2009 Newsletter

Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic 2009 Newsletter

We have had many changes both professionally and personally this year and we would like to tell you about them. First, we have finally updated and expanded our office! We outgrew our office many years ago with our expanded staff and four doctors. We have added two rooms for veterinarian & office space and replaced our floor.   We have also updated our website to make it more modern and current. Check it out at www.durangoequine.com.

Our new veterinarian, Dr. David Robertson, joined our practice in July 2008 for a one year internship.  Dr. Robertson graduated from Western University in California. He has two teenage sons who still live in California. He owns horses and has competed in endurance riding. Dr. Chris Osborne was last year’s intern and returned to Canada last summer to practice there. 

Dr Alana Hendrix completed a course in Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida in 2007. She is now using acupuncture in conjunction with Western medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness, performance issues, and inflammation. She has had great success and positive client feedback on the use of acupuncture in horses. We are glad to be able to offer this new service to our clients.  Dr Hendrix is happy to announce that she will welcome her first child this spring. She is due early April 2009 with a baby girl.   She will be taking a couple months off for maternity leave.

Dr. Kloppe’s son Bryan went to college this fall.  He is attending Manhattan Christian College and Kansas State University with a dual major in Bible and Music Education. Jana and Dr. Kloppe were busy this fall with the remodel of the office and travel to Kansas. Being board certified in animal reproduction, he is still very active in the spring, breeding mares and collecting stallions, retrieving embryos, and performing reproductive ultrasounds and exams. This fall, Dr. Kloppe invited Dr. Juan Samper from Vancouver to visit our clinic. Dr Samper performed cryopreservation of semen from our client’s stallions.   We are fortunate to be able to benefit from Dr. Samper’s expertise in this field and offer this service to our clients annually.

 Dr. Traci Hulse traveled to and adopted a baby boy from an orphanage in Vietnam this summer. Kyle is now 14 months old and keeps her busy along with her four year old daughter, Devin. She is still juggling being a veterinarian and a working mother to two toddlers. Dr. Hulse was awarded the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from University of Delaware, her Alma Mater, in 2008.  This award honors graduates who exhibit great promise in their profession.

Deanna Mead, our office manager, continues to keep the practice running smoothly. Carrie Albro works in the office as our receptionist. Debbie Voiles still assists Dr. Hulse and does all our inventory management.  Anna Moseley and Brenda St. Vincent stay busy assisting the veterinarians.

Continuing Education

Last year, our clinic hosted the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association’s Joint Injection & Nerve Block Lab for all the equine veterinarians in Arizona. It was a great success demonstrating the latest medications and techniques in lameness treatment and evaluation. This year, we are hosting an Equine Behavior lecture and demonstration featuring the nationally renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Sue McDonnell from University of Pennsylvania. On Jan 30th, we will host this seminar for Arizona equine veterinarians only. On Saturday, January 31st, we will be hosting this seminar free to our clients. We are very excited to have Dr. McDonnell come and teach at our clinic.  The doctors all stay active in continuing education to keep us current on the latest techniques and information. Recently, Drs. Kloppe, Hulse, and Hendrix attended the American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in San Diego. Dr. Robertson attended the Rhodococcus Seminar in San Diego and the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Kloppe attended the Annual Theriogenology Meeting in St. Louis this summer.

Current Veterinary News

We are now strongly recommending vaccinating your horses against rabies. In December 2008, a horse from Morristown, just south of Wickenburg, died from rabies. The AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) has recently declared the rabies vaccine a “core vaccine”. This means it should be incorporated into our annual repertoire of vaccines. If contracted, rabies is a fatal neurological virus contracted by a bite or saliva from an infected animal. In 2008, there have been at least two other confirmed cases of wild animals in Buckeye who have been infected with rabies. Also in 2008, there has been a drastic increase in the number of wild animals in Arizona who are infected with rabies. There have been at least two cases where humans were also exposed. The rabies vaccine is an annual vaccine.  We would also like to remind clients to continue to vaccinate for tetanus and West Nile Virus. Both are also fatal neurological diseases which can be easily prevented with vaccination. Our clinic saw two cases of West Nile and two cases of tetanus this year which resulted in the horses’ demise. These vaccines are inexpensive and can prevent these terrible diseases.