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Belgrade, MT 59714
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Dr. Sarah Lavelle
A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Lavelle earned her professional degree in Veterinary Medicine from The Royal Veterinary College, London University in 2001. Growing up on a working dairy farm that helped train many veterinary students from Liverpool University, inspired her to pursue her passion of working with animals. Upon graduation she spent several months on the epidemiology team of DEFRA (Department of the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs) in the British government to address the Foot and Mouth Disease crisis. While completing her professional curriculum she successfully completed the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination) and was licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in North America. She chose to pursue further education and was invited to complete a 1 year large animal internship teaching senior veterinary students and gleaning from professors at Washington State University.
After completing her work at Washington State University, she chose to take a position as an associate mixed animal veterinarian in Bozeman and successfully completed her Montana licensure examination. After tasting the outdoor lifestyle of the Rocky Mountains, the unlimited trails to explore and the wholesome quality of life, she settled down to call Bozeman her home. Dr. Sarah is no stranger to the Gallatin Valley. She has practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine in Bozeman full time since 2002, not only at local veterinary hospitals, but also at the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter and on various wildlife research teams. In February 2011, she opened Ark Veterinary Practice, with the vision of creating an integrative veterinary hospital that treated all species — one which not only provides the most current technology and medical techniques, but also offers nutritional counseling, acupuncture, laser therapy and chiropractic, while maintaining a family atmosphere with personal care.
Dr. Sarah is devoted to promoting the powerful human-animal bond and the special relationship that exists between people and their pets. Her professional interests include internal medicine, exotics, preventative care, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry and senior wellness care. With over 15 years of full time clinical experience Dr. Sarah still enjoys learning at continuing education seminars around the country and internationally.
Sarah has the privilege of being an active member of our community by volunteering her time at the local animal shelters, teaching GED in the detention center, helping with the Annual Bozeman Christmas stroll and serving a the Community Cafe. She has also had the opportunity to serve overseas in Europe, Bolivia, Turkey and Tanzania.
During her free time, Sarah loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoys spending as much time in the great outdoors as possible. If you see her out on a trail, she’s sure to be accompanied by her border collie Jessie Jane. Her favorite activities include horse riding, dancing, floating the rivers and back country skiing.