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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 Veterinary Specialists

Veterinarians

Britt Culver

Dr. Britt Culver
DVM, DACVIM(SAIM)

Dr. Britt Culver is a Wyoming native and attended the University of Wyoming for his undergraduate training. He then graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He pursued advanced training in internal medicine, spending one year at Purdue University and three years at Virginia Tech. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as a small animal internal medicine specialist. After his residency in 1996 he moved to Montana to practice as a veterinary internist seeing internal medicine, cardiology, and oncology cases. Since the fall of 2011, he has also been employed by Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratory as an internal medicine consultant.

In addition to veterinary medicine, Dr. Culver loves to spend time with his family. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, whether that be on a golf course, trout stream, or in the mountains.

 

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.

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. 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

Full bio coming soon.

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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Tom

Tom

Tom joined the PETS team in 2019 and the Bridger Veterinary Specialists team in 2020. 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. 

Kaylie Whittington

Kaylie Whittington
CVT

Full bio coming soon.