Our staff at Animal Blessings Pet Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome you, your family, and your furry family to our website. We hope that through our website you will be able to learn more about our dedicated staff and the quality of our veterinary clinic.

Our goal here at Animal Blessings Pet Hospital has always been to have the best veterinary team possible that is committed to providing exceptional service and veterinary care to our clients and their pets. Our team displays an unrivaled commitment to our clients through advances in veterinary medicine and services, but most importantly in administering compassionate care to all pets entrusted to us.

A white, orange and black calico cat with a blue collar
Team member Dr. Zirbel and her dog

Dr. Zirbel

Owner/ Veterinarian

Dr. Jani Zirbel graduated with the first class of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM degree in 1984. She is a member of the AVMA. Dr Z has two children, Johanna who graduated from MSU and is now assisting at the clinic and Jacob who recently graduated from MSU. Dr Z, Johanna, and Jacob have 6 dogs, 5 cats, and 5 horses. For the past 30+ years, Dr Z has worked in private practice for small animal clinics as well as pet emergency hospitals. In 2005, she purchased this clinic in Montana, named it Animal Blessings Pet Hospital, and proceeded to do what she does best…provide exemplary care to many pets in need.

Dr. Shoni L. Card

Veterinarian

Dr. Card has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Missoula area for over 30 years. She started at Pruyns Veterinary clinic as a kennel attendant in her teens which cemented her desire to become a veterinarian. She graduated from Colorado State University and joined Pruyns and soon became sought after for her compassion and expertise and has quite a following of loyal clients. Dr. Card treats a variety of patients from cats and dogs to birds, exotics, and pocket pets. Dr. Card and her husband raise cattle northeast of Missoula and have two sons both in college.

Team member Jeri

Jeri

Practice Manager

I am the Practice Manager here at Animal Blessings. My main job is to make sure Dr. Z and the staff have what they need to keep the clinic running smoothly. I am Dr. Z’s sister and I am a horticulturalist by education, but a manager by career experience. Now I have two wonderful jobs…grower for Caras Nursery & Landscape and manager here at Animal Blessings where daily I get to witness the blessings our pets bring to our lives.

Marcy

Veterinary Technician

I moved to Montana in the spring of 2014 from southwest Pennsylvania with my husband Jim. I have been in the veterinary field for 20+ years now. Animals have always been a big part of my life, and I take pride in knowing I am helping and caring for them.In my spare time I enjoy woodcarving, birdwatching, and anything outdoors with my family.

Jen

Veterinary Technician

I started in the veterinary field after graduating from Wyoming veterinary technician school. While I enjoy veterinary medicine, my heart is art. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from UM (Go Griz). I own a passel of Pomeranians but really love exploring Montana with Adante who is a Keeshond. If you enjoy the murals in the exam rooms let us know! That is my artwork.

Johanna

Assistant

I am Dr. Zirbel’s daughter. I am a graduate of MSU (Go Cats!). I love being a team member at Animal Blessings. I love helping clients with questions and helping animals heal and return home with their awesome pet parents. I also enjoy being a pet mom myself; I have two cats who are brother and sister, a Yorki, a bunny, and a Great Dane! A big mix of critters and I love them all to bits!

Brooke

Assistant

I live in the Bitterroot Valley with my husband and two children and a passel of assorted pets. I help manage the workflow at Animal Blessings and keep us supplied with what we need to get the job done whether it is suture or caffeine and pizza.

Kim

Receptionist

I have worked at Animal Blessings since February of 2011. I have lived in the Lolo area most of my life with a few years in NV. I am married and have two sons. As a family, we all enjoy the outdoors, sports and have been active in the Missoula Co. 4-H program for the past 20+ years.

Buddha

Greeter

I reign supreme as the master of client experience. I greet clients and their pets, soothe the nervous, comfort the sad, and entertain the children. I am usually found in the lobby or my catio unless I feel the need to vocalize to the staff about the lack of catnip and luvins.

Boca

Greeter

Pre-Vet Students

Dr. Zirbel hires pre-veterinary students from the University of Montana to work as kennel staff so they can gain experience in a veterinary clinic.