Meet Our Team


Dr. Zirbel

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.


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.

Veterinarian 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 17+ 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.


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 17 years.