Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital

Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1985 by Scott and Eileen Wendling. The mission of Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital is to be your pet's advocate for better health and quality of life.  We promise that we will treat your pet as though it were our own.  We try to continually upgrade our equipment and improve our knowledge through continuing professional education so that we may serve you better. We have a qualified, caring staff that is here to provide you and your pet with the best experience possible.  So feel free to browse our website, or come by in person and get to know us here at Ponderosa!

Our Mission Statement
Our Mission at Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital is to offer comprehensive medical and surgical care for your pet. For the benefit of our patients, we will continually update our veterinary skills, surgical equipment, and knowledge. We recognize the special bond between you and your pet, and will strive to be your pet’s advocate for better health and quality of life.
  • Mon-Wed: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Scott Wendling

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Wendling graduated in 1982 from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1985 Scott and his family returned to the Flathead Valley and opened Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital. Over the last 30 years Dr. Wendling has continued his education in areas such as laser therapy and surgical techniques, orthopedic repairs, radiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and comprehensive animal wellness care. Over the last three decades, Scott has greatly enjoyed developing long lasting relationships with his patients and their animals. In his free time Scott spends time flying, traveling to Thompson Falls and visiting with his children and grandchildren.
  • Eileen Wendling

    Bookkeeper
    Eileen is a 1982 graduate of the University of Idaho. Eileen spends her time at the hospital ensuring that everything runs smoothly. She balances the needs of the staff, patients and clients while paying close attention to the administrative needs of the hospital. In her free time, she can be found quilting, reading, relaxing in Thompson Falls or traveling to visit children and grandchildren.
  • Candice Hoerner

    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Candice is one of our technician in charge of animal care. She has a veterinary technician specialty in dentistry and will bring her expertise to our office and to our clients. She grew up here in the valley and just recently returned after a short time living in Libby. Candice and her husband, Joel, have a son, Lane, two cats, PJ and Pogo, one dog Mooch and Culdees the horse. In her time away from the office, Candice enjoys camping, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowboarding, knitting and competing in horse events.
  • Nickole Blake

    Client Care Specialist                   
    Nickole is our shining, happy face at the front desk since November 2009. She and her husband, Randy, have lived most of their lives in the Flathead. She spent several years working as a substitute teacher and going to school at Flathead Valley Community College before joining Ponderosa. Nickole and Randy have a 15 year old son, Caleb. They share their home with one dog, Bella, one cute kitty, Coco, and one horse, Dawn. Nickole enjoys scrapbooking, crocheting, knitting and reading. Her family likes to camp, hunt, fish, and ride four-wheelers.
  • Julie Hanley

    Client Care Specialist
    Julie is new to the Flathead Valley and to our office. She and her husband Tyler, recently moved here from Chicago, Illinois. They have one very big, lovely fur-baby, Chip the chocolate lab. Julie is excited about exploring the Flathead and getting in some camping, hiking and rafting. In her free time she enjoys crafting, decorating and getting ideas from Pinterest. Julie's background in education will be an advantage to the Ponderosa team as our newest customer service specialist. Please join us in welcoming her.
  • Justina Schiff

    Justina is new to our team at Ponderosa Veterinary Hospital, and is enjoying her new career in small animal medicine. She has a diversified background, which has taken her around the world. Justina grew up on a small farm in Libby, MT, where she raised animals and practiced agriculture until 1998. In 1999, Justina accepted a horticulture internship in New Zealand and then followed her love of plants to Juneau, AK, where she helped run a floral studio. In 2003, Justina achieved a certification from the Floral Design Institute, in Portland, OR. Eventually, Justina returned to Montana, because she was homesick for her family and close friends. Justina lives with her husband Buck, their two kitties, one puppy, and spends all her free time working in her garden. We are thrilled to have Justina with us, and hope you stop by soon with your pets to meet her.
  • Breanna Ewing

    Veterinary Assistant
    Breanna was born and raised in Bakersfield, California with a background in agriculture raising livestock as a hobby and as a member of FFA. She is new to the Flathead Valley and looks forward to exploring the beautiful country with her husband Robin and their two rescue dogs Axle and Lexi and a new kitty Rooster. Her passion is caring for animals and has had the pleasure of working in the veterinary/animal care profession for the last 6 years.