At Your Back

A team of excellence.

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Respected. Renown. Talented. The team at Billings Animal Family Hospital is truly a cut above, united in a singular focus: providing your pet with the absolute best medical care possible.

DOCTORS

Dr. Edie R Best

DVM, DABVP, cVMA

Dr. Edie Best received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Montana State University in 1990. In 1995 she graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then became a board certified Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 2003 and re-certified in 2013. She is certified in Canine and Feline Practice. The ABVP represents a group of veterinarians who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and competency in the care of the “total patient”. The rigorous certification process must be repeated every 10 years to maintain these high standards.

In 2017 Dr. Best also became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture. She uses acupuncture treatment in her practice for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic issues and pain management. Her practice interests include canine reproduction, internal medicine, cancer diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Best purchased Billings Animal Family Hospital in 2008. She and her husband live in the Huntley area and have 2 dogs, 5 cats, 2 horses and a donkey named DumDum. Outside of work she enjoys boating, hiking with the dogs, “glamping” and spending quality time with friends and family. She “jogged” her first half marathon in 2012 and continues to stay active when the Montana weather cooperates!

Dr. Sarah Bruggeman

MVB

Dr. Sarah joined the BAFH staff as a veterinarian in 2014 but she has worked here off and on through her college career since 2001 where she started as a receptionist. After she finished school, she left for Missoula to get her Bachelor Degree in Zoology. After she finished her BA, she left for Dublin Ireland to join their AVMA accredited Veterinary Program. She graduated in 2011 with her MVB in Veterinary Sciences and then returned home to Montana. Dr. Sarah enjoys small animal internal medicine/surgery but also loves to work with the more exotic type pets and wildlife. During veterinary school she spent time externing in Santa Barbara Zoo Veterinary department and working as a seasonal animal keeper at our own ZooMontana to further this passion. Her family includes 4 cats: Nadia, Poppet,Widget, and Thor; plus 2 dogs: Maximus and Bandit. On her free time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time doing outdoor activities with her animal friends.

Dr. Mandy Barnes

DVM

I was born and raised in the country, south of Billings. Got my BS in Animal Science from MSU Bozeman and my DVM from Washington State University. Started as mixed animal practitioner but have been primarily small animal for the past 10 years. I have a passion for surgery and a talent for being very efficient at spaying and neutering. I’ve been helping at low cost s/n clinics around the state for 14 years. I have three amazing kids and love all things outdoors. Some of my favorite ways to spend my time are fishing, camping, horse back riding, hunting, hiking, and trail running. You won’t see me sitting long or indoors unless it’s to enjoy a craft beer and friendly conversation. After being part of the BAFH team off and on for the past 10 years, I’m excited to be back full time.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

TECHNICIANS

Cynthia

Certified Veterinary Technician

Cynthia joined the Billings Animal Family Hospital team in July of 2000. She has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry Education and while working here became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006. Although presently there are no pets in her household, she has taken in many in the past and given them loving homes. When she isn’t caring for the animals here, you can find her and her husband enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and exploring the mountains.

Justine

CVT Assistant & Lead Technician / Inventory, Nutrition, & Kennel Manager

Justine joined the team at BAFH in November of 2011 as a kennel attendant and worked her way up the ladder from there. She then worked as a receptionist, a vet assistant, and nutrition manager. After 5 years of employment, at BAFH, she knew this was going to be her forever career. She went to an online school in Texas to become Certified as a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She is now studying to further her education and certifications to become a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician). Justine is currently our lead technician, as well as inventory& nutrition manager. She enjoys all patients and strives to be their voice and give Optimal patient care. Her favorite thing you at BAFH is surgeries and talking to clients.She has 2 wiener dogs Cotter Jo and Rango Jax. When she is not working, she is enjoys being a military wife to her husband Austin, as well as traveling all over the world and being outdoors with him, and spending time with family and friends.

Capri

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Capri started working here in 1996 as a kennel attendant while we were still Heath Veterinary Hospital. She continued to work here as a Technician assistant/Receptionist up until starting her family in 2011. When her daughter Carla started attending school in 2018, Capri reunited with our BAFH team. She and her husband Walt are owners of 4 cats, Tucker, Spookers, Peanut, and Doctor; 1 mighty Doberman Delta, gentle Golden called Blue, and lots of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. When Capri finds time away from her crazy household, she enjoys riding horses, gardening, working, and spending time with family and friends.

Mercedes

Certified Veterinary Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

Abbigale

Technician Assistant/Kennel Attendant

Abbi became a team member of Billings Animal Family Hospital in July of 2017 as a Kennel attendant. Within the time she has been with us she has been using her skills to assist the technicians. Abbi has one beautiful Border Collie mix named Cassidy who is her faithful companion. Abbi will continue her love for animals while she joins Carrol College for the pre-vet program with anAnthrozoology Major. When she is not at school or work, she spends her time sewing, keeping up with superhero movies, and volunteering as a youth leader at Faith Chapel

Angelique

Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Technician Assistant

Angelique joined the BAFH team in September of 2019 as a kennel attendant, beginning her dream career, working in a Veterinary Hospital. Not long after starting she was asked to help out as a Veterinary Technician Assistant, which she eagerly accepted. When not pursuing her passion at work, you can find Angelique with her Chiweenie, Shakira, and her best friend Kirstie, either out shopping or just enjoying the sun!

Jasmine

Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine joined Billings Animal Family Hospital in September of 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She has a Pitbull named Buster Douglas and a grumpy old kitty named Shevy. Jasmine is currently attending MSUB for veterinary prerequisites then it is off to vet school! Jasmine enjoys being outdoors and loves spending time with family and friends.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

RECEPTIONISTS

Brooklyn

Receptionist/ Technician Assisitant

Brooklyn joined the BAFH team back in 2012 while in high school as a kennel assistant, and has helped us cover shifts ever since. Now she has returned to us as a part time team member as a Receptionist and Technician Assistant. She has 2 furry family members, 1 Pit Bull, Vegas and 1 French Bulldog, Gretta, who keeps her daughters Braelyn and Harper entertained. When Brooklyn isn’t helping at BAFH you can find her spending time with her family or selling her THIRTY-ONE BAGS.

Tryna

Receptionist

Tryna joined the BAFH team in March of 2020 after being a valued client here for years. She was in Human Medicine for 25 years but decided she needed a change. We started her out as Receptionist but have cross trained her to help as veterinary technician assistant. Tryna has 3 dogs, Bella (pictured) , D.O.G. , and Hank. Finishing out her animal family is 8 chickens who provide the eggs for everyone at BAFH. She is a very avid runner who loves to do 5k’s and 10k’s for fun and recently has taken up 9 Round. When she isn’t exercising she enjoys cooking for her friends.

Rachel

Receptionist

Rachel joined the BAFH team in April of 2022. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin so naturally is a fan of cheese and the Green Bay Packers. She moved out to Montana in 2018 to pursue a degree in equine management and training. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, movies, hiking, camping, and adventuring in the mountains with her two labs, Lakota and Ned, and her mustang Nighthawk.