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Steven Hjartarson DVM grew up in Cut Bank and returned in the spring of 2009 to provide veterinary care for his hometown, purchasing Northern Veterinary Clinic with his wife, Bess, and two sons, Jacob and Bradley.  Steven completed both his B.S. in Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington at Washington State University.  Graduating from veterinary school in 2003, he has experience in mixed animal practices in Oregon as well as Montana – working in rural areas to provide high quality veterinary care for both large and small animals.  In addition to Northern Veterinary Clinic, Steven and his wife are very involved in the local community, serving on many local boards, and enjoy the outdoor activities northcentral Montana provides.  In their free time Steven and his family can be found camping, hiking, fishing, and enjoying Glacier National Park.

Northern Veterinary Clinic is a full service animal clinic providing after hours services for emergency treatment cases as well as pet and livestock patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. The clinic also offers a large animal facility on site for livestock and horses, in addition to scheduled calls directly to the farm.  Our clinic provides in-house blood work, ultrasound, radiology, and many other advanced diagnostic and treatment options to provide a high level of care for your pets and livestock. Steven Hjartarson has over 10 years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we try to make our clinic comfortable, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting Northern Veterinary Clinic’s outstanding staff!

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. We feel the best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet and livestock care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (406) 873-5604 and set up an appointment today!  Northern Veterinary Clinic is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page!

At Northern Veterinary Clinic, we treat your animals like the valued family members they are.

Steven Hjartarson
Cut Bank Veterinarian | Northern Veterinary Clinic | (406) 873-5604

55 US Highway 213 N, P.O. Box 118
Cut Bank, MT 59427

Veterinary Care Charitable Fund

Through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, our hospital is able to help animals rescued from abuse and neglect and the pets of clients facing personal hardships. Your donations to the AVMF on behalf of our hospital will help us help animals. Click on the AVMF donate button to make your tax deductible donation.

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Meet Our Skilled Team

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  • Lauren Luse

    Lauren started with the Northern Vet team in November 2015. She comes from a veterinary family in Michigan, having several DVM family members. Lauren brings over 3 years of practical experience to the qualified group, working in a mixed practice setting. She has a science degree from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.

    Lauren lives in Cut Bank with her husband Jason, a BNSF bridge inspector, their 3 children, 4 chickens, and a crazy dog named Chip!

    In her free time Lauren can be found with her family enjoying raft trips near Glacier National Park, camping, or snowboarding in the winter. She loves the outdoors!

  • Rachel Alvarez

    Rachel joined Northern Veterinary Clinic in August of 2018. She is originally from Arizona and made the big move to Cut Bank Montana in the spring of 2018. Rachel is currently enrolled in Penn Foster online college working toward obtaining her Veterinary Technician Degree. She has always had a passion for working with animals, being raised around horses and dogs her entire life. She looks forward to finishing her Vet Tech degree and working with not only small animals, but horses and cows as well. Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband Harrison, along with their 3 dogs and 2 cats. She loves doing just about anything outdoors, and is excited to put down some roots and experience what the great state of Montana has to offer!

  • Emily Bartlett-Leonard

    Emily returned to join the Northern Veterinary Clinic team in April of 2021 after taking some time off to be with her two smallest children. She brings a combined five years of practical experience as a technician to the caring team. Emily is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology distance learning program through San Juan College, further expanding the clinic's skill set. Emily lives in Valier with her husband, Terry, their 4 kids, a lovable Labrador named Romeo, as well as several cats, ponies, goats and chickens. In her free time Emily loves gardening, running, hiking and camping with her family while exploring the great state of Montana.


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "With four wonderful dogs in our home, it is a given we needed a good veterinarian. We found that and so much more with Dr. Steven Hjartarson and his team at Northern Veterinary Clinic.

    Dr. Steven and his staff treat our "family" as if they are their own, showing compassion and love to all four of our girls. You will not find a more knowledgeable group of pet care professionals. I know I speak for so many in our community when we say we are so lucky and thankful to have them in Cut Bank."
    - Mike, Linda, Abby, Bell, Joey, and Julz B. / Cut Bank, MT

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