Meet the Vets

Dr.Julaine Hunter

Julaine Hunter

Dr. Julaine Hunter is a graduate of the University of Minnesotas College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she completed a year long, rotating field and hospital large animal internship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Following this she sought additional equine specialty training at the first state veterinary school in the United States, founded in 1879, Iowa State Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine. Following this she entered into a mixed animal practice which emphasized small animal medicine and surgery. This experience led to an increased interest in canine and feline medicine as well as soft tissue surgery in particular. Dr. Hunter has found the skills derived originally from equine practice to be readily applicable to that of her smaller though no less captivating patients.

It is her desire to nurture, to strengthen and to enhance the bond between her clients and her patients throughout their entire lifespan via the practice of preventative and wellness-based medicine, early therapeutic intervention and compassionate, dignified, end of life care.

Dr. Hunter is passionate about her vocation and annually attends numerous local middle school career day events in the hopes of inspiring young people to seek training in the sciences, and hopefully, a few to join the veterinary profession. In addition, she provides private, behind the scenes tours of the Frisco LazyPaw Animal Hospitals clinic to school groups, boys and girls clubs and Mommy And Me organizations.


Dr. Brent Bilhartz

Brent Bilhartz

I have two loves in my life, my wife Dr. Julaine Hunter and the work I do every day in caring for animals of all types. The great thing is that here at LazyPaw Animal Hospital I get to combine the two, something that not many people get to do.

Being a vet is not my first career. My professional life started as a scientist at the University of Minnesota. My focus was to understand the biology of childhood leukemia and developing gene therapies as a leukemia treatment. Gene therapies (now usually called immunotherapies) are creating breakthrough in treating a wide number of cancers and medical health conditions. Now, as a medicine guy, I use the tools delivered by the basic scientists. I still have many friends in the basic sciences and try to stay "plugged in."

From the scientific background (read "nerd") I became interested in Veterinary Medicine largely due to the natural connection between science and medicine. It didn't hurt that my wife was an accomplished vet and that I had a deep love for caring for animals. Our plan was generally to support each other while we went to vet school one at a time. Julaine was admitted first so my career as a scientist supported her veterinary training at the University of Minnesota. Then we switched; her career as a veterinarian supported my training at Iowa State University. I like to think we executed our career plan pretty well. The end product is LazyPaw Animal Hospitals here in Frisco.

My emphasis is still on caring for animals and people in a comprehensive way that focuses on a team approach. I enjoy being able to work directly with the animal patients while also having a chance to talk to their owners. Building a sense of trust and integrity with clients is a hallmark of this practice and one that allows me to treat animals throughout their life through most medical issues that may arise.



Easter Lilies are Toxic to Cats Easter Lilies are Toxic to Cats
Last Wednesday
posted by Julaine Hunter

 Spring is a time of new growth and rebirth, celebrated by many with symbolic plants. One of the most commonly given and received is the Easter lily. Unfortunately, this plant, along with some of its beautiful cousins, is highly toxic when consumed by cats. Ingestion results in kidney damage which, if left untreated, is often fatal within three to seven days
Texas Veterinary Medical Associations Annual Conference Texas Veterinary Medical Associations Annual Conference
Tuesday, March 11
posted by Julaine Hunter

 This past weekend LazyPaw Animal Hospitals practice manager, Ms. Kinsey Eliot, participated in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Conference held in College Station on the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine campus.  A student focused event kicked off early Saturday, March 1st with a Veterinary Student/Veterinary Medical Professional Social.  This get together was an opportunity for students to meet professionals from across the state and the nation to set up summer jobs, internships and externships for the coming year.
LazyPaw at the FISD Job Fair LazyPaw at the FISD Job Fair
Wednesday, February 26
posted by Julaine Hunter

LazyPaw Animal Hospitals' Veterinary Practice Manager, Ms. Kinsey Eliot, teamed up with numerous other local professionals and regional company representatives to share with Frisco ISD 6th – 12th grade students and Collin College students what it takes to be both professionally and personally successful in the veterinary medical field.


Petiquette: How to Bring Your Dog to a Store or Restaurant

Brent Bilhartz - April 17, 2014

 Petiquette: How to Bring Your Dog to a Store or Restaurant Man’s best friend is a great companion at home and on the town. However, before getting Fido ready ...

How to Introduce Children to Dogs

Brent Bilhartz - April 15, 2014

 How to Introduce Children to Dogs  If you google “how to introduce children to dogs,” the main articles that pop up are mostly titled “how to...

How to say no to people petting your dog

Brent Bilhartz - April 12, 2014

 Petiquette: How to say “no” to people petting your dog Sometimes, dog parents are all about strangers loving on their animal with lots of petting and p...