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HIGHLANDS VETERINARY HOSPITAL  Full Service Animal Hospital Serving Butte, Whitehall, Deer Lodge, Anaconda, Helena, Phillipsburg, Dillon MT 
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840 South Montana Street  Butte, Montana 59701 Telephone 406-299-3700

Meet Our Veterinary Support Staff

BRENDA SHAFFER, CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Brenda Shaffer is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from Morehead State University, Kentucky. Her areas of interest include: dentistry, rehabilitation, patient care, pain management, and behavior. She currently holds certifications in fear free techniques, stem cell therapy and processing, canine massage therapy, and is a Karen Pryor puppy preschool instructor.  With her most recent certification, Brenda is working to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. When not at Highlands, she can be found enjoying fly fishing, upland bird hunting with her Brittany Spaniels . . .and of course, bowling!
MARY FLEMING, OFFICE MANAGER Mary works as office manager at Highlands Veterinary Hospital. Mary has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting Technology. She has worked as a bookkeeper for the past eight years.  Mary enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her husband and three kids.
CATHERINE CASAGRANDA, VETERINARY ASSISTANT/CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Catherine is one of our assistants and a student at Penn Foster College online.  She is working on her degree to become a certified veterinary technician.  Catherine has a special interest in physical therapy for animals with arthritis.  In addition to working on her degree, Catherine loves spending time with her husband and furry four-legged children. In her down time she does photography capturing special moments in people’s lives, wildlife and anything that looks eye catching!
DEREK TAYLOR, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Derek was born and raised in American Falls, Idaho. He moved to Butte to be closer to his brother, who is the childrens’ pastor at a local church. Derek joined the army as a healthcare specialist/combat medic, where he found his passion for the medical field. From there he worked in nursing homes as a Med Tech, and not too long after found himself applying to be a veterinary assistant where he could continue to feed his passion for the medical practice.
DENISE JORDAN, RECEPTIONIST/CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE After previously working as a Pharmacy Technician and a Medical Office Assistant for an Ophthalmologist, Denise is thrilled to be working at Highlands Veterinary Hospital. She has always had a love of animals and enjoys being able to see them as part of her job. Husband Jerry, her 3 adult children and grand-kids all help her fill up her free time. She cherishes the times spent at their cabin at Flathead Lake relaxing and watching the birds, deer and the bear that frequents the property. Her furry canine babies Ellie and Sophie make her life complete.
AUSTYN, CERTIFIED VETERINARY ASSISTANT Austyn was born and raised in Helena and moved to Deer Lodge after graduating high school in 2014. She attended college at Montana tech in Butte and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She previously worked at a mixed animal practice and has been working at Highlands since October 2016. Austyn is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and lives on a cattle ranch with her boyfriend and their dog, Jake. She is a devoted to providing passionate and quality care to all patients.
REBEKAH COOLEY, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Rebekah joined the Highlands Veterinary Hospital team in the spring of 2017. She has had a lifelong love of animals and is happy to have started working in the veterinarian field in 2016. Rebekah intends to return to school to further her education and become a veterinarian, with an interest in surgical fields. When she is not cuddling furry patients, Rebekah enjoys reading fiction, hiking in various parts of Montana, and spending time with her family.
EMILY HOOKER, CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Emily is a former CNA turned Certified Veterinary Technician that has attended both the University of Montana and the PIMA Medical Institute. She switched from human medicine to animal medicine after identifying that many animals are in true need of an advocate who will help them to be healthy. In addition to animals, Emily has a passion for art – specifically painting and drawing. When she is not enjoying art and veterinary medicine, Emily enjoys anything in the outdoors and her own pets, Macey and Wilson.
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LAUREN MUSSARD, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Lauren is a Butte native and graduated from Butte High School. She previously worked at mixed animal clinic, and has specialized in exotics. She loves to work with animals and is enjoying being part of the Highlands Veterinary Hospital team.
