Our Veterinarians

Dr. Mike Hicks

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Mike Hicks has been intrigued by medicine since he was a young man, and he’s never been one to back down from a challenge. By the time he was in high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the challenging yet fulfilling field of veterinary medicine! Every day, Dr. Hicks gets to make a difference in the lives of pets and their families as the owner of Fairfield Animal Hospital.

Dr. Hicks grew up in Augusta, Georgia with his parents and three sisters. His father’s career took the family to Texas, and Dr. Hicks has considered himself a Texan since the late 1970s. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University, he attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in the spring of 1992. He worked in a Houston small-animal practice for a year, then a mixed-animal facility in Lufkin. In 1998, he accepted a position at an emergency clinic back in Houston.

After three years as a critical care veterinarian, Dr. Hicks decided to pursue his longtime dream of practice ownership. He opened Fairfield Animal Hospital’s doors in September of 2001 in order to provide top-notch service to the pet owners of Cypress. Medically, Dr. Hicks is fond of surgery, wound management, and internal medicine cases. Most of all, though, he enjoys the day-to-day interaction with his clients and their beloved pets. He never tires of hearing about his patients’ home lives!

Dr. Hicks is a proud father to three fantastic sons. His eldest attended Texas A&M and now works in the oil and gas industry. His middle son, Casey, has graduated from Texas A&M and is now enrolled at Texas Tech pursuing a physical therapy degree. His youngest son, Trey, has also graduated from Texas A&M and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M. Dr. Hicks currently shares his home with a yellow Lab named Roscoe and Pecos, a rescued Chihuahua.

In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Hicks enjoys golfing and fishing with his sons, spending time in the Texas hill country, and watching Texas A&M football. He’s also a trail veterinarian for the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race—every year, he makes the trip to Alaska to tend to the event’s amazing canine athletes!

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Dr. Sandra Harris

Veterinarian

Growing up, Dr. Harris constantly brought animals home and nursed them back to health. Her interests in science and medicine started to blossom as she progressed through her education, and one thing soon became clear: Dr. Harris was destined for a career in the animal care world!

A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Harris received her Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 1993. She continued on at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to receive her DVM in 1997, and started here at Fairfield Animal Hospital in a relief capacity in 2004 before transitioning into full-time work. Dr. Harris has a special interest in internal medicine cases because of their challenging and rewarding nature, and also enjoys getting to know clients on a personal level during wellness exams.

Dr. Harris lives with her husband, Clark, and their three children. The family shares their home with Bella, a Golden Retriever; Parker the cat; a hamster named Lily, Checkers the corn snake, and several fish.

In her time away from the clinic, Dr. Harris enjoys camping with her family and scrapbooking when she gets the chance. She’s also an avid runner, and recently trained for and finished her very first marathon!

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Dr. Andrew Faist

Veterinarian

Dr. Andrew Faist grew up on a family farm in Welcome, Texas, where he always enjoyed helping the veterinarians that would visit the farm to treat livestock. He’s looked up to veterinarians ever since he was a young boy—Dr. Faist was only six years old when he decided that he, too, would one day help the earth’s creatures through the power of medicine! He’s proud to serve as one of Fairfield Animal Hospital’s Associate Veterinarians.

Dr. Faist began his undergraduate education at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas before transferring to Texas A&M University. He earned his veterinary degree from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, and started working at a small-animal practice in Katy, Texas that same year. Next, Dr. Faist moved on to a hospital in the Pecan Grove area in 2015 before signing on with the Fairfield Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2018.

Medically, Dr. Faist enjoys performing surgeries and using preventative care techniques to maintain his patients’ health over time. His favorite part of the job, though, is getting to interact one-on-one with pets and owners in the examination rooms. Dr. Faist’s professional affiliations include memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, and he’s also a proud member of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Aside from his interests in the world of animal care, Dr. Faist enjoys hunting and fishing, playing sports, and spending quality time with his family. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Wyatt, who enjoys baseball, hunting, and fishing, and Claire, a lover of gymnastics and dancing.

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