VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital

Marie Higel, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Colorado State University


Dr. Marie Higel is an Arizona native, has always enjoyed veterinary medicine, and takes pride in supporting the bond that clients share with their pets. While working towards her degree in veterinary medicine, she was a veterinary technician for over 10 years. She earned her degree in veterinary science from the University of Arizona in 2003. She then went on to earn her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2007. Her interests include surgery, emergency medicine, and exotic animals including aquatic species. She moved to Oregon in the summer of 2007, and happily joined Rock Creek Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2009.

Outside of work, Dr. Higel enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their 2 dogs and 3 cats. She also bides her time with cooking, amateur nature photography, and enjoying all the ocean beaches, rivers, and lakes the Northwest has to offer.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.