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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.

The PETS Team

Veterinarians

Meredith (Miyo) Murtagh

Dr. Meredith (Miyo) Murtagh

Dr. Meredith (Miyo) Murtagh graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation, she did a year-long rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals, a 24 hour specialty small animal hospital in Washington, DC. After completion of the internship, she stayed there as a staff doctor for 11 years specializing in emergency and critical care medicine. Miyo moved to Bozeman in July of 2014 and has practiced at PETS since. When she is not caring for patients at PETS, she can usually be found at the gym or somewhere outside with her Akita Kangi.

Dan Thomsen

Dr. Dan Thomsen

Dr. Dan Thomsen obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2014.  He completed a 1-year internship after graduation, followed by several years at a multi-disciplinary specialty hospital working as an Emergency Veterinarian.  Dr. Thomsen's interests include emergency soft tissue surgery, critical care stabilization, and wound management.  He enjoys hunting, backcountry ski trips, and hiking with his wife, Megan, and their three herding dogs.

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.

Tom

Tom

Tom joined the PETS team in 2019. Tom began working in veterinary medicine in 2013 and has experience working as a technician in equine and small animal specialty and general practice. His passion for animals started young, as he learned how to ride horses before he could walk. He grew up showing western and English pleasure horses in the Paint and Quarter Horse circuits across Montana where he received his first taste of veterinary medicine. The addiction only grew stronger! Tom is currently working on obtaining his tech license, but in his free time loves spending time with friends, fly fishing, riding his horses, hiking, skiing, and doing anything else outside where there is no cell service. 

Brandon

Brandon
CVT

Brandon, CVT is originally from Chino Hills, California, but has lived in Bozeman for the past three years. He has always had an interest in veterinary medicine and began working as a kennel tech/receptionist at a 24 hour emergency hospital in 2008. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Livestock Management and Industry from Montana State University, and began working at PETS in 2014. His favorite part of working at PETS is the unpredictability and intensity of emergency medicine.  He also loves trauma and critical care, the camaraderie between the doctors and technicians, and appreciates the cohesiveness of the PETS team. During his free time Brandon can be found fishing, hiking, camping, cooking, or watching documentaries with his significant other Sharina and daughter Riah.

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!

Am

Am

Am is a Montana native, and grew up in a big family on a farm in the Gallatin Valley. She has been a veterinary technician since 1999, working in both equine and mixed animal practices. After seven years working at a mixed practice in Helena, Am decided she wanted to change her focus to emergency animal medicine. She joined the team of technicians at PETS to moved back to the Gallatin Valley and started working at PETS in 2013. When not working at PETS, Am can usually be found on horseback. Whether it is halter breaking young weanlings, riding a two-year-old that has never been ridden before, or training professional performance horses, she will always be near horses.  Am’s second love is her family, and when not working with horses, she is caring for her nieces and nephews, Foxy, Chino, Rupert, and Macy, her long-haired Dachshunds in tow.

Mark

Mark

Mark was born and raised in Montana. Mark has worked in many occupations including working in Yellowstone for the National Park Service, managing animal care in a large laboratory setting to veterinary care in a hospital setting. Mark joined the PETS team in March 2018. He enjoys spending time with his two children and his Border Collie, Cinder.

Liz

Liz

Liz has been in the veterinary field almost her entire adult life. Born in a small town outside of Missoula there wasn't much to do besides play doctor with critters around the house and farm. Her family always had pets growing up and she did 4-H horse and cattle projects throughout school. As a child, she wanted to become a veterinarian. For now, she is almost done with school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her off time, she likes to hang out with her husband, Matt, and two sons, Negan and Damien. They have a busy household with their dog, Shinx, two cats, Ralts, and Victini, a guinea pig, and a fish tank. In addition to that, they are very active within the shelters as a foster family for wayward pets that need a little extra love. Liz also enjoys curling up on the couch with a good book and a knitted work-in-progress. They also own a petsitting and dog walking business based in Gallatin County.