Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic

20908 W. Durango St., Buckeye, AZ 85326

Phone 623-386-2928,  Fax 623-386-7914


We are pleased to announce that Dr Lauren Hefton is our intern the winter/spring 2017. Dr. Hefton is a native to Arizona from the Tucson area went to undergrad at the University of Arizona . She previously competed at Hunter/ Jumpers and is an experienced horse person.


Internship Position- Equine Only

 4 Doctor Equine Exclusive Practice: All doctors in the practice are active members of the AVMA, AAEP, and AZVMA.

Lloyd H. Kloppe, DVM, DACT- owner of the practice since 1988

Traci Hill Hulse, DVM- Associate at Durango Equine since 1995

Maggie Loomer, DVM-  Associate since 2013

Lauren Hefton, DVM- Intern 2017

Durango Equine is located in the Southwest corner of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. We have a large farm and clinic as well as an active ambulatory practice. Dr. Kloppe is board certified in equine reproduction which he focuses on exclusively during the breeding season, mid-February through early July. Dr. Kloppe breeds over 100 mares at the clinic with fresh and frozen semen, and also performs multiple embryo transfers. Several breeding stallions stand at the clinic. We foal-out mares at the clinic and perform a lot of routine & emergency neonatal work on the farm and in the clinic.

We also perform a lot of general equine medicine, lameness, and surgery with a specialty in dentistry. We have a large base of regular clientele, with whom we maintain a very strong relationship, and our patients make up a variety of equine breeds and disciplines. Durango Equine has two digital ultrasound machines, three Powerfloats, a Mini-Makita, and two dental dremels. We have a Digital Radiograph machine and a video endoscope for upper airway exams. We perform elective surgeries including cryptorchid castration, hernia repair, enucleation, cryosurgery, urethral extensions, colpotomies, etc. We do not perform orthopedic, abdominal, or arthroscopic surgeries. Dr. Loomer offers chiropractic therapy.

Durango Equine has offered an internship for over 10 years. The internship position can have a primary reproductive focus in the spring if the intern is interested in this field. Our internship prepares the intern for a therio residency or general equine practice. This would include ultrasounds, mare & stallion breeding soundness exams, stallion collection, and embryo retrievals.  The intern would practice general equine ambulatory medicine the rest of the year. Emergency duty is rotated with another local equine practice. The intern would initially be on emergency duty with another doctor, and then would rotate with all the other doctors as his/her comfort level increases. We offer housing for the intern. Details of salary and other benefits for the internship are listed on the AAEP website under ‘Avenues’. Externships are available and strongly recommended for those interested in an internship.

If you are interested in an externship or internship, please contact Dr. Lloyd Kloppe by phone #623-386-2928 or email: