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Bree Montana, DVM, CCFP

Honors Awards and Fellowships

  • PESI, Inc (PESI) Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, 2017


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Science, University Of Cincinnati, 1987


  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Management Practitioner
  • Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor

Current Professional Activities

  • Vets4Vets(R) - confidential peer support providing critical emotional care to veterinarians struggling with all forms of stress/addiction/mental health issues. The program is international and free for all veterinarians and veterinary students.
  • Rural solo practice owner/practitioner, Agate Bay Animal Hospital and Dog Gone Crazy boarding/training facilities, North Lake Tahoe, California

Past Professional Activities

  • Member, External Advisory and Admissions Committee, UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Member, VIN Foundation Board
  • 2010, Helped to create the VIN Foundation's Vets4Vets(R) program

Special Interests

  • Compassion fatigue and burnout treatment and prevention
  • Suicide prevention training
  • Strategies for balancing personal and professional life
  • Strategies for a healthy mentoring relationship
  • Job seeker's success techniques
  • Effective communication in the workplace


  • Mom, wife, Husky wrangler and aspiring dressage queen

What I Like Most About VIN

  • I love the collaborative nature of our VIN community.
  • I use my VIN membership on a daily basis- to review research articles, search for diagnostic and treatment options for unusual cases, and to connect with my colleagues.
  • VIN provides a space where information can be shared without industry influence, which is important to me. I know when I am learning something new on VIN that I will be receiving information based on research and experience and not being sold a product.