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Bridger Veterinary SpecialistsBridger Veterinary Specialists

Phone: (406) 587‑3996
Address: 1103 Reeves Rd. West, Bozeman, MT 59718
Email: info@bvspets.com

The World's Best Care

A team of top specialists and passionate animal lovers united by one mission: to care for you and your pet like family.

Bridger Animal Hospital

Veterinarians

Joshua Jackson

Dr. Joshua Jackson
DVM, DACVS

Dr. Josh Jackson is a board-certified, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Having grown up on a ranch in Northern New Mexico, he developed an early love for all animals. His father’s influence as a General Surgeon for people led to an early interest in surgery. Dr. Jackson went to veterinary school at Colorado State University where he graduated a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. He went on to perform a rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego and a residency in surgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Jackson returned to San Diego and founded the surgery service at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital. Under his directorship, the service has grown to seven surgeons performing thousands of surgeries every year. As an active mentor to over 140 interns and residents, Dr. Jackson has helped many young surgeons achieve diplomate status. Dr. Jackson has broad clinical interests in surgery, ranging from total hip replacements to advanced soft tissue and reconstructive techniques. He has lectured nationally and internationally on cruciate ligament disease, total hip replacement and orthopedic implants and published numerous scientific articles on a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic topics. Dr. Jackson was founder of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong, the first specialty referral-only hospital in Asia. He was also founder of FACE, a non-profit organization that has saved thousands of pets in the San Diego region from euthanasia for economic reasons.

Dr. Jackson is now happy to bring his years of experience to the pets and people of Montana. He is excited to bring 24-hr, specialty care to the region and looks forward to expanding the services currently available in the area. His free time is spent exploring the rivers, trails and slopes of Montana with his family and his two black labs, Django and Madison.

Jason Wheeler

Dr. Jason Wheeler
DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Jason Wheeler was born and raised in Ft. Myers on Florida’s gulf coast. Dr. Wheeler returned to the University of Florida for a combined master’s degree and residency in small animal surgery. During his residency he won several awards for excellence in clinical research from the University of Florida, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Veterinary Orthopedic. He has been involved in multiple research studies and has authored or coauthored over 20 peer reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Wheeler has since worked at a large referral center in Denver and co-founded a multispecialty clinic in Virginia. Dr. Wheeler and his wife Marion have 3 wonderful daughters who all enjoy the sense of community and love of the outdoors found in Bozeman.

Dr. Wheeler has a broad interest in veterinary surgery including wound management, cranial cruciate ligament instability, joint replacement, elbow dysplasia, fracture repair and oncologic surgery. In his free time, Dr. Wheeler and his wife Marion stay busy with their girls who enjoy camping, hiking and their corgi, Meatball.

Kelly Carlsten

Dr. Kelly Carlsten
DVM, DACVIM(Oncology)

Growing up in Bozeman, Montana, Dr. Carlsten realized her passion for helping animals when she was a high school student working as a Veterinary Assistant at a local clinic. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and veterinary acupuncture certification at Colorado State University before heading to The Ohio State University for a small animal medicine and surgery internship. Dr. Carlsten returned to Colorado State University where she completed an oncology clinical trials internship, masters degree, and medical oncology residency. For the past six years, she has been practicing oncology at a specialty hospital in Santa Rosa, California.

As one of the region’s only board-certified oncologists, Dr. Carlsten is excited to bring compassionate cancer care to Bozeman and the surrounding areas. Dr. Carlsten focuses on quality-of-life for all of her patients and their owners and has special interests in the human-animal-bond and hospice care. Her previous research focused on combination therapy for mast cell tumors, pet hospice, and client education.

Now that she’s back home in Bozeman, you may catch Dr. Carlsten fly-fishing, kayaking or hiking with her husband Paul and two dogs, Bridger and Edwin.

Ewan Wolff

Dr. Ewan Wolff
DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Doctor Ewan Wolff is a board-certified small animal medicine Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He completed his doctorate at Montana State University in vertebrate paleontology in 2007. In the fall of 2007 he attended UW-Madison for veterinary school and also completed a small animal rotating internship there in 2012. He was then the oncology specialty intern/clinical trials coordinator until leaving for for a small animal medicine residency at Massey University in New Zealand. Dr. Wolff returned to the US to complete his residency at Purdue University. In 2017 he was an ACVIM Advanced Clinical Training Fellow in Nephrology/Urology at Purdue University. In 2018, he joined the medicine service at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida, where he was involved in developing nephrology/urology services and served as rotating intern director. He also successfully completed the UC Davis Certificate of Achievement in Hemodialysis that year. He has lectured nationally on nephrology/urology topics, authored textbook chapters, and is an active member in the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology. Dr. Wolff specializes in nephrology/urology, hepatology and minimally invasive endoscopic and interventional medicine procedures, but also enjoys the challenges of general medicine cases, particularly dealing with chronic gastrointestinal, endocrine, and auto-immune disease. He is excited to work and live in the Gallatin Valley again. His free time is spent hiking, kayaking, and fishing with his family and their bluetick coonhound Annie.

Hilary Jackson

Dr. Hilary Jackson
DVM

Dr. Hilary Jackson grew up in New England and in western Colorado. After completing her undergraduate degree at Williams College, she moved back to Colorado, where she spent several years competing on the IFSA World Tour as a professional big mountain free skier and ski cross racer. Her true passion has always been working with animals, and she ultimately left the ski world for veterinary school. She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After veterinary school, she completed a 1 year rotating small animal internship at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego, where she was awarded Intern of the Year. She subsequently spent 5 years in general practice at Del Mar Heights Veterinary Hospital in San Diego. After moving to Bozeman in 2018, she and her husband founded Bridger Veterinary Specialists. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and exploring Montana with her family. The Jacksons have two black labs, Django and Madison, as well as two cats, Bandit and Simba.

Staff

Erika Hultquist

Erika Hultquist
CVPM, CVT, Hospital Manager

Erika Hultquist, CVPM, CVT is our hospital manager. Erika manages both Pet Emergency Trauma Services and Bridger Veterinary Specialists. She is both a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician and brings many years of experience to the practice. After dreaming of living in Montana for many years, Erika relocated to Bozeman in 2017. When not working she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and visiting Yellowstone National Park. She is entertained by the funny things her very quirky Berger Picard dog named Wylie does.

Donja Prins

Donja Prins
CVT

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PJ Penor

PJ Penor
CVT

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Cissy Patterson

Cissy Patterson
CVT

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Brittni Heflin

Brittni Heflin
Technician

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Kaitlyn Gieselman

Kaitlyn Gieselman

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Ali Blake

Ali Blake
CVT

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Laura Violetti

Laura Violetti
CVT

Laura, CVT was born and raised in Caserta, a small town in the south of Italy, and moved to Bozeman in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences, and Masters of science in Evolution of Human and Animal Behavior. Her passion for nature and animals, in particular primates, took her to Madagascar to study lemurs, and to South Africa to study Vervet monkeys. Laura started working at PETS in 2015 and loves her job. She enjoys patient advocacy and strives to make sure every pet’s stay in the hospital is as comfortable as possible. Laura has a particular love of cats, and in her free time can be found knitting and sewing in the company of her furry friends. Laura has two cats, Fiona and Matilda, and an English Setter named Oliver. She also enjoys traveling, being outdoors, practicing sign language, and cooking authentic Italian food!

Kayleigh Whittington

Kayleigh Whittington
CVT

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