HIGHLANDS VETERINARY HOSPITAL  Full Service Animal Hospital Serving Butte, Whitehall, Deer Lodge, Anaconda, Helena, Phillipsburg, Dillon MT 
MEET OUR SUPPORT STAFF
BRENDA SHAFFER,CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Brenda Shaffer is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from Morehead State University, Kentucky. Her areas of interest include: dentistry, rehabilitation, patient care, pain management, and behavior. She currently holds certifications in fear free techniques, stem cell therapy and processing, canine massage therapy, and is a Karen Pryor puppy preschool instructor.  With her most recent certification, Brenda is working to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. When not at Highlands, she can be found enjoying fly fishing, upland bird hunting with her Brittany Spaniels . . .and of course, bowling!
MARY FLEMING, OFFICE MANAGER Mary works as office manager at Highlands Veterinary Hospital. Mary has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting Technology. She has worked as a bookkeeper for the past eight years.  Mary enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her husband and three kids.
CATHERINE CASAGRANDA, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Catherine is one of our assistants and a student at Penn Foster College online.  She is working on her degree to become a certified veterinary technician.  Catherine has a special interest in physical therapy for animals with arthritis.  In addition to working on her degree, Catherine loves spending time with her husband and furry four-legged children.  In her down time she does photography capturing special moments in people’s lives, wildlife and anything that looks eye catching!
DEREK TAYLOR, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Derek was born and raised in American Falls, Idaho. He moved to Butte to be closer to his brother, who is the childrens’ pastor at a local church. Derek joined the army as a healthcare specialist/combat medic, where he found his passion for the medical field. From there he worked in nursing homes as a Med Tech, and not too long after found himself applying to be a veterinary assistant where he could continue to feed his passion for the medical practice.
DENISE JORDAN, RECEPTIONIST/CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE After previously working as a Pharmacy Technician and a Medical Office Assistant for an Ophthalmologist, Denise is thrilled to be working at Highlands Veterinary Hospital. She has always had a love of animals and enjoys being able to see them as part of her job. Husband Jerry, her 3 adult children and grand-kids all help her fill up her free time. She cherishes the times spent at their cabin at Flathead Lake relaxing and watching the birds, deer and the bear that frequents the property. Her furry canine babies Ellie and Sophie make her life complete.
AUSTYN, CERTIFIED VETERINARY ASSISTANT Austyn was born and raised in Helena and moved to Deer Lodge after graduating high school in 2014. She attended college at Montana tech in Butte and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She previously worked at a mixed animal practice and has been working at Highlands since October 2016. Austyn is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and lives on a cattle ranch with her boyfriend and their dog, Jake. She is a devoted to providing passionate and quality care to all patients.
REBEKAH COOLEY, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Rebekah joined the Highlands Veterinary Hospital team in the spring of 2017. She has had a lifelong love of animals and is happy to have started working in the veterinarian field in 2016. Rebekah intends to return to school to further her education and become a veterinarian, with an interest in surgical fields. When she is not cuddling furry patients, Rebekah enjoys reading fiction, hiking in various parts of Montana, and spending time with her family.
EMILY HOOKER, CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN Emily is a former CNA turned Certified Veterinary Technician that has attended both the University of Montana and the PIMA Medical Institute. She switched from human medicine to animal medicine after identifying that many animals are in true need of an advocate who will help them to be healthy. In addition to animals, Emily has a passion for art – specifically painting and drawing. When she is not enjoying art and veterinary medicine, Emily enjoys anything in the outdoors and her own pets, Macey and Wilson.
LAUREN MUSSARD, VETERINARY ASSISTANT Lauren is a Butte native and graduated from Butte High School. She previously worked at mixed animal clinic, and has specialized in exotics. She loves to work with animals and is enjoying being part of the Highlands Veterinary Hospital team.
840 South Montana Street Butte, Montana 59701 Telephone 406-299-3700
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