Accessible Veterinary Emergency Care

The attention your pet needs for the unexpected.

Quality Care With a Kind Heart

We aim to be an integral part of Western Montana’s veterinary community, caring for patients that need extra attention and an after-hours presence.

We focus on communication between all parties involved- from owner education to hospital organization and outreach- in order to provide quality veterinary care.

Emergencies can be the most difficult things to handle in our lives. Our goal is to reduce stress so difficult decisions can be made with a clear mind.

As we diagnose and treat animals in pain, we provide education about the issues known and unknown. We provide options for the ideal therapy and help guide you to an understanding of the prognosis and what to expect for your loved one’s future.

Anna Odash

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Odash grew up in Western Washington and began her professional nursing career as an RN for 5 years, mostly in the pediatric field. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University . Her professional passions include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, emergency and critical care, and working with owners to provide individualized care for their pets’ specific needs. Dr. Odash lives in Missoula with her 2 labradors, Dixie and Drake, her Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Brook, and 2 orange fluffballs, Pumpkin and Juice. In her free time she enjoys skiing, fly-fishing, camping, hiking, sports and traveling the world.

Luke Anderson

Owner & Veterinarian

Luke grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated with his DVM from Ross University in 2012. He has practiced in many settings, from chasing South African wildlife to shelter medicine to day practice. He found a passion for critical care while working in a specialty referral practice for 2+ years as an emergency veterinarian. He loves the science of medicine and helping to guide owners and their animals through hard times. He has always had a dream of combining science and service under one roof. He loves to rock climb, build things, and adventure with his wife and three dogs.

Rebecca Kerscher

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Rebecca Kerscher was born and raised in Red Lodge, Montana. She studied wildlife biology in Missoula and graduated as a veterinarian from Colorado State University in 2007. She began work with horses and then moved to Billings where she focused on small animal medicine, surgery, and urgent care at a busy 24-hour care facility. Dr. Kerscher loves providing urgent and emergent medicine when your pet requires it and keeps raising the bar for patient care. She spends her personal time chasing after her two children, baking, hiking, running, and hopes to someday complete her kid’s baby books despite the fact that they are no longer babies!

Cassidy Briggs

Veterinarian

Dr. Cassidy Briggs is a Montana native, hailing from Grass Range. She holds a BA in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, earned her DVM and Certificate in Global Animal Health from Washington State University, and is certified in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS. After working for several years in Broadway theatrical management, she returned home to pursue a career as a veterinarian and has never looked back! Along with her partner and her Australian Shepherd, Jackson, she enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, knitting, and all the other adventures Missoula has to offer.

Kaylee Senior

Veterinarian

Dr. Kaylee Senior was raised on a small working farm on the central coast of California. She graduated with her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2016 and, having fallen in love with Montana as a teen, moved to Havre to work in a rural mixed practice treating all species from horses to cattle to emus to dogs and cats. Since then, she has opened her own business in the Helena region and spent time working in emergency medicine. She lives with her very fluffy and opinionated Australian shepherd named Marta, a rescue border collie, and a pair of very spoiled horses.

Aliedra (Alie) Mikkelson

Technician

Alie has been working in veterinary medicine since 2014. She continued on to achieve her Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2017, and graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019. A few of her professional interests include the human-animal bond, anesthesiology, emergency/critical care, orthopedics, multimodal pain management, and exemplary patient care. Alie’s future plans include completing a bachelor’s degree as a Veterinary Technologist and specializing in either emergency/critical care medicine, anesthesiology, or both!

Ciara Gentry

Technician

Ciara has been working as a technician for four years. She started in the field back home in western Washington in general practice then switched over to emergency medicine here in Missoula during September 2019. She has three of her best friends here with her– her border collie mix, Maya, her cat, Onyx, and her paint horse, Stratus.

Shauntae (Tae) Harmon

Technician

Shauntae was born and raised in Missoula. She knew from a young age she wanted to be involved in the veterinary field. In highschool she was involved with the FFA and Agricultural Education program to gain experience. At 19 years old, she completed certificates in Dog Training, Dog Grooming, and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has been working as a Veterinary Technician for six years with a mix of large, small, and exotic animals. In her spare time, she is fond of exploring new music, traveling, skiing, and enjoying all of the natural splendor Montana has to offer. She also enjoys spending time at home with her partner Carson and their pets.

Shellina Meixner

Technician

Shellina started her career in veterinary medicine when she left Montana and moved to Texas. She returned to Montana in November 2019 and now has nearly 10 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is particularly interested in equine medicine and emergency and critical care. Shellina enjoys riding horses or spending time outdoors with her two dogs Pandora and Zodiac when not at work.

Sigourney Tuttle

Technician

Sigourney is originally from a small town in Nevada and moved to Montana to beat the heat. She is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine to work with livestock. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, and learning new skills.

Our team is organized efficiently so we can stay calm and focused, giving our best to everyone we serve.

OUR DOCTORS are well trained to manage critical patients and help rule out possible causes of illness. We seek out constant learning for new ways to reduce complications and help heal our furry friends.

OUR TECHNICIANS  are seasoned in caring for painful and stressed animals, paying close attention to subtle changes as they are monitored. Our assistants are passionate about learning more and being present in every way possible for you and your loved one.

OUR RECEPTIONISTS understand the stresses involved with emergencies and approach each individual based on their needs and ideal form of communication.

What To Expect

Arrival

Our team will gather a brief history and assess stability.

You will fill out forms necessary to proceed with care.

If you would like, you may enter your information ahead of time on our online portal.              

You will be seen in order of arrival with critical patients taking priority.

Consult

A technician and veterinarian will be with you to evaluate your pet and provide insight into their condition and needs.

We will provide a treatment plan outlining the diagnostic and therapeutic options, along with estimated costs, to help plan your pet’s care.

Treatment

Once we decide on the approach that best suits you and your pet’s needs, we will proceed.

Treatment approaches may include:

  • Symptomatic care
  • Baseline diagnostics & treatment
  • Hospitalization

Discharge

After you settle your bill we will go over follow-up care and address any questions you may have.

A copy of your records will be emailed you and your pet’s primary provider.

In addition you will have online access to your records.

EMERGENCY CARE

We take patients in the order that they arrive with priority given to critical patients.

Our team will inform you if any significant wait time is expected.

Symptomatic Care

Alleviating Discomfort

We will always discuss some of the most likely causes of your pet’s symptoms and advise you on the best follow-up care or diagnostics that your primary provider may perform.

Frequently, there are a number of possibilities that need to be ruled out. When there is no obvious reason to suspect a life-threatening disease we are glad to alleviate pain or other discomforts.

Diagnostic Approach

What We Offer

A physical exam and detailed history can help decipher what’s going on with your pet. Diagnostics are used to rule out primary causes of illness or injury. Additional diagnostics are necessary to rule out things we cannot see. Baseline diagnostics can rule out common primary causes or help direct treatment. For example, nausea can be from eating bad food, metabolic disease, renal disease, diabetes, gall bladder issues, and gastric ulcers, just to name a few.

Hospitalization and Monitoring

Keeping a close eye while offering ideal therapy.

From minor illnesses to critical issues we can keep an eye on your loved one.

We have the ability to watch for subtle changes and adjust therapy as needed while patients are in our care. In our hospital, we are able to provide most medications intravenously since sick patients may not properly adsorb oral therapy and require fluids to maintain adequate cardiovascular support.

Payment Policy

Payment is due at the time of service.

We take Care Credit. You may apply for this service online prior to your visit.

If this is an emergency, come in. We will take care of financial needs once your pet is stabilized. 

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