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Animal Center Veterinary Hospital

Animal Center Veterinary Hospital

1301 Cedar St | Helena, MT 59601

Call 406-430-1072
Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Declawing
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Docking
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary House Calls
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Please browse our site to find out about our services, meet our staff and request prescription refills. Contact us by email if you have any questions.

The Animal Center Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary facility comprised of a modern hospital, a surgical unit with state of the art anesthesia monitoring equipment, digital radiology, and on-site laboratory. We provide 24 hour emergency response for the care of the community’s animals. Although most of our patients are dogs and cats, but we welcome birds, rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, and pocket pets.



The Animal Center Veterinary Hospital offers full service care with an in-house diagnostic lab, digital radiology, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, dentistry, preventative care and inpatient treatment, as well as high quality pet foods.

Chemical analysis of a small blood sample can give the most complete evaluation of the overall body condition. We offer in-house analysis of samples to evaluate kidney, liver, thyroid and general health of the animal. Ultrasound, echocardiograms and endoscopy are available by referral at a nearby clinic.


Our state-of-the-art digital X-ray unit allows us to quickly evaluate orthopedic, reproductive and general health issues. Your pet’s X-rays are stored in digital format for easy retrieval and viewing.


Periodontal disease is the cause of 95% of all cases of bad breath. In advanced cases, it results in infected, foul-smelling, loosened teeth; massive, unsightly accumulation of tartar; even a loss of appetite due to painful gums. Signs such as diarrhea, vomiting and irritability may also be clues to the need for a dental cleaning. We offer dental specialty services such as prophylaxis, extractions, cavity fillings, teeth cleaning and polishing to maintain proper dental health.

Preventative Care
In order to keep your pet at its best, we provide preventative care for all stages of its life. Heartworm testing and preventative treatment can ensure a long life for your pet. Vaccinations and annual health screenings help extend your pet’s active life as a part of your family.

Pet Supplies
We stock the largest selection of Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet pet foods in Helena. We also carry Royal Canin Veterinary foods and can special order other brands upon request. Diet counseling is available to identify the optimal food for your dog or cat.

Our small store also has other pet items, such as treats for cats and dogs, skin and hair conditioners, tooth care products, leashes and collars, and pet odor-eliminating candles.

The practice was established in the late 1960’s. Since that time it has served the residents of the greater Helena area with high quality, compassionate veterinary care. Combined, our doctors have over 60 years of veterinary experience. We provide the primary veterinary care for the Lewis & Clark Humane Society and for the City of Helena Animal Control.

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Dr. Liz Dagnall
Dr. Liz Dagnall

Dr. Liz Dagnall is a co-owner of the Animal Center Veterinary Hospital. Prior to purchasing the practice, she worked here part-time starting in 2003.

A California native, she received a Masters degree in Public Health in 1986 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1990 from the University of California. She has extensive experience as an emergency veterinarian.

She and husband Rob Dagnall live on a ranch at Canyon Creek with �numerous� dogs and horses. They breed border collies, and she is particularly involved with training and showing Arabian horses.

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Dr. Ed Newman, DVM
Dr. Ed Newman, DVM

Dr. Ed Newman, DVM is the other co-owner of the Animal Center. A Montana native, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology in 1977, then a Master of Science in microbiology in 1981. He married his college sweetheart Kimberly, in 1981, and worked for two years at the Montana State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

He then attended Colorado State Veterinary School and was graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After spending a few years practicing in California, he returned to Montana and has been at the Animal Center since 1992. Ed and Kimberly raised two sons, Kyle and Jared, both currently attending Montana State University.

As a practicing veterinarian, Ed has an interest in medicine and surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic) in dogs, cats and all other small companion animals and the occasional wild animal that people sometimes bring in.

When not working, Ed and his family enjoy the usual outdoor activities offered by Helena and the surrounding area�hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, etc.

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Dr. Jillian Dougherty
Dr. Jillian Dougherty

Dr. Jillian Dougherty earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Animal Science from Texas A&M and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University. She has been practicing both small and large animal medicine in Helena since 2009. In addition to her work her at the Animal Center she also has a private equine practice called Dougherty Equine.

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Dr Julie Kappes
Dr Julie Kappes

Dr. Julie Kappes has served the animals of Helena for 27 years, 19 of them at the Animal Center.

She earned a bachelor degree at Colorado State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, also at CSU, in 1983. She is especially interested in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

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