Bigfork Animal Hospital

7575 MT HWY 35
Bigfork, MT 59911


Bigfork Animal Hospital - Our Doctors


Jim Thompson, DVM

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and then graduated from the Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1986. I practiced in my hometown of Phoenix for six years. Looking for a slower pace, I moved to Whitefish, MT to raise my family and purchased the Whitefish Animal Hospital in 1992. During my free time (if any!), I enjoy my family time, watching my boys play hockey, and all outdoor activities.

Heather McEvoy, DVM, CVMA, CCRT

Born and raised in Whitefish, I started my veterinary career here at Whitefish Animal Hospital volunteering as a grade schooler to help clean kennels and walk dogs. Since then I have worked for a variety of shelters, zoos, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and other veterinary clinics. I graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. I was practicing at an integrative veterinary hospital in Olympia, WA prior to re-joining the team here at Whitefish Animal Hospital. I am certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and am currently pursuing certification as a canine rehabilitation and sports medicine therapist. I have special interest in nutrition, geriatric and end of life care, complementary and alternative medicine, and emergency clinical medicine. I strive to practice a truly integrative approach. I live with my partner Eric. Together we have 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 hedgehog whom remind me daily of the significance of the human animal bond. Besides veterinary medicine I love anything outdoors. I was a wildland firefighter for 8 seasons and love working hard, getting dirty, and playing in the woods.

Leslie Fethke, DVM, DACVS

I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Denver and then graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After veterinary school I went into equine medicine and surgery. I completed two equine internships followed by a three-year large animal surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In 2013, I became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for large animals (DACVS-LA). I practiced as an equine surgeon in Las Vegas for 2 years before transitioning to small animal medicine and surgery. I worked at an AAHA-accredited small animal hospital in Las Vegas for 4 years. My husband and I met in my home state of Colorado and we share a love for the mountains. We moved our son and chocolate lab to the Flathead Valley to be part of a mountain community where we can enjoy the outdoors and raise our family.