Get to Know Dr. Felz
Dr. Felz grew up in Colorado, and from a very early age he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He started working as a kennel assistant at Fremont Veterinary Hospital in Canon City, Colorado at 14, and continued working there through high school. The owner, Dr. Ron Smith, was a major influence for Dr. Felz. He credits Dr. Smith with teaching him to be a caring and compassionate veterinarian who serves both his clients and his patients.
After high school, Dr. Felz completed his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University before accepting admission to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where he spent four rigorous years training to be a veterinarian and ultimately earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008.
After graduation, Dr. Felz practiced small animal medicine back home in Colorado. In 2009, he was chosen for a prestigious academic internship at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During the 12-month internship, Dr. Felz worked at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University where he gained specialized skills in small animal internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine.
After completing the internship Dr. Felz was chosen for one of only eight residencies in the country that year in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management, again at Iowa State University. During his residency training Dr. Felz gained advanced training in anesthesia and pain management, solidifying his belief that all patients undergoing an anesthetic procedure should be administered the safest possible medications and monitored while anesthetized with the most state-of-the-art equipment possible.
During his residency Dr. Felz also learned to interpret all forms of pain as a vital sign, and that control of pain is critical to the wellbeing and quality of life of the patient, and something that should be assessed at every visit. In 2011, Dr. Felz founded Somerset Veterinary Hospital in Ames, Iowa. The practice would go on to be very successful and win several awards including Best Veterinarian in Story County for six straight years, every year in which Dr. Felz owned the practice.
Despite owning a successful practice, Dr. Felz wanted more than anything to raise his children in the mountains so, in 2017, he sold his practice and moved his family back west, settling in Missoula, Montana. For the next year and a half, Dr. Felz served the community of Missoula as a veterinarian at Missoula Veterinary Clinic (MVC) alongside two fellow Iowa State alumni, Dr. Andy Cross and Dr. Scott Bovard. Dr. Felz thoroughly enjoyed his time at MVC but the desire to be a practice owner again proved too strong, and in September 2018, Dr. Felz launched Mountain Mobile Veterinary Hospital.
The idea behind his new practice is to bring the highest quality medical and surgical care to the patient so that neither the pet nor the pet owner has to go through the stress of travel or an office visit. Dr. Felz has the ability, with his new mobile hospital, to perform surgical and medical procedures at the patient’s home, saving the pet owner time and helping to decrease stress for their pet.
This unique approach also allows Dr. Felz to form the kind of deep relationships with pets and owners that helped him be so successful in his last practice. The old-fashioned approach to personalized service and patient care that people expect and 21st century medical care that patients deserve is what Dr. Felz is looking to achieve with Mountain Mobile Veterinary Hospital.
When not caring for patients, Dr. Felz loves to spend time with his family, hike, travel, and is an avid wildlife photographer.