Heather L Baker, DVM

Dr. Baker is the owner of Monterey County Equine, Inc.

Dr. Baker graduated from UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and has been practicing in Monterey County since graduation.

She grew up in the horse country outside of Philadelphia, PA and has an extensive background in hunters/jumpers, eventing, dressage, and fox hunting. She moved to California in 1989 to complete high school in the bay area (Danville, CA) and completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz prior to heading to UC Davis for Veterinary school.

Dr. Baker worked as an associate for another veterinary practice in the area prior to starting her own practice in 2004.

Having practiced for 21 years, she offers exceptional experience. Her special interests are lameness and sports medicine, dentistry, and reproduction. Dr. Baker also enjoys working with small ruminants.


Andy is a classically trained chef who graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in 1999. He has traveled throughout Europe working in the industry since graduation. He estaged in France with Jean-Michele Bouviet, a two Michelin starred chef. He then worked at Lark Creek Inn alongside Bradley Ogden prior to moving back to the Monterey Peninsula. From 2000- 2010, he worked locally as the Executive Sous Chef at the highly acclaimed Tehama in Carmel.
As Heather’s partner, Andy chose to leave the hospitality industry in 2014 to provide much needed help to Heather on her daily ranch calls. This change in careers was also made so that he could spend more time with his young son, Slade.
Andy has proven himself to be invaluable to Monterey County Equine as a veterinary assistant.
Heather and Andy were married in 2018. They take pride in their work together and strive to give the best possible care to their patients.

Elizabeth A Hoose, DVM/BVMSDr. Hoose

Dr. Hoose is a 2020 graduate from the University of Glasgow, Scotland – School of Veterinary Medicine.
Originally from California, Dr. Hoose got the travel bug and wanted to explore the world prior to starting her career. Thankfully, during her Bachelor’s at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, she applied for a coveted spot in a partnership program with the University of Glasgow. During her time at Cal Poly, she was a herdsman at the Cal Poly Dairy, and could be found riding horses at the Equestrian Center or feeding pigs at the Swine Unit. During her time overseas, Dr. Hoose also spent a month in Morocco, Africa working with mules, donkeys, and horses.

Dr. Hoose has experience with all creatures great and small, but particularly she enjoys working with ruminants (of all sizes) and donkeys. She has special interests in dentistry, diagnostic imaging, and reproduction.