Because We Care

A highly trained and accomplished team.


Our passion is delivering world-class patient care to the pet you love. Our skills are diverse but our focus is singular: the well-being of your dog or cat.


Julie Moenter


Dr. Moenter is one of the founding members of Hinesburg Veterinary Associates. She opened Bristol Animal Hospital in 1987. Julie graduated from the Ohio State University in 1979. Julie is not only one of the leaders of our practice, but she has been also 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 but also has a good time skiing and traveling with friends.

Betsy Meinhardt


Dr. Meinhardt has been one of our primary doctors at the 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 practice management aspects of practice the most. She lives in Bristol with her husband Kevin, and at times, their son Connor (in medical school), daughter Kate (currently an Assistant Director of Admissions at Northeastern University), and their adopted (unofficially) daughter Ansally (a nurse in San Francisco). They share their home with 2 fantastic dogs: Ash, a geriatric 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 with Grand Teton National Park.

Patty Pruitt


Dr. Patty Pruitt has filled in for us since the 1990’s but joined us at Bristol Animal Hospital regularly 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. In fact, you could say her “special” special interest is bunny surgery. Patty is also brings another great service to our practice in that 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.

Matt Quinn


Dr. Matt Quinn is a native of Utica, New York and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Starting with HVA as a private contractor in 2006, he became a staff veterinarian in 2015. Matt’s clinical strengths lay in surgery, encompassing orthopedics, soft tissue, and dental surgery. He has been an asset in this regard at both Animal Hospital of Hinesburg and Bristol Animal Hospital. Matt’s love of motorcycles has taken him across the world, having gone on rides in Spain and France.

Karen DeMoy


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

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

-John F. Kennedy


Tammy Lavalette

Practice Manager

Tammy, the one who brilliantly takes care of all things behind the scenes for our practice, 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. Tammy also loves spending time outdoors fishing, gardening, hunting, hiking, and spending time on her property in Maine.

Rachel Manikian


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 thereafter. Along with her regular technical duties, Rachel became the hospital’s Technician Supervisor/Assistant Manager in 2013. Rachel has 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.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

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