2006 Newsletter


Client Education Seminar

Topic- Care & Feeding of the Broodmare, Foal & Stallion

Speaker– Dr. D. G. Pugh, ACT, M.S., A.C.V.N.

Sponsored byFort Dodge

Hosted byDurangoEquine Veterinary Clinic

Place- Wigwam Resort

Date:Thursday, January 19, 2006,7-9pm

Come early for snacks, socializing, beverages & door prizes,6:30pm

 We now have Computed Radiography, Digital Radiographs  & Digital Ultrasound

If you have a special case, we now offer you digital radiographs at our clinic. These digital images are produced by a conventional x-ray and captured in a digital format. These images can be viewed on high resolution monitors allowing for magnification, brightness and contrast manipulations. These images can be e-mailed or printed on transparencies for your records or second opinions. The cost is $50 per view, and is offered at the clinic only. We still offer traditional radiographs of excellent quality both at the clinic and your farm with our portable machines. We recently also purchased a digital ultrasound machine. This machine is portable, so images can be taken on your farm or at the clinic. The ultrasound images can also be e-mailed or printed for your records. This new machine has a great new probe allowing for even better imaging of the tendon & ligaments of the leg. Of course, it has a reproductive probe for the large amount of reproductive work we do in the spring.

 Current News at Durango Equine

We currently have four full-time veterinarians Drs. Lloyd Kloppe, Dr. Traci (Hill) Hulse, Dr. Rob Cooper, and Dr. Alana Hendrix. Last year, we started an internship program in which a new graduate veterinarian will work for us for a year… gaining valuable veterinary experience in the field, as well as working side by side with Dr. Kloppe in reproduction. Dr. Hendrix was our first intern. We have asked her to stay an extra year. In June 2006, we are excited to welcome our second veterinary intern- Dr. Sarah Eaton fromPurdueUniversity(Dr. Hulse’s alma mater!). We continue to have veterinary student externs visit our practice. Externships are offered during the junior and senior years of vet school for our future veterinarians to visit with practicing vets and learn valuable hands-on experiences in the field. We also continue to support aspiring young students as volunteers who want to go to vet school. Don’t be surprised when we occasionally show up at your farm with a flock of students- especially on Saturdays!

 Doctor News

All the doctors at Durango Equine stay current on the latest medical advances and techniques. In December, Drs. Kloppe, Hulse, and Cooper attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Convention inSeattle,WA. This is a 5 day convention with top equine veterinarians from all over the country. Over 2000 equine veterinarians attend this conference.  Dr. Hendrix just attended a multi-day Laminitis Seminar inFlorida-learning about the latest treatments for this terrible disease. Drs. Cooper and Hulse also attended a continuing education lecture and lab in November on ultrasonography. In September, Drs. Kloppe, Hulse and Cooper attended a 2 day advanced seminar and lab on advanced ultrasound techniques. This past fall, all the veterinarians also attended a lecture on ophthalmology sponsored by our local AZVMA. We are all currently active members of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Dr. Kloppe is currently the AVMA’s Equine Liaison and Dr. Cooper is active on the AZVMA’s new member committee.  Dr. Kloppe is also a member of theAmericanCollegeof Theriogenologists (Animal Reproduction). All the doctors at our practice are also members of theArizonaAcademy-which honors excellence in continuing education. So, as you can see, we take continuing education very seriously in our practice so that we can offer you, our clients and patients, the latest medical advances.

 Staff News

Deanna Mead is our office manager- she is the one who usually greets you on the phone and manages our office- a tough job with four vets going full-time! Debbie Voiles has been with us for 5 years now and is a great asset to our team. She is a workaholic and needs to take more vacation time! Heather Buttrum still works part-time. During the rest of her time, she is building her own equine facility onAirport Roadjust a few miles south of us. This facility will offer breeding, boarding and riding. This past summer, Colette Taylor, Dr. Cooper’s assistant, moved back toIllinoisto be with her family. We have two new full-time assistants, Allison Rowell and Morgan Larive. Allison joined our practice last February and is doing a fantastic job. She currently doesn’t own a horse but is looking. Morgan joined our practice this fall. She trains horses when she in not working at the clinic. Unfortunately, soon after Morgan started working for us, she got knocked unconscious by a horse while assisting a doctor on a farm call. She was air-evacuated to St. Joe’s and spent a week in critical ICU with head injuries. Very Scary! We are thankful to say Morgan is recovered and back to work. Just goes to show you, it only takes a second for things to happen in our line of work.

