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Learn About Fairfield Animal Hospital

Learn About Fairfield Animal HospitalOn behalf of our entire staff, welcome to Fairfield Animal Hospital. Our goal is to offer the highest quality veterinary care possible at affordable prices. We know people look upon their pets as members of the family. We feel the same. Fairfield Animal Hospital prides itself on being a complete animal hospital with both modern equipment and a caring, compassionate staff.

Our Staff

Mike Hicks, DVM (Practice Owner)

Mike HicksDr. Hicks is originally from Alabama and moved to Texas in 1978. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M in 1986. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University-College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He has worked in Lufkin and Bryan/College Station as a mixed animal practitioner. He spent three years at Animal Emergency Clinic Southeast as a critical care veterinarian before opening Fairfield Animal Hospital in 2001. For the past three years Dr. Hicks has traveled to Alaska in the springtime to volunteer as a Veterinarian at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. His areas of interest include surgery, internal medicine, wound care, and sled dog medicine.

He has three children; Justin, Casey, and Trey and all three are proud Aggies. Justin is a 2011 graduate and Casey and Trey are current students. Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time with his family, most outdoor activities, Texas A&M Football, and golf.

Sandra Harris, DVM

Sandra HarrisDr. Harris was born and raised in Houston and now resides in Cypress with her husband, three children, and three cats. She attended Texas A&M and received her Biomedical Science degree in 1993 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. Since then she has worked in the Houston and Woodlands areas until 2006 when she joined Fairfield Animal Hospital. Her area of interest is internal medicine.

Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, and scrapbooking.

Julie Arriaga, RVT

Julie ArriagaJulie is a native Houstonian and currently resides in Tomball. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and 2002 graduate of Tomball College Veterinary Technician Program. She has worked at clinics in and around Houston before joining Fairfield Animal Hospital in December 2007.

She has been married to her husband Danny since 1999 and has three children; two boys and one girl. Her hobbies include gardening, playing with her dachshunds, and going to Astro’s games.

Judy Ray, RVT & Client Care Coordinator

Judy RayJudy is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a 1993 graduate of Tomball College Veterinary Technician Program (now Lone Star College). She joined the Fairfield Animal Hospital team in June 2010.

She has been married to her husband Michael since 1982. They have two sons, John and Ben, and five wonderful grandchildren. Judy and her husband enjoy going on cruises, reading, and spending time with her family. Her four legged family members include two Boston Terriers, Richie and Molly, and a Chihuahua named Skip.

Heather Golding, RVT

Heather GoldingHeather is originally from Seattle and lived in San Diego and Hawaii before moving to Houston in December 2007. Shortly after moving to Houston she enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Lone Star College. She graduated in May 2011 and earned the title Registered Veterinary Technician. She worked at a busy six-doctor practice for four years before joining the Fairfield Animal Hospital Team in February 2012.

Heather and her fiance, Christian, plan to marry in May 2014. They reside in Cypress with their one dog, Kairi, and three cats, Chloe Joe, Little Kitty, and Beh-Peh. Heather enjoys "house projects", reading, hiking, camping, and planning the wedding!

Jennifer Knichel, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Jennifer KnichelJennifer is originally from Virginia Beach and moved to Texas in 2002 and started at Fairfield Animal Hospital in September 2002. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and serves multiple roles for us. She knew she wanted to work with animals since a young age.

She has two children, Kaleb and Kyra. Her family enjoys anything that takes them outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and mountain biking.

Ivy Griffin, Client Care Coordinator

Ivy GriffinIvy is our "night girl" at Fairfield Animal Hospital and has been a part of the team since September 2010.

Ivy has spent the past 27 years being a wife, mom, homemaker, photographer, and animal lover. She has been married to her husband Tod since 1985 and they have two children; Megan and Taylor. She has three dogs (Ruby Begonia, Teddy, and Poncho), one cat (Billy Graham), and four horses (Harley, Lucy, Chance and Cowboy). When not at work she can usually be found in the barn or spraying weeds in her garden.

Katie Vermillion, Kennel/Veterinary Assisstant

Katie VermillionKatie was born in Kansas and moved to Houston at the age of 3. She is a graduate of Cy-Woods High School Class of 2010. She attended one year at Lone Star College before moving to College Station and attending Texas A&M University. She plans to obtain a degree in Animal Sciences and continue on to the College of Veterinary Medicine.

She is currently the Vice President of Off-Campus Aggies. Her hobbies include reading, fishing, and scrapbooking. She has been a part our team since July 2009 and works here during her summers off of school.

What Our Clients Say

Jimi and I just got back from his annual exam. Everyone at the clinic is just so nice. Jimi, of course, was the perfect patient, and he passed all his tests with flying colors. We are so lucky to have a nearby and friendly place to take our furbabies.

– Helen Liss Greenberg

Our lab, Genny, began having urinary problems. We took her to a veterinarian who told us she would need surgery. We agreed, but within months she was having the same problem. We transferred to Fairfield and saw Dr. Hicks. He did a thorough exam and recommended a thyroid treatment plan. Within weeks, our girl’s energy came back and her urinary problem was resolved! We will always be appreciative of Dr. Hicks and staff.

– Cathy & Bill Stutler

This is not just a veterinary clinic! These people have become our family. They have helped us through the happiest of times and during the saddest times. With great gratitude, we love you all.

– The Swales Family

Our family has used Dr. Hicks at Fairfield Animal Hospital for 9 years. Dr. Hicks and his staff are the most caring and genuine people! You really know they care about your furry babies!

– Lisa Alexander

Dr. Hicks and Dr. Harris have helped us through some pretty tough times with our pups. Not only are the doctors gentle and caring, but the entire staff is compassionate. Although they have many animals that need to be taken care of, they act like yours are the only ones that matter. That’s my kind of customer service!

– The Adams Family