Dr. Jo-Anne Dixon is a 1997 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she began her work in private practice at the Sun Valley Animal Center, here in the Wood River Valley, where she practiced for nine years. While in practice she began volunteering at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, providing medical care for the homeless animals there. In 2006 she became the Shelter’s first Medical Director and then in 2007 added Executive Director to her title.
Jo-Anne has been an active volunteer for the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, volunteering as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod as well as the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse Yukon Territories in Canada. She is a member of both the Idaho and Washington Veterinary Medical Associations and a licensed veterinarian in good standing in both states. She has been a member of the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine task force since 2008, helping shelters across the state to practice humane veterinary care. She is also a member of the HSVMA (Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association).
Jo-Anne is proud to live in a community that cares enough about the welfare of its animals to have a locally funded non-profit no-kill animal shelter. Seeing the exciting advances in sheltering practices as well as shelter medicine, she is committed to having the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley continue to be a leader in animal sheltering and animal welfare as well as a model shelter for the state.
Jo-Anne feels that the most rewarding part of her about her job is knowing that she is making a real difference not only by giving a voice to the homeless animals in our community but also in how the Shelter’s work touches and strengthens our community. She lives in Hailey with her husband James, their twins, Per and Signe, their two sled dogs, Onie and Humpy, her horse, Eli, and Ellis the cat.