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 is a junior at MSU. Dr Z, Johanna, and Jacob have 5 dogs, 4 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. Kerscher

Dr. Rebecca Kerscher was born and raised in Red Lodge, Montana. She first arrived in Missoula, Montana as an undergrad studying Wildlife Biology. Here she met her husband and promptly moved him to Fort Collins, Colorado where she attended Colorado State's College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2007. An equine internship took her to Littleton Equine Medical Center for 1 year of intense equine emergency management. She and her husband missed Montana and moved to Billings in 2008 where she focused on small animal medicine, surgery, and urgent care, practicing at a busy 24 hour care facility. A professional opportunity for her husband brought them happily back to Griz country and her to Animal Blessings Pet Hospital. 


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, our cat Stuart, and Milo, Roxy, and Louie, our Jack Russell's. 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.

Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in Michigan and moved out to Montana in 2010 where I graduated from University of Montana with a degree in Ecology and Organismal Biology. Ever since I was little, animals have always been my passion. My last job was at a Humane Society where I got to work with a variety of animals from all sorts of backgrounds. I've also spent years volunteering at animal sanctuaries and wildlife rehab centers. Now I am excited to help animals in a whole new way and learn more about the medical side of things. Outside of work, I love going for hikes with my dog Talou, traveling, and going to live music.


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.