 Animal Cruelty & Neglect Cases

Our clinic has been working with the Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty department on abuse and neglect cases involving horses for several years now. We recently were involved in the confiscation of eight severely malnourished horses at the Arizona Hooved Humane Society in Surprise. Unfortunately, three of the horses had to be euthanized due to irreversible damage. The other five horses were taken to a rehab facility. Dr. Cooper continues to work with the Sheriff’s department to monitor the horses still residing in Surprise, as well as taking care of the medical needs of those horses being rehabilitated.

Donkey shot at base of ear

We also were involved in one of the shooting cases in Tolleson this past summer. Dr. Hulse treated a darling little BLM donkey that was shot in the head. Fortunately, the bullet did not penetrate his brain. He was treated with antibiotics for infection and anti-inflammatories for swelling and fever. He has since fully recovered, but still has the bullet lodged in his skull. The shooter(s) have not been found at this time.

 Travel Fees- Why So High?

I am sure a few of you have had sticker shock at one time or another from a travel fee charge. You think to yourself, “Well, all they had to do was drive 13 miles here… gas does not cost that much!” We understand your pocketbook pain, but here are the reasons why our travel fees have gone up these last few years…

Of course, you all know the cost of gas has risen significantly, that is a given. Now it costs $50-75 to fill our tanks 2-3 times per week per truck. But that’s not all; let’s say you live 13 miles from the clinic- that is actually 26 miles roundtrip. This is approximately 30 min of the doctor’s and assistant’s time (traffic allowing). I don’t know any human physician or small animal veterinarian who will do house calls and charge $57 for 30 min of both their time and their assistant’s time. It is getting harder and harder to find equine veterinarians now because small animal vets make more money. The main reason their income is higher is because they don’t make house calls and have more efficient use of their time. Last but not least, there is the normal wear & tear on the trucks… oil changes, new tires, etc. Plus, we have to pay our truck payments and insurance. Don’t get us wrong, we think offering farm calls is an important part of our work and are happy to offer you this service. If you prefer to save some money, we have a haul-in veterinary clinic. The office fee is only $20 per visit, not per horse.

 Equine Dentistry- We have it all!

Yes, we are equine dentists!! We use all power tools now, gone are the days of hand floats and no sedation. We have been using power floats and hand dremels for five years now. We have been staying active in our dentistry continuing education to stay current on the latest instruments and techniques. We sedate all horses for the dentistry and use a full-mouth speculum to aid in our oral exam and dentals, as well as head stands to hold the horse’s head up in comfort. Besides the traditional floating of sharp enamel points, we offer bit seats, canine and hook reductions, wolf teeth extractions, incisor corrections, and even the occasional dental fillings. We recommend your horse’s first dentistry start between 2-3 years old. We also perform lots of dentistry on miniatures and now have a miniature headstand, miniature size speculum, and mini-hand floats.                                                                                

Embryo Transfer and Embryo Freezing

Dr. Kloppe has been successfully doing embryo recoveries for several years now. The embryos are retrieved from our clients’ mares here and sent to facilities in Colorado, Texas and California to be transferred into a recipient mare there. The reason we don’t transfer them into a mare at our facility is because a large number of recipient mares need to be available at any given day when an embryo is ready to be implanted. It is not economical for us to maintain such a large herd of mares at our facility. The facilities we have sent embryos to have done a great job at returning us pregnant recipient mares.

 This year Dr. Kloppe has frozen a couple of embryos and transferred them to recipient mares at our farm. We are anxiously awaiting the results!! If we are successful, this option would allow us to offer our clients a recipient mare locally.  This option could allow us to collect embryos all year long and implant them in the spring for early foals. This should greatly increase the options for owners with valuable mares, mares that are showing, or those of rare bloodlines.