Our Veterinarians

Dr. Sara Liddell

Owner/Veterinarian

Dr. Sara Liddell received her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from the University of Idaho followed by veterinary degree from Washington State University. This is when formal training for most veterinarians ends, but Dr. Liddell was accepted into a top level internship program at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego (vshsd.com). The 80-100 hour work weeks allowed her to gain experience and knowledge that normally takes 3-5 years to achieve. She received advanced training in medicine and surgery by some of the best veterinarians in the country. She then went on to do residency training in emergency and critical care at one of the largest veterinary specialty hospitals in the country, the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (vrcc.com).
Dr. Liddell has worked with specialists in almost every field of veterinary medicine and has used her time with them to make her a more knowledgeable and well-rounded veterinarian. She then came back to her home town of Boise to work as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital for 5 years, Idaho’s only emergency and specialty hospital (westvet.net).

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Dr. Matt Harsch

Associate Veterinarian

When he was eight years old, Dr. Matt Harsch had a plump cocker spaniel named Tubby. One morning, Dr. Harsch woke up to find that his dog couldn’t walk—when they took Tubby to a veterinarian, they discovered a ruptured disc in his lower back. After the veterinarians performed emergency surgery, Tubby was walking again in only 10 days! In that moment, Dr. Harsch realized the true power of veterinarians and decided to become one himself.

Dr. Harsch grew up with two brothers in Pendleton, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University to receive his Bachelor’s degree in zoology, then earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. After graduation, he secured a year-long internship at a specialty practice in California before working as an emergency veterinarian in California and Boise, Idaho for the next eight years.

Although he loved emergency medicine, Dr. Harsh found that the constant graveyard shifts were taking their toll on him. When Dr. Liddell approached him about working full-time as an Associate Veterinarian, he gladly accepted. Dr. Harsh immediately fell in love with River City Veterinary Hospital’s fun staff and amazing clientele! Along with his love of emergency care, he has a special interest in internal medicine.

Dr. Harsch has been married to his lovely wife, Tricia, for 14 years. They have two children and also share their home with a scaredy-cat named Bandit. When he isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital or spending time with his family, Dr. Harsch enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, weight lifting, skiing, and cooking up great barbeque.

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Dr. Jennifer Puckett

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jen Puckett always had animals while growing up; it didn’t take her long to develop an innate passion for pet care. When she interviewed a local veterinarian for a seventh-grade school project, she couldn’t help but be impressed by the professionalism, expertise, and compassion that she witnessed firsthand. Dr. Puckett decided right then and there that the veterinary profession was a natural fit for her!

Dr. Puckett grew up in San Jose, California and attended the University of California-Davis to study as a member of the University’s strong animal science program. During her education, Dr. Puckett worked part-time at the school’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and as a Veterinary Technician at surrounding clinics in order to gain real-world experience before applying to veterinary school. She then attended Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Doctorate in 2013, before completing a year-long internship and then starting her professional career.

After working in both mixed-animal practice and corporate veterinary medicine, Dr. Puckett was thrilled to join the River City Veterinary Hospital family in May of 2016. She loves having the opportunity to challenge herself academically and medically while working in a family-centered environment to better the lives of pets and their owners. Internal medicine is a particular passion of hers, and she’s also fond of managing chronic illness and performing dental work.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Dr. Puckett enjoys playing the piano, running, swimming, hiking, camping, and boating. She and her husband, Cody, live in the Treasure Valley with a trio of pets: Ruby is an accident-prone German shorthaired pointer (good thing her mother is a veterinarian!); Belle the spaniel/Papillion mix lives for walks and car rides; and Maize the cat enjoys taunting the dogs whenever the opportunity arises.

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Dr. Marnie Troska

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Marnie Troska always felt an innate yearning to help others in whatever way she could. Coupled with her adoration of animals, her passions for science and medicine made one choice very clear: veterinary medicine was the perfect career for her! Dr. Troska is proud to serve the pets and animal owners of Meridian as an Associate Veterinarian here at River City Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Troska grew up in Salmon, Idaho with her parents and older brother. She attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon to earn her undergraduate degree in biology, then remained in the state to perform field research after college. Next, Dr. Troska decided to return to school to study veterinary medicine, and returned to her native Idaho to obtain her Doctorate.

Dr. Troska first started here at River City Veterinary Hospital on a relief basis while working full-time at her teaching job. When the opportunity arose to join the team as an Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Troska couldn’t pass up the chance! She has special medical interests in veterinary dentistry and surgery, and particularly enjoys tending to pets’ health from their early life into the senior years.

Outside of work, Dr. Troska likes competing in triathlons and long-distance races, playing volleyball and softball with her friends in the city leagues, and spending time at home with her family. She and her husband, Chad, have a daughter and a son. The family shares their lives with two loveable canine companions: Charlie is a Puggle who loves snuggling and eating; Mika the husky enjoys playing outdoors and going for long walks.

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