding, training, and driving horses. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 9 horses, a cockatiel, and velvet rabbits. She is absolutely crazy about her little patch of heaven and wouldn't trade it for anything. 

  • Sylvia S.

    Sylvia was raised in Nampa, came to Eastern Idaho to complete a BS in Animal Science from BYUI, graduated in 2011.  Worked at MacKay Livestock Supply prior to starting at MRVH where she has been since April of 2013. Married a Wilford native in 2013 and bought a house there.  She enjoys all different kinds of farm animals, but has a special interest in bovine production. One of her favorite things about working at MRVH is the people that she works with and seeing them succeed and grow in their talents.

  • Tayden R.

    Tayden was raised in Ririe Idaho. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as she can remember, she has always had a passion for animals. She moved to Montana in 2018 to attend college, where she graduated from Pima Medical Institute. She joined the Mountain River staff in June 2020. She has 5 horses and 2 amazing dogs. Outside of working her life consists of (my favorite hobby) riding and training horses!

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Office Hours

Mon-Fri Surgery Drop-Off is at 7:30am

Mountain River Veterinary Hospital

Monday - Fri:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

Kennel and Boarding

Mon - Fri:

8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Sat, Sun:

8:00 am - 9:00 am

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Christmas Hours

Monday - Wednesday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday - Sunday:

Closed

New Years Hours

Monday - Wednesday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday - Sunday:

Closed