About Dr. Fisher
I grew up in a Foreign Service family and lived in many countries. Graduated from high school in Simms, Montana. Served in the Marine Corps. Drove taxies in San Diego. Framed houses, milked cows , and logged in Montana. After reading Albert Schweitzer’s “Reverence for Life” I was driven to become a veterinarian.
In 1985 I earned the DVM degree from Colorado State Veterinary School. I worked for other veterinarians, owned Mile Hi Animal in Prescott with Dr. and Mrs. Gindhart and my wife. I cared for companion animals at the Phoenix Emergency Clinics. My wife and I treated injured wildlife. I helped with rescued animals in Mississippi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I served the Arizona Humane Society ( AHS) field hospitals at the Arizona Wallow and Yarnell fires. I have spayed and neutered tens of thousands of dogs and cats to help prevent pet overpopulation, mostly working on the AHS mobile clinic. I have fixed fractures and performed emergency surgeries on hundreds of injured animals with the AHS and the Flagstaff Second Chance programs.
Before veterinary school, I was floating teeth with hand tools, without sedation, using crossties for restraint, and not having too much fun. I was only removing sharp points and hooks. Since then, thanks to many dedicated individuals, books, conferences, schools, the International Association of Equine Dentists ( IAED), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) this field and my skills have has expanded way beyond the these basics.
Five years ago I was drawn back to working with the teeth of horses. I love it.
I’ve watched superb, state of the art work done with hand tools, no sedation, and with manual restraint by experienced dentists. My older body prefers the safety of mild sedation, the gentle restraint of the horse in portable stocks, and motorized tools!
I believe we equine dentists make a real difference for these animals and their owners.
I am a member of the AVMA and the International Association of Equine Dentistry ( IAED) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners ( AAEP) and I am licensed to practice veterinary medicine and dentistry in Arizona and Montana.