Our Team

A highly-trained and accomplished team.

The Best Care

We’re passionate about delivering the best patient care to the pets you love.

Our skills are diverse but our focus is singular: the well-being of your dog or cat.

Our Doctors

Julie Moenter, DVM

About Dr. Moenter

Dr. Moenter is one of the founding members of Bristol Animal Hospital. Julie graduated from the Ohio State University in 1979 and opened Bristol Animal Hospital in 1987. Julie is not only one of our practice leaders, but she has also been a leader in organized veterinary medicine in our state. She is past president of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. Julie was also a delegate from Vermont to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Julie’s forte in practice is surgery. Julie lives in Monkton with assorted cats and dogs. As you can imagine, Julie enjoys being at home with her pets and has a good time skiing and traveling with friends.

Betsy Meinhardt, DVM

About Dr. Meinhardt

Dr. Meinhardt has been one of our primary doctors at Bristol Animal Hospital since 1990. Betsy grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, got her B.S. from St. Lawrence University, and earned her DVM in 1987 from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She became one of our practice owners in 2007. Betsy enjoys the internal medicine and management aspects of practice the most. She lives in Bristol with her husband Kevin and her three children, who visit periodically. Their son Connor is an ER-resident in Boston. At the same time, their daughter Kate is currently an Assistant Director of Admissions at Northeastern University and adopted (unofficially) daughter Ansally is a nurse in San Francisco. Betsy and Kevin share their home with two fantastic dogs: Ash, a senior Blue Healer mix adopted from a shelter in 2011, and Nell, the sweetest Labrador Retriever ever. Betsy enjoys all things outdoors with family and friends, including hiking, camping, and traveling. Her family feels fortunate to have a long-time connection with Kenya and Grand Teton National Park.

Patty Pruitt, DVM, CVA

About Dr. Pruitt

Dr. Patty Pruitt has filled in for us since the 1990s but joined us at Bristol Animal Hospital as a full-time staff member in 2006. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and is a self-proclaimed Midwesterner turned Vermont devotee. Along with dogs and cats, Patty loves rabbits. Another of her special interests is surgery. You could say her “special” particular interest is bunny surgery. Patty also brings another excellent service – she is certified in veterinary acupuncture and manual manipulation. When Patty isn’t at Bristol Animal Hospital, one can find her on her skis at Mad River Glen when it’s snowy and on her mountain bike with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever when it’s not.

Karen DeMoy, DVM

About Dr. DeMoy

We welcomed Dr. DeMoy into our practice in 2016. She graduated from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Dr. DeMoy practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing on small animals, for three years in central New York before moving back to Vermont in 2002. Karen lives in Orwell with her husband, Dave, a large animal veterinarian, and their son and two daughters. When not shuttling her children to their various activities, she also enjoys gardening, needlework, crochet, felting and is an avid reader of all topics. At home, Karen’s extended family includes a border collie mix named Moxie, a Havanese named Dottie, two miniature poodles named Harre and Heddi, and Melon the cat. They also have a leopard gecko, turtle, guinea pig, rat, and many chickens.

Rebecca Healey, DVM

About Dr. Healey
Dr. Rebecca Healey grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She enjoys the diversity of cases and unique challenges posed by veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include preventative care, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. She highly values the human-animal bond and strives to make it the focus of each case. When she’s not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Healey enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. She has two cats who love napping all day and then waking her up in the middle of the night for attention.

Jocelyn Selim, DVM

About Dr. Selim
Dr. Selim is originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey, but moved to North Carolina with her family just before starting high school. She returned north to attend Smith College in Massachusetts, where a joint degree in Biochemistry and English set her up nicely for her first career in science journalism. She worked as an editor at Discover Magazine in NYC for over a decade, where one of the highlights of her career was getting to ask Jane Goodall if chimpanzees would ever keep a puppy or a kitten as a pet. (Sadly, the answer was no…..) Eventually she went back to school to earn her DVM from Louisiana State University. She worked at various small animal clinics in Baton Rouge for the next ten years. She moved to Vermont last year and loves living on Lake Dunmore, where both she and her partner Alex spent childhood summers. When not at work, she can be found hiking with their aging but still spry New Orleans Street mutt, Shiner.


Tammy Lavalette, Practice Manager

About Tammy

Tammy brilliantly takes care of all things behind the scenes for our practice and has been with us since 2011. She has been involved with both large and small animal veterinary medicine since 1979, first working as a technician and then evolving into management. Tammy loves labs – she has been raising Labrador Retrievers since 1984. She also is an avid beekeeper and breeds rare varieties of chickens and quail as well. Tammy also loves spending time outdoors fishing, gardening, hunting, hiking, and spending time on Maine’s property.

Rachel Manikian, CVT

About Rachel

Rachel graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2005 with a degree in veterinary technology and joined the team at the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg as a technician shortly after that. Along with her regular technical duties, Rachel became the hospital’s Technician Supervisor/Assistant Manager in 2013. Rachel has a special interest (and skills) in emergency and critical patient care. When not on the clock, she can be found heading up a mountain with her lab-mix “Dexter,” taking a Zumba class, or just hanging out with her husband, daughter, cat, and flock of chickens.

Care Team

Kathy LaRose

About Kathy

Kathy began her career working for the Animal Hospital of Hinesburg in 1988. Shortly after that, she transferred to Bristol Animal Hospital, where she has been one of our primary technicians for over 30 years. Her advocacy for animal well-being, experience, and patience instills a sense of calm in the animals she cares for. Kathy is proud to be a Vermont native. She feels fortunate to live in this beautiful state and spends her free time outdoors enjoying it. She especially loves spending time with her pet and human family exploring the Northeast kingdom’s clean lakes and trails, traveling, or spending time at home in Hinesburg.

Mercedee Rougier

About Mercedee

Mercedee joined Bristol Animal Hospital in 2016. She is an Addison County native. In her free time, Mercedee enjoys hiking with her labradors, four-wheeling, and boating in the summer.