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Dr. Casey Cooper



Dr. Casey Cooper was raised on his families' horse ranch on the California/Arizona boarder of the desert. Began riding with his family at the a young age and participated in 4H programs and trail riding. During high school, Dr. Cooper spent his summers with elite performance horse trainers in Scottsdale, Arizona. These valuable mentorships prepared Dr. Cooper for competitively showing his own reining horses in youth and amateur AQHA and NRHA events across the country.

Dr. Cooper attended Colorado State University (CSU) and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Bio-medical science. During graduate school, Dr. Cooper served as the lead teaching associate of the gross anatomy lab and helped undergraduate students reach their potential. Dr. Cooper completed the DVM program at CSU in May of 2015 and joined Montana Equine as an intern. He was excited to continue working with Montana Equine as a full time staff veterinarian starting in June of 2016 and also working as an ambulatory vet in the Helena area for Captial Large Animal when it merged with Montana Equine in August of 2016.. 

Dr. Cooper works in all areas of equine medicine but his particular interests are equine lameness, preventative medicine, dentistry, and herd health.

In his free time, Dr. Casey Cooper and his wife, Frannie, enjoy fly fishing with their Aussie, "Midge", and listening to Vin Scully call a Dodger game.  


Dr. Jillian J. Dougherty



Dr. Jillian J. Dougherty, a native of Houston, Texas, was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She attended Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Equine Nutrition. Throughout her studies, she was employed by Texas A&M’s Large Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician. She remained with the Large Animal Hospital as a supervisory technician in the Large Animal Intensive Care Unit for 5 years prior to joining Mississippi State University’s Veterinary Class of 2008.

Following graduation, she completed an internship program at Texas A&M University’s Large Animal Hospital specializing in Equine Medicine and Surgery. She then moved to Montana and worked as an Associate Veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Helena for 2 years.

In July 2011 she took a part-time position as an Associate Veterinarian with the Animal Center Veterinary Hospital and opened Dougherty Equine Veterinary Services, P.C. Dr. Dougherty merged Dougherty Equine with Capital Large Animal Veterinary Service in April of 2013.

Additionally, Dr. Dougherty serves as a control judge and treatment veterinarian for equine endurance rides across the state, is certified in Large Animal Emergency Response and Rescue, and serves as an adjunct lecturer for Carroll College’s Anthrozoology Program.

She and her husband, Tab, share their home with Sherpa (a Mustang), Doc (a Quarter Horse), Lambert (a Chow mix), Adele (a Malamute) and Zen (a cat). During her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, and enjoying the wonderful Montana outdoors.


Dr. Eric Liska


Dr. Eric Liska raised on an Angus cattle ranch in Nebraska, received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1998. He immediately moved to Montana and began working for Dr. Russ Bloom who founded Capital Large Animal Veterinary Service in 1992. Dr. Liska purchased the practice with his brother (also a veterinarian) in 1999 and remained as proprietor of the practice until 2009 when he went to work in regulatory veterinary medicine. He spends his time working, and enjoying his two daughters and all of their activities. Dr. Liska’s love for veterinary medicine, the patients and their owners has brought him back to CLA as a relief veterinarian. He looks forward to meeting new CLA clients as well as seeing some of the long time clients again.


Pick Up/Drop Off of Medications


Since we are strictly an ambulatory practice, we utilize the convenience of a central location in Helena for the drop-off of medications, etc. Animal Center has been kind enough to allow us to use their facility for this service. Their address is 1301 Cedar St, Helena, MT 59601 and their hours are:          

Monday ~ 7:30 am to 6:00 pm                                                                 Tuesday ~ 7:30 am to 8:00 pm                                                                     Wednesday ~ 7:30 am to 8:00 pm                                                               Thursday ~ 7:30 am to 8:00 pm                                                                     Friday ~ 7:30 am to 6:00 pm                                                                           Saturday ~ 8:00 am to 4:00 pm



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The professionals and staff of Capital Large Animal Veterinary Service, Inc. have dedicated themselves to providing high quality veterinary care and customer service. Our practice is constantly investing in new technology, medical supplies and maintenance on the trucks. Unlike human hospitals, veterinary practices are built, equipped and staffed entirely by the owner veterinarian(s). Our commitment to provide the best quality medicine and care necessitates capital to invest in new equipment & maintain our current equipment. Therefore, payment is expected at the time of service, unless prior arrangements have been made.

To make this convenient for you, we accept several forms of payment. These include: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express & Care-Credit.

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that makes care possible today. This form of payment may be used for purchases of $200.00 or more. CareCredit offers interest free financing as long as the balance is paid in FULL by the end of the promotional period (6 months deferred interest is the program we participate in). For more information or to enroll: or (800) 677-0718 or call and speak to one of our wonderful office staff.

For those clients who cannot be present when services are provided, we will maintain secure credit card authorization that can be processed and a receipt conveniently sent to your email as requested.    

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