About Us

Our Mission Statement

Our goal and policy are to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our clients’ pets as though they were our own. Our clients and patients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here. At all times our clients and patients will be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion. Being of service to our clients and patients is the definition of our purpose and the mission of our practice.

Dr. Ken Podkonjak

Dr. Ken Podkonjak


Dr. Ken Podkonjak was born and raised in Red Lodge, MT. After high school he attended the University of Montana in forestry. He was employed by the US Forest Service and became a smoke jumper. This helped fund his college years, particularly as he transferred to Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 12 years he has been a part of the Yellowstone Valley Veterinary group. Most recently he was given the opportunity to become part of the Friendship Veterinary Center team in Laurel. Dr. Ken loves the Veterinary profession and looks forward to serving the people and animals in our region!
Liz Earl

Liz Earl


Hey ya’ll! My name is Liz. I grew up in Orlando, FL, and moved to Montana in 1993. Shortly after that I started working in the veterinary field and have never looked back! My husband and I live in Laurel and have 2 dogs and 3 cats. Oh yeah, we have 2 human babies, too but they are grown and on their own, most of the time. I can’t imagine doing anything else! I love my veterinary family to the moon!!!
Ashley Gee

Ashley Gee

Technician Assistant

Hey friends! My name is Ashley Gee. I grew up just a few miles outside of Laurel MT, where I am still living. I was raised constantly surrounded by family and friends, our home was never empty, which is great for my extrovert personality! My parents raised me with a love for everything outdoors. A lot of my time is spent fishing and camping or out wrestling cattle. Growing up we had about every kind of animal there is, which started my love for animals. I started working at Friendship in May of 2020. I absolutely love the close client relationships that we build in our small clinic! We are here to serve you and your pet to the best of our ability, let us know what we can help you with!!
Ashley Richardson

Ashley Richardson

Technician Assistant

Born and raised in Fromberg Montana. Attended and graduated from Eastern Wyoming College with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. I previously worked at a mixed animal practice until recently I moved into the Billings area and joined the Friendship Veterinary Clinic. In my spare time, I love to be outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time with my wonderful puppy, Dutch, who I had to opportunity to rescue this year!

We’ll be here when you need us!

Friendship Veterinary Center is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Laurel, MT. Our professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for the animals in your family.

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Our Address

16 7th Ave.
Laurel, Montana 59044
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Our Hours

Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:30 am – Noon (Call Ahead)
Sun: Closed